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House okays Bill on Irrigable Lands' Conversion Ban

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure penalizing the conversion of irrigated and irrigable lands for non-agricultural purposes to ensure food securtiy in the country.
Date: 15 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House OKs Creation of New Government Housing Body

MANILA, Feb 14 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a measure creating the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development.
Date: 14 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House OKs Creation of Human Settlements and Urban Development Department

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 6775 seeking to create a Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development that would address the basic housing needs and requirements of Filipino families.
Date: 02 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Makati extends Deadline for Business, Realty Tax Payments

MANILA, Jan 21 (PNA) - The Makati City government has extended the deadline of assessment of business permits without penalty to Jan. 25, and the payment of business and realty taxes to Jan. 31, following the approval by the City Council of City Ordinance No. 2018-001.
Date: 21 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House declares Mayon, Zambo Parks Protected Areas

Mayon Volcano Natural Park in Albay province and the Pasonanca Natural Park in Zamboanga City are now protected areas under two bills approved by the House of Representatives.
Date: 15 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Ban in Conversion of Irrigable Lands soon

The House committee on agrarian reform chaired by Rep. Rene Relampagos (1st District, Bohol) has approved a substitute bill seeking to prohibit the conversion of irrigated and irrigable lands for non-agricultural purposes.
Date: 06 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Emilio Calma v Atty Jose M Lachica Jr

Date: 22 November 2017; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR No. 222031; Source: Supreme Court

Marcelino Dela Paz v Republic of the Philippines

Date: 20 November 2017; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR No. 195726; Source: Supreme Court

House moves to declare Kalayaan Island Group Alienable Land

The House committee on natural resources chaired by Rep. Arnel Ty (Party-list, LPGMA) approved House Bill 5614 which seeks to declare the Kalayaan Island Group situated in the province of Palawan as alienable and disposable land for agricultural, residential and commercial purposes.
Date: 26 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House moves to strengthening Right of Government to expropriate Lands

The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading House Bill 159 which seeks to strengthen the right of the government to expropriate lands for the purposes of socialized housing.
Date: 29 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Committee passes Bill declaring Barangay Krus na Ligas a Disposable Asset for Housing

The House committee on Housing and Urban Development passed House Bill 165 declaring a portion of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, Barangay Krus na Ligas as a disposable asset for housing and urban settlement.
Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Florencia Arjonillo v Demetria Pagulayan

Date: 04 October 2017; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR No.196074; Source: Supreme Court

House includes Building Code in Engineering Courses

The House committee on higher and technical education chaired by Rep. Ann Hofer (2nd District, Zamboanga Sibugay) on Monday created a technical working group (TWG) that will fine-tune House Bill 5908 which seeks to include the National Building Code of the Philippines (NBCP) among the subjects of engineering courses.
Date: 21 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Republic of the Philippines v Rosario L Nicolas

Date: 02 October 2017; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR No. 181435; Source: Supreme Court

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 transactions between DAR agents and the public.
Date: 24 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House Approves Bill expropriating Lands for Socialized Housing

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a bill seeking to strengthen the right of government to expropriate lands for socialized housing.
Date: 17 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Trinidad Diaz-Enriquez v Director of Lands and 4 Others, and Another Appeal

Date: 06 September 2017; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR No. 168065 & 168070; Source: Supreme Court

Spouses Firmo S Rosario and Another v Priscilla P Alvar

Date: 06 September 2017; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR No. 212731; Source: Supreme Court

Proclamation creating and designating Several Parcels of Land located at Barangay Bagtic as a Special Economic Zone

Proclamation creating and designating several parcels of land located at Barangay Bagtic, Silay City, Negros Occidental as a Special Economic Zone, to be known as the Bacolod-Silay Economic Zone and Technopark. Proclamation No. 315
Date: 14 September 2017; Type: Proclamation; Citation: Proclamation No. 315; Source: Official Gazette

Congress mulls Amendment of REIT Law

MANILA - The House of Representatives may push for the amendment of the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Act, Representative Arthur Yap said Monday.
Date: 26 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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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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IPOPHL eyes to expand Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

MANILA, Jan 29 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) aims to further expand intellectual property rights (IPR) enforcement through cooperating with members of the Sub-Committee on Organized Crime of the National Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (NALECC-SCOS).

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SC to act on Mamasapano Trial Transfer

MANILA, Jan 26 (PNA) - The Supreme Court is set to tackle the transfer of trial of the criminal case over the Mamasapano clash that killed more than 60 persons, including 44 members of the elite Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF).

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