philippines - General & Misc

Guidelines in the Implementation of the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003

DEPARTMENT CIRCULAR NO. 005
Date: 09 January 2017; Type: Circular; Source: Department of Justice

Guidelines in the Implementation of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000

DEPARTMENT CIRCULAR NO. 008; 9 Jan 2017
Date: 09 January 2017; Type: Circular; Citation: Department Circular No.008; Source: Department of Finance

House approves Campus Safety and Security Act

The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to mandate universities and colleges to create a Safety and Security Council (SSC) to protect the students and other members of the academic community from theft, robbery, rape, and other forms of violence within and outside the campus.
Date: 10 January 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House passes Franchise Bill for Baptists

The House of Representatives, prior to the congressional adjournment, approved on second reading a bill which seeks to grant the Iloilo Baptist Church, Inc. a franchise to construct, install, establish, operate and maintain radio and television broadcasting stations in the country.
Date: 10 January 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Solon seeks Stiffer Penalties for Animal Cruelty

MANILA, Jan. 6 (PNA) - A lawmaker has urged the House of Representatives to include two bills imposing stiffer penalties on animal cruelty in its legislative agenda amid the dog slaughter controversy surrounding an official film entry of the Metro Manila Film Festival.
Date: 06 January 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PCOO lines up Activities to raise Awareness, Understanding of ASEAN

MANILA, Jan. 5 (PNA) - The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) has prepared several activities that would make more people aware and have basic understanding of the fast growing Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) region.
Date: 05 January 2017; Type: International News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Asean Summit 2017 eyes Conclusion of RCEP

MANILA, Jan. 5 (PNA) - Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said the Asean Summit 2017 eyes the completion of text for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
Date: 05 January 2017; Type: International News; Source: Philippine News Agency

BI reminds Registered Aliens of 3 March Deadline

Registered aliens have until March 3, 2017 to report in person at the Bureau of Immigration offices and pay the annual fee, as provided for under Republic Act 562 or the Alien Registration Act.
Date: 04 January 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bureau of Immigration

Andanar’s Office designated to oversee FOI implementation

MANILA, Jan. 3 (PNA) – The Presidential Communication Office (PCO) headed by Secretary Martin Andanar has been designated to oversee the implementation of the Freedom of Information (FOI) program in the executive branch.
Date: 04 January 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House pushes LGBT Protection

The House committee on public order and safety recently approved House Bill 2952 seeking to establish lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) help and protection desks in all Philippine National Police (PNP) stations nationwide.
Date: 03 January 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Hontiveros sees Health and Gender Equality Bills at the Forefront of 2017 Legislative Agenda

Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday vowed to prioritize the passage of several health and gender equality bills in 2017, saying that she and her fellow senators will build on the gains they made last year in the promotion of progressive laws.
Date: 02 January 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

House drafts FOI Bill

The House committee on public information chaired by Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (Party-list, ACT Teachers) recently presented the Freedom of Information (FOI) draft substitute bill which is a consolidation of 33 bills, one resolution and one privilege speech, all seeking to strengthen the people’s right to information.
Date: 29 December 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House moves to allow HE Grads to teach Special Subjects

The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to allow competent Home Economics graduates to teach home economics subjects and home economics-related technical-vocational subjects in all public and private elementary and high schools despite the requirements set by the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Ci ...
Date: 27 December 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

DOH wants Total Ban on Individual Firecrackers Use through Legislation

MANILA, Dec. 27 (PNA) - Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo said on Tuesday legislation is a better tool to impose a nation-wide ban on the individual use of firecrackers.
Date: 27 December 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Payment of Wages for the Regular Holiday on 30 November

Pursuant to Proclamation No. 1105 issued by then President Benigno S. Aquino III on August 20, 2015, the following rules for pay on regular holidays shall apply on November 30, 2016:
Date: 17 November 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Labor and Employment

The Philippines acquires Right to impose Quantitative Restrictions on Rice

The Philippines has acquired the right to impose quantitative restrictions (QR) on rice as a result of the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations that led to the establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995.
Date: 21 December 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Agriculture

BOC issues Rules on Opening Alerted Balikbayan Boxes

The Bureau of Customs has issued a memorandum to all district collectors and other concerned customs officials and personnel regarding its policy on opening alerted balikbayan boxes.
Date: 23 December 2016; Type: Guideline; Source: Department of Finance

DOF Anti-Red Tape Team working to streamline Import, Export Processes

The newly-formed anti-red tape team of the Department of Finance (DOF) has partnered with trade regulatory agencies to simplify the processes in securing documentary requirements for imports and exports, along with harmonizing their systems, as part of the Duterte administration’s efforts to ease the way of doing business and facilitate the c ...
Date: 23 December 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Finance

Transparency on Sports Programs & Expenditures pushed

The House committee on higher and technical education has approved House Bill 546 which seeks to require higher education institutions (HEIs) to report participation and program support expenditures in all college athletic programs.
Date: 21 November 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Senator hopes Free Tuition in SUCs implemented annually

MANILA, Dec. 20 (PNA) - A Senator on Tuesday expressed hope that a measure will be passed by March next year to assure that free tuition in state universities and colleges (SUCs) will be implemented annually.
Date: 20 December 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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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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8,254 Workers Re-employed after getting Assistance from ESO

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 16 (Bernama) - A total of 8,254 unemployed workers have been re-employed after receiving assistance from the employment service officers (ESOs) since the Re-Employment Placement Programme for Employment Insurance System (EIS) commenced in August 2018.

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Two Indonesians fined RM100,000 for Possessing Illicit Cigarettes

KLANG, Apr 16 (Bernama) - Two Indonesian retail shop workers were fined RM100,000 by the Magistrate Court here today after pleading guilty to possessing 854 packs of illegal cigarettes of various brands valued at RM1,668.56.

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"Go to the Mosque, get Closer to God," Judge advises Robber

IPOH, Apr 16 (Bernama) - "Go to the mosque, get closer to God, be a good person and stop taking drugs," Sessions Court judge Azman Abu Hassan told a palm oil fruit collector.

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Fake News Bill: Law Society refutes Online Flak over Alleged Silence

Law Society president Gregory Vijayendran said that the organization will share their views over the draft Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act privately with policymakers, and has refuted online flak about its so-called "deafening silence".

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SC suspends Work in Courts for Holy Week

MANILA, Apr 15 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday announced its modified work schedule for the Holy Week, starting with a half-day work on Wednesday.

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Fourth 'Justice Zone' opens in Pampanga

MANILA, Apr 13 (PNA) - The fourth Justice Zone in the country has been formally opened in Angeles, Pampanga by the Justice Sector Coordinating Council (JSCC).

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Indonesia Industrial Summit to be held on April 15-16

Jakarta, April 13 (ANTARA) - The Industry Ministry will organize the 2019 Indonesia Industrial Summit (IIS) themed "Implementation of Making Indonesia 4.0 Toward Top Ten Global Economies", in ICE BSD, Tangerang, Banten Province, on April 15 and 16.

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200 Lawyers gather in Kuala Lumpur for TerraLex

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 13 (Bernama) - A total of 200 lawyers from 50 countries have gathered here for the TerraLex Global Meeting to discuss a wide variety of legal and economic issues impacting Malaysia.

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Chief Justice pens Touching Farewell to Colleagues

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 13 (Bernama) - "All I ask from you is to protect the judiciary no matter what others may say," said Tan Sri Richard Malanjum in his farewell message to the judges, officers and employees of the judiciary upon his retirement yesterday.

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Chief Justice Richard Malanjum retires

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 12 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum retires today after serving 27 years in the judiciary.

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