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Irrigable Lands’ Conversion Ban hurdles House’s Third Reading

MANILA, Feb 20 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously approved a measure penalizing the conversion of irrigated and irrigable lands for non-agricultural purposes to ensure food security in the country.

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House okays Bill on Irrigable Lands' Conversion Ban

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure penalizing the conversion of irrigated and irrigable lands for non-agricultural purposes to ensure food securtiy in the country.
Date: 15 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Those using Banned Construction Material risk Legal Action - Noh

MARANG, Feb 15 (Bernama) - Legal action will be taken on those using construction material prohibited by the Fire and Rescue Department (JPBM) at their homes or other premises.
Date: 15 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

House OKs Creation of New Government Housing Body

MANILA, Feb 14 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a measure creating the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development.
Date: 14 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Seminar held to ensure understanding on New Land and Building Tax Act

BANGKOK, Feb 13 (NNT) - Relevant agencies have jointly hosted a seminar on Thailand's new Land and Building Tax Act to ensure understanding of its contents before it takes effect in 2019.
Date: 13 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Draft YCDC Law to drive Yangon Growth submitted in Parliament

Yangon’s leaders want to upgrade and promote the city as a business hub for the country. Last week, its mayor, U Maung Maung Soe, submitted draft legislation for the governing and development of the city to the Yangon Regional Parliament.
Date: 08 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

House OKs Creation of Human Settlements and Urban Development Department

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 6775 seeking to create a Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development that would address the basic housing needs and requirements of Filipino families.
Date: 02 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Parliament warns Urban Planners to follow the Law

A legislator has asked parliament to conduct a systematic review of all urban planning projects to determine if they are following the law.
Date: 06 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Construction Sector under threat from High Tax, Interest Rates

Unreasonably high tax and interest rates could lead to the collapse of Mandalay’s already ailing construction sector, U Shein Win, Vice Chair of the Myanmar Construction Entrepreneur Association (MCEA) told The Myanmar Times last Friday.
Date: 29 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

H Wardoyo v Hj Mayang A Lui S Pd DKK

Date: 19 October 2017; Court: Supreme Court of Indonesia; Citation: SC No. 2400 K/Pdt/2017; Source: Supreme Court of Indonesia

Faridah Binti Haji Hasbi and 5 Others v Tajuk Merdeka Snd Bhd

Date: 10 January 2018; Court: High Court of Sabah & Sarawak; Citation: Originating Summons No. KCH-24-71/7-2017; Source: High Court of Sabah and Sarawak

Songkhla Officials seize Forest from Law-Breaking Venture

SONGKHLA, Jan 21 (NNT) - Relevant agencies in the southern province of Songkhla have launched a forest reclamation operation in Saba Yoi District following reports of law-breaking capitalists encroaching on parts of a national park.
Date: 21 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Makati extends Deadline for Business, Realty Tax Payments

MANILA, Jan 21 (PNA) - The Makati City government has extended the deadline of assessment of business permits without penalty to Jan. 25, and the payment of business and realty taxes to Jan. 31, following the approval by the City Council of City Ordinance No. 2018-001.
Date: 21 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

New Regulations planned to ease Redevelopment of Public Housing

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 17 (Bernama) - The government plans to introduce new regulations to ease the redevelopment of public housing schemes that are more than 25 years old and to protect the rights of the original residents.
Date: 17 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Housing and Development (Precincts for Lift Upgrading Works) Order 2018

This Order comes into operation on 17 January 2018.
Date: 15 January 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 31; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Govt mulls Fairer Compensation Policy for People affected by Development Projects

Property owners will receive fairer and more prompt compensation when they lose their land or buildings to make way for a development scheme, once a newly-drafted law is passed and promulgated, a policy developer has sai ...

Govt Officials discuss Law on Settlements and Stable Work Illegal Land Titles emerge as Outstanding Issue in Vientiane Govt orders Action to resolve Illegal Occupation of Land more

Those using Banned Construction Material risk Legal Action - Noh

MARANG, Feb 15 (Bernama) - Legal action will be taken on those using construction material prohibited by the Fire and Rescue Department (JPBM) at their homes or other premises.

