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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

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

House ends 2016 on Productive Note

MANILA, Dec. 19 (PNA) - This year saw the House of Representatives (HoR) set the bar high for congressional productivity with a total of 63 measures approved in only 56 session days during the first six months of the 17th Congress.
Date: 19 December 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bam: Free College Tuition Fee Bill expected to be passed Next Year

Sen. Bam Aquino is optimistic that measures pushing for free tuition fees in state colleges and universities will be enacted into law next year.
Date: 18 December 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Senator Angara pushes for Medical Scholarship Bill

Lamenting the shortage of doctors especially in rural areas, Senator Sonny Angara is pushing for the passage of a bill that seeks to establish a medical scholarship program to address the lack of available doctors to serve underprivileged Filipinos in far-flung communities.
Date: 18 December 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill to address Shortage of Doctors filed in Senate

MANILA, Dec. 18 (PNA) -- A Senator has filed a measure which is meant to establish a medical scholarship program to address the lack of doctors in rural areas.
Date: 18 December 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government to open to amending Constitution for Peace, says Sec. Dureza

MANILA, Dec. 19 (PNA) -- Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza has said that the government is open to amending or even rewriting the 1987 Constitution to address the root causes of armed rebel resistance to the government.
Date: 19 December 2016; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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Judge unconvinced by Rapist’s Excuse

A supreme Court judge labelled a 72-year-old man’s excuse that police threats were the reason he confessed to raping a minor in Kampong Chhnang province in 2013 as “unreasonable”.

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Customs Department offers Online Payment Services

BANGKOK, Jan 16 (NNT) - Businesses needing to make payments to the Customs Department can now do so through online banking.

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January 21 Special Non-Working Day in ARMM, Two Other Cities

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - Malacañang has declared Jan. 21, 2019 (Monday), a special non-working day in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Isabela City, and Cotabato City for the plebiscite of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

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White Paper on Defence to be tabled in Parliament this Year

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 17 (BERNAMA) - The Ministry of Defence will table a White Paper on Defence which will detail the tasks and roles of the Malaysian Armed Forces, said Defence Deputy Minister Senator Liew Chin Tong.

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Chief Justice calls for Government Audit on Rights of Indigenous People

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 17 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum today proposed that the government conduct an audit on the rights of the indigenous people to ensure that they are in line with the United Nations declaration.

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Rape victim testifies that Sex with Convicted Man was ‘Consensual’

A man who was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment for a 2007 rape asked the Appeal Court on Tuesday to release him on bail as he was suffering from mental illness.

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PRRD appoints new Sandiganbayan Associate Justice

MANILA, Jan 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed former Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge Ronald Moreno as Associate Justice of the Sandiganbayan.

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Foreign Ministry continues Ban on UN Special Rapporteur Lee

THE government said it would not rescind its ban on UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee from entering Myanmar, despite her recent request, a Foreign Ministry official said Monday.

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Pay the Minimum Wage or face Legal Action, Employers told

Employers in Laos will be subject to legal action if authorities discover they are failing to pay their workers the minimum wage.

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DLT introducing Electronic Licenses

BANGKOK, Jan 15 (NNT) - The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has officially begun to introduce electronic drivers licenses, launching a downloadable application that can digitally hold driver authorizations and vehicle details.

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DOLE vows Aid for Workers displaced by Hanjin Bankruptcy

MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday vowed to assist 3,800 workers of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil) who might be affected after the South Korean shipbuilder declared bankruptcy and applied for rehabilitation.

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Over 100 Medicine Brands for Treatment of Diabetes, Hypertension, High Cholesterol now cheaper under TRAIN Law

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has submitted to the Department of Finance (DOF) a list of over 100 medicines with their corresponding generic names and brands for the treatment and prevention of diabetes, hypertension and high-cholesterol, the sale of which are now exempted from the payment of the value-added tax (VAT) beginning Jan. 1 as provided under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN).

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Tax Academy eyeing Campuses in Tagaytay, New Clark City

The Department of Finance (DOF) is planning to set up permanent campuses of the Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) in Tagaytay City in Cavite and New Clark City at the Clark Special Economic Zone in Pampanga.

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Courts urged to speed up Judicial Reform

Hanoi, Jan 14 (VNA) - General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President Nguyen Phu Trong has stressed the need for courts at all levels to speed up judicial reform and improve the quality of judgment to minimise inaccurate verdicts and overlooking criminals.

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No Passport Data lost, breached: Government Printer

MANILA, Jan 14 (PNA) - No passport loss nor breach has occurred in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), APO Production Unit Inc. (APUI), the current Philippine e-passport maker said Monday.

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Complaint Boxes for Iskandar Puteri Schools to tackle Crimes

ISKANDAR PUTERI, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The Iskandar Puteri District police have suggested for the district’s schools to provide boxes for information or complaints to tackle various crimes involving students.

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Tax Amnesty Programme aims to reduce People's Burden, says IRB

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (SVDP) is a clear indication of the government's desire to reduce the burden of the people through taxation, Inland Revenue Board (IRB) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Sabin Samitah said.

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Tengku Abdullah to be proclaimed as New Sultan of Pahang on January 15

PEKAN, Jan 12 (Bernama) - The Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah will be proclaimed as the sixth Sultan of Pahang, succeeding Sultan Ahmad Shah, on Jan 15.

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