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Committee approves SGMA's Bill on Shark Conservation

The House Committee on Natural Resources chaired by Rep. Rodrigo Abellanosa (2nd District, Cebu City) approved House Bill 7912, principally authored by former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, which seeks to regulate the catching, sale, purchase, possession, transportation, importation, and exportation of all sharks, rays, chimaeras, or any part thereof in the country.

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Straws Ban for Traders and Food Outlet Operators - Federal Territories Ministry

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 (Bernama) - The ban on the use of plastic drinking straws effective Jan 1, 2020, is aimed at traders and operators of food outlets who are licence holders, and not at the public.
Date: 21 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

House to push for Open-Pit Mining Ban

MANILA, Sept 20 (PNA) - House of Representatives Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is determined to ban open-pit mining following President Rodrigo Duterte's directive against this type of mining during his State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Date: 20 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SAP Go backs Law allowing forced evacuation to achieve Zero Casualty

MANILA, Sept 20 (PNA) - Enacting a law allowing authorities to forcibly move out hard-headed residents in an identified danger area in times of natural disasters may be one of the measures to attain zero casualty, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go said Wednesday.
Date: 20 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government to help Miners gain Public Trust with Responsible Mining Rules

MANILA, Sept 19 (PNA) - The government has vowed to work with mining companies to build public confidence in the mining sector.
Date: 19 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House okays Disaster Resilience Department Bill on Second Reading

MANILA, Sept 18 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on second reading a measure creating the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR), a legislative priority of the Duterte administration.
Date: 18 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Forestry Ministry demands Execution of Court Verdict against MPL

Pekanbaru, Riau, Sept 11 (ANTARA News) - The Forestry and Environment Ministry has demanded payment of Rp16.2 trillion in fine ruled by the Supreme Court against PT Merbau Pelalawan Lestari (MPL).
Date: 11 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Environmental Public Health (Amendment) Bill

This Bill seeks to amend the Environmental Public Health Act and to make related amendments to the Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act.
Date: 10 September 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: Bill No. 39/2018; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Government drafts Post-quake Reconstruction Action Plan

Jakarta, Sept 10 (ANTARA News) - The central and local governments are drafting an action plan on the post-earthquake reconstruction and rehabilitation of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Province.
Date: 10 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

New SOP to deal with open burning in Peat Soils - Yeoh Bee Yin

KLANG, Sept 1 (Bernama) - A new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be drafted soon to holistically address open burning activities particularly in areas with peat soil like Johan Setia here, said Energy, Green Technology, Science and Climate Change Minister Yeoh Bee Yin. She said the SOP, which is expected to be drafted within a month, wo ...
Date: 01 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Amend Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997- WWF - Malaysia

KOTA KINABALU, Aug 28 (Bernama) - WWF- Malaysia today reiterated its call for the state government to amend the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997 to preserve and prevent further killing of endangered elephants in Sabah.
Date: 28 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

SEA Framework to be adopted in Water Resource Management

BANGKOK, Aug 22 (NNT) - The Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) has held a second meeting on an environmental policy and a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) to further improve water resource management in Thailand.
Date: 22 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Company fined RM18,000 for unauthorized depositing of Waste

JOHOR BAHRU, Aug 13 (Bernama) - A construction company was fined RM18,000 by the Sessions Court here today for depositing its solid waste at a housing area.
Date: 13 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

DENR to submit Report and Actions taken on Suspended/Closed Mining to PRRD

The Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) adopted the report of the MICC Technical Review Teams, which undertook an objective fact-finding and science-based review of the performance of 26 mining companies which were issued suspension and cancellation orders by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in February 2017.
Date: 06 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Three New Water Quality Management Areas named

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has named three more river systems as water quality management areas (WQMAs), bringing to 37 the total number of water bodies nationwide under stringent policies for protection from pollution.
Date: 04 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Forestry Ministry demands Execution of Court Verdict against MPL

Pekanbaru, Riau, Sept 11 (ANTARA News) - The Forestry and Environment Ministry has demanded payment of Rp16.2 trillion in fine ruled by the Supreme Court against PT Merbau Pelalawan Lestari (MPL).

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Straws Ban for Traders and Food Outlet Operators - Federal Territories Ministry

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 (Bernama) - The ban on the use of plastic drinking straws effective Jan 1, 2020, is aimed at traders and operators of food outlets who are licence holders, and not at the public.

New SOP to deal with open burning in Peat Soils - Yeoh Bee Yin Amend Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997- WWF - Malaysia Company fined RM18,000 for unauthorized depositing of Waste more

Foreign Investment permitted in Mining Sector under New Government Regulations

Local and foreign investments in Myanmar’s mining blocks will be permitted under the new Myanmar Mining Rule enacted February 2018, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MON ...

Clashing with the Law, SEZ Body to resurrect Dawei Megaproject Consultation on Draft Mining EIA Guidelines begins Guidelines for Businesses to fight against Plastic Pollution issued more

Committee approves SGMA's Bill on Shark Conservation

The House Committee on Natural Resources chaired by Rep. Rodrigo Abellanosa (2nd District, Cebu City) approved House Bill 7912, principally authored by former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, which seek ...

House to push for Open-Pit Mining Ban SAP Go backs Law allowing forced evacuation to achieve Zero Casualty Government to help Miners gain Public Trust with Responsible Mining Rules more

Environmental Public Health (Amendment) Bill

This Bill seeks to amend the Environmental Public Health Act and to make related amendments to the Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act.

