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The -ber months September, October, November, and December are just around the corner. So the Metropolitan Development Authority (MMDA) is already giving motorists and early warning: Expect a 20-percent increase in the number of vehicles that ply through EDSA on the coming months. This is not a problem that surprises …

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Representative Frederick W. Siao from the lone district of Iligan City has filed House Bill (HB) No. 1987 for the first regular session of the 18th Congress. The bill, which is known as the ‘Philippine Responsible Driving and Accountability Act,’ seeks to “update the country’s road safety laws” and establish …

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A former chairman for the House of Representatives Committee on Metro Manila Development expressed his firm belief that the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairmanship should have a fixed term of office. Outgoing Representative Winston Castelo said that fixed tenure should be able to ensure smooth operations and insulate the …

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Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco is opposing a proposal put forward by the Department of Agriculture (DA) to increase the coconut methyl ester (CME) blend from the current two percent to five percent, calling the move ‘anti-consumer’ because of its adverse impact on pump prices. “As it is, consumers are …

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The House of Representatives has approved on the third and final reading, House Bills 8884 and 8885. The said bills, which are set to expand the tax exemption coverage in the country, seeks to “provide cheaper transportation for students, senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs).” House Bill 8884 HB …

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The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 9069, which seeks to designate the third Sunday of November every year as the ‘National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims, Survivors, and their Families.’ The measure also aims to express gratitude to all the people who respond to …

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A lawmaker at the House of Representatives recently reiterated his call for the establishment of a Philippine Strategic Fuel Reserves (PSFR) following President Rodrigo Duterte’s admission that he could not do anything about oil prices due to the country’s lack of fuel reserves. In a statement, 1-PACMAN party-list Rep. Michael …

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Road Bicycle

The House of Representatives unanimously approved, with 178 votes, on its third and final reading House Bill 8911, or the ‘Minimum Overtaking of Cyclists Distance Act’ which mandates a minimum overtaking distance of 1.5 meters between a motor vehicle and a bicycle. Principally authored by Rep. Antonio Tinio (Party-list, ACT …

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Angkas

Motorcycle ride-hailing service Angkas scored a major victory as the House of Representatives passed a bill authorizing the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to allow the use of motorcycles as public utility vehicles (PUVs). House Bill 8959 or the ‘Motorcycles-for-Hire Act,’ which consolidated six legislative proposals, defines motorcycles-for-hire …

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Malacañang is “pleased” to know that the House of Representatives has decided to heed the call of President Rodrigo Duterte to abolish the Road Board which he said was involved in corruption surrounding the use of road tax. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. said Congress will support Duterte’s call …

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Children who are 12 years old and below will soon be required to sit in a booster seat or a child safety restraint system as the bicameral committee composed of members of the Senate and the House of Representatives recently approved the measure, with no major disagreements on the provisions …

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Motorcycle License Plate

The House of Representatives has approved on its third and final reading House Bill No. 8419, also known as the “Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act,” which requires motorcycles to have bigger license plates that are readable “from a distance of at least 12 meters from the motorcycle.” The bill’s approval by …

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Following House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo‘s  recent order that all protocol license plates with the number 8 issued during the previous Congresses be recalled, the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) has said that it will start going after motorists using the said protocol ‘8’ plates. HPG Director Chief Supt. Roberto Fajardo …

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Following the recent viral video that saw the driver of a Toyota FJ Cruiser with a ‘8’ protocol plate assault a fellow motorist along McArthur Highway in Angeles, Pampanga, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has reportedly ordered the recall of all protocol license plates with the number 8 issued during the …

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Everyone can feel the effects of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law‘s excise taxes these days–and this includes fuel prices. The good news is that Sen. Paolo Benigno Aquino IV has filed Senate Bill No. 1798, or the Bawas Presyo Bill, to automatically suspend the excise tax …

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