Recto: Lack of tech-voc labs to torpedo K to 12 program

THE lack of technical-vocational laboratories in the country's 7,916 public high schools will torpedo the key objective of the K to 12 program, which is to produce employable graduates, Senator Ralph Recto said Monday.

"This is one undiscussed weakness of K to 12. The lack of vocational labs has not caught our attention. Although it is too big to ignore, it has remained under the radar," said Recto.

Angara pushes for the creation of national sports training center

SENATOR Juan Edgardo Angara urged on Monday his colleagues to pass the bill seeking to create and establish a "state-of-the-art and highly scientific" sports complex to be called the Philippine Amateur Sports Training Center.

Congress urged to prioritize ‘Bigger Pie, Bigger Slice’ bill

SENATOR Aquilino Pimentel III sought on Monday for bipartisan support for the approval of the bill giving local government units (LGUs) "expanded and bigger" share from the national taxes, following an appeal of town mayors.

On April 14 to 16, the League of Municipalities, representing 1,490 municipal governments, will hold its 2015 General Assembly at the Manila Hotel to ask Congress to prioritize "bigger pie, bigger slice" bill.

Pinay videogame character ‘Josie Rizal’ trends on Twitter

"JOSIE Rizal," the first Filipina character in the latest installment of Tekken series, received mixed reactions from Filipino gamers.

Senate to start deliberations on Pagasa modernization in May

THE Senate will start its deliberations on the bill modernizing the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) once sessions resume in May, Senator Ralph Recto said Saturday.

Recto, chairman of the Senate committee on science and technology, said the bill upgrading Pagasa's equipment, staff pay, research capabilities, and communication reach will be the "best birthday gift on the weather bureau's 150th year."

Santiago wants public officials liable for past actions

SENATOR Miriam Defensor Santiago has filed a bill seeking to make public officials liable for crimes committed during their past terms of office.

Santiago filed Senate Bill 2716 aims to amend Republic Act (RA) 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, to make any elective official liable for any violation committed during a prior term despite re-election.

Congress urged to channel P7.7-B SK funds to anti-hunger projects

SENATOR Ralph Recto is urging Congress to channel some P7.7 billion in Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) funds towards anti-hunger projects.

The senator made the call after President Benigno Aquino III signed into law last Wednesday a measure postponing the SK elections to October 2016.

Filipinos urged to observe Earth Hour, Earth Day

SENATOR Juan Edgardo Angara has filed a resolution reaffirming the Senate's support for the objectives of the Earth Hour and Earth Day and encouraging Filipinos to observe these celebrations to combat the effects of climate change in the country.

"This year, Earth Hour has a global focus on climate change. Given our vulnerability to natural disasters, the objectives of these celebrations are particularly relevant to our country," Angara said.

Cayetano reveals threat to life for anti-BBL stance

SENATE Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano revealed Thursday receiving intelligence information about a possible threat to his life in connection with the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Cayetano withdrew his support for the BBL after the January 25 encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao left 44 Special Action Force commandos dead.

MILF 'loses' credibility to talk peace with government

THE Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) move to absolve some of its members involved in the killing of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers showed they cannot be trusted in peace negotiations, detained Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada said on Thursday.