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Bill empowering MSMEs gets Final House Nod

MANILA, Dec 19 (PNA) - The House of Representatives has unanimously approved on third and final reading a measure seeking to strengthen, empower, and enhance the financing programs for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
Date: 19 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House to take up Innovative Startup bill

The House of Representatives is set to take up House Bill No. 3057 or the Innovative Startup Act which seeks to improve the existing startup ecosystem in order to encourage the long-term growth of such businesses.
Date: 20 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Marcelino E Lopez and 4 Others v The Hon Court of Appeals and Another, and Another Appeal

Date: 01 August 2018; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR Nos. 163959 & 177855; Source: Supreme Court

Financial Consumer Protection Bill hurdles House Panel

MANILA , Nov 13 (PNA)- The House of Representatives’ committee on banks and financial intermediaries on Tuesday approved a measure providing protection to financial consumers.
Date: 13 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bill on Fiscal Regime for Mining Industry hurdles House

MANILA, Nov 12 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a measure seeking to establish a fiscal regime for the mining industry.
Date: 12 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Advocacy Groups, Mothers want IRR for Toy Labeling Law out soon

MANILA, Oct 24 (PNA) - Advocacy groups EcoWaste Coalition, Laban Konsyumer Inc. and about 20 mothers petitioned the Quezon City Regional Trial Court to compel the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Health (DOH) to finally come up with the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the Toy and Game Safety Labeling Act of ...
Date: 24 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bill on Mining Fiscal Regime hurdles Second Reading at House

MANILA, Oct 10 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Wednesday night approved on second reading a measure seeking to establish a fiscal regime for the mining industry.
Date: 10 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office v Hon Maximo M De Leon and Another

Date: 15 August 2018; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR Nos. 236577 & 236597; Source: Supreme Court

DOJ declares Nayong Pilipino deal void 'ab initio’

MANILA, Aug 31 (PNA) - Malacañang on Friday said the Department of Justice (DOJ) has concluded that the lease contract between Nayong Pilipino Foundation (NPF) and Landing Resorts Philippines Development Corp. is void ab initio (from the beginning).
Date: 31 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SM Systems Corporation v Oscar Camerino and 4 Others

Date: 30 July 2018; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR No. 178591; Source: Supreme Court

Mateo Encarnacion and 14 Others v Thomas Johnson

Date: 11 July 2018; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR No. 192285; Source: Supreme Court

Bill of the Act prohibiting the Use of Plastic Straw and Stirrer in Restaurants and Other Establishments

This Bill seeks to ban plastic straw and stirrer in order to facilitate waste reduction.
Date: 05 July 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1866 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of the Straw Regulation Act

This Bill seeks to regulate the use, recovery, collection, and disposal of plastic drinking straws in commercial establishments and in pre-packed beverages primarily through the collection of a fee that shall be utilized to fund environmental programs focused on maintaining Philippine waters and to create technical assistance programs for micro, sm ...
Date: 16 July 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1873 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Colegio Medico-Farmaceutico De Filipinas Inc v Lily Lim

Date: 02 July 2018; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR No. 212034; Source: Supreme Court

Bill of the Act prohibiting the Imposition of Interest on Unpaid Hospital Bills and Medical Expenses of Patients

This Bill proposes to prohibit the imposition of any additional interest and penalty charges on unpaid hospital bills and medical expenses for one year from the patient’s discharge. This prohibition shall benefit only those patients who earn minimum wage or less.
Date: 15 May 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1801 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Senate approves Innovative Startup Bill

MANILA, May 16 (PNA) - The Senate on Wednesday approved on third and final reading a proposed measure that seeks to give business entrepreneurs a better chance of succeeding in the industry by providing them with tax breaks and other forms of assistance. Senate Bill No. 1532, or the “Act Providing Benefits and Programs to Strengthen, Pro ...
Date: 16 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

ABAC PH adds Digital Innovation, Infrastructure to its Priority Areas

The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Philippines has added digital innovation and infrastructure to its priority areas. Along with its thrusts on MSMEs, Non-Tariff Barriers, and Services, ABAC Philippines seeks to tackle the impact of digital technologies on education and future jobs and take advantage of regional opportunities that may comple ...
Date: 15 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Trade and Industry