Protected Places (No. 7) Order 2018 Protected Places (No. 5) Order 2018 Protected Places (No. 6) Order 2018 more

SEA Framework to be adopted in Water Resource Management

BANGKOK, Aug 22 (NNT) - The Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) has held a second meeting on an environmental policy and a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) to further improve water resource management in Th ...

Government considers banning e-Waste Import Cabinet proposes Amendments to Hazardous Substances Act Cabinet gives Green Light to Community Forest Bill more

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Indonesia hands over Chairmanship of ASEAN Committee to Thailand

Jakarta, Sept 25 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Ambassador to Kuwait, Tatang Budie Utama Razak, handed over the chairmanship of ASEAN Committee in Kuwait (ACK) for the period of January-June 2018 to ACK Chairman of the next period, Ambassador of Thailand to Kuwait, Dusit Manapan, on Sept 19.

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NLA receives Support from Labor Groups for Enactment of New Labor Protection Law

BANGKOK, Sept 26 (NNT) - Representatives of various labor groups have expressed support for the National Legislative Assembly’s enactment of a new version of the Labor Protection Act.

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House holds Marathon Budget Deliberations to meet October Deadline

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The House of Representatives is holding marathon deliberations - even extending the plenary session until the wee hours - on the proposed PHP3.757-trillion 2019 national budget to meet its approval deadline by October 12, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said on Tuesday.

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DOJ awaits BI Comments, Records on Fox Deportation Case

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has asked the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to file a formal comment on the petition for review of the government's deportation order against Australian missionary nun Patricia Fox.

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IPOPHL to roll out Green Lane for Trademark Applications

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) is set to roll out a ‘green lane’ for trademark applications that will slash the average processing time for registration, which currently takes about eight months to be approved.

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BSP warns Public against Frauds, Scams

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Tuesday warned the public against frauds and scams, in the wake of the fast approaching holiday season.

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Corporate Income Tax cuts won't lead to Job Losses

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - Finance Undersecretary Karl Chua said the removal of certain incentives under the proposed tax reform measure will not result in job losses.

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Yangon Court allows Trial to resume in Celebrity Slaying

Yangon Region High Court decided on Monday to let the trial go ahead in the murder of Facebook celebrity Aung Ye Htwe and cancel the order by the district court to withdraw the case.

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Fundamental Freedoms must be aligned with International Standards - Dewan Rakyat Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 25 (Bernama) - Parliamentarians have to ensure that the Federal Constitution and laws relating to freedom of expression, access to information and press freedom are in line with international human right standards, said Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof.

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SME Mart to assist Entrepreneurs Market Products Overseas

SHAH ALAM, Sept 24 (Bernama) - SME Mart, an initiative introduced by Dewan Ekonomi Usahawan Malaysia (DEUM) will serve as a platform for Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) entrepreneurs to sell their products on both the local and international market.

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SGX proposes New “trade at close” Session for Securities Market

Singapore Exchange (SGX) is seeking public feedback on the proposed introduction of a new trading session for the securities market, the “trade at close” (TAC), which will take place after the closing auction routine ends.

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PHL Officials to brief UK Investors on Opportunities in Infra, Other Sectors

A Duterte Cabinet delegation led by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III will embark on a three-day mission to London this week to brief British investors on the vast business opportunities in the country’s infrastructure, energy and tourism sectors and explore ways to expand economic cooperation between the Philippines and the United Kingdom.

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DOF thanks House for Final OK of Corporate Tax Reform Bill

The Department of Finance (DOF) has thanked the House of Representatives for approving on third and final reading the bill seeking to lower the corporate income tax (CIT) and correct the convoluted incentives system for businesses, as it expressed optimism that the Senate would pass a similar measure soon enough to enable the people to reap the benefits of a fair, transparent and accountable tax system in the form of more investments and jobs.

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PH Ambassador to Bahrain participates in a Roundtable on International Labor Standards

MANAMA, Sept 24 - Philippine Ambassador to Bahrain Alfonso A. Ver participated in a roundtable discussion on various International Labor Organization’s (ILO) conventions on foreign workers with the ILO Direct Contact Mission to Bahrain on 18 September 2018.

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HK Business Seminar puts Spotlight on Investment Opportunities in PH

HONG KONG, Sept 24  - Top-level government officials reassured potential investors in Hong Kong that the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte is working “non-stop” to ensure that the necessary policies, fiscal measures and legal framework relating to ease of doing business and investments are in place.

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MAS outlines Enforcement Approach to deter, detect and investigate Breaches of Rules and Regulations

Singapore, Sept 24 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has published an Enforcement monograph to provide greater clarity and transparency into how MAS deters, detects, investigates and takes action against breaches of the rules and regulations it administers. The monograph outlines how MAS’ Enforcement Department works together with the other financial sector oversight functions in MAS to uphold Singapore’s reputation as a clean and trusted financial centre.

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International Maritime Community re-affirms Co-operation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore

More than 180 participants from around 80 maritime administrations and organisations, as well as embassies in Singapore, attended the 11th Co-operation Forum this morning, where they reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen cooperation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS).

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Chartered Accountant and Lawyer among those who joined Scheme as Proxy Decision-Makers

Lawyer Haryadi Hadi, 35, decided to be a professional deputy as he has wealthy clients who are single, childless or have strained ties with their loved ones and they cannot find anyone to be their proxy decision-makers should they become mentally incapacitated.

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