Monthly Archives: July 2010

Consult public before hiking LRT-MRT fares

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“The government’s ‘losses’ in terms of subsidy to the LRT and MRT must always be weighed against the many benefits of the mass railway system, including health benefits brought about by less pollution and less traffic in the metropolis, as well as the convenience and economic benefits it brings to ordinary workers who would rather be in ...

Bill filed to protect La Mesa

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Senator Pia S. Cayetano is pushing for the immediate passage of Senate Bill 1714 which seeks to declare the La Mesa Watershed as a Watershed Reservation to protect from indiscriminate exploitation one of Metro Manila’s last remaining sources of potable water.

Cayetano filed the measure, the ‘La Mesa Watershed Act of 2010,’ amid the ...

On SONA: Put MDGs back on track

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Senator Pia S. Cayetano today urged President Benigno Aquino III to find ways to put the country’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) back in order as the new President delivers his very first State of the Nation Address (SONA) Monday.

“The task of completing our country’s MDGs by the 2015 deadline lies on Pres. Aquino, who now...

‘Is it now the State’s policy to exempt minimum wage earners but tax small vendors and drivers?’

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Senator Pia S. Cayetano today warned the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) against proceeding with its plan to tax market and sari-sari store vendors, as well as pedicab and tricycle drivers, as part of government efforts to raise additional revenues to plug the budget deficit.

“The BIR should immediately scrap its plan to tax small own-...

On ‘idiotic’ branding of Expanded Senior Citizens Act

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Statement of Sen. Pia S. Cayetano

“Critics of the Expanded Senior Citizens Act (ESCA) should not train their eyes solely on tax revenues to be lost with the exemption of the elderly from the 12 percent VAT because these so-called ‘losses’ would ultimately contribute to the overall welfare of our senior citizens. The law brings them ...

Crack down on perpetrators of extrajudicial killings

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Statement of Sen. Pia S. Cayetano

“The Aquino administration took a strong first step towards addressing the budget deficit and improving government finances by moving to charge a suspected big-time tax evader. I just hope it displays the same seal and exert parallel efforts in going after perpetrators of unsolved murders of journalists...

‘Midwife to the Barangay’ Act filed to curb high maternal mortality

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Saying that no mother should die while giving life, Senator Pia S. Cayetano has filed Senate Bill No.139, the proposed “Midwife to the Barangay Act of 2010,” to help reduce the country’s high maternal mortality rate (MMR).

One of Cayetano’s priority measures, the bill aims to deploy at least one registered midwife or “komadrona...