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Guidelines seek Responsible Marine Wildlife Tourism

MANILA, Mar 9 (PNA) - The environment department's Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) is planning to finalize soon the guidelines on marine wildlife tourism (MWT) in the country.
Date: 09 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Bill on Sustainable Management of Forest Lands and Forest Resources passed

The House of Representatives approved on second reading a bill seeking to set a policy direction in the formulation of programs for the protection and sustainable management of forest lands to enhance forest ecosystems services.
Date: 25 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

SGMA Bill on Advanced Energy and Green Building Technologies Curriculum approved

The House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading with 172 votes, House Bill No. 8912 or the proposed “Advanced Energy and Green Building Technologies Curriculum Act,” principally authored by former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, which seeks to authorize higher education curriculum developm ...
Date: 16 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Rainwater Harvesting Facility Bill approved

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill No. 4340 or the proposed “Rainwater Harvesting Facility Act,” which seeks to require the establishment and maintenance of rainwater harvesting facilities in all new institutional, commercial, and residential development projects in Metro Manila.
Date: 14 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

Bicam OKs Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - The Bicameral Conference Committee has approved the reconciled Senate and House of Representatives' versions of a measure institutionalizing a framework to advance energy efficiency and conservation practices in the country.
Date: 17 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

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

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

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Ambushed fiscal named Mindoro judge

MANILA, Jun 21 (PNA) - A female prosecutor who was shot and wounded as she was entering her home in Oriental Mindoro last June 10 is among the newly-appointed judges, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevara announced on Friday.

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ASEAN Chamber of Commerce, UiTM ink MoU to collaborate in Various Areas

KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 22 (Bernama) - ASEAN Chamber of Commerce and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to pave the way for collaboration in various areas of entrepreneurship, including research.

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President Jokowi to attend 34th ASEAN Summit in Thailand

Jakarta, Jun 20 (ANTARA) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo will attend the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, from June 22 to 23, 2019.

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PCC OKs East West purchase of PBCOM Auto Loan Portfolio

MANILA, Jun 19 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) approved the acquisition by East West Banking Corporation (East West) of the auto loan portfolio of Philippine Bank of Communications (PBCom).

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RI hopes for Progress in Timor Leste joining ASEAN

Jakarta, Jun 19 (ANTARA) - The Indonesian government has expressed its hopes that the ongoing evaluation of Timor Leste will result in its becoming a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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MyCC to focus Efforts on Monitoring Cement Industry

KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 19 (Bernama) - The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) says it will focus its efforts on consistently monitoring the cement industry in order to complement the government’s initiative in protecting the welfare of consumers.

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Amended Code did not affect Conflict of Interest - Witness

KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 18 (Bernama) - The Code of Ethics for Administration Members and Members of Parliament was amended by the Cabinet in 2013 but did not affect the conflict of interest provision, according to a Cabinet former deputy secretary-general (Constitution and Communication).

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Court urges Johor PTG to meet Orang Asli to settle Compensation Issue

JOHOR BAHRU, Jun 18 (Bernama) - The High Court here today encouraged the state Land and Mines Office (PTG) to engage in discussions with the Seletar tribe Orang Asli of Kuala Masai with the aim of settling compensation due as a result of wrongful acquisition of their land in Stulang Laut.

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Ex-CJ speaks out against Lawyers' Tendency to seek Postponements

KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 16 (Bernama) - Former Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi has spoken out against the tendency by certain defence lawyers to seek postponements of cases being heard in court.

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New Competition Commission already under Fire

Myanmar’s professed commitment to competition reform has come under fire after the government packed the new Competition Commission with bureaucrats serving under a minister.

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NA Deputies give Opinions on Revised Labour Code

Hanoi, Jun 12 (VNA) - The revised Labour Code will the focus during the sitting of lawmakers on June 12 in the ongoing 7th session of the 14th National Assembly.

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Ability to pay Taxes Online a Boon for Vietnam’s Import-Export Businesses

Hanoi, Jun 6 (VNS/VNA) - Around 99 percent of import and export tax payments in Ho Chi Minh City are made online, according to the customs department.

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OWWA joins Urban Poor Caravan

MANILA, Jun 8 (PNA) - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will be joining the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) caravan to inform the public of its programs on overseas employment.

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Palace declares June 24 Holiday in Manila

MANILA, Jun 6 (PNA) - Malacañang has declared June 24 as a special, non-working holiday in the City of Manila in celebration of its 448th founding anniversary.

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Legal Profession faces inherent Risks not Exclusive to NUPL

MANILA, Jun6 (PNA) - A state lawyer of the Office of the Solicitor General said Thursday the legal profession faces "inherent risks not exclusive to the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL)".

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DOJ forms Panel to probe Jacky Co Case

MANILA, Jun 6 (PNA) - A prosecution panel has been assigned for the preliminary investigation on the complaints filed against alleged Chinese drug lord Jacky Co and others implicated in the smuggling of PHP1.8 billion worth of illegal drugs into the country.

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Myanmar still short of Judges, says Supreme Court

The number of judges in the country is just two thirds of the number required, according the 2018 annual report of the Union Supreme Court.

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RCI on Judicial Misconduct is what People Want - Dr Mahathir

PUTRAJAYA, Jun 5 (Bernama) - The government agreed to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on judicial misconduct because this is what the people want, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

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