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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

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

PH needs Legal Framework on the use of Nuclear Power

MANILA, May 17 (PNA) - Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Thursday said the government has to come out first with a comprehensive legal framework on the use of nuclear power before it pursues any proposal on adding atomic energy as an alternative energy source in the Philippines.
Date: 17 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House Panel okays Bill on Marine Resources Preservation

MANILA, Apr 20 (PNA) - As the government gears up for the temporary closure of Boracay to rehabilitate the popular tourist destination, the House of Representatives' appropriations committee has approved a measure seeking the establishment of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in all coastal municipalities and cities in the country. According to a ...
Date: 20 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

More LGUs to be charged over Open Dumps, Waste Law Violations

MANILA, Apr 13 (PNA) - The National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) is set to file this year before the Ombudsman more cases against local government officials reportedly violating Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, such as those who allow open dumps in their communities.
Date: 13 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

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Lawyers raise Concerns over Move to cut Fees

In one of the Law Society's biggest townhall sessions, close to 1,000, or one in five, practising lawyers turned up on Monday to discuss with Law Minister K Shanmugam the recommended scale costs they could charge under the proposed civil justice reforms.

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President to conduct Bilateral Meetings and Other Summit Activities

Singapore, Nov 14 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), on the second day of a working visit to Singapore, will hold various bilateral meetings and attend several ASEAN summits with partner countries.

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President Jokowi highlights Indo-Pacific Concept at ASEAN Summit Plenary

SINGAPORE, Nov 14 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo highlighted developments in the concept of Indo-Pacific regional cooperation during the plenary session of the 33rd ASEAN Summit held at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Center in Singapore on Tuesday night.

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Leaders push for modernizing ASEAN at 33rd Summit

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Ministers' Pay Cut to remain in Force - Guan Eng

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UM bags 13th LAWASIA International Moot Competition

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 (Bernama) - A group of University of Malaya (UM) Bachelor of Law (LLB) students emerged as International Champion at the 13th LAWASIA International Moot Competition held early this month.

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Time for BNM to reimpose Financing Quota - HBA

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Non-Lawyers can now boost Legal Knowledge for Work

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488K nabbed for Ordinance Violations since June: NCRPO

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Indonesia pushes ASEAN to complete RCEP Negotiation

SINGAPORE, Nov 13 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia`s Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita has pushed ASEAN member countries to complete eight chapters within the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) framework in a bid to meet the negotiation target with its non-ASEAN participants.

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Awaiting ASEAN's Concrete Steps to develop e-Commerce

BOGOR, W JAVA, Nov 13 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita and his counterparts from nine other ASEAN member countries have signed an agreement on e-commerce at the 17th ASEAN Economic Community Council Meeting in Singapore on Monday.

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Ministry actively develops Entrepreneurs in Creative Industry

JAKARTA, Nov 13 (ANTARA News) - Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto confirmed that his ministry is actively developing startup entrepreneurs in the creative industry sector.

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Indonesia urges ASEAN Economic Community to adapt to Industry 4.0

SINGAPORE, Nov 13 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita urged members of the ASEAN Economic Community to adapt to the demands of Industry 4.0 to make them remain competitive and not left behind by other countries.

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Death of RMN Personnel: Court orders another Probe by Inquiry Board

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 (Bernama) - The High Court here today ordered the Malaysian Armed Forces Council to set up a board of inquiry to determine whether Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) seaman Muhammad Lailaltuiman Mohd Sukri, who died at a detention room in Sungai Wangi, Sitiawan, was mentally and physically abused while he was attached with KD LEKIR.

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Need to address, curb questioning of Constitution - Sultan Sharafuddin

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Anwar's Challenge over Implementation of NSC Act remitted to High Court

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MATTA appeals for Temporary Waiver of Visa Fees for Chinese and Indian Tourists

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SME Non-performing Loans in Malaysia among World's Highest

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