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Bill of the Open Extractives Data Act

This Bill aims to ensure sustained transparency in the extractive industries wherein the government commits to disclose timely, complete, and accurate information and documents pertinent to resource extraction to enable evidence-based management.
Date: 24 July 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1883 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of the Hybrid Election Act of 2018

This Bill aims to put in place a hybrid system of manual voting and counting at the precinct level along with an automated transmission and canvassing in order to ensure all subsequent elections will be accurate and transparent.
Date: 28 June 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1858 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of the Entrepreneurial Agricultural Education Act

This Bill aims to enhance the managerial skills and technical competence of students of agriculture by strengthening the training cooperation between agricultural, industrial and business establishments and educational institutions by designing and implementing relevant training programs in close coordination with local government units.
Date: 16 July 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1874 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of the Class Size Act

This Bill seeks to address the concerns of oversized classrooms by mandating the regulation of class size in public schools and by prescribing additional compensation for teachers handling large classes.
Date: 16 July 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1878 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of the Teaching Supplies Allowance Act of 2018

This Bill proposes to increase the annual “chalk allowance” for classroom supplies from P3,500 to P5,000 per teacher per school year, thereby relieving teachers of the onerous financial burden to pay for these materials themselves.
Date: 16 July 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1871 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of the National Commission of Senior Citizens Act

This Bill seeks to create the National Commission of Senior Citizens which shall be under the Office of the President. It shall ensure the full implementation of laws, policies, and programs of the government pertaining to senior citizens, review and conduct studies on the same, and recommend appropriate actions thereon to Congress and the Presiden ...
Date: 19 July 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1881 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of the Act declaring the Josefa Llanes Escoda Day

This Bill seeks to commemorate Josefa Llanes Escoda, also known as Pepa for the invaluable contributions to the Republic of the Philippines by declaring January 6 of every year a Special Working Holiday.
Date: 31 May 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1845 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of the Act declaring the Francisca Reyes-Aquino Day

This Bill seeks to commemorate the outstanding artist Francisca Reyes-Aquino for the invaluable contributions to the Republic of the Philippines by declaring November 21 of every year a Special Working Holiday.
Date: 31 May 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1846 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of the Act declaring the Tandang Sora Day

This Bill seeks to commemorate Melchora Aquino better known as Tandang Sora for the invaluable contributions to the Republic of the Philippines by declaring March 2 of every year a Special Working Holiday.
Date: 31 May 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1847 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of the Act declaring Gabriela Silang Day

This Bill seeks to commemorate one of the most prominent figures of the revolution and the most distinguished women in the Philippines history Gabriela Silang by declaring September 20 of every year a Special Working Holiday.
Date: 31 May 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1848 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Reorganization Act

This Bill seeks to reorganize and transform Philippine National Police into a modernized law enforcement organization which maintains peace and order and ensures public safety and security.
Date: 29 May 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1828 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of the Seal of Good Local Governance Act of 2018

This Bill, amongst others, seeks to establish and institutionalise the seal of good local governance for local government units.
Date: 31 May 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1843 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of an Act amending the Local Government Code of 1991

This Bill seeks to amend Section 450 of the Local Government Code of 1991, by exempting the conversion of a municipality into a component city from the population and land area requirements.
Date: 31 May 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1842 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Republic Act institutionalizing the Balik Scientist Program

This Republic Act aims to strengthen the scientific and technological human resources of the academe, public and private institutions, including locally registered enterprises to promote knowledge sharing and accelerate the flow of new technologies into the country. Republic Act No. 11035
Date: 15 June 2018; Type: Republic Act; Citation: Republic Act No. 11035; Source: Official Gazette

Republic Act promoting Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Delivery of Government Services

This Republic Act amends the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007, in order to promote Ease of Doing Business and efficiently deliver government services. Republic Act No. 11032
Date: 28 May 2018; Type: Republic Act; Citation: Republic Act No. 11032; Source: Official Gazette

Republic Act converting the Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology into a State University

This Act converts the Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology in the City of Mati into a State University to be known as the Davao Oriental State University. Republic Act No. 11033
Date: 28 May 2018; Type: Republic Act; Citation: Republic Act No. 11033; Source: Official Gazette

Bill of the Public Safety Act

This Bill promotes greater commitment to public order and safety by local government units and increases their responsiveness by establishing a fully functional and responsive central command and control center and emergency response and management system.
Date: 22 May 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1814 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of the Marawi Siege Victims Compensation Act of 2018

This Bill seeks to provide compensation and assistance to the people of Marawi, providing them with means to immediately recover from the damage and destruction to their homes and private property resulting from the Marawi Siege.
Date: 22 May 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1816 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of the Act to reorganize the National Parks Development Committee

This Bill reorganizes the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) and renames it as the Public Parks Development Authority and also defines the NPDC’s mandate and jurisdiction.
Date: 16 May 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1811 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of an Act to amend the Philippine Food Fortification Act of 2000

This Bill seeks to amend Republic Act 8976, otherwise known as the "Philippine Food Fortification Act of 2000", by removing or excluding refined sugar from the list of products covered by mandatory food fortification.
Date: 16 May 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1808 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

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Solon files Bill on Overtaking Cyclists

MANILA, Oct 18 (PNA) - A party-list lawmaker at the House of Representatives is pushing for a measure requiring a minimum distance of 1.5 meters for motorists overtaking cyclists.

