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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 and Drug Administration (FDA) is empowered to regulate the import and export of radiation devices that can be ionizing such x-ray devices and non-ionizing such as laser, ultrasound, scanners and infrared radiation devices and others.

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Ombudsman fines DAR Exec for failing to reply to Letters

Felix Aguhob, Regional Director of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Regional Office No. IX, Tumaga, Zamboanga City, was slapped with a fine equivalent to his one month salary for violation of Section 5(a) of Code of Conduct and Ethical standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act No. 6713).
Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

Ex-Lucena City Mayor convicted over P30M Computerization Project

The Office of the Ombudsman obtained the conviction of ex-Mayor Ramon Talaga of Lucena City, Quezon Province, along with the city’s Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) members, namely; Planning and Development Officer Ofelia Garcia, Budget Officer Ester Matibag and Assistant City Treasurer Mercedita Capulong for violation of Section 3(e) of ...
Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

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

CA affirms Dismissal of Ex-Iloilo City Mayor Mabilog

MANILA, Nov 20 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld the Office of the Ombudsman's order dismissing Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog from his post over allegations of ill-gotten wealth.
Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Sandiganbayan convicts Court interpreter for Bribery

The Sandiganbayan has found Candelaria Mangulabnan, court interpreter of Branch 2 of the Municipal Trial Court of San Fernando City in Pampanga guilty of Direct Bribery under Article 210 of the Revised Penal Code. She was sentenced to imprisonment ranging from four years to nine years and ordered to pay a fine of P60,000.00 with special temporary d ...
Date: 17 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

BOC Officer, Spouse penalized for SALN Violations

For failure to file their Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs) and for failure to declare properties and business interests, Bureau of Customs Operations Officer Hermogenes Caylan III and his spouse, Eloisa Caylan, a Human Resource Officer of the National Parks Development Committee, were found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of 1 ...
Date: 17 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

House seeks to strengthen PCIC

The House committee on appropriations chaired by Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles (1stDistrict, Davao City) approved a substitute bill seeking to strengthen the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) and improve its capability to provide farmers with additional government support to raise agricultural production.
Date: 17 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOJ drops Drug Raps vs Ex-BuCor Chief

MANILA, Nov 17 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DoJ) dropped the charges filed against former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Rafael Ragos in connection with the illegal drug trafficking raps filed before the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court against Sen. Leila de Lima for allegedly taking part and benefitting from the supposed illegal dru ...
Date: 17 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ex-Tawi-Tawi Vice Governor pleads Guilty to SALN Violation

MANILA, Nov 16 (PNA) - Former Tawi-Tawi Vice Governor Ruby Sahali Tan on Thursday pleaded guilty before the Sandiganbayan to six counts of violation of Section 8 of Republic Act No. 6713, or the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees”.
Date: 16 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Sandiganbayan upholds Estrada Bail

MANILA, Nov 16 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has upheld its resolution granting bail for the temporary liberty of former Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada for his plunder case in connection with his alleged involvement in the multi-billion-peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or “pork barrel” anomaly.
Date: 16 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House moves to harmonize Metro Manila Rules

The House committee on Metro Manila Development chaired by Rep. Winston Castelo (2nd District, Quezon City) approved a draft substitute bill which seeks to harmonize the rules that will govern the entire Metro Manila to improve effectiveness of delivering services to the public.
Date: 14 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ban on Contraceptives deemed lifted

MANILA, Nov 15 (PNA) - The temporary restraining order (TRO) imposed by the Supreme Court (SC) against the distribution of two contraceptive implants is considered lifted after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared them to be non-abortifacient.
Date: 15 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House seeks to strengthen PCIC

The House committee on appropriations chaired by Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles (1stDistrict, Davao City) approved a substitute bill seeking to strengthen the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) and improve its capa ...

House paves way for Insurance Coverage to CARP Recipients DOF focusing on 3 Initiatives to improve Ease of doing Business BSP introduces Preferential Rate for MSME Loans more

CA affirms P70-B PLDT, Globe Buyout of SMC Telco Assets

MANILA, Oct 23 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) upheld the legality of the PHP70-billion buyout of telco assets of San Miguel Corporation (SMC) by the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) and Globe Telecomm ...

PCC reminds Businessmen to play Fair or face Hefty Fines and Penalties PCC sees Indications of Anti Competitive Act in Cement Industry The Philippines shares Initiatives as Newly Established Competition Authority more

Sandiganbayan upholds Estrada Bail

MANILA, Nov 16 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has upheld its resolution granting bail for the temporary liberty of former Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada for his plunder case in connection with his alleged involvem ...

