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Senate okays Bill allowing Telecommuting in Workplace

MANILA, May 22 - The Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading a measure to allow companies to offer a “telecommuting” program to its employees in efforts to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila and other urban cities. With 22 affirmative votes, zero negative vote and zero abstention, Senate Bill No. 1363 or the Telecommuting Act of 2017, was finally approved. Senators Joel Villanueva and Cynthia Villar are authors of the law. Telecommuting is defined by the bill as the partial or total substitution of computers or telecommunication technologies or both for the commute to work by employees.

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Labor Ministry accelerates Reorganization of Modeling Companies in Thailand

Date: 21 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, 21 May 2017 (NNT) - The Ministry of Labor has cautioned modeling agencies in Thailand to ensure legality of employment with all foreign models holding valid work permits.

18 Families whose Homes were torn down appeal for Compensation

Date: 22 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA NERANG, May 22 (Bernama) - Eighteen families are appealing to the state government for appropriate compensation after their houses and business premises in Kampung Baru, Jalan Kampung Masjid here, which they have occupied for more than 60 years, were demolished by local authorities today.

House okays Bill extending Driver’s License Validity on Third Reading

Date: 22 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, May 22 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday night unanimously approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to extend the validity of drivers’ licenses from three years to five years.
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Call to hasten Passage of National ID System Bill for Anti-crime and Anti-terror Campaigns

Date: 21 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines
After the National Identification Bill has passed the committee deliberation of the House of Representatives, Senator Antonio "Sonny" F. Trillanes IV urged his colleagues in the Senate to act on the bill creating a Filipino Identification Card or known as the national ID system bill.

Anti-death Penalty Advocates urged to convince Pro-death Penalty Filipinos to change View

Date: 22 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines
Sen. Bam Aquino challenged anti-death penalty advocates to work hard in persuading 60 percent of pro-death penalty Filipinos that its revival will not solve the country's pressing problems and will only lead to injustice to the poor.

House passes Integrated Urban Agriculture Bill

Date: 22 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Social Welfare and Development
The House special committee on food security has approved a substitute bill seeking to promote agricultural development in Metro Manila and other urban areas nationwide to help in the country’s attainment of self-sufficiency and sustainability in food production and food security.

New Excise Tax Rates 90 percent complete

Date: 22 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, 22 May 2017 (NNT) - The Excise Department is reportedly 90 percent complete with a new tax plan slated to take effect on September 16, with alcohol, beer, cigarettes and automobiles likely to see rate changes.

NLA bodies on EC and Political Parties told to be thorough, mindful of Constitution

Date: 22 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, 22 May 2017 (NNT) - The Vice President of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has pressed a committee considering draft laws on elections and political parties to be thorough and mindful of the constitution.

Lawyer freed of Drug Trafficking Charge

Date: 22 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
SEREMBAN, May 22 (Bernama) - A lawyer escaped the hangman's noose when the High Court today freed him of two counts of trafficking and possession of 939 grammes of cannabis, and methamphetamine weighing 8.44 grammes.

Sarawak still negotiating with Petronas on Increase in Oil Royalty

Date: 22 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUCHING, MAY 22 (Bernama) - Sarawak has not abandoned its negotiation with Petronas for a 20 per cent increase in oil royalty, Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said today.

House okays Universal Access to Tertiary Education Act

Date: 22 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, May 22 - The House of Representatives approved on Monday night the Universal Access to Tertiary Education Act, a measure that provides free tuition in state universities and colleges (SUCs) and state-run technical vocational institutions (TVIs).

DOTr urged to set Clear Guidelines on Anti-Distracted Driving Act

Date: 22 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, May 22 - An advocacy group for passenger safety is urging the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to set clear guidelines on the enforcement of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA) to avoid confusion among motorists.

DOLE urges Workers with denied Claims to appeal Cases before ECC

Date: 22 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, May 22 - Government and private workers who were initially denied of their claim for compensation benefits can appeal their cases before the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC).

House Panel approves Dismissal of PRRD Impeachment

Date: 22 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, May 22 (PNA) - The House of Representatives’ justice committee on Monday unanimously approved its committee report on the dismissal of the impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte.

DepEd, DOH, DBM Execs urge Congress to pass 'pro-poor' Tax Reform Bill

Date: 22 May 2017; Type: Tax News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, May 22 (PNA) - Officials of the Departments of Health (DOH), of Education (DepEd), and of Budget and Management (DBM) have appealed to legislators to swiftly approve the first package of the Duterte administration’s Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) that they described as a “win-win” and “pro-poor” measur ...

