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DILG to LGUs: Enforce smoking ban this Christmas Season

With endless rounds of parties and other get-togethers this yuletide season, the Department of the Interior and Local Government(DILG)reminds local government units (LGUs) to strictly enforce the smoking ban in government offices,schools,hospitals and other public and enclosed places this Christmas season.
Date: 11 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of the Interior and Local Government

Forestlands in Tarlac get Protection

The House committee on natural resources chaired by Rep. Arnel Ty (Party-list, LPGMA) approved House Bill 6060 which seeks to conserve, protect and develop the remaining forest resources in the province of Tarlac as part of an overall plan to have a forest land boundary delineation for the whole country.
Date: 14 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House approves Proposed “Safe and Non-Hazardous Children's Products Act"

The House of Representatives unanimously approved House Bill 6702 seeking to regulate the importation, manufacture, distribution and sale of children's products containing hazardous chemicals, and providing penalties for violation thereof.
Date: 13 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House ends 2017 with 2,100 Measures Processed

The House of Representatives this week adjourned its session for 2017, successfully passing important pro-people and pro-development measures that reflect the hard work, dedication and productivity of its Members during the 17th Congress under the leadership of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
Date: 16 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House Panel okays Church Annulment Bill

MANILA, Dec 15 (PNA) - The proposed measure seeking to recognize the civil effects of church annulment or dissolution of certain marriages by different religious sects in the country has hurdled the committee level in the House of Representatives. According to a statement on Friday, the House committee on population and family relations approv ...
Date: 15 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House conducts Inquiry on LTO License Plates

The House committees on good government and public accountability and on transportation conducted a joint preliminary hearing on the alleged irregularities in the procurement of vehicle license plates by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
Date: 13 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

MTC convicts Village Chief for violating Public Ethics

MANILA, Dec 13 (PNA) - The Manila Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC) has found Rolando Bohol, the Chair of Barangay 375, Manila, guilty of violating of Section 7(d) of Republic Act No. 6713, or the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.”
Date: 13 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

BI to deport convicted British Pedophile

MANILA, Dec 13 (PNA) - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deport a British national who was convicted of attempting to meet and have sex with a girl in the United Kingdom (UK) two years ago.
Date: 13 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Congress grants One-Year Martial Law Extension in Mindanao

MANILA, Dec 13 (PNA) - The Philippine Congress on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to extend martial law in Mindanao for the entire 2018. The Senate and House of Representatives, convening in a joint session, granted President Rodrigo Duterte's request for the extension of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of writ of habeas corpus ...
Date: 13 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House expands OSG Powers

The House committee on justice has passed a substitute measure abolishing the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) and the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC), and transferring their powers and functions to the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG). The unnumbered bill titled “OSG Charter”, a consolidatio ...
Date: 10 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Sign Language is the National Language of the Filipino Deaf

The House committee on social services chaired by Rep. Sandra Eriguel, M.D. (2nd District, La Union) has approved a substitute bill that seeks to declare the Filipino Sign Language (FSL) as the national sign language of the Filipino deaf and the official sign language of government in all transactions involving the deaf, and mandating its use in sc ...
Date: 11 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

LGUs ordered to strictly enforce Smoking Ban this Christmas

MANILA, Dec 11 (PNA) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has ordered all local government units to strictly enforce the smoking ban in government offices, schools, hospitals, and other public and enclosed places this Christmas season.
Date: 11 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House Panel approves Bill granting Additional Benefits to PWDs

The House committee on social services chaired by Rep. Sandra Eriguel, M.D. (2ndDistrict, La Union) has approved a substitute bill granting additional privileges to persons with disability, such as equal opportunity for employment and providing them with a P500 monthly stipend to augment their daily subsistence and medical needs, and free assistive ...
Date: 07 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House to fine-tune Bill on School Bus Safety

The House committee on transportation chaired by Rep. Cesar Sarmiento (Lone District, Catanduanes) has approved the creation of a technical working group (TWG) that will fine-tune a bill seeking to increase the safety of school buses.
Date: 07 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House to harmonize 4 Bangsamoro Basic Law Bills

MANILA, Dec 7 (PNA) - A joint committee in the House of Representatives has formed a sub-committee to draw up a working draft bill that will harmonize all four bills proposing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
Date: 08 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ejercito files Bill separating FDA from DOH