Spouses Larry and Another v Spouses Florencio and Another

Date: 07 March 2018; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR No. 233489; Source: Supreme Court

House Panel okays Two Pro-Entrepreneurship Bills

MANILA, Apr 12 (PNA) - A House of Representatives' panel has approved the funding provisions of two bills designed to promote entrepreneurship in the country. The House committee on appropriations passed House Bill (HB) No. 3335, known as the "Government Employees' Entrepreneurship Development Act", and HB 5158 or an "Act providing a socialize ...
Date: 12 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Duterte approves Six-Year MSME Development Plan

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 11 (Bernama) - The Anti-Fake News 2018 is a deterrence law to give a clear message that each individual is responsible for sharing correct, healthy and valid news and information. Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said in a statement today said the law was also the first of its kind in the ...
Date: 11 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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Customs Department offers Online Payment Services

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January 21 Special Non-Working Day in ARMM, Two Other Cities

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - Malacañang has declared Jan. 21, 2019 (Monday), a special non-working day in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Isabela City, and Cotabato City for the plebiscite of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

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White Paper on Defence to be tabled in Parliament this Year

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Chief Justice calls for Government Audit on Rights of Indigenous People

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 17 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum today proposed that the government conduct an audit on the rights of the indigenous people to ensure that they are in line with the United Nations declaration.

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Rape victim testifies that Sex with Convicted Man was ‘Consensual’

A man who was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment for a 2007 rape asked the Appeal Court on Tuesday to release him on bail as he was suffering from mental illness.

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PRRD appoints new Sandiganbayan Associate Justice

MANILA, Jan 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed former Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge Ronald Moreno as Associate Justice of the Sandiganbayan.

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Foreign Ministry continues Ban on UN Special Rapporteur Lee

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Pay the Minimum Wage or face Legal Action, Employers told

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DLT introducing Electronic Licenses

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DOLE vows Aid for Workers displaced by Hanjin Bankruptcy

MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday vowed to assist 3,800 workers of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil) who might be affected after the South Korean shipbuilder declared bankruptcy and applied for rehabilitation.

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Over 100 Medicine Brands for Treatment of Diabetes, Hypertension, High Cholesterol now cheaper under TRAIN Law

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has submitted to the Department of Finance (DOF) a list of over 100 medicines with their corresponding generic names and brands for the treatment and prevention of diabetes, hypertension and high-cholesterol, the sale of which are now exempted from the payment of the value-added tax (VAT) beginning Jan. 1 as provided under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN).

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Tax Academy eyeing Campuses in Tagaytay, New Clark City

The Department of Finance (DOF) is planning to set up permanent campuses of the Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) in Tagaytay City in Cavite and New Clark City at the Clark Special Economic Zone in Pampanga.

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Courts urged to speed up Judicial Reform

Hanoi, Jan 14 (VNA) - General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President Nguyen Phu Trong has stressed the need for courts at all levels to speed up judicial reform and improve the quality of judgment to minimise inaccurate verdicts and overlooking criminals.

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No Passport Data lost, breached: Government Printer

MANILA, Jan 14 (PNA) - No passport loss nor breach has occurred in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), APO Production Unit Inc. (APUI), the current Philippine e-passport maker said Monday.

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Complaint Boxes for Iskandar Puteri Schools to tackle Crimes

ISKANDAR PUTERI, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The Iskandar Puteri District police have suggested for the district’s schools to provide boxes for information or complaints to tackle various crimes involving students.

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Tax Amnesty Programme aims to reduce People's Burden, says IRB

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (SVDP) is a clear indication of the government's desire to reduce the burden of the people through taxation, Inland Revenue Board (IRB) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Sabin Samitah said.

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Tengku Abdullah to be proclaimed as New Sultan of Pahang on January 15

PEKAN, Jan 12 (Bernama) - The Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah will be proclaimed as the sixth Sultan of Pahang, succeeding Sultan Ahmad Shah, on Jan 15.

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