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House Committee approves "National Press Freedom Day" Bill

The House committee on public information chaired by Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy (Partylist, BH) approved House Bill 3702 declaring August 30 of every year as "Marcelo H. Del Pilar National Press Freedom Day."

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Committee passes Bill declaring Barangay Krus na Ligas a Disposable Asset for Housing

The House committee on Housing and Urban Development passed House Bill 165 declaring a portion of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, Barangay Krus na Ligas as a disposable asset for housing and urban settlement.
Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Martial Law Extension ok only in Parts of Mindanao: Prelate

MANILA - Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Pena is in favor of extending martial law in Mindanao but only in areas where tensions are reported.
Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Magna Carta of Day Care Workers gets Final House Nod

MANILA, Nov 23 (PNA) - The House of Representatives has unanimously approved on third and final reading a measure seeking to establish a Magna Carta of Day Care Workers. With 205 affirmative votes, members of the lower chamber approved House Bill 6550, which aims to improve the social and economic well-being of day care workers. The bill provides f ...
Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Congress seeks Removal of System Loss Charges

The House committee on energy chaired by Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco (Lone District, Marinduque) on Tuesday gathered comments from various sectors affected by proposals to stop private electric utilities from collecting system loss charges from consumers and reduce the cap of recoverable system loss of rural electric cooperatives to a maximum of fi ...
Date: 22 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House Committee finalizes 'Endo' Bill

A technical working group (TWG) of the House committee on labor and employment chaired by Rep. Randolph Ting (3rd District, Cagayan) has expanded the parameters that constitute labor-only contracting in the draft House bill that seeks to end contractualization and de-regularization of workers, or “endo.” The unnumbered bill aims to ...
Date: 22 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House to finalize Bills on creating Department of Sports

The House committees on government reorganization and youth and sports development chaired by Reps. Xavier Jesus Romualdo (Lone District, Camiguin) and Conrado Estrella III (Party-list, ABONO), respectively, on Tuesday created a Technical Working Group (TWG) that will harmonize various measures seeking the creation of a Department of Sports.
Date: 22 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House Committees approve Creation of National Nuclear Regulatory Body

The House committee on government reorganization chaired by Rep. Xavier Jesus Romualdo (Lone District, Camiguin) and the committee on science and technology chaired by Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado (2nd District, Bohol) jointly approved an amended substitute bill seeking to provide a comprehensive nuclear regulatory framework to protect public hea ...
Date: 22 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

DOJ warns Public against Unauthorized Solicitation

MANILA, Nov 22 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday warned the public against unscrupulous people using the name of the agency for unauthorized solicitation.
Date: 22 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate okays Transfer to BGC by 2020

MANILA, Nov 22 (PNA) - The Senate has approved a resolution to relocate its office to Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig by 2020.
Date: 22 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House includes Building Code in Engineering Courses

The House committee on higher and technical education chaired by Rep. Ann Hofer (2nd District, Zamboanga Sibugay) on Monday created a technical working group (TWG) that will fine-tune House Bill 5908 which seeks to include the National Building Code of the Philippines (NBCP) among the subjects of engineering courses.
Date: 21 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Committee approves Bill protecting Farmers, upholding PH Commitment to WTO

The House committee on agriculture and food chaired by Rep. Jose Panganiban, Jr. (Party-list, ANAC-IP) approved a measure protecting the welfare of the country’s rice farmers while at the same time upholding the country's commitment to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Members of the committee adopted a substitute bill to various House ...
Date: 21 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

DTI issues New Cement Testing Rules

MANILA - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has amended a Department Administrative Order (DAO) on cement products, which now harmonizes testing process for importers and producers.
Date: 21 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Guidelines on the Issuance of Clearance for Customs Release of Radiation Devices

Pursuant to Section 1(a) of Presidential Decree (PD) No. 480 entitled "Creating Radiation Health Office in the Department" dated 06 June 1974 as amended by PD No. 1372 and under Republic Act No. 9711 also known as "The Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009", the Center for Device Regulation , Radiation Health, and Research (CDRRHR) of the Food a ...
Date: 18 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Food and Drug Administration

