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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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SC, DOJ Buildings declared Safe

MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - Work resumed at the Supreme Court (SC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday, after the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that shook parts of Luzon including Metro Manila last Monday.

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SC asked to allow Poll Watchers to take Photos

MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - Various individuals and groups asked the Supreme Court (SC) to lift the ban imposed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on digital photo taking by watchers of candidates in the May 13 mid-term polls.

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Makati Court hears Drug Case vs Ex-NBI Exec

MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - A prosecution witness positively identified the former acting regional director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Central Mindanao as the owner of a 1,000-square meter lot in Virac, Catanduanes, where a shabu laboratory was uncovered three years ago.

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Mobile Application on Labour Market Information Launched

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 23 (Bernama) - Information on Malaysia's labour market is now available at the fingertips with the launch of a new mobile application, Labour Market Information Gateway or LMI Gateway today.

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Former Lawyer Pleads not Guilty to CBT Over Client's House Sale Proceeds

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 23 (Bernama) - A former lawyer pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here today to a charge of criminal breach of trust amounting to RM338,000 which was the proceeds from the sale of a house belonging to his client three years ago.

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Manila Court orders Arrest of Acierto, Seven Others

MANILA, Apr 23 (PNA) - A Manila court has ordered the arrest of former police official Eduardo Acierto and seven others implicated in the smuggling of shabu shipments inside magnetic lifters last year.

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SC orders Inspection of Court Houses in Quake-Affected Areas

MANILA, Apr 23 (PNA) - Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin on Tuesday ordered an inspection of all court houses in areas affected by the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that hit Luzon on Monday afternoon.

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Cybersecurity Challenge should be viewed as an Opportunity - Gobind

CYBERJAYA, Apr 23 (Bernama) - A national innovation ecosystem needs to be developed to transform cybersecurity challenges towards forming new opportunities, ideas and solutions, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said today.

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Malaysia signs ASEAN Trade in Services Agreement

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 23 (Bernama) - Malaysia has signed the ASEAN Trade in Services Agreement (ATISA) and the Fourth Protocol to Amend the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA).

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Former Lawyer charged with Criminal Breach of Trust

SEREMBAN, Apr 23 (Bernama) - A former lawyer pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to criminal breach of trust involving RM198,592.50, nine years ago.

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PCC seeks Own Probe on Luzon Power Outages

MANILA, Apr 22 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) announced that it will investigate allegations of collusion or abuse of dominance among energy companies that led to the recent series of power outages in Luzon.

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Right to Freedom of Religion guaranteed under Federal Constitution

KOTA BELUD, Apr 21 (Bernama) - The right to freedom of religion of every Malaysian is guaranteed under the Federal Constitution, said Sabah Rural Development Minister Datuk Ewon Benedick.

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Sabah and Sarawak High Court Registrar's Office to move to Kota Kinabalu

SANDAKAN, Apr 21 (Bernama) -- Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong today confirmed that the Office of the Registrar of the Sabah and Sarawak High Court will be relocated from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu.

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Government awaits Approval from Malay Rulers on New Chief Justice - Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR, Apri 19 (Bernama) - The government is awaiting approval from the Malay Rulers for the appointment of a new Chief Justice, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

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Double Pay for Workers on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - Workers who will report to work on April 18 and 19 will receive twice their regular daily wages as both days have been declared regular holidays, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Wednesday.

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Palace suspends Government Work for Holy Week Exodus

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - Malacañang suspended work on Wednesday (April 17), 12 noon onwards, to allow government employees to travel to their respective regions in time for the observance of Maundy Thursday (April 18) and Good Friday (April 19).

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JBC asks Applicant to comment on Gadon Opposition

MANILA, Apr 16 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has asked an applicant for a vacancy in the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) to comment on an opposition to her appointment filed last month by senatorial candidate and lawyer, Lorenzo "Larry" Gadon.

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PCC approves Ayala-PHINMA Energy Deal

MANILA, Apr 15 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has approved the acquisition of the majority stake in PHINMA Energy by Ayala Corporation’s power branch, AC Energy.

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