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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.
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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

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

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

TWG fine-tunes Bills creating UP Zamboanga

The House committee on higher and technical education approved this week the creation of a Technical Working Group (TWG) that will fine-tune House Bills 1708 and 2498, both seeking to establish the University of the Philippines (UP) in Zamboanga City to serve students especially from Western Mindanao, including the Autonomous Region in Muslim Minda ...
Date: 18 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House oks Free Dialysis for Indigents

The House committee on health approved a substitute bill requiring government hospitals to provide free dialysis treatment to indigent patients.
Date: 14 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

PCOO eyes Creation of FOI Advisory Committee

MANILA, Feb 14 (PNA) - The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) said Wednesday it is eyeing the creation of a special committee to oversee the implementation of the executive branch’s Freedom of Information (FOI) program.
Date: 14 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PH, China agree on Restraint Vs Activities that complicate Sea Row

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Philippines and China have agreed to exercise "self-restraint" on activities that will complicate and escalate tensions in region.
Date: 13 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Contract Renewal of Costly Consultant raised Red Flag - SC IT Chief

The continued renewal of the contract of Helen Macasaet, an Information Technology (IT) consultant hired by the Supreme Court (SC) with the approval of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, raised a red flag, according to head of the Management Information Systems Office (MISO) of the SC.
Date: 07 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Divorce talks hasten with TWG Creation

The House committee on population and family relations chaired by Rep. Sol Aragones (3rd District, Laguna) on Wednesday created a Technical Working Group (TWG) that will consolidate all four bills on divorce namely, House Bills 116, 1062, 2380 and 6027.
Date: 08 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House creates P100M Trust Fund for more Research at PH Rise

The House of Representatives has adopted House Resolution 1636, urging the executive department to allocate funds for additional scientific research and feasibility studies in the area east of Luzon, known as the Philippine Rise, including marine exploration for mineral deposits and other resources therein which may be used as alternative sources o ...
Date: 11 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House oks Bill to boost Benguet Socio-Eco Development

Social, economic and political development in Benguet province is expected to accelerate soon after the House of Representatives, voting 225-0 without abstention, approved on third and final reading House Bill 6974 seeking to create the Baguio City, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, and Tublay Development Authority (BLISTTDA).
Date: 10 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

DSWD backs Proposal to simplify Adoption Process

MANILA, Feb 11 (PNA) - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Saturday welcomed the plan of Senator Grace Poe to file a bill aimed at simplifying the "complex and tedious process" of adoption in the country.
Date: 11 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA halts Suspension of Four ERC Commissioners

MANILA, Feb 11 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) has issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the Office of the Ombudsman's suspension of the four Commissioners of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).
Date: 11 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Drug War Probe will prove ICC has no Jurisdiction over PH: Embassy

MANILA, Feb 10 (PNA) - The Philippine Embassy to The Hague said it is certain that the decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to conduct a preliminary examination into crimes against humanity charges against President Rodrigo Duterte would be a "wake-up call" for the court to find out it has "utterly no jurisdiction" over the Philippine ...
Date: 10 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House to strengthen Magna Carta for S&T

The House committee on science and technology has approved a substitute bill which seeks to strengthen Republic Act 8439, otherwise known as the “Magna Carta for Scientists, Engineers, Researchers and Other Science and Technology Personnel in the Government.”
Date: 07 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Duterte approves Free Irrigation Law

MANILA, Feb 9 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law Free Irrigation Service (FIS) Act which grants free irrigation to farmers owning not more than eight hectares of land.
Date: 09 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House oks August 30 as “National Press Freedom Day”

The House of Representatives, voting 210-0, approved on third and final reading House Bill 6922 declaring August 30 of every year as “National Press Freedom Day“ in honor of Marcelo H. Del Pilar, the father of Philippine Journalism, who wrote under the pen name Plaridel.
Date: 06 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Prelate welcomes Senate Nod on National Bible Day Bill

MANILA, Feb 7 (PNA) - A Catholic prelate lauded the Senate's approval of the bill declaring a National Bible Day in the country.
Date: 07 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House moves to lift Suspension of Registration of New 4Ps Beneficiaries

The House of Representatives has adopted House Resolution 1522, urging the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to lift the suspension of registration of new beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) which took effect in July 2016.
Date: 05 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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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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