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Malacañang-PSC frustrates PITC at UNTV Cup

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Malacañang-PSC Kamao flexed muscle as they overcome the power of the uprising rookie team PITC Global Traders. (Daniel Iglesias / Photoville International)

The Malacañang-PSC Kamao team is tightly clinging onto the second spot after narrowly pounding the PITC Global Traders, 69-64 at Thursday’s match.

Michael Ignario and ‘Bigman’ Martin Lloyd Antonio shared the Best Player of the Game title after firing 15 and 16 points, respectively.

The Kamao team now holds six wins and one loss under its belt while the global traders fell to the sixth rank after absorbing defeat for the fourth time.

Meanwhile,  the AFP Cavaliers are still the top team to beat as the end of the second round of eliminations of the UNTV Cup 7th edition draws closer.

The AFP maintained their lead after routing the DA Food Masters, 79-73, in a match held last Sunday.

Darwin Cordero was hailed as the Best Player of the Game after firing 24 points with three rebounds, two assists and one steal.

The Cavaliers now hold seven wins and one loss record while the Food Masters were pushed down to the bottom of the standings after absorbing six losses and winning only three of their games.

UNTV Cup Season 6 champion Senate Defenders, on the other hand, spoiled the hopes of the NHA Builders to take home the crown this season after their explosive match last Sunday.

The NHA lost to the Senate in overtime, 98-97, with Marlon Legaspi and Harly Ng scoring the game-winning shots after firing 22 and 24 points, respectively.

Legaspi and Ng were hailed as the Best Players of the Game. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

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Attention space geeks: Senate OKs bill creating the Philippine Space Agency

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2019

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The senate has approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to establish a Philippine Space Agency.

On Monday (May 20), the Senate voted 18-0 in favor of Senate Bill No. 1983 or an Act Establishing the Philippine Space Development and Utilization Policy and Creating the Philippine Space Agency.

The bill was introduced by Senator Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Vicente Sotto III, Loren Legarda, and Sonny Angara.

According to Senator Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, the bill aims to improve disaster management as well as enhance production and profitability of agribusinesses.

“Satellites can improve disaster management from providing accurate information that allows early warnings and predicting of disasters to reliable and quick communication during relief and recovery operations,” Aquino said in his sponsorship speech.

Once the law is passed, the new agency will have an initial funding of P1 billion for the space program from the current fiscal year’s appropriation of the Office of the President.

“An additional P10 billion will come from the gross income of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) for five years after the effectivity of the act, with P2 billion to be released to PhilSA yearly,” the statement said.

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Senate okays shorter workweek bill

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Voting 17-0, the Senate approved on Monday (May 20) a bill allowing Filipino employees to render services with shorter workweek arrangement.

Filed by Senator Joel Villanueva, the proposed measure on compressed workweek arrangement allows employees to opt out of the regular eight-hours-five-days-per-week schedule.

Instead, employees may choose to enter into an agreement with the employers as long as it is a “mutually agreed voluntary work arrangement”.

Specifically, employees may prefer to work for a fewer number of days in a week but with longer hours as long as they meet the required workweek load of 40 hours, although the law upholds the 48-hour work limit per week.

Even with the a mutually agreed work schedule, employees will still be entitled to the existing company benefits.

With Senate approving the bill, it is now for submission to the Office of the President for signing to be enacted into law. – Marje Pelayo

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Congress resumes sessions, to tackle priority bills

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines – The Senate and the House of Representatives are set resume their sessions today in a bid to pass several priority bills before the 17th Congress formally adjourns in three weeks.

The sessions will resume on Monday at three in the afternoon.

But before the plenary session begins in the Senate, majority of senators will first meet for a caucus called by Senate President Vicente Sotto III to finalize the legislative agenda of the upper chamber.

Sotto said that among the priorities that the Senate is looking to approve before the 17th congress adjourns on June 7 is the proposed amendments to the Human Security Act.

Sotto is referring to the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2019, which seeks to amend the Republic Act No. 9372 by redefining the acts of terrorism that are punishable by law and strengthening its provisions to deter terror groups.

The Senate will also try to finish tackling the proposed amendments to the Public Service Act. The bill seeks to amend Commonwealth Act No. 146 to address the confusion in the definition of a public utility and public services in order to provide Filipino consumers with more choices, better services and lower prices on utility services.

The measure is pending on second reading.

Sotto also expressed hope that the Medical Scholarship Act, which he authored, would be given equal priority before the sessions adjourn.

The bill seeks to address the issues of scarcity and unequal distribution of physicians in the country through the granting of scholarships to deserving medical students, provided that they would serve the country for five years.

The proposed measure is currently pending in the Senate committee on health and demography chaired by Senator JV Ejercito.

Other measures that the Senate is expected to discuss are the Budget Reform Act, Foreign Investment Act and the proposed granting of emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte to address transportation woes in the country.

The lower House, for its part, is looking to approve more pro-people bills in the tight three-week schedule.

House Majority Leader Rep. Fredenil Castro said that among the bills they will tackle are the proposed Strengthening Drug Prevention and Control Act and the creation of Overseas Filipino Workers Sovereign Fund.

The Congress has nine session days before the sine die adjournment of 17th Congress. (with details from Nel Maribojoc)

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