Doubts over Regional and State Constitutional Drafting

Date: 22 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
The recent meeting of the tripartite Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) held in Nay Pyi Taw produced a great result as it agreed to include in the agenda of upcoming second round of the 21st Century Panglong Conference a policy proposal that could allow regions and states to draft their own constitutions.

Prescribing Guidelines for Issuance of MYOA for MYPs covering the Procurement of Regular and Recurring Services

Date: 19 May 2017; Type: Circular; Source: Department of Budget and Management
Prescribing Guidelines for issuance of Multi-Year Obligational Authority (MYOA) for Multi-Year Projects (MYPs) covering the Procurement of Regular and Recurring Services. National Budget Circular No. 570
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Prescribing Guidelines for Issuance of MYOA for MYPs covering the Procurement of Regular and Recurring Services

Prescribing Guidelines for issuance of Multi-Year Obligational Authority (MYOA) for Multi-Year Projects (MYPs) covering the Procurement of Regular and Recurring Services. National Budget Circular No. 570

BNM: Financial Institutions close 238 Suspicious Accounts SEC suspends 104 erring Lending Firms Supplementary Supply (2016) Act 2017 more

Anti-death Penalty Advocates urged to convince Pro-death Penalty Filipinos to change View

Sen. Bam Aquino challenged anti-death penalty advocates to work hard in persuading 60 percent of pro-death penalty Filipinos that its revival will not solve the country's pressing problems and will only lead to injustice ...

Lawyer freed of Drug Trafficking Charge Former Iloilo Mayor, 2 others convicted of Falsification Pemerintah Daerah Kota Medan, DK v Sepaken BR Tarigan, DKK more

Labor Ministry accelerates Reorganization of Modeling Companies in Thailand

BANGKOK, 21 May 2017 (NNT) - The Ministry of Labor has cautioned modeling agencies in Thailand to ensure legality of employment with all foreign models holding valid work permits.

Senate okays Bill allowing Telecommuting in Workplace DOLE urges Workers with denied Claims to appeal Cases before ECC Ong Chuen Siew v Risk-X Sdn Bhd more

MCMC receives 7,837 Complaints on Telecommunications, new Media Content

KOTA KINABALU, May 18 (Bernama) - As of the first quarter of this year, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) received 7,837 complaints relating to telecommunications and new media content.

Gordon stresses need for Removal of Restrictions in Agri-Free Patents Enactment of Free Internet Access in Public Places Act nears Bill amending the Agricultural Free Patent Reform Act of 2017 more

18 Families whose Homes were torn down appeal for Compensation

KUALA NERANG, May 22 (Bernama) - Eighteen families are appealing to the state government for appropriate compensation after their houses and business premises in Kampung Baru, Jalan Kampung Masjid here, which they have o ...

Basri Kadang v Nasradin Moy Land Rights Major Risk for EU-Myanmar IPA Paulian Walansendow v Kepala Kantor Pertanahan Kota Bitung and 3 Others more

New Excise Tax Rates 90 percent complete

BANGKOK, 22 May 2017 (NNT) - The Excise Department is reportedly 90 percent complete with a new tax plan slated to take effect on September 16, with alcohol, beer, cigarettes and automobiles likely to see rate changes.

Sarawak still negotiating with Petronas on Increase in Oil Royalty DepEd, DOH, DBM Execs urge Congress to pass 'pro-poor' Tax Reform Bill Lawmaker warns of LPG Price Surge with Tax Reform Bill more

DOTr urged to set Clear Guidelines on Anti-Distracted Driving Act

MANILA, May 22 - An advocacy group for passenger safety is urging the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to set clear guidelines on the enforcement of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA) to avoid confusion among moto ...

House okays Bill extending Driver’s License Validity on Third Reading MMDA: 51 Motorists violated Anti-Distracted Driving Law Thursday Bill of the Act providing Dash Cam Law more

NA approves Measures on Price Controls

The National Assembly has approved measures proposed by the government on the management of goods prices and service fees while also recommending that the related Prime Ministerial Decree be upgraded to a law.

Vehicle Owners to pay higher Road Tax in August One more Year may be needed to complete Civil Code NA debates Draft of Civil Code more

18 Families whose Homes were torn down appeal for Compensation

KUALA NERANG, May 22 (Bernama) - Eighteen families are appealing to the state government for appropriate compensation after their houses and business premises in Kampung Baru, Jalan Kampung Masjid here, which they have o ...

