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Senate moves to semi-finals after routing Malacañang-PSC

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Senate's tough defense has locked-down the scorers of  Malacañang-PSC to perform well during their crucial game last Sunday.  (Lian Opol / Photoville International)
Senate’s tough defense has locked-down the scorers of Malacañang-PSC to perform well during their crucial game last Sunday.  (Lian Opol / Photoville International)

UNTV cup Season 6 champion Senate Defenders snapped Malacañang-PSC Kamao’s chances of taking this season’s title after their explosive hardcourt showdown at the Pasig City Sports Center on Sunday.

Senate stepped up its game and employed tight defense plays to pound Malacañang-PSC, 82-61.

Jeffry Sanders led the Senate to victory after firing a total of 24 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Sanders earned the Best Player of the Game title.

Senate Head Coach Mike Fermin attributed the Defenders’ latest win to rigid training and teamwork to stop Malacañang-PSC’s key players from scoring further in the last quarters and cruise to the UNTV Cup Season 7 semi-finals.

Coach Mike Fermin said, “Yung practice namin for the past week nasunod naman. But, hats off sa Malacañang, they played well. Siguro yung run lang namin noong third quarter yun yung nagbigay ng edge sa amin.”

Also advancing to the semis are National Housing Authority (NHA) Builders after narrowly routing rookie team Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC) Global Traders, 66-63.

“As you can see noong third quarter we tightened up. We locked down some key players then we got… hindi man malaking lead pero maganda gandang push yun going sa fourth quarter (the lead may not be as big but its was a good push going to the fourth quarter).”

The PITC tried to keep their early edge but slipped after the NHA fired shots after shots in the second quarter.

The rookie team also attempted to slither past the Builders defenses in the third and fourth quarters but was unable to sustain the momentum until the final buzzer sounded.

Marvin Mercado was hailed as the best player of the game after firing 25 points and nine rebounds.

NHA Builders’ Head Coach Benett Palad said, “In the end, nanaig pa rin yung aming composure and unity sa isa’t isa, saka yung team work (In the end, our composure, unity and teamwork paid off). Medyo ngayon nakaka-finish na kami nang husto (We are now able to finish properly),” he said.

“Sabi ko nga sa kanila(I said to them) ‘It’s all about character eh, being a champion.’ Kailangan naming mag-trabaho hanggang sa dulo hindi yung panay umpisa lang (It does not pay to be good at the beginning only. We need to work until the end), ” Palad added.

NHA and Senate completed the four teams set to battle in the semis best of three series that will kick off on February 3 at the Pasig City Sports Center. — Vincent Arboleda / UNTV News and 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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