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Senate ratifies bicam report on amendments to Overseas Funding Act

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MANILA, Philippines — The Senate ratified on Tuesday the bicameral convention committee report on a invoice in search of to advertise international investments.

The bicam report on the reconciled model of Senate Invoice No. 1156 and Home Invoice No. 300, which seeks to amend the Overseas Funding Act of 1991, was accredited in the course of the Senate session on Tuesday.

The measure goals to enhance funding elements to draw, promote, and welcome international funding actions, that are seen to contribute to the nation’s nationwide industrialization and socio-economic growth.

“I’m grateful to the Home panel for his or her generosity and openness in accepting our thoroughgoing modifications and their important introduction of many amendments enhancing the legislation that we see now,” Sen. Imee Marcos,  who sponsored the invoice as chairperson of the financial affairs committee, mentioned in her speech.

“Among the many agreements settled by each panels are many enhancements supplied by the Home. The bicam convention agreed to make use of the Senate model because the working draft,” she famous.

Marcos mentioned the bicameral convention committee agreed on the next:

• Part 2 was adopted clarifying the definition of investments within the apply of professions, particularly, adopting the Skilled Regulatory Fee’s definition of “career.”

• Part 3 was adopted with the Home panel proposing modifications within the composition of the Inter-Company Funding Promotion Coordination Committee, designating the Finance Secretary as vice chairman, and including one other consultant from Metro Manila along with representatives from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

 • Part 6 was adopted with the Home panel agreeing to the institution of an internet portal for international traders.

 • Part 7 was adopted with the Home panel offering for clarifying of language in compliance with export necessities underneath CREATE or Title 13 of the Nationwide Inner Income Code.

• Part 8 was adopted, rationalizing language on labor necessities for employment in corporations with decrease paid-up capital of $100,000. The reconciled model additionally strengthened the language for the popularity of the rights of staff and seeks to institutionalize the requirement of understudy applications for alien employment permits.

• Part 9 concerning nationwide safety overview was supplied with the Home panel offering clarification on industries to be reviewed. They’re now restricted to international funding involving military-related industries, cyber infrastructure, pipeline transportation, or such different actions which can threaten territorial integrity and security, safety, and well-being of Filipino residents.

• Part 10 or anti-graft provision of the Home was adopted which simplified the checklist of penalties. Any public official or worker concerned in international funding promotion who shall commit any of the acts of Part 3 of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, shall along with the penalties supplied underneath Part 9a of mentioned Act, be punished by high-quality of not lower than P2 million however no more than P5 million.

• Part 13 was adopted from the Senate model with the Home panel growing the appropriation of P50 million to be sourced from the contingent fund from the preliminary allocation of P10 million.

In April, President Rodrigo Duterte urged Congress to fast-track the proposed amendments to the Overseas Investments Act, together with amendments for the Public Service Act and Retail Commerce Liberalization Act, to additional open up the financial system to extra international traders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


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