JV Ejercito favors improved mass transit system over odd-even scheme on EDSA

The proposed odd-even scheme along EDSA will definitely lessen traffic but it remains to be a "band-aid solution," Senator JV Ejercito said Tuesday. "Immediate lang 'yan eh and those are not long-term. Siguro magandang pag-aralan odd-even scheme, carpooling probably, siguro may certain hours na 'pag mag-isa sa kotse mo dapat siguro bawal kasi sayang iyong space," Ejercito told reporters on the sidelines of a media forum on road safety. "Siguro carpooling system but these are short-term, ba...
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JV EJERCITO: SENATE WILL NOT DENY CHR’s NEEDED BUDGET

I think the senators, at least most including myself, if not all, agree that the Commission on Human Rights is an indispensable agency of the state. CHR is a necessity and the Constitution mandates it. It functions as a guardian against abuse of those in authority. In the Senate, we will not make the CHR useless by denying it the money it needs in order to discharge its duty of protecting, preserving, and promoting human rights. Since its budget will still be discussed in the Senate, I a...
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JV Ejercito urges passage of child safety inside cars bill

Senator JV Ejercito urged the passage of the child restraints bill during a road safety forum on Tuesday, August 22. Ejercito said that laws have been passed to address most factors that contribute to road crash incidents, except for the safety of children inside motor vehicles. (READ: Seat belts are not enough for infants and children) The senator is proposing the Child Safety on Motor Vehicles Act of 2017 that will impose drivers of covered vehicles to secure a child on a child restr...
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LTFRB’s New Order May Just Exacerbate Concerns on Public Transport, Says Ejercito.

Instead of resolving the issue, the new order of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) may just exacerbate concerns on public transportation, Sen. JV Ejercito said. Ejercito is referring to the state transportation regulatory board’s directive to allow Uber drivers to transfer to Grab and U-Hop while the ride-sharing firm remains suspended. “It raised more questions than answers,” Ejercito said. “I have said before that it is proper for Uber to be penalize...
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Implement biosecurity measures, gov’t urged

Concerned over the threat of the avian flu outbreak to public health, two senators on Monday urged government agencies and poultry farms to implement measures that would ensure that infected fowl do not reach the market. In a news briefing, Sen. JV Ejercito said the Senate committee on health, which he chairs, would monitor closely the outbreak but expressed confidence that the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) were on top of the situation. “I think the DA a...
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Courtesy Call For Our Newly Appointed Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Chair Ret. General Eduardo Del Rosario

We briefly talked about shared advocacies which include the creation of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, In-City Relocation Bill, Marawi rehab, improvement of AFP/PNP housing projects, linking of housing projects with transportation links, among others. Looking forward to a very productive partnership!     
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JV EJERCITO: CURRENT TAX PACKAGE IS PRO-GOVERNMENT, ANTI-CONSUMERS

While I support President Rodrigo Duterte's various programs such as infrastructure development, I cannot in my conscience support the comprehensive tax reform program being pushed by the Department of Finance as I see its current form as pro-government, but anti-consumers. I cannot also see its intent to raise about 200-Billion pesos when the government still has almost 600-Billion unused appropriations in 2016. Our economy is running well because it is consumer-driven. That is why am wor...
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