Legarda: Special Allowance for Teachers, Improvement of Classrooms Funded in 2019 GAA

May 10, 2019

After increasing the chalk allowance of teachers in the past years, Senator Loren Legarda has now introduced a special allowance to public school teachers that they will receive under the 2019 national budget.


Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, initiated the allocation of additional P800 million under the Department of Education (DepEd) budget. The said allocation will be given to public school teachers, P1,000 per teacher, every World Teachers’ Day on October 5, as an incentive or honorarium.

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Legarda Vows to End Poverty in Antique, Gets Overwhelming Support from All Sectors

May 10, 2019

Senator “Inday Loren” Legarda, who is running for Congresswoman of the lone district of Antique under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), today reiterated her vow that she will do everything to end poverty in her home province.

“When the campaign started, I have declared my intention to beat poverty in Antique. After going around the province in the past 42 days, my resolve to do so only got stronger. As I visited our towns and barangays, I saw the hardship and needs of our people; I heard the pleas of my kasimanwas. We cannot let the poor remain poor. We cannot let our province suffer while our neighbors are soaring,” said Legarda.

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Legarda: Pay Hike of Police and Military, Additional CAFGU Allowance in 2019 Budget

May 9, 2019

Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, said that the 2019 national budget continues to fund the increase in base pay of military and uniformed personnel in the government, which started in the 2018 budget.

Legarda said that under the 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has a total budget of P180 billion that includes funding for the increased base pay of the military. It also includes funding for additional allowance for Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU).

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Vernissage of the Philippine Pavilion at the 58th Venice Art Biennale

May 8, 2019

The Philippine Pavilion exhibition Island Weather held its vernissage today at the Artiglierie of the Arsenale in Venice, Italy. The event marked the Philippines’ entry to the 58th Venice Art Biennale, and the country’s fifth consecutive participation in the world’s biggest contemporary art exposition.

Island Weather is curated by Tessa Maria Guazon and features artist Mark Justiniani and his immersive and massive installation titled Arkipelago. The exhibition is an exploration of how an archipelagic state such as the Philippines forms its national consciousness shaped by its many islands, which all have its own unique vernacular culture and history.

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