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Guidelines on the Issuance of Clearance for Customs Release of Radiation Devices

Pursuant to Section 1(a) of Presidential Decree (PD) No. 480 entitled "Creating Radiation Health Office in the Department" dated 06 June 1974 as amended by PD No. 1372 and under Republic Act No. 9711 also known as "The Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009", the Center for Device Regulation , Radiation Health, and Research (CDRRHR) of the Food a ...
Date: 18 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Food and Drug Administration

House finalizes Bill improving Nurse Profession

The House committee on civil service and professional regulation chaired by Rep. Mario Vittorio Mariño (5th District, Batangas) is finalizing a bill which seeks to provide a comprehensive nursing law towards a quality health care system.
Date: 19 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House okays Medical Scholarship Bill on Final Reading

MANILA, Nov 20 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a measure seeking to establish a medical scholarship program to address the shortage of doctors in the country.
Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves Mental Health Bill on Third Reading

MANILA, Nov 20 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a proposal seeking to establish a national mental health policy to enhance the delivery of mental health services in the country.
Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government, Development Partners discuss Law on Climate Change

Government officials from the central provinces together with development partners are meeting in Vientiane to discuss the draft of a law on climate change.
Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Bursa Malaysia Securities Publicly Reprimands Multi Sports Holdings Ltd and 5 Directors and Fines 3 Directors

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 1 - Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad (635998-W) (Bursa Malaysia Securities) has publicly reprimanded Multi Sports Holdings Ltd (MSPORTS) and its 5 directors for breaches of the Bursa Malaysia Securities Main Market Listing Requirements (Main LR).  In addition, 3 directors of MSPORTS were also fined a total of RM1,656,000 as a ...
Date: 01 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bursa Malaysia

ASEAN Leaders adopt Landmark Declaration that promotes a “Culture of Prevention” to achieve a Peaceful, Inclusive, and Harmonious ASEAN Community

MANILA, Nov 16 - Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) adopted the “ASEAN Declaration on Culture of Prevention for a Peaceful, Inclusive, Resilient, Healthy and Harmonious Society” during the 31st ASEAN Summit held in Manila.
Date: 16 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

MinLaw asks Singapore Legal Practice to clarify Links with UK Barristers’ Chambers

The Law Ministry has instructed the Essex Court Chambers Duxton to clarify the existing “misimpressions”.
Date: 17 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

MACC to request Mutual Legal Assistance from UK over Felda's Hotel Purchase in London

KOTA SAMARAHAN, Nov 18 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will request for mutual legal assistance from the United Kingdom to facilitate its investigation on the hotel purchase by Felda Investment Corporation (FIC) in London.
Date: 18 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Meechai: Draft Members of Parliament Act completed

BANGKOK, Nov19 (NNT) - The draft organic Members of Parliament Act has been completed and is now going through a review by the drafters.
Date: 19 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

CDC: Local Elections can be organized by Third Party

BANGKOK, Nov 17 (NNT) - The Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) has confirmed that the electoral body has the power to assign another organization to be in charge of local elections.
Date: 19 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

CDC maintains Primary Vote System in Members of Parliament Bill

BANGKOK, Nov 18 (NNT) - The Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) has decided to maintain a section concerning primary elections in the draft organic Members of Parliament Act.
Date: 18 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

National Assembly passes 2018 Development Plan, 15 Laws

The National Assembly (NA) ended its 4th ordinary session on Friday after adopting the Socio-economic Development Plan, together with the budget and currency plans for 2018, and passing 15 laws. In her closing remarks, Assembly President Ms Pany Yathotou said the session, which took place from October 16-November 17, had succeeded in its goals.&nbs ...
Date: 19 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

CDC expects to complete Two More Draft Organic Laws by November 28

BANGKOK, Nov 16 (NNT) - The Constitutional Drafting Commission is hoping to complete two important draft organic laws before the end of this month.
Date: 16 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

NLA passes New Elderly Persons' Act into Law

BANGKOK, Nov 17 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly has resolved to pass the new version of the Elderly Persons' Act into law.
Date: 17 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

ASEAN-China adopts Declaration on Marine Environment Protection

MANILA, Nov 17 (PNA) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China have moved forward towards the implementation of the 2002 Declaration of Conduct after it adopted on November 13 a document declaring ‎2017-2027 as a decade for the protection of coastal and marine environment in the South China Sea. In the chairman's state ...
Date: 17 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Crowdfunding Websites to get Code on Best Practices

The Commissioner of Charities plans to produce a set of best practices for crowd fund-raising websites, to ensure a high level of trust and integrity in the charity sector.
Date: 16 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