MANILA, Dec 7 (PNA) - Senator JV Ejercito on Thursday filed Senate Bill 1631, seeking to institute the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an independent agency separate from the Department of Health (DOH).
Date: 07 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Proclamation declaring 2017 as the Quadricentennial Year of San Nicolas

Proclamation No. 373
Date: 05 December 2017; Type: Proclamation; Citation: Proclamation No. 373; Source: Official Gazette

House Panel okays Abolition of PCGG, OCGG

MANILA, Dec 6 (PNA) - A House of Representatives' panel on Wednesday approved a measure that seeks to strengthen the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) while abolishing the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) and the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC).
Date: 06 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC upholds Constitutionality of Martial Law in Mindanao

MANILA, Dec 5 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed with finality its decision declaring President Rodrigo Duterte’s proclamation of martial law in Mindanao as constitutional. SC spokesperson Theodore Te announced that the directive was issued following Tuesday’s regular en banc session of the magistrates. Voting 10-3-1, ...
Date: 05 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves HIV/AIDS Prevention Bill on 3rd Reading

MANILA, Dec 4 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday unanimously approved on final reading a measure seeking to prevent the spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) amid the rising cases in the country.
Date: 04 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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Philippines launches Action Plan to end Statelessness

Dec 13 - The Philippine Government launched the country’s National Action Plan (NAP) to End Statelessness on November 24. The launch was attended by the DFA as part of the inter-agency forum which began consultations and drafting of the NAP to End Statelessness in February 2015.

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Foreign Ministry launches Book on 50 Years of ASEAN

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a book on 50 years of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to commemorate the history of the organisation and determine the steps forward for the association`s development.

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SC: No Work in All Courts on December 26 and January 2

MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday announced the suspension of work in all courts nationwide on Dec. 26, 2017 and Jan. 2, 2018.

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Palace suspends Government Work on December 26 and January 2

MANILA, Dec 14 (PNA) - To give government employees more time to celebrate the holidays with their families, Malacañang has suspended government work on Dec. 26, 2017 and Jan. 2, 2018.

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12 Firms vying for Bitcoin Exchange Operators

MANILA, Dec 13 (PNA) - Twelve entities are awaiting the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) approval to operate as Bitcoin exchange, as virtual currency (VC) transactions in the country continue to rise, with the average in the first half of 2017 reaching USD8.8 million a month.

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ASEAN, UN hold Workshop on Law of the Sea

Jakarta, Dec 13 (ANTARA News) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in cooperation with the United Nations (UN), is holding a workshop on the Law of Sea for government officials and diplomats in the Southeast Asian region to address maritime issues.

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The Philippines hands over the CPR Chairmanship to Singapore

JAKARTA, Dec 12 - H.E. Elizabeth P. Buensuceso, the Permanent Representative of the Philippines to ASEAN, handed over her duties as the Chair of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR) to H.E. Tan Hung Seng, the Permanent Representative of Singapore to ASEAN, at the ASEAN Secretariat on December 08. The Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh, and the Permanent Representatives of other ASEAN Member States witnessed the ceremony.

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BOI signs MoA with BLGF on Investor Assistance, move seen to further ease Cost of doing Business in PH

The Philippine Board of Investments (BOI) is further strengthening its collaboration with the Department of Finance-Bureau of Local Government Finance (DOF-BLGF) as it signed recently (November 27, 2017) a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) relative to extending assistance to BOI registered firms seeking for Local Business Tax (LBT) exemption and other investment-related concerns.

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Duterte appoints New Magistrates to CA, Sandiganbayan

MANILA, Dec 12 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed three magistrates to the judiciary, two in the Court of Appeals (CA) and one to the Sandiganbayan, the Supreme Court (SC) said.

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Dominguez hails Bicam’s Approval of Proposed Tax Reforms

MANILA, Dec 12 (PNA) - Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III is happy with the Bicameral Conference Committee’s approval of the first package of the proposed tax reform, gains from which is seen to reach PHP130 billion, near the PHP157 billion projected by the Department of Finance (DOF).

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Substantial Progress made in talks on Regional Taxation Agreements

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has noted “substantial progress” in the discussions on the regional taxation agreements among member countries of the 10-nation bloc, inching it closer to the goal of strengthening cooperation on tax matters to further support its move towards a unified economic community, according to the Department of Finance (DOF).

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NEDA Exec says Tax Reform to create 500,000 Jobs

An official of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said the Duterte administration’s Proposed Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) will create about half a million jobs over the next half-decade and could lift up to 250,000 Filipinos out of poverty over the same period.

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