Improved internet services even in far flung areas expected with the increase in the budget for the National Broadband Program-- Angara

Posted on: Mon, 12/14/2020 - 07:40 By: admin

Senator Sonny Angara said the country should begin to experience better internet connectivity even in remote and inaccessible areas once the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) completes the first phase of its National Broadband Program (NBP).

Under the P4.5 trillion General Appropriations Bill that was ratified last Wednesday by Congress, Angara noted that the DICT’s budget for the NBP was doubled from the proposed P902.194 million in the National Expenditure Program to P1.9 billion.

Angara-- New and unfunded laws will receive funding under the 2021 GAA

Posted on: Sat, 12/12/2020 - 08:46 By: admin

Apart from ensuring the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Sonny Angara said today the P4.5 trillion national budget for 2021 also provides funding for several new laws that have far-reaching impacts on the lives of Filipinos.

Angara, the chairman of the Committee on Finance that went over the budget measure, said the first priority for the 2021 national budget was clearly COVID response and Congress made sure there will be sufficient funding to cover for items such as the purchase of vaccines, testing, contact tracing and treatment.

Improved health responses needed to boost consumer confidence and spur economic growth -- Angara

Posted on: Sat, 11/14/2020 - 09:40 By: admin

In order for the economy to rebound from its dismal growth in 2020, Senator Sonny Angara said the efforts to strengthen the country’s health responses should continue as a first step.

The economy contracted by 11.5% in the third quarter of this year based on the latest data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Household consumption remained down, contracting by 9.3% in the third quarter, with the biggest declines coming from recreation and culture, restaurants and hotels and transportation.

Angara wants more public hospitals and medical professionals to ensure all Filipinos are provided with quality health care

Posted on: Mon, 11/02/2020 - 18:19 By: admin

Senator Sonny Angara is pushing for the establishment of hospitals within state universities and colleges (SUC) as a way to help fortify the country’s health system.

When the country experienced a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, the entire nation was confronted with the reality that there were not enough hospital beds to cater to the patients and that more doctors and other medical personnel are needed to treat them.

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.

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