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Villar files 325 bills

Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. yesterday filed 325 bills when the Senate Bills and Index Service started accepting them, earning him the record of having the most number of bills filed by a senator for the 13th Congress

Villar, president of the Nacionalista Party, said his legislative agenda would complement President Gloria Macapagal Arroyos 10-point program to fight poverty within the next six years.

His bills focus on entrepreneurship training, maintaining peace and order, improving the quality of education and health care, protecting overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), breaking cartels and monopolies, and protecting the environment.

With a vision to build a strong entrepreneurial class, Villar proposed to establish the National Commission on Entrepreneurial Education (NCEE) to guide students in learning the principles of free enterprise and encourage entrepreneurship.

He also sought to open Business One- Stop Shop (BOSS) Centers that would help businessmen fulfill the documentary requirements of putting up a business enterprise.

By encouraging our people to become entrepreneurs, we would be able to create more jobs instead of waiting for foreign investors to come in or deploy our people overseas to work, he said.

Bishops rites tomorrow

Bishop Socrates B. Villegas will be installed third bishop of the Diocese of Balanga in eucharistic celebrations starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, July 3, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Balanga, Bataan.

He will be received by the civil authorities of Bataan led by its governor and Balanga City mayor in simple ceremonies at the boundary of Bataan (and Pampanga) today, July 2.

Jaime L. Cardinal Sin, archbishop emeritus of the Archdioceses of Manila, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, Archbishop of Cebu; Manila Archbishop Gaudencio B. Rosales and Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Antonio Franco will lead 60 archbishops and bishops and about 200 priests attending the installation rites.

Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Villegas the new bishop of Balanga last May 3. He takes over the post vacated by Bishop Honesto F. Ongtioco, now the bishop of the new Diocese of Cubao.

Before his appointment to Balanga, Bishop Villegas, 43, was auxiliary bishop of Manila. He was ordained bishop in 2001 by Jaime L. …

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