Angara wants public libraries to provide essential services to learners under the new normal

Posted on: Sat, 10/31/2020 - 12:18 By: admin

Now that students have to deal distance and blended learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Sonny Angara said today that public libraries and barangay reading centers should be utilized to assist them in coping with the new challenges in education.

Because face-to-face learning is discouraged as part of the precautionary measures in place to prevent the spread of the virus, students and teachers alike were forced to adjust to the blended and distance learning methods, which have been in most part, difficult for everyone concerned.

Statement of Sen. Sonny Angara on the transmittal of the 2021 GAB by the House of Representatives

Posted on: Wed, 10/28/2020 - 08:08 By: admin

We thank the House of Representatives and Speaker Lord Allan Velasco for making good on their commitment to send the 2021 General Appropriations Bill to the Senate by October 28. This gives us time to go over the amendments made to the NEP as we start drafting the committee report on the budget measure. We also thank our vice chairpersons and members of the Senate for submitting inputs on what should be in the committee report. We await the submissions of our Finance Committee vice chairpersons who are in the process of completing their respective reports.

Angara bats for the naturalization of Angelo Kouame

Posted on: Mon, 10/26/2020 - 14:05 By: admin

Senator Sonny Angara has endorsed the proposed entry of Angelo Kouame to Gilas Pilipinas with the filing of a bill calling for the grant of Philippine citizenship to the standout from the Ivory Coast.

Angara, who is chairman of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), filed Senate Bill 1892 last Thursday as part of the country’s ongoing efforts to build up its national team in time for the 2023 World Cup.

Senate Bill 1892 is a counterpart of House Bill 5951 filed by SBP vice chairman, Antipolo City Rep. Robbie Puno.

Angara pushes for survivorship benefits for members of the National Prosecution Service

Posted on: Mon, 10/12/2020 - 12:56 By: admin

In recognition of the indispensable role of prosecutors in the country’s criminal justice system, Senator Sonny Angara is pushing for the grant of survivorship benefits to the members of the National Prosecution Service (NPS).

A lawyer himself, Angara took note of how retired prosecutors have no survivorship benefits unlike their counterparts in the Office of the Ombudsman or the judiciary even though the nature of their work is the same.

Angara calls for extension of waiver on fees for digital transactions of banks and mobile payment services

Posted on: Thu, 10/01/2020 - 14:57 By: admin

Senator Sonny Angara issued an appeal to the banks and mobile payment systems to suspend the collection of fees for digital transactions while the country is still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several banks and mobile money services will resume their collection of fees today in spite of an appeal by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for them to extend their waiver for PESONet and InstaPay transactions.

Angara to Comelec: Work on making it easier for seniors and PWDs to vote during elections

Posted on: Tue, 09/29/2020 - 10:43 By: admin

Senator Sonny Angara is pushing for the holding of early voting for close to 10 million senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWD) to ensure greater participation in the electoral process and to reduce the risks on their health due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Angara aired his concern about how seniors and PWDs continue to be disenfranchised or are facing difficulties in casting their votes because of issues on access and the fact they have to line up with millions of other voters at the precincts.

Angara: There should be no delays in the implementation of Bayanihan 2

Posted on: Wed, 09/23/2020 - 13:12 By: admin

Senator Sonny Angara reminded all the government agencies involved in the implementation of Republic Act 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2) to enforce the provisions of the law without delay.

Addressing the Department of Finance (DOF) and its attached agencies during today’s budget hearing by the Committee on Finance, Angara reminded the agencies concerned that Bayanihan 2 became effective immediately after it was published September 15.

Angara to CHEd and SUCs: Let’s work together in keeping Filipino graduates in the Philippines

Posted on: Tue, 09/22/2020 - 10:07 By: admin

Senator Sonny Angara said today that it is about time the government focuses on keeping Filipino talent here in the country instead of constantly losing them to overseas headhunters.

As chairman of the Committee on Finance, Angara suggested to the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) and the state universities and colleges (SUC) to put more focus into helping industries produce more jobs in the country rather than losing the best and brightest to jobs overseas after they graduate.

Angara says 2022 deadline for registration of 90 million Filipinos to PhilSys ID should be achieved without delay

Posted on: Tue, 09/22/2020 - 10:05 By: admin

Senator Sonny Angara said today he expects the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to be able to fulfill its target of registering all 90 million Filipinos for the Philippine Identification System ID (PhilSys ID) before President Rodrigo Duterte ends his term in 2022.

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