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House pushes for shorter Probationary Period for Teachers

Private school teachers are a step closer to enjoying tenure sooner, as a Technical Working Group (TWG) of the House committee on labor and employment has been created to harmonize bills batting for a shorter maximum probationary employment period for academic personnel.
Date: 19 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House and Senate successfully hold “Sports Dual Meet 2018”

The House of Representatives and the Senate on Thursday successfully held their second congressional sports invitational tournament dubbed “Sports Dual Meet 2018” at the House Sports Complex in Batasan Hills, Quezon City.
Date: 20 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: House of Representatives

Concom Sub-Committee adopts ‘Federated Regions’ in Draft Charter

MANILA, Apr 18 (PNA) - A sub-committee of the Consultative Committee (Concom) tasked by President Rodrigo R. Duterte to review the 1987 Constitution has voted and adopted the term “federated regions” in the new Constitution it is drafting under a federal-presidential system.
Date: 18 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House TWG fine-tunes Bill to limit Class size in Public Schools

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - A Technical Working Group (TWG) of the House of Representatives’ committee on basic education and culture is fine-tuning a measure that seeks to regulate the size of a class in all public schools in the country.
Date: 17 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House Panels approve Palace-backed BBL

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - Two House of Representatives' panels have approved the Palace-endorsed version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). In an executive session on Monday, the House committee on Muslim affairs, voting 5-3, and special committee on peace, unity and reconciliation, voting 6-4, approved Deputy Speaker Bai Sandra Sema's m ...
Date: 17 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DILG has New Undersecretary, Assistant Secretary

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday welcomed the appointment of two retired Philippine National Police (PNP) officials as the department’s new undersecretary and assistant secretary.
Date: 17 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

House moves to declare BSP as NGO

The House committee on government enterprises and privatization approved the creation of a Technical Working Group (TWG) that will consolidate four bills seeking to declare the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) as a non-government organization.
Date: 14 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Filibeck blacklisted for violating Immigration Rules: BI

MANILA, Apr 16 (PNA) - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday clarified that Party of European Socialist (PES) Deputy Secretary General Giacomo Filibeck, an Italian national, was blacklisted for violating the conditions of his stay as a tourist when he came to the Philippines last year.
Date: 16 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Duterte names Two More ConCom Members

MANILA, Apr 11 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed two more members of the Consultative Committee (ConCom) to review the 1987 Constitution.
Date: 11 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Committee harmonizes Bills regulating Education and Licensure of Physicians

The House committee on civil service and professional regulation created a Technical Working Group (TWG) to consolidate and harmonize bills seeking to regulate the education and licensure of physicians and the practice of medicine in the Philippines.
Date: 09 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House OKs National Building Code as Major Engineering Subject

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 7422, seeking to mandate the integration of the National Building Code of the Philippines (NBCP) as a major subject in the higher education curriculum of Architecture and Engineering courses and as a topic of licensure exams.
Date: 10 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House bill to raise DND, BoC, PCG Budgets for War on Drugs

The House committee on dangerous drugs has approved House Bill 1982, seeking to raise the resources of agencies which are involved in the monitoring of the country’s borders to make more effective the prohibition against the entry of illegal drugs in the country.
Date: 06 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

JBC opens Applications for 96 Court Judges in Four Regions

MANILA, Apr 8 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has opened the application for 96 vacancies for judges in various courts in the country.
Date: 08 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Duterte accepts Aguirre’s Resignation

MANILA, Apr 5 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday said that he has accepted the resignation of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.
Date: 05 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government may withdraw Terror Tag Petition Vs Reds if Peace Deal inked

MANILA, Apr 5 (PNA) - The Duterte administration may withdraw its petition to declare communist rebels as terrorists but only once a formal peace agreement has been signed, Malacanang said Thursday.
Date: 05 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

PNP reminds State Workers: stay away from Gambling Places

MANILA, Apr 5 (PNA) - The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday reminded anew government employees regarding a memorandum circular prohibiting government personnel from entering, staying or playing at gambling casinos.
Date: 05 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Reshuffle affects Two Top BOC Collectors, 64 Others

MANILA, Apr 5 (PNA) - The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has implemented a major reshuffle involving 66 personnel, including heads of two prime ports in Manila.
Date: 05 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate to acquire Own Building in Fort Bonifacio by 2021

