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Proclamation creating and designating an Information Technology Park

This Proclamation creates and designates an Information Technology Park to be known as the Robinsons Cyberpark Davao, located along J. P Laurel Avenue, Davao City. Proclamation No. 298
Date: 30 August 2017; Type: Proclamation; Citation: Proclamation No. 298; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of the Police on-Body Cam Act

This Bill proposes to enact the Police On-Body Cam Act, wherein the members of the Philippine National Police and other law enforcement officers involved in anti-illegal drug and criminality operations are mandated to use on-body cameras during police operations and as such, shall establish protocols and stringent standard for the responsible and e ...
Date: 30 August 2017; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1576 of 2017; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of the Body Camera Act

The proposed legislation requiring body cameras that record actual events during police operations will provide valuable information and objective evidence during investigations and civil or criminal litigation, most especially in cases when the police use deadly force during their operations against drugs.
Date: 23 August 2017; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1564 of 2017; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of the Body Camera and Dashboard Camera for Law Enforcement Officers Act of 2017

This Bill requires policemen to use wearable body cameras and make a video and audio recording of events while in the course of conducting a search or making an arrest. Furthermore, this Bill requires the installation and use of dashboard cameras in all vehicles used by the PNP in the course of conducting a search or making an arrest.
Date: 22 August 2017; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1563 of 2017; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Proclamation creating and designating a Building as an Information Technology Center

This Proclamation creates and designates a building as an Information Technology Center to be known as The Space, which stands on a parcel of land located in Mandaue City, Cebu. Proclamation No. 284
Date: 09 August 2017; Type: Proclamation; Citation: Proclamation No. 284; Source: Official Gazette

Proclamation creating and designating a Building as an Information Technology Center

This Proclamation creates and designates a building as an Information Technology Center to be known as Menarco Tower, which stands on a parcel of land, located at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Proclamation No. 285
Date: 09 August 2017; Type: Proclamation; Citation: Proclamation No. 285; Source: Official Gazette

Koko urges Government Agencies to maximize free wifi Law

Now that the public can access the internet for free in several public places, Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III is urging government agencies to maximize the internet as a way to reach out, educate the public, and obtain feedback regarding their programs and projects.
Date: 09 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Palace allows Social Media Practitioners to cover Presidential Events

MANILA, Aug. 9 - Malacañang will now allow social media practitioners to cover special events attended by President Rodrigo Duterte, subject to certain conditions, in order to generate news and information for the citizenry through social media platforms.
Date: 09 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Free Internet Access in Public Places Act

An Act to establish a program that will provide free access to internet service in public places throughout the country to promote knowledge-building among citizens and enable them to participate and compete in the evolving information and communication age.
Date: 02 August 2017; Type: Republic Act; Citation: Republic Act No. 10929; Source: Official Gazette

Duterte signs Law on Free Internet Access Program in Public Places

MANILA, Aug 2 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday signed into law Republic Act 10929 instituting the free internet access program in public places.
Date: 02 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bill of the Child Internet Safety and Protection Act of 2017

To regulate the access by minors to the Internet in commercial establishments, school premises, and even in households. 
Date: 26 July 2017; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1519 of 2017; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of the Online Child Safety Act

This Bill seeks to ensure that safety measures aimed at protecting children from harmful materials in the Internet are available by requiring commercial establishments, schools and other public institutions from which the Internet can be accessed to use a filtering device.
Date: 17 July 2017; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1499 of 2017; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of the Anti-Fake News Act of 2017

This Bill seeks to penalize any person who maliciously offer, publish, distribute, circulate and spread false news or information or cause the publication, distribution, circulation or spreading of the same in print, broadcast or online media.
Date: 21 June 2017; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1492 of 2017; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Proclamation creating and designating a Building as an Information Technology Center

Proclamation No. 270
Date: 17 July 2017; Type: Proclamation; Citation: Proclamation No. 270; Source: Official Gazette

Mang Inasal Philippines Inc v IFP Manufacturing Corporation

Date: 19 June 2017; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR No. 221717; Source: Supreme Court

