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House pushes Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases

The House of Representatives, through viva voce voting, has approved House Bill 7134, seeking to provide policies and prescribe procedures on surveillance and response to notifiable diseases, epidemics, and health events of public health concern.

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Employers told to observe Proper Pay Rules on February Holidays

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has reminded employers in the private sector to strictly follow the proper pay rules on February 25, the 32nd Anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.
Date: 19 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Labor and Employment

Public Sector PWRDs to receive Higher Amount of EC Carer’s Allowance upon President’s Approval of Increase

Recognizing the need to continually enhance benefits under the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) and make it more responsive to the welfare and development needs of Persons with Work-Related Disabilities (PWRDs), the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) has approved an increase in the amount of Carer’s Allowance from P575 ...
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Labor and Employment

ECC increases the Amount of Livelihood Package for PWRDs, Transportation and Meal Allowance

In an effort to provide a meaningful package of services to Persons with Work-Related Disabilities (PWRDs), the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) has recently increased the amount of its livelihood starter kit to P20,000-P30,000 from its previous amount of P10,000.
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Labor and Employment

Palace: Rappler given Enough Time to avail of Legal Remedies

MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - Malacañang on Wednesday said that it has given online news site Rappler “ample time” to avail of legal remedies in relation to its ownership issue at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) but still failed to address its problem.
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Tax Neutrality for Islamic Banking hurdles House Panel

MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - A bill seeking to organize and regulate Islamic banks in the country has hurdled committee level at the House of Representatives. The House committee on ways and means, chaired by Quirino Rep. Dakila Cua, approved an unnumbered substitute bill that seeks to expand the Islamic banking system in the Philippines. The H ...
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

IC to complete Study on Insurance Capitalization Cap Next Month

MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - The Insurance Commission (IC) targets to complete next month its study on the proposed capitalization cap of PHP900 million instead of PHP1.3 billion by year 2022 for insurance companies.
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PCC urged to hike P1-B Notification Threshold

MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has received requests to hike the current PHP1-billion notification threshold for merger and acquisition deals.
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House Oks Electric Coops’ Standby Fund

The House of Representatives has unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill 7054 or the proposed “Emergency and Resiliency Fund for Electric Cooperatives” which shall be used in disaster prevention, management, and mitigation measures of electric cooperatives and for rehabilitation of their infrastructures damaged by for ...
Date: 17 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Human Trafficking Prevention Youth Program pushed

The House committee on basic education and culture on Monday approved House Bill 4890 which seeks to a establish a comprehensive human trafficking prevention education program for the youth.
Date: 19 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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.
Date: 20 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC acquits Two Men of Rape Charges

MANILA, Feb 20 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) acquitted two persons who were convicted of rape in Davao in 2012.
Date: 20 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate Panel junks Ethics Case Vs Lacson, Trillanes

MANILA, Feb 20 (PNA) - The Senate Ethics Committee on Tuesday unanimously junked the ethics complaint filed by former Bureau of Customs (BOC) commissioner Nicanor Faeldon against Senators Panfilo Lacson and Antonio Trillanes IV.
Date: 20 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PCOO declares War Vs Disinformation

DAVAO CITY, Feb 20 (PNA) - Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Tuesday enjoined public information officers and communicators to join the PCOO in waging war against disinformation and misinformation as well as fake news.
Date: 20 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Reforms open Opportunities for e-Vehicles in PH

MANILA, Feb 20 (PNA) - Reforms on tax and transportation in the country opened more opportunities for electric vehicle players, Electric Vehicle Association of the the Philippines (EVAP) President Rommel Juan said.
Date: 20 February 2018; Type: Tax News; Source: Philippine News Agency

IC to complete Study on Insurance Capitalization Cap Next Month

MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - The Insurance Commission (IC) targets to complete next month its study on the proposed capitalization cap of PHP900 million instead of PHP1.3 billion by year 2022 for insurance companies.

SC suspends Lawyer for 'Dilatory Tactics' House approves Proposed Insurance for Farmers and Fisherfolk SEC halts Calata’s Initial Coin Offering more

PCC urged to hike P1-B Notification Threshold

MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has received requests to hike the current PHP1-billion notification threshold for merger and acquisition deals.

PCC voids Udenna-KGLI Deal, fines Firms PCC okays SM Acquisition of Goldilocks BSP, PCC sign Pact to promote Fairer Competition among Banks more

SEC warns Public vs Unregistered Retail Trade Firms

MANILA, Feb 12 (PNA) - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has warned the public against dealing with unregistered entities, wholly or partly owned by foreign nationals, engaging in retail trade.