11 Documents adopted, 1 Accord signed under PH Chairmanship

MANILA, Nov 16 (PNA) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) under the leadership of the Philippines in 2017 has adopted a total of 11 outcome documents and signed an instrument focused on the promotion and protection of migrant workers' rights in the region.  On Thursday, two days after the conclusion of the 31st ASEAN Summit in ...
Date: 16 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Court dismisses Assemblyman's Injunction Application against Landowner

KOTA BHARU, Nov 16 (Bernama) - A Kelantan state assemblyman today failed to obtain an injunction order to prevent the owner of a piece of land in Salor from allowing any party to hold activities in Wisma Tok Guru, a building built on the property by the former owner.
Date: 16 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Government prepared to revamp Fisheries Act 1985 - Shabery

GEORGE TOWN, Nov 15 (Bernama) - The government is prepared to revamp the Fisheries Act 1985 if there are weaknesses in regulations and enforcement to enable outsiders to encroach the country's waters and maritime resources.
Date: 15 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

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New OFB Bank to cover all Overseas Filipinos

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has welcomed Malacanang’s approval of the acquisition by the Land Bank of the Philippines of the Philippine Postal Savings Bank (PPSB), which, he said, will pave the way for a financial institution that will cater not only to the country’s migrant workers, but to other overseas-based Filipinos as well.

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Singapore's Fintech Dive now delves for Proof beyond Concept

The partnership between Singapore and Hong Kong to build a blockchain-powered trade network may set the standard for other jurisdictions to follow in financial technology.

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Juvenile Council helps Child Offenders through Art

MANILA, Nov 20 (PNA) - The Juvenile Justice Welfare Council (JJWC) kicked off its 6th JJWC Week on Sunday through an on-the-spot poster painting contest emphasizing the importance of promoting restorative justice and giving youth offenders who have gone astray a "second chance" to correct their mistakes.

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Far-reaching Bill for Cyber Security 'Not uncommon'

The far-reaching Bill to beef up cyber security is justifiable in the light of the potential damage from state-sponsored cyber espionage, says experts.  

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Self-Regulation, Digital Literacy, Best Ways to counter Fake News

MANILA, Nov 18 (PNA) - Self-regulation and digital literacy are the best antidotes to fake news, according to advocates of freedom of expression in Southeast Asia.

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Sereno Camp insists on CJ's Right to Counsel

MANILA  Nov 17 (PNA) - The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Friday insisted anew that she has the right to have counsel and to cross-examine the witness during the impeachment proceedings against her before the Congress.

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President Jokowi urges Novanto to follow Legal Process

Jakarta Nov 18 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called on House Speaker Setya Novanto to be willing to follow every legal process initiated by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

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IPOPHL MOU on Intellectual Property with the Russian Federation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of Russia witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and the Federal Service for Intellectual Property of the Russian Federation (Rospatent). The MOU was signed by IPOPHL Director General Josephine R. Santiago and Rospatent Head Grigory P. Ivlev. The MOU serves as the bilateral framework to improve the administration and effectiveness of the intellectual property systems in the Philippines and the Russian Federation. The signing ceremony was held on 13 November 2017 at the Coconut Palace.

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Supply of Lift Spare Parts for Maintenance of Lifts in HDB Estates: CCS consults on Proposed Voluntary Commitments by Suppliers

The Competition Commission of Singapore (“CCS”) is conducting a public consultation from 15 to 28 November 2017 and invites interested parties to provide feedback on two proposed commitments separately provided by (i) BNF Engineering (S) Pte Ltd (“BNF”) in relation to the supply of spare parts for BNF brand of lifts, and (ii) C&W Services Operations Pte Ltd (“CWO”) in relation to the supply of spare parts for Ulift brand of lifts.

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Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Polish Financial Supervision Authority expands Co-operation in FinTech

Singapore, Nov 15 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) signed a FinTech Co-operation Agreement which lays out a framework for co-operation and referrals between the two regulators.

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Singapore and Hong Kong launch a Joint Project on Cross-Border Trade and Trade Finance Platform

Singapore, Nov 15 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Singapore today to jointly develop the Global Trade Connectivity Network (GTCN), a cross-border infrastructure based on distributed ledger technology (DLT), to digitalise trade and trade finance between the two cities and potentially with an aim to expanding the network in the region and globally.

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Managing Director of BAC Raja Singham appointed as Pioneer Mentor at the Launch of the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network

Manila, Philippines, Nov 13 - Managing Director of Brickfields Asia College (BAC) Raja Singham was appointed as a Pioneer Mentor of the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN), which was launched at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2017 (ABIS 2017) on Sunday, 12 November. Touted as the largest mentoring programme in the region, AMEN is the flagship programme of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and is designed to facilitate the scaling up of micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the ASEAN region through mentorship. Successful entrepreneurs, business practitioners and academicians from across the 10 ASEAN member states made up the 143 pioneer mentors present at the launch.

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