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Monday, December 20, 2021

Monday, December 20, 2021

Velasco cites harvest of legislation for 2021; House ratifies bicameral conference committee report on 2022 budget bill

The House of Representatives under the leadership of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco ratified the Bicameral Conference Committee Report on the House and the Senate's  disagreeing provisions on House Bill 10153. The bill is  entitled “An Act Appropriating Funds for the Operation of the Government of the Republic of The Philippines from January 1 to December 31, 2022.”

In his Christmas message to House Members, the Speaker during the plenary session thanked them for their hard work.

He said in the past year, the House carried the duty of crafting policies to shepherd the Philippines towards recovery.

The Speaker said that as of yesterday, the House had already approved 133 Republic Acts and “expect more measures that we hope the President signs into law before the year ends including the General Appropriations Act of 2022.”

He said the House has also approved 930 measures on third and final reading and adopted 266 resolutions.

“This is our harvest of legislation for 2021 so far," Velasco said.

Earlier, the House adopted several resolutions giving commendations to Philippine Army Generals and their troopers. These are House Resolutions 2374, 2375;, 2376, 2377, 2379, and 2384, commending troopers of the Philippine Army’s 102nd Infantry Brigade under the leadership of BGen. Leonel Nicolas PA; 1st Infantry Division Philippine Army under the leadership of Maj. Gen. Generoso Ponio PA; the 54th Engineer Brigade Philippine Army under the leadership of BGen. Anthony Cacayuran PA; 44th Infantry Battalion Philippine Army under the leadership of LTC. Don Templonuevo INF (GSC) PA; 53rd Infantry Battalion Philippine Army under the leadership of LTC. Jo-Ar  Herrera INF (GSC); and 547th Engineer Battalion, Philippine Army under the leadership of Battalion Commander Col. Emerito Pineda GSC (CE) PA, respectively for their valuable achievements in countering insurgency, violent extremism, and for successfully dismantling guerrilla fronts of communist terrorist groups, as well as their contribution to the promotion and maintenance of peace and stability in Western Mindanao.

Also adopted were HR 2381, urging the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to immediately release the P10,000 emergency cash aid under the assistance to individuals in crisis situation program to the victims of typhoons Rolly and Ulysses; HR 2395, congratulating Farrell Eldrian Wu for his outstanding and inspiring scholastic achievements graduating from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.; HR 1897, commending Filipino seafarers on board MV Fleur N for rescuing 86 refugees drifting for days in the Mediterranean Sea; HR 2390 urging the government to focus its poverty reduction efforts on the identified Regions with the highest incidence of poverty; and HR 2389, congratulating and commending Filipino Chess grandmaster Eugene Torre on being the first Asian male inducted into the World Chess Hall of Fame by the Federation Internationale Des Echecs.

In addition, the House adopted HRs 999; 1118; 1313; and 1336, directing the House Committees on Justice and on the Welfare of Children to conduct a probe on the reported spike of online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) during the COVID-19 enhanced community quarantine; HR 1751, calling for an inquiry on alleged irregularities and setbacks on the free wi-fi internet access in public places project by the DICT; HR 1549, urging the Special Committee on Creative Industry and Performing Arts to conduct an inquiry on the issue of counterfeit garments appropriating weave patterns from the Cordillera coming into the local markets from abroad; and HR 2422, commending the Honorable Rowena Nina Taduran, representative of the Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support, Inc. (ACT-CIS) Party-list for having been conferred the President’s Award by the Filipino Academy of Move Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) during the virtual 69th FAMAS Awards Night were likewise adopted.

Monday, December 6, 2021

Monday, December 06, 2021

Balar Lifestyle District in Balaring, Boac, Marinduque

Balaring Lifestyle District is a revolutionary concept in the capital town of Marinduque. The idea was brought about by necessity. A need for an appropriate establishment wherein a convergence of different lifestyles meet. The plan is to elevate the experience of human essentials of food, shelter, thirst, protection and leisure to whole new perspective.

Balaring Lifestyle District  is located at Balaring, Boac. Owned and manage by Mr. John and Mrs. Lorie Uy.

One of the popular destinations in Balaring Lifestyle District is the Balar Hotel and Spa as well as the 10 Y.O. Cafe.

(C) Marinduque News / Photos by Seller Nolos

Monday, December 06, 2021

Speaker Velasco receives award from UST

Speaker Lord Allan Velasco receives Award of Distinction from the University of Santo Tomas Law Alumni Foundation Inc. for his “sterling leadership” as incumbent Speaker of the House of Representatives and representative of the lone district of Marinduque, and as former president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Marinduque Chapter and provincial administrator of Marinduque. Also in photo are (from left) Judge Edith Santos,  Frankie Magsalin III, Justice Teresita Diaz-Baldos, Deputy Court Administrator Thelma Bahia, and Atty. Maria Elena Go Francisco, the foundation’s current president.

(C) Marinduque News Network

Friday, December 3, 2021

Friday, December 03, 2021

Velasco welcomes Singapore ambassador to the Philippines

Marinduque Representative and Speaker Lord Allan Jay Velasco receives Singapore Ambassador to the Philippines Gerard Ho Wei Hong during a courtesy call at the House of Representatives on Tuesday, November 23.

The House leader also met Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines Peter James MacArthur, who called on him later in the day via Zoom videoconference.

Speaker Velasco had cordial discussions with the foreign diplomats involving a wide range of topics such as economy, bilateral relations, and COVID-19 response.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Saturday, November 06, 2021

Municipal health officer ng Boac, nasawi sa aksidente sa motorsiklo

BOAC, Marinduque -- Nasawi ang municipal health officer ng bayan ng Boac na si Dr. Joselito G. Awat, matapos maaksidente ang sinasakyan nitong motorsiko sa Barangay Bantad, Sabado ng gabi, Nobyembre 6.

Base sa imbestigasyon na isinagawa ng Boac Municipal Police Station (MPS), bandang alas 7:15 ng gabi habang binabagtas ni Awat ang Barangay Bantad patungo sa direksyon ng Boac town proper nang aksidenteng sumabit ang minamaneho nitong motorsiklo sa isang Honda civic na nakaparada sa gilid ng daan.

Itinakbo sa Marinduque Provincial Hospital ang manggagamot subalit idineklarang dead on arrival dahil sa traumatic brain injury.

Agad namang bumuhos ang pakikidalamhati ng mga netizen sa hindi inaasahang pagkawala ng doktor.

Maging si Mayor Armi Carrion ay nagpaabot din ng pakikiramay.

"Labis akong nalulungkot sa pagkawala ni Dr. Awat, hindi ako makapaniwala. Wala siyang araw na pinipili kahit Sabado at Linggo, makapag serbisyo lamang sa mga Boakenyo. Para akong napilayan," anang alkalde.

Si Dr. Awat ay kasalukuyang nagsisilbi bilang rural health officer ng munisipalidad ng Boac. Siya ay 63 taong gulang. --

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Thursday, October 14, 2021

IRAMP membership application is now open

IRAMP Membership Application is now open. To know more about membership, follow the link

About IRAMP: A civil society organization in the island of Marinduque called IRAMP (I Rise and Advocate for Marinduque Province), composed of young advocates and youth serving individuals aiming to be one of the pioneers for change by promoting our diverse culture, taking care of our beautiful natural resources, empowering youth lives through proactive volunteerism and an organization promoting coalition building for young leaders of the society.

Together, let's be a voice and inspiring future young leaders in the heart of the Philippines!

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