MANILA, Apr 4 (PNA) - Senator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday said that barring any major setback, the Senate would move to its new home to be constructed in a 18,320-square meter parcel of land at the Navy Village in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City by January 2021.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Lorenzana opposed to lifting of Tattoo Ban for AFP Personnel

MANILA, Apr 2 (PNA) - Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana opposed the lifting of the tattoo ban for all military personnel.
Date: 02 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves Declaration of February 4 as "Philippine-American War Memorial Day"

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 7260, seeking to declare February 4 of every year as a special working holiday to be known as the “Philippine-American War Memorial Day” or “Araw ng Paggunita sa Digmaang Pilipino-Amerikano” in commemoration of the sacrifice and bravery of the men and wom ...
Date: 27 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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CCCS clears Proposed Merger between Essilor and Luxottica

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (“CCCS”) has issued a clearance decision on the proposed merger between Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d’Optique) S.A (“Essilor”) and Luxottica Group, S.p.A. (“Luxottica”) (collectively “Parties”). CCCS has concluded that the merger, if carried into effect, will not infringe the section 54 prohibition of the Competition Act (Cap. 50B).

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House and Senate successfully hold “Sports Dual Meet 2018”

The House of Representatives and the Senate on Thursday successfully held their second congressional sports invitational tournament dubbed “Sports Dual Meet 2018” at the House Sports Complex in Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

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President Joko Widodo to attend ASEAN Summit in Singapore

Jakarta Apr 20 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo will attend the the 32nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Singapore on April 27-28, 2018.

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Police probes Facebook over Data Privacy Violation

Jakarta, Apr 19 (ANTARA News) - The National Police is currently investigating third-party applications on Facebook that have allegedly violated the data privacy of users, an official stated here on Thursday.

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Lawyer claims Trial to CBT of more than RM100,000

GEORGE TOWN, Apr 20 (Bernama) - A lawyer pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to criminal breach of trust involving more than RM100,000.

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IRBM confirms having issued Letters to International Schools

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 19 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRBM) today confirmed that it had recently issued letters to the management of several international schools, here.

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Role of In-house Lawyers must evolve, says Judge

In an event that unveiled a study of local general counsel by the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association and global law firm CMS, Judge of Appeal Steven Chong has given in-house counsel several pointers on what they need to do in their evolving role.

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Passenger-Facing Cameras: encrypt Recordings and restrict Access

The new rule that allows the cab and private-hire car drivers to install infacing cameras should not threaten the passenger privacy according to customer feedback.

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Cabinet confirms Appointment of New Permanent Secretary of Finance

BANGKOK, Apr 18 (NNT) - The Cabinet has officially confirmed the appointment of the new Permanent Secretary of the Finance Ministry.

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Thailand preparing to host 12th ASEAN Skills Competition

BANGKOK, Apr 18 (NNT) - Thailand is making preparations to host the 12th ASEAN Skills Competition, the objective of which is to urge adolescents and workers in the region to be enthusiastic about developing their skills in line with new technology.

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Government pardons nearly 8500 Prisoners, including Student Activists’ Killer

The Presidential Office announced on Tuesday that 8541 prisoners, including 51 foreigners, were released from prisons across the country.

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Tax Exemption on Mega Projects given since 1980s - Customs DG

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 19 (Bernama) - Tax exemptions have been awarded to several large projects owned by the Government since the 1980s, and the issue of waiving the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for procurement of materials and services related to the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project should not be played up, said Customs Director-General Datuk Seri Subromaniam Tholasy.

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GST Compliance good, says Customs Department

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 18 (Bernama) - The Goods and Services Tax (GST) compliance in Malaysia is good even though there is still a need to continue to promote tax education.

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Illegal OFWs in Kuwait have until Thursday to avail of Amnesty Program

KUWAIT, Apr 18 (PNA) - Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa has announced that the Kuwaiti Department of Immigration under the Ministry of Interior has officially declared Thursday (April 19) as the last day for Filipinos to file their application for the amnesty program set to expire on April 22.

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Indonesia, Vietnam discuss Cooperation in Fisheries and Maritime Affairs

Jakarta Apr 18 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi discussed cooperation in maritime affairs and fisheries with her Vietnamese counterpart, Pham Bihn Mihn, during the third joint commission meeting between the two countries.

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