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House passes "Marine and Coastal Resources Protection Bill" on Final Reading

The House of Representatives on Monday unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill 8145 which seeks to establish Marine Protected Areas in all coastal municipalities and cities in the country to safeguard the livelihood of fisherfolk and ensure environmental sustainability of future generations.
Date: 27 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Committee approves Environmental Engineering Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations chaired by Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles (1st District, Davao City) approved a substitute bill which seeks to regulate the practice of environmental engineering in the country.
Date: 01 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House approves Disaster Resilience Department Bill

MANILA, Oct 1 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a measure creating the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR).
Date: 01 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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, chimaera ...
Date: 23 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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

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

House Panel okays funding for Disaster Resilience Department Bill

MANILA, Aug 1 (PNA) - The House of Representatives’ appropriations committee on Wednesday approved the funding provisions of the measure creating the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR), which is among the legislative priorities mentioned by President Rodrigo Duterte in his third State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Date: 01 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Palace submits Draft Bill creating Disaster Management Department

MANILA, July 31 (PNA) - Malacañang, through the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO), has transmitted to both houses of Congress an executive version of a bill seeking to create a new department that would quickly respond to the country’s natural disasters and ensure recovery.
Date: 31 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House committees approve Creation of the Department of Disaster Resilience

The Committees on Government Reorganization and National Defense and Security of the House of Representatives have jointly approved the substitute bill creating the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR).
Date: 27 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

EO vs Open Pit Mining being prepared: Palace

MANILA, July 26 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte will soon prohibit open-pit mining possibly through the issuance of an executive order, Malacañang said on Thursday.
Date: 26 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bill of the Act establishing a Multi-Species Marine Hatchery in Minalabac

This Bill seeks to establish a marine hatchery in the Municipality of Minalabac, Province of Camarines Sur, to present an opportunity for the fisherfolk to undergo training to improve productivity and be educated on the dangers of depletion due to unscientific and indiscriminate practices.
Date: 29 May 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1830 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

PH leads Adoption of UN Resolution on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters

NEW YORK, July 9 - The United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) has adopted the resolution entitled “Strategic Framework on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters” tabled by the Philippines and Jamaica.
Date: 09 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

No Need for New Law to rid Streets of loiterers: PRRD

MANILA, July 8 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Saturday defended anew his anti-tambay (loiterer) drive stressing that there is no need for a law to order the clearing of the streets.
Date: 08 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Forest Bill approved on Final Reading

The House of Representatives has unanimously approved House Bill 7496, seeking to delineate the specific limits of forestlands of the public domain for the conservation, protection, and development of forest resources.
Date: 17 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House to impose tighter controls on quarrying

The House committee on good government and public accountability chaired by Rep. Johnny Ty Pimentel terminated its deliberations pursuant to House Resolution 1505, seeking an inquiry, in aid of legislation, into quarrying activities in Nueva Ecija and other parts of the country.
Date: 30 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Proclamation declaring a portion of the Philippine Rise to be known as the Philippine Rise Marine Resource Reserve

Proclamation declaring a portion of the Philippine Rise situated within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Philippine Sea, north eastern coast of Luzon Island, as a protected area under the category of Resource Reserve to be known as the Philippine Rise Marine Resource Reserve. Proclamation No. 489
Date: 15 May 2018; Type: Proclamation; Citation: Proclamation No. 489; Source: Official Gazette

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DLT introducing Electronic Licenses

BANGKOK, Jan 15 (NNT) - The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has officially begun to introduce electronic drivers licenses, launching a downloadable application that can digitally hold driver authorizations and vehicle details.

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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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Judges, Judicial Officers receive DoJ Training not due to High Profile Cases - CJ

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum explained that the training of Malaysian judges and judicial officers by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) was not due to the high profile money laundering cases, such as the ones involving former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

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Adapt Technology and Work from anywhere, CJ tells Lawyers

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11 (Bernama) - With the tagline ‘Now Anywhere Can Work’, lawyers can now deal with their cases from anywhere through the use of technology introduced by the judiciary in order to have an efficient court system, said Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum today.

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Malaysian Bar will continue to voice Concerns over use of Oppressive Laws - President

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Bar will continue to voice its concerns on the continued use of oppressive laws, said its president George Varughese.

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Full Force of the Law to be applied to Wrongdoers, says AG

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11 (Bernama) - Attorney-General Tommy Thomas said today the full force of the law would be applied to wrongdoers.

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Matrade appoints Halim Mohamad as Chairman

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11 (Bernama) - Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) has appointed Tan Sri Halim Mohammad as its seventh chairman, effective Jan 1, 2019.

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Vietnam requests other Countries to respect International Law

Hanoi, Jan 9 (VNA) - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang underlined Vietnam’s stance on the US vessel USS McCampbell’s passage through Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) waters, while responding to reporters’ questions regarding the case on January 9.

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Justice Ministry should be “Goalkeeper” of Government in Legal Issues: PM

Hanoi, Jan 8 (VNA) - The Ministry of Justice should be the “goalkeeper” of the Government in international legal issues to ensure national rights and interests, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said at a conference of the sector in Hanoi on January 8.

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Rizal granted Permission to transfer Corruption Case to High Court

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9 (Bernama) - The case of former special officer to the former Prime Minister, Datuk Rizal Mansor, who faces four corruption charges involving a solar hybrid system project for rural schools in Sarawak will be heard in the High Court.

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Law Society Chief, Three Others appointed Senior Counsel

The President of the Law Society, Gregory Vijayendran, fellow litigator Siraj Omar, 46, as well as two former judicial commissioners of the Supreme Court, Foo Chee Hock, 58, and Foo Tuat Yien, 65, were conferred the coveted designation when their appointments were announced by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon at the opening of the legal year.

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