DOTr terminates BURI Maintenance Contract with MRT Executive Order approving the Acquisition of Philippine Postal Savings Bank by the Land Bank of the Philippines Pilipinas Makro Inc v Coco Charcoal Philippines Inc and Another more

Ombudsman fines DAR Exec for failing to reply to Letters

Felix Aguhob, Regional Director of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Regional Office No. IX, Tumaga, Zamboanga City, was slapped with a fine equivalent to his one month salary for violation of Section 5(a) of Code ...

Ex-Lucena City Mayor convicted over P30M Computerization Project CA affirms Dismissal of Ex-Iloilo City Mayor Mabilog Sandiganbayan convicts Court interpreter for Bribery more

NEA, Buseco agree to end Dispute

MANILA, Nov 9 (PNA) - Following a consultative meeting called by the Senate Committees on Energy and on Cooperatives chaired by Senators Sherwin Gatchalian and Juan Miguel Zubiri, respectively, on Tuesday, the National E ...

Government settles Dispute with Chinese Firm over Northrail Project CA junks Makati Plea on Claim over Fort Bonifacio Comelec to obey PET Ruling on Payment of Ballot Storage Fees more

ASEAN Pact on Migrant Workers aligned with Senate Bills

MANILA, Nov 15 (PNA) - A senator on Wednesday lauded the signing of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Consensus on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers saying that it will “complement&rd ...

Bello suspends Processing of Employment Certificates anew House moves to address Job-Skills Mismatch ECC OKs P700-M Benefits more

House okays Bill promoting Open Access in Data Transmission

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 6557 which seeks to promote open access in data transmission and provide additional powers to the National Telecommunications Commission. As defined ...

DICT starts Consultations on the proposed IRR of the Free Internet Access in Public Places Act Public Consultation on the Draft Administrative Order on Social Media use for Government Proclamation creating and designating an Information Technology Park more

House approves Bill rationalizing DAR Rules for Land Registration

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 6589 seeking to rationalize the requirements imposed by the Department of Agrarian Reform regarding land registration to enable smooth and speedy tra ...

House Approves Bill expropriating Lands for Socialized Housing Trinidad Diaz-Enriquez v Director of Lands and 4 Others, and Another Appeal Spouses Firmo S Rosario and Another v Priscilla P Alvar more

Donations to eye screening for Kinders to be Tax-Free

The House committee on ways and means chaired by Rep. Dakila Carlo Cua (Lone District, Quirino) has approved a provision of a bill on eye screening for kindergarten pupils that exempts from tax donations to the program.

Carmen Copper Corporation v Commissioner of Internal Revenue Bases Conversion and Development Authority v Commissioner of Internal Revenue Foseco Philippines Inc v Commissioner of Internal Revenue more

House moves to harmonize Metro Manila Rules

The House committee on Metro Manila Development chaired by Rep. Winston Castelo (2nd District, Quezon City) approved a draft substitute bill which seeks to harmonize the rules that will govern the entire Metro Manila to ...

Drones or UAV Operations restricted during 31st ASEAN Summit: CAAP I-ACT vows Stricter Implementation of Traffic Rules Bill banning Unattended Children in Vehicles OK’d on 2nd Reading more

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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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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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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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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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CJ Sereno need not attend Impeach Hearings

MANILA, Nov 17 (PNA) - Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno does not have to accept the invitation to appear before the House Justice Committee's hearing on the impeachment case against her, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said.

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Brunei Envoy appointed as New ASEAN Secretary General

MANILA, Nov 16 (PNA) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), at the conclusion of Philippine chairmanship for 2017, announced the appointment of Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi, a diplomat from Brunei Darussalam as the new Secretary-General of ASEAN.

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ASEAN pushes enabling Environment for Inclusive Business

MANILA, Nov 16 (PNA) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member-states will work towards providing an enabling environment for inclusive business imperative for the region’s economic community-building efforts.

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ASEAN, Partners to fast-track RCEP Conclusion in 2018

MANILA, Nov 15 (PNA) - Leaders from the countries participating at the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) on Tuesday have instructed its ministers and negotiators to intensify efforts in 2018 to bring the RCEP negotiations to conclusion.

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ASEAN FTAs gain Ground in 2017, DTI says

MANILA, Nov 14 (PNA) - The year 2017 witnessed ASEAN efforts to beef up its free trade agreements (FTAs) with its international stakeholders gaining ground.

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ASEAN Leaders and CEOs push for Inclusive Business

MANILA, Nov 14 - The ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC), composed of three CEOs/Presidents of private companies per ASEAN Member State, met with ASEAN Leaders led by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on 13 November 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center. Mr. Jose Ma. A. Concepcion III from the Philippines, the 2017 Chair of ASEAN-BAC and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, led the private sector.

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AICHR promotes Human Rights in ASEAN

Nov 13 - The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) has initiated various activities throughout 2017 to promote human rights to the peoples of the region.

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