Lawyer freed of Drug Trafficking Charge Sarawak still negotiating with Petronas on Increase in Oil Royalty Financial Consumer Alert: List of Unauthorised Companies and Websites has been updated more

Doubts over Regional and State Constitutional Drafting

The recent meeting of the tripartite Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) held in Nay Pyi Taw produced a great result as it agreed to include in the agenda of upcoming second round of the 21st Century Panglong Co ...

Merchants urge Myanmar to increase and legalise Sugar Trade Fines for Power Theft net Ministry K100 Million Land Rights Major Risk for EU-Myanmar IPA more

Call to hasten Passage of National ID System Bill for Anti-crime and Anti-terror Campaigns

After the National Identification Bill has passed the committee deliberation of the House of Representatives, Senator Antonio "Sonny" F. Trillanes IV urged his colleagues in the Senate to act on the bill creating a Filip ...

Anti-death Penalty Advocates urged to convince Pro-death Penalty Filipinos to change View House passes Integrated Urban Agriculture Bill House okays Universal Access to Tertiary Education Act more

Labor Ministry accelerates Reorganization of Modeling Companies in Thailand

BANGKOK, 21 May 2017 (NNT) - The Ministry of Labor has cautioned modeling agencies in Thailand to ensure legality of employment with all foreign models holding valid work permits.

New Excise Tax Rates 90 percent complete NLA bodies on EC and Political Parties told to be thorough, mindful of Constitution LRCT urges New Generation to help with Law Reform more

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Over 3,000 new Lawyers to take Oath Monday

MANILA, May 21 — A total of 3,747 new lawyers are set to take their oath on Monday before the Supreme Court (SC) magistrates to be held in at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City.

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Central Bank to replace Deputy Governors in late July

Central Bank deputy governors will be selected in late July as the four-year term of the incumbents expire that month, director general of the Governor’s Office Daw Myint Kyi told The Myanmar Times.

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Kedah Customs targets 580 Potential Applicants to register for GST this Year

ALOR SETAR, May 21 (Bernama) - The Kedah Customs Department is aiming to get 580 potential applicants statewide to register for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) this year.

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50,882 Online Entrepreneurs register with CCM

BUKIT MERTAJAM, May 21 (Bernama) - A total of 50,882 online entrepreneurs throughout the country have registered with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) as of May 12, this year.

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Asia Pacific Roundtable revisits Cyber Security Issue

KUALA LUMPUR, May 20 (Bernama) - Since its inception 30 years ago, the Asia Pacific Roundtable (APR) has faced challenges in putting together topics to be discussed at highly-anticipated meetings to ensure its relevance to the region while trying to avoid being repetitive at the same time.

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Laos has yet to fully Benefit from Trade Privileges

Although Laos is enjoying Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) exemption from over 50 nations around the world, the country is still unable to fully benefit from the special treatment.

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Commonwealth Culinary Creations fined $90,000 under the Workplace Safety and Health Act

Commonwealth Culinary Creations Pte. Ltd (CCCPL) was fined $90,000 on 16 May 2017 under section 11(a) of the Workplace Safety and Health Act for failure to ensure that its workplace is safe and without health risks to every person within the premises, which caused the death of an employee who slipped on the production floor on 21 August 2015.

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BOI streamlines Reporting Requirement for its Registered Firms, simplifies S-1 Form

In an effort to further streamline its processes and transactions, the Philippine Board of Investments (BOI) has simplified the reporting requirement for its registered business enterprises (RBEs) with the issuance of Memorandum Circular Number 2017-003.

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The National Cybersecurity Plan 2022

The National Cybersecurity Plan (NCSP) 2022 was unveiled last May 02, 2017 to ensure security of the country’s constantly evolving ICT environment.

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Exchanging Trade Documents across Borders GeTS easier

A new trade services platform has been launched to facilitate the electronic exchange of trade documents across borders - a timely move given the rapid growth of e-commerce in the region.

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Bursa Malaysia signs Memorandum of Understanding with Shanghai Stock Exchange

Beijing, China, 14 May 2017 - Bursa Malaysia Berhad (“Bursa Malaysia” or “the Exchange”) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Under the terms of the MoU, both parties will explore potential ways for the two exchanges to improve their visibility and accessibility to market participants in Malaysia and China.

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Former Executive Chairman of Megan Media sentenced to 18 Months Jail for Submission of False Information

Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) today won a case against former Executive Chairman of Megan Media Holdings for submission of false information.

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