Ombudsman fines DAR Exec for failing to reply to Letters

Felix Aguhob, Regional Director of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Regional Office No. IX, Tumaga, Zamboanga City, was slapped with a fine equivalent to his one month salary for violation of Section 5(a) of Code of Conduct and Ethical standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act No. 6713).
Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

House seeks to strengthen PCIC

The House committee on appropriations chaired by Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles (1stDistrict, Davao City) approved a substitute bill seeking to strengthen the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) and improve its capa ...

Guidelines on the Voluntary Acceptance by Banks of NDS Banknotes from the General Public for Replacement or Exchange with NGC Banknotes House paves way for Insurance Coverage to CARP Recipients DOF focusing on 3 Initiatives to improve Ease of doing Business more

CA affirms P70-B PLDT, Globe Buyout of SMC Telco Assets

MANILA, Oct 23 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) upheld the legality of the PHP70-billion buyout of telco assets of San Miguel Corporation (SMC) by the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) and Globe Telecomm ...

PCC reminds Businessmen to play Fair or face Hefty Fines and Penalties PCC sees Indications of Anti Competitive Act in Cement Industry The Philippines shares Initiatives as Newly Established Competition Authority more

Congress seeks Removal of System Loss Charges

The House committee on energy chaired by Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco (Lone District, Marinduque) on Tuesday gathered comments from various sectors affected by proposals to stop private electric utilities from collecting ...

DTI issues New Cement Testing Rules Sandiganbayan upholds Estrada Bail DOTr terminates BURI Maintenance Contract with MRT more

Ombudsman fines DAR Exec for failing to reply to Letters

Felix Aguhob, Regional Director of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Regional Office No. IX, Tumaga, Zamboanga City, was slapped with a fine equivalent to his one month salary for violation of Section 5(a) of Code ...

Ex-Lucena City Mayor convicted over P30M Computerization Project CA affirms Dismissal of Ex-Iloilo City Mayor Mabilog Sandiganbayan convicts Court interpreter for Bribery more

NEA, Buseco agree to end Dispute

MANILA, Nov 9 (PNA) - Following a consultative meeting called by the Senate Committees on Energy and on Cooperatives chaired by Senators Sherwin Gatchalian and Juan Miguel Zubiri, respectively, on Tuesday, the National E ...

Government settles Dispute with Chinese Firm over Northrail Project CA junks Makati Plea on Claim over Fort Bonifacio Comelec to obey PET Ruling on Payment of Ballot Storage Fees more

Magna Carta of Day Care Workers gets Final House Nod

MANILA, Nov 23 (PNA) - The House of Representatives has unanimously approved on third and final reading a measure seeking to establish a Magna Carta of Day Care Workers. With 205 affirmative votes, members of the lower c ...

House Committee finalizes 'Endo' Bill House ups Travel Expenses of Workers Suspension of acceptance and processing of all new application for Overseas Employment Certificate for all Overseas Filipino Workers including direct hire workers more

House okays Bill promoting Open Access in Data Transmission

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 6557 which seeks to promote open access in data transmission and provide additional powers to the National Telecommunications Commission. As defined ...

DICT starts Consultations on the proposed IRR of the Free Internet Access in Public Places Act Public Consultation on the Draft Administrative Order on Social Media use for Government Proclamation creating and designating an Information Technology Park more

Committee passes Bill declaring Barangay Krus na Ligas a Disposable Asset for Housing

The House committee on Housing and Urban Development passed House Bill 165 declaring a portion of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, Barangay Krus na Ligas as a disposable asset for housing and ur ...

