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This measure will give economic relief to the Filipino people and allow them to invest in food, education and health which will ensure a healthy population and labor force, as well as a progressive nation.

This bill concretely addresses a need and provides a solution to a serious problem. Colleagues in Congress must help end the discrimination and unfair treatment suffered by our Barangay officials, who unlike other government employees, are deprived of their basic right to social security.

To save the party-list system, we mustfulfill our historic duty of amending the party-list law if only to make sure that that very law’s original intent survives.

To rectify what has been a gross neglect of the welfare of our nurses, we propose the re-upgrading of the minimum salary grade level of public nurses from salary grade 11 to salary grade 15 and those occupying higher positions be adjusted accordingly.

Increasing the salaries of doctors is one important step that may help mitigate the outmigration of doctors and ensure quality healthcare for our people.

There is a pressing need to interdict the hidden and unchecked transfer pricing between oil company subsidiaries, including probable price padding in the sale of petroleum and petroleum products between refiners and local subsidiaries, to protect the majority of Filipinos from current runaway increases in oil prices. But such state intervention can only be effective and truly beneficial if it is part of a program to institutionalize national oil industrialization, so that local oil prices can be brought down from the unreasonable and unjustifiable levels set by giant transnational oil corporations, and prevented from falling prey to further monopoly pricing and manipulation.

This Bill therefore requires the institution of a centralized procurement system of all imported crude oil and refined petroleum products, which includes the creation of buffer supplies to cushion consumers against drastic increases in petroleum prices.

While also pushing for an increase in the SSS pension, the authors believe that there was no need for a corresponding increase in the SSS premium to the pension increases because data gathered state that SSS is capable of doing so. However, the premiums were inevitably increased by the President, and without a corresponding increase in the pension rate.

This bill is the approved House Bill 6748 re-filed that seeks to increase the current SSS pension rate to make it more responsive to the basic necessities of SSS pensioners. Immediate passage of this bill is earnestly sought for the benefit of SSS pensioners who are mostly Senior Citizens with no other sources of income to support their, and their family’s ever increasing needs.

This Bill requires, as an imperative for an urgent and long-term response to the looming oil crisis, the renationalization of Petron Corporation, so that the valuable government asset can truly fulfill the responsibility of the State to ensure public welfare through fair and regulated prices.

This Bill is part of a range of bills to institute the policy of independence from monopoly pricing by transnational oil corporations through the regulation and the gradual industrialization of the petroleum industry. The other bills call for: the regulation of the petroleum industry through the creation of an oil regulatory council; the creation of a buffer fund solely to cushion drastic increases in petroleum prices; the centralized procurement of all imported crude oil and refined petroleum products; and the revision of investment, taxation, and other laws.

There is a pressing need to regulate the oil industry to protect the majority of Filipinos from current runaway increases in oil prices. Regulation can only be effective and truly beneficial if it is part of a program to institutionalize national oil industrialization, so that local oil prices can be brought down from unreasonable and unjustifiable levels set by giant transnational oil corporations and can be prevented from falling prey to further monopoly pricing and manipulation.

This Bill therefore requires the regulation of the petroleum industry through the creation of a petroleum regulatory council and a buffer fund which shall instead solely serve to cushion consumers against drastic increases in petroleum prices – unlike the Oil Price Stabilization Fund (OPSF) that reimbursed oil companies for “cost under-recoveries.”

As a means to give force and effect to the social justice provisions of the Constitution which provides for the diffusion of economic and political influence, it is necessary that the political arena be leveled by opening public office to persons who are equally qualified to aspire on even terms with those from politically dominant families.

In light of the foregoing, this bill is hereby proposed to give real teeth to the Constitutional mandate and strengthen the call for new politics to lay the basis of greater empowerment for the greater number of Filipinos.

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