Faridah Binti Haji Hasbi and 5 Others v Tajuk Merdeka Snd Bhd New Regulations planned to ease Redevelopment of Public Housing Approval Letter mandatory for Transaction of GLC Land more

Draft YCDC Law to drive Yangon Growth submitted in Parliament

Yangon’s leaders want to upgrade and promote the city as a business hub for the country. Last week, its mayor, U Maung Maung Soe, submitted draft legislation for the governing and development of the city to the Yan ...

Parliament warns Urban Planners to follow the Law Construction Sector under threat from High Tax, Interest Rates Yangon City Development Law under fire before Enactment more

Irrigable Lands’ Conversion Ban hurdles House’s Third Reading

MANILA, Feb 20 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously approved a measure penalizing the conversion of irrigated and irrigable lands for non-agricultural purposes to ensure food security in the countr ...

House okays Bill on Irrigable Lands' Conversion Ban House OKs Creation of New Government Housing Body House OKs Creation of Human Settlements and Urban Development Department more

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DDG Pascua represents IPOPHL at HIPOC and WIPO High-Level Forum

Tokyo, Japan. Deputy Director General Teodoro C. Pascua presented the developments in the intellectual property system and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) in response to global trends. DDG Pascua represented Director General Josephine R. Santiago and the IPOPHL at the Heads of Intellectual Property Office Conference (HIPOC) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) High-Level Forum 2018 held on February 19-23 in Tokyo, Japan. The HIPOC and the High Level Forum were co-organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO).

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NLA approves 14 Administrative Court judges

BANGKOK, 23 February 2018 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) approved the proposed nominees for 14 Administrative Court judges.

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IBP creates Task Force to probe Attacks Vs Lawyers

MANILA, Feb 24 (PNA) - After the attack on the lawyer of a self-confessed drug lord and the recent ambush of lawyer in Quezon City, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has created a task force to investigate and prosecute those behind the killings of lawyers.

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President nominates Warjiyo as Central Bank Governor

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has proposed Perry Warjiyo as the sole candidate of Bank Indonesia (BI/the central bank) governor for 2018-2023 period, a legislator said.

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Cabinet reorganizes funding for Economic and Public Service Enhancement

BANGKOK, Feb 21 (NNT) - Thailand's Cabinet has resolved to increase the efficiency of public services by taking out a loan of 800 million baht while also approving over 5 billion baht to strengthen the domestic economy.

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DTI updates MSMES on PH’s Free Trade Pact

TAGAYTAY CITY, Cavite, Feb 21 (PNA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is boosting its Free Trade Arrangements (FTAs) with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEPT) ASEAN plus 6, PH-EU (27 countries) and Asia Pacific (APEC’s 21 member economies).

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Start-ups, SMEs Call for Greater Access to Loans by Foreign Banks

Start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are now calling for equal treatment of foreign and local banks as this will give them more options to borrow money for growth.

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More Support for Firms to innovate and go International Companies

The government will provide more support to firms that buy solutions and for those that develop their own innovations or team up with partners, in the form of tax reliefs.

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Ministry of Justice launches Mobile Campaign to promote Knowledge of Laws

AYUTTHAYA, Feb 20 (NNT) - The Ministry of Justice has launched a mobile campaign to educate people about laws and provide legal advice.

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DCA is now known as CAAM

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 19 (Bernama) - The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has been transformed into the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) effective today in line with the government's commitment to spur the nation's aviation industry to greater heights.

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PHL Embassy in Moscow issues Urgent Reminder: no Legal Status for Household Service Workers in Russia

MOSCOW, Feb 19 - In an advisory issued on February 13, the Philippine Embassy in Moscow reminded that “the category of household service worker is an occupation not open to Filipinos.” The Embassy issued the advisory after receiving queries from the public and media if Filipino household service workers could legally work in Russia.

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Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Central Bank of Egypt Bolster FinTech Cooperation

Singapore, 14 February 2018 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) signed an agreement to strengthen FinTech cooperation between the two countries on 6 February 2018. The Cooperation Agreement was signed at Seamless North Africa 2018 (under the patronage of the CBE), a conference focused on Payments, FinTech and eCommerce.

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