DICT urged to drum up Support for SIM Card Registration Bill

MANILA, July 18 - A senator on Tuesday called on the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to drum up support for the proposed measure seeking the mandatory registration of prepaid SIM cards.
Date: 18 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Emerald Garment Manufacturing Corporation v The HD Lee Company, Inc

Date: 07 June 2017; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR No. 210693; Source: Supreme Court

Solon proposes Bill compelling Telcos to provide Faster Internet Services

MANILA, July 7 - A lawmaker at the House of Representatives has filed a bill tagging Internet service as a “basic telecommunications function” to compel telecommunications companies to provide faster Internet service in the Philippines.
Date: 07 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA grants GSMI Petition for Review on Use of Product Trademarks

MANILA, July 2 - The Court of Appeals (CA) has set aside the decision issued by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) ordering Ginebra San Miguel, Inc. (GSMI) to disclaim the word "Ginebra" in its trademark application for "Ginebra San Miguel Since 1834" for all its gin products.
Date: 02 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

BSP crafting enhanced IT Management Framework

MANILA, June 27 - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is gathering banks' input for a circular, which is set to be released in July 2017, to enhance information technology risk management framework in a bid to further strengthen the industry's capacity against cybercrimes.
Date: 27 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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Work in all Courts Nationwide suspended Thursday: SC

MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) announced the suspension of work in all courts nationwide on Thursday, September 21, in connection with President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of the said date as National Day of Protest.

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Malaysia-Thailand to ink MoU on Security Cooperation

BANGKOK, Sept 20 (Bernama) - There will be closer security cooperation between Malaysia and Thailand with the establishment of a Joint Committee on Security Cooperation, according to a cabinet resolution document released by the Thai government.

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SC asked to order Refund of Excess SMS Fee to Subscribers

MANILA - The Bayan Muna partylist filed a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to compel the country's major telecommunication companies to give a refund to their subscribers for overpriced text message rates amounting to more than PHP17.7 billion.

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Policymakers urged to study Proposed Shift to Federal System

MANILA - State think-tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) on Tuesday urged policymakers to undertake a comprehensive study of the proposed shift to a federal form of government which could address uneven developments in provinces and regions.

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BSP to continue Payment, Settlement Operations on September 21

MANILA - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP ) will continue its payments and settlement operations on Thursday despite Malacanang's suspension of works in government offices and schools nationwide for that day.

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Senate urged to view Ethics Complaints with Caution

MANILA - Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Monday urged his colleagues to view complaints filed before the Senate Ethics Committee with extreme caution as the number of complaints continue to pile up.

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ASEAN enhances Coordination to tackle Cyber Threats

SINGAPORE, Sept 18 (Bernama) - ASEAN member states have agreed on the importance of enhancing coordination to ensure that its cybersecurity efforts across various platforms in countering increasingly sophisticated cyber threats are focused, effective and in synergy with one another.

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Peace, Security and Stability take Center Stage in AIPA discussion

MANILA, Philippines - Lawmakers and delegates at the 38th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) on Saturday discussed intensively the issues and challenges confronting the ASEAN region and the international community.

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CDPI proposes Shift to Federal Parliamentary System

The Centrist Democracy Political Institute (CDPI) on Thursday, September 14, said it is proposing the shift to a federal parliamentary system, adding that Congress should soon start deliberating the amendments in the 1987 Constitution that will pave the way for federalization.

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PH strengthens Bilateral Ties with Malaysia

PASAY CITY - At the sidelines of the Philippine (PH) hosting of the 49th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ (AEM) Meeting and Related Meetings on 8 September, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez convened a bilateral meeting with his Malaysian counterpart, Minister for International Trade and Industry Y.B. Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed.

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ASEAN Secretary-General highlights ASEAN Integration at UN Conference on Trade and Development

14 September 2017 Geneva, Switzerland - H.E. Mr. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) served as a panelist at the High Level Dialogue of the 64th Session of Trade and Development Board of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on September 12.

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ASEAN Lawmakers to converge for 38th AIPA General Assembly

The 38th ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) General Assembly officially opens on Saturday at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel, with AIPA President and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III to welcome the delegates, while President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his keynote address at the closing rites on Tuesday.

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