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Hontiveros optimistic PRRD will sign Pet Bills into Law

MANILA, Oct 18 (PNA) - Senator Risa Hontiveros on Thursday said she is confident that President Rodrigo Duterte would sign several bills that she authored and sponsored into law.

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JBC interviews Two Bets for Supreme Court Justice

MANILA, Oct 18 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Thursday conducted its public interview for two aspirants for the Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice vacancy following the retirement of Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro.

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PM tables Mid-Term Review of 11th Malaysia Plan in Dewan Rakyat

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today tabled the Mid-Term Review of the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP - 2016-2020) in the Dewan Rakyat.

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SC allows Media Coverage of de Lima Drug Case Trials

MANILA, Oct 17 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) allowed news coverage of Senator Leila de Lima’s trials for alleged drug trading activities before the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court (RTC).

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House supports Placement of Migrant Workers through One Channel

Jakarta, Oct 16 (ANTARA News) - Chairman of the House of Representatives` (DPR`s) Commission IX Dede Yusuf supported the placement of Indonesian migrant workers through the One Channel Placement System (SPSK) agreed upon by Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

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Industry 4.0 to put Indonesia among Top 10 Economies

Jakarta, Oct 17 (ANTARA News) - The fourth industrial revolution, also known as industry 4.0, is expected to make Indonesia one of the top 10 economies in the world in 2030, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said.

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Government encourages SMEs to go Digital

Jakarta, Oct 16 (ANTARA News) - The government encourages national small and medium enterprises or SMEs to take advantage of the digitalization era by using online networks to expand their businesses.

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WIPO Director General Conferred the Order of Sikatuna

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Director General Dr. Francis Gurry has received the highest Presidential honour of diplomatic merit in recognition of his extraordinary efforts to sustain and strengthen WIPO’s relations with the Philippine government, through the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).

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PH Ambassador Promotes ASEAN Trade, Tourism in Spain

MADRID, Oct 16 (DFA) - To raise awareness about ASEAN and promote ASEAN trade and tourism in Spain, Philippine Ambassador to Spain Philippe J. Lhuillier and the other ASEAN Ambassadors in Madrid paid a courtesy call on the Spanish Minister for Industry, Trade, and Tourism Maria Reyes Maroto Illera.

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BOC, PCG Ink MOA for Strengthened Joint Anti-Smuggling Operations

The chiefs of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Philippine Coast (PCG), on Monday, October 15 signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which provides them guidelines in the conduct of anti-smuggling joint operations within the country’s borders.

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PH Showcases Best Practice on Anti-Poverty

NEW YORK, Oct 12 (DFA) - The Philippines underscored the crucial need to use the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) as an alternative measure of poverty during the High-level side-event on “Using the Multidimensional Poverty Index to guide innovative policies in all its dimensions” held on the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly High Level Week held at the UN Headquarters in New York on 25 September 2018

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21 Law Firms vow to create more chances for Young Lawyers

Twenty-one law firms, including Drew & Napier and Tan Rajah & Cheah, have pledged to provide more opportunities for young lawyers to represent their clients in court.

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Thailand hosts ASEAN Disaster Assessment and Mitigation Training Course

BANGKOK, Oct 16 (NNT) - Thailand is hosting the latest ASEAN training course on regional disaster assessment and mitigation to ensure timely assistance, and enhance the reach and capability of the region’s relief efforts.

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Del Castillo to head JBC Search for Next CJ

MANILA, Oct 16 (PNA) - Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo will sit at the helm of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) in screening aspirants for the vacancy in the Supreme Court (SC) following the retirement of Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, JBC ex-officio member and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Tuesday.

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SC reorganizes Three Divisions as Hernando assumes Post

MANILA, Oct 16 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC), under Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, has reorganized the membership in its three divisions following the entry of its newest member, Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando.

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Non-infra Programs face Cancellation if Oil Excise Tax suspended

MANILA, Oct 15 (PNA) - Some of the Duterte administration's non-infrastructure expenditures scheduled for 2019 face possible cancellation if the implementation the oil excise tax's second tranch is put on hold due to soaring world crude prices, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said.

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