House includes Building Code in Engineering Courses Republic of the Philippines v Rosario L Nicolas House approves Bill rationalizing DAR Rules for Land Registration more

Bessang Pass Endowments get Tax Relief

The House committee on ways and means chaired by Rep. Dakila Carlo Cua (Lone District, Quirino) approved the amended tax provision of a bill declaring the historic Bessang Pass Natural Monument (BPNM) in Cervantes, Iloco ...

Donations to eye screening for Kinders to be Tax-Free Carmen Copper Corporation v Commissioner of Internal Revenue Bases Conversion and Development Authority v Commissioner of Internal Revenue more

House moves to harmonize Metro Manila Rules

The House committee on Metro Manila Development chaired by Rep. Winston Castelo (2nd District, Quezon City) approved a draft substitute bill which seeks to harmonize the rules that will govern the entire Metro Manila to ...

Drones or UAV Operations restricted during 31st ASEAN Summit: CAAP I-ACT vows Stricter Implementation of Traffic Rules Bill banning Unattended Children in Vehicles OK’d on 2nd Reading more

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Government winning War against Contractualization - Bello

The labor department is winning the war to eliminate labor-only contacting and other forms of illegal contracting arrangements, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said yesterday.

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Roque is concurrent Presidential Adviser on Human Rights

MANILA, Nov 22 (PNA) - Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has been appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as concurrent Presidential Adviser on Human Rights.

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House to work on Priority Bills during SC Chief Impeach Proceedings

House leaders today assured that Congress will remain focused on passing its remaining legislative priorities for the year and will not be distracted by the hearings of the committee on justice on the determination of probable cause of the impeachment complaint filed against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

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Sereno to snub Impeach Hearings; Lawyers to attend

MANILA, Nov 21 (PNA) - Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno will attend the House Justice Committee's hearing on her impeachment through her legal counsel on Wednesday amid Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez' call to show up and personally face her accusers.

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Online Corporate Registration System launched

MANILA - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Tuesday launched a new online system that ensures quick and easy registration of new corporations in a bid to further improve the ease of doing business in the country.

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New ASEAN e-Commerce Framework to benefit More Local MSMEs

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21 (Bernama) - The new ASEAN framework on e-commerce, currently being implemented by the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on E-commerce, is expected to open up more opportunities for micro and small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and facilitate their business expansion in the region.

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New OFB Bank to cover all Overseas Filipinos

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has welcomed Malacanang’s approval of the acquisition by the Land Bank of the Philippines of the Philippine Postal Savings Bank (PPSB), which, he said, will pave the way for a financial institution that will cater not only to the country’s migrant workers, but to other overseas-based Filipinos as well.

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Juvenile Council helps Child Offenders through Art

MANILA, Nov 20 (PNA) - The Juvenile Justice Welfare Council (JJWC) kicked off its 6th JJWC Week on Sunday through an on-the-spot poster painting contest emphasizing the importance of promoting restorative justice and giving youth offenders who have gone astray a "second chance" to correct their mistakes.

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Self-Regulation, Digital Literacy, Best Ways to counter Fake News

MANILA, Nov 18 (PNA) - Self-regulation and digital literacy are the best antidotes to fake news, according to advocates of freedom of expression in Southeast Asia.

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Sereno Camp insists on CJ's Right to Counsel

MANILA  Nov 17 (PNA) - The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Friday insisted anew that she has the right to have counsel and to cross-examine the witness during the impeachment proceedings against her before the Congress.

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IPOPHL MOU on Intellectual Property with the Russian Federation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of Russia witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and the Federal Service for Intellectual Property of the Russian Federation (Rospatent). The MOU was signed by IPOPHL Director General Josephine R. Santiago and Rospatent Head Grigory P. Ivlev. The MOU serves as the bilateral framework to improve the administration and effectiveness of the intellectual property systems in the Philippines and the Russian Federation. The signing ceremony was held on 13 November 2017 at the Coconut Palace.

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CJ Sereno need not attend Impeach Hearings

MANILA, Nov 17 (PNA) - Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno does not have to accept the invitation to appear before the House Justice Committee's hearing on the impeachment case against her, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said.

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