Health, education and social services are prioritized in the Senate committee report on the P4.1 trillion 2020 national budget—Angara

Posted on: Mon, 11/11/2019 - 15:29 By: admin

Senator Sonny Angara praised his fellow senators for further raising the “compassion index” of the 2020 national budget by hiking allocations for social services.

The chair of the Senate finance committee gave the assurance that the amendments to education, health and social welfare programs in the P4.1 trillion spending bill are “targeted and transparent.”

Angara wants more social welfare attaches to aide OFWs in distress

Posted on: Sun, 11/03/2019 - 12:01 By: admin

Every day overseas Filipino workers (OFW) are subjected to abuse in one form or another in the countries they are deployed and need all the assistance that they can get from the government.

In April this year, the President signed Republic Act 11299 establishing the Office for Social Welfare Attache and to date, a total of seven active posts have been filled namely Malaysia/Brunei; Jeddah; Riyadh; Kuwait; Hong Kong; Qatar; and Dubai.

Angara seeks an inquiry into the high incidence of child and teenage pregnancies

Posted on: Sun, 11/03/2019 - 12:05 By: admin

Child and teenage pregnancies in the country are growing at an alarming rate and it is imperative for the government to do something about this at the soonest possible time, Senator Sonny Angara said today.

The data on child and teenage pregnancies in the country should be a cause for alarm and the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) believes it warrants being declared a national emergency.

All Filipinos should have access to oral health care-- Angara  

Posted on: Thu, 10/24/2019 - 11:06 By: admin

No Filipino should neglect caring for their teeth due to lack of funds.

Senator Sonny Angara is pushing for the creation of a dental unit in each of the rural health units of the Department of Health (DOH) so that all Filipinos, particularly the poor, will have access to dentists.

“Marami sa ating kababayan na ayaw magpatingin sa dentista dahil lang sa takot nila na kailangan magbayad ng napaka mahal na halaga. Dahil dito, malaking bahagi ng ating populasyon ay may mga sirang ngipin na hindi napapaayos,” Angara said.

Angara backs the imposition of a price ceiling on 120 new medicines 

Posted on: Tue, 10/22/2019 - 16:07 By: admin

Senator Sonny Angara on Saturday aired his support to the price ceiling implemented by the Department of Health (DOH) for certain medicines, which he said will provide some degree of relief to the consumers, especially the poor.

The DOH recently included 120 medicines under the maximum retail price (MRP) scheme to help bring down the price of life-saving drugs for Filipinos.

Included in the new list are medicines for killer diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular, chronic lung diseases, neonatal diseases, renal disease, and major cancers.   

Statement on the passing of former Senate President Nene Pimentel Jr.

Posted on: Sun, 10/20/2019 - 17:25 By: admin

Senator Nene  was a Filipino who did not go gently into the night – whether it was during Martial Law  or after  he retired  from the Senate. 

 

Whether it was a cry for freedom or a call for brave new laws, his was an influential voice in the public space  which contributed immensely in making our country better .  

 

Never the bullhorn of the powerful, he instead lent his big voice to  the  small people . That has been the story of his life – an advocate for the down and out, a champion of the powerless and the persecuted.

 

Angara—Let’s legalize motorcycles-for-hire now

Posted on: Thu, 10/17/2019 - 16:59 By: admin

Traffic in Metro Manila is getting worse by the day, the mass transit systems are constantly breaking down and many commuters are left with no choice but to use motorcycles-for-hire or ‘habal-habal’ to get from point A to point B.

Technically, this increasingly-popular mode of transport is still considered illegal under the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, which covers the registration and operation of all motor vehicles in the country.

Angkas, for instance, was allowed to operate for six months starting last June 8 as part of a pilot-run of ‘motorcycle taxis.’

Seatmates at the IPU

Posted on: Wed, 10/16/2019 - 11:56 By: admin

 

Seatmate Senators Sonny Angara, Joel Villanueva, Sherwin Gatchalian and Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri join the contingent led by Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III at the 141st Assembly of the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Belgrade, Serbia.

 

Angara to file resolutions congratulating gold medalists Yulo and Petecio

Posted on: Mon, 10/14/2019 - 14:38 By: admin

For bringing honor to the country with their respective gold medal victories in two world events, Senator Sonny Angara is set to file two resolutions congratulating gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo and boxer Nesthy Petecio.

“Over the weekend, Carlos and Nesthy gave the entire nation two huge reasons to celebrate with their individual accomplishments in the fields of gymnastics and boxing. They have instilled so much pride in Philippine sports and served as inspiration to our athletes to excel in their respective fields,” Angara said.

Angara—Commuting is definitely a challenge. Let’s come up with solutions now

Posted on: Sun, 10/13/2019 - 11:05 By: admin

"Transport crisis or not, the fact that thousands of commuters are having an extremely difficult time getting to their destinations should already prompt immediate action from the entire government.

While some people are preoccupied with arguing on semantics, the students and employees are dealing with their daily struggle with how to get to work and school.

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