DOTr pursues Reforms to reduce Red Tape, promote Transparency "Tinimbang ka ngunit kulang" will be a thing of the Past SEC Memorandum Circular prescribing a Website Template for all Publicly-Listed Companies more

Human Trafficking Prevention Youth Program pushed

The House committee on basic education and culture on Monday approved House Bill 4890 which seeks to a establish a comprehensive human trafficking prevention education program for the youth.

SC acquits Two Men of Rape Charges Sandiganbayan convicts Ex-Abra Mayor for P2.1M Fund Misuse Ex-Siquijor Governor loses Fight over Obstruction of Justice Charge more

Palace to Ombudsman: Only Congress can expel Garcia

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - Malacañang on Tuesday said it respects the decision of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales to dismiss Cebu 3rd District Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia for grave misconduct but reminded her that only th ...

SC junks Plea to clarify Congress voting on Cha-Cha Republic of the Philippines v Margarita C Mendiola and 12 Others SC orders Government to comment on Petitions Vs TRAIN more

PCOO declares War Vs Disinformation

DAVAO CITY, Feb 20 (PNA) - Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Tuesday enjoined public information officers and communicators to join the PCOO in waging war against disinforma ...

ICT Committee impels Telcos to halt All Activities that prey on Subscribers’ Prepaid Load Policy on Government’s Social Media Use undergoes Final Consultation House to fine-tune E-Govt Bill 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

Tax Neutrality for Islamic Banking hurdles House Panel

MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - A bill seeking to organize and regulate Islamic banks in the country has hurdled committee level at the House of Representatives. The House committee on ways and means, chaired by Quirino Rep. ...

Reforms open Opportunities for e-Vehicles in PH DOF supports House Bill calling for Tax Amnesty TRAIN removes Oppressive Rates for Delinquent Tax Payments more

DPWH undertakes Access Audit on Implementation of Accessibility Law

To ensure the safety and inclusivity of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in all places, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in partnership with other implementing agencies will conduct anew access audit on ...

House Panels approve Abolition of Road Board More Foreign Competition will help Logistics Sector Grow: PIDS House approves Child Car Seat Bill on Final Reading more

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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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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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Swiss Institute of Federalism ink Academic Cooperation with UP

MANILA, Feb 16 (PNA) - The University of the Philippines-National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) and the University of Fribourg’s Institute of Federalism (IFF) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for academic cooperation and exchange, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

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Thailand, Cambodia discuss Nationality Verification for Migrant Workers

PHNOM PENH, Feb 14 (NNT) - Thailand's Labor Minister Adul Sangsingkeo and his Cambodian counterpart Ith Samheng discussed the nationality verification for undocumented migrant workers.

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Group urges DOLE: release Rules on 'Workplace Romance'

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - A group called on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to issue guidelines on workplace romance policy to prevent employers from implementing oppressive management prerogatives.

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Individuals earning above P250K also getting Bigger Take-Home Pay under TRAIN

The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN) effectively increases the take-home pay not only of salaried workers earning P250,000 yearly and below but also of those with annual taxable income from P250,000 to a maximum of P2 million.

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ASEAN: Terrorism most serious Security Threat to Region

SINGAPORE, Feb 6 (Bernama) - The ASEAN Defence Ministers today unanimously identified terrorism as the most serious security threat to the region.

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ASEAN unanimously agreed on KSCIP Initiative

SINGAPORE, Feb 6 (Bernama) - All 10 ASEAN countries have agreed with the King Salman Center for International Peace (KSCIP) initiative, said Malaysian Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

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DOJ provides Legal Aid to 11,833 Persons in 2017

MANILA, Feb 4 (PNA) - Close to 12, 000 people were given legal assistance through the Department of Justice Action Center (DOJAC) in 2017.

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UP Board of Regents names Proffessor Fides Cordero-Tan as new UP Law Dean

The UP Board of Regents announced the appointment of Atty. Fides Cordero-Tan as the new dean of the UP College of Law on Jan. 26, 2018.

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IPOPHL to heighten IPR Enforcement; seeks MOU with Anti-Crime Body

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) is seeking to intensify intellectual property rights enforcement in the country, targeting to craft a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with other members of the Sub-Committee on Organized Crime of the National Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (NALECC-SCOC).

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Century-Old Biz Group wants Mining Law amended

MANILA, Jan 31 (PNA) - The country’s oldest business organization, the Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Islands (CCPI), has sought sponsorship in Congress to amend mining laws.

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