philippines - Rail, Road & Other Transport

“Mandatory Automatic Headlights on for Motorcycles Act" hurdles HouseCom

The House Committee on Transportation approved House Bill 1318, seeking to mandate motorcycle drivers and operators to automatically turn on their headlights as soon as they start their motorcycle engines, and to maintain their headlights on while their motorcycles are running on all roads at all hours of the day and night.
Date: 15 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Eazy First Taxis banned from NAIA for overcharging

MANILA, Mar 29 (PNA) - The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) on Wednesday said Eazy First taxis are now banned in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after one of the fleet's abusive drivers was nabbed by authorities on Tuesday.
Date: 28 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves Stiff Penalties for Act of throwing Stones, hard Objects at Vehicles

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 7163, seeking to penalize the act of throwing hard objects at motor vehicles while these are in motion or stationary.
Date: 24 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House okays Bill abolishing Road Board on Second Reading

MANILA, Mar 23 (PNA) - The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure seeking the abolition of the Road Board to prevent the misuse of billions of pesos of road users’ tax.
Date: 23 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bill of the Magna Carta for Tricycle Drivers and Operators Act of 2018

This Bill seeks to provide a uniform set of requirements and reasonable fees that shall apply to all local government units in relation to their duties and tasks as regards their supervision and regulation of the operations of tricycles in their respective jurisdictions.
Date: 19 March 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1751 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

House Panel approves Bigger Motorcycle License Plates

In a joint hearing on Wednesday, the House committee on transportation and committee on public order and safety chaired by Reps. Cesar Sarmiento and Romeo Acop, respectively, approved a substitute bill seeking to curb motorcycle crime by requiring larger license plates and other identification marks.
Date: 14 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House OKs Creation of Philippine National Railway Authority

The House committees on government enterprises, legislative franchise, and transportation in a joint hearing on Wednesday approved a bill seeking to restructure the Philippine National Railway System.
Date: 07 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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 both private and public establishments.
Date: 09 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Public Works and Highways

House Panels approve Abolition of Road Board

The House Committees on Government Reorganization and Public Works and Highways approved the substitute bill abolishing the Road Board, paving the way for a more transparent and proactive utilization of funds collected through the Motor Vehicle User’s Charge (MVUC).
Date: 11 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

More Foreign Competition will help Logistics Sector Grow: PIDS

MANILA, Feb 12 (PNA) - The Philippines should implement reforms aimed at introducing more foreign competition into transport and logistics industry in a bid to boost export competitiveness, according to a study by state think-tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).
Date: 11 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves Child Car Seat Bill on Final Reading

MANILA, Feb 6 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved on third and final reading a bill which seeks to provide special protection of child passengers in motor vehicles.
Date: 06 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approved Proposed “Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act”

The House of Representatives, through viva voce voting, approved on Tuesday House Bill 6938 seeking to provide special protection of child passengers in motor vehicles.
Date: 31 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Extension on the Grant of Dispensation Relative to the Provision of Financial Security

In compliance with the amendments implementing Regulations 2.5 and 4.2 and appendices of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, the Department of Labor and Employment extends its grant of dispensation to all Philippine Registered Ships engaged in international voyage holding a valid Maritime Labour Certificate until such time that the Procedural Gui ...
Date: 11 January 2018; Type: Circular; Source: Department of Labor and Employment

SC lifts TRO Vs Release of 700-K Vehicle Plates

MANILA, Jan 23 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) lifted the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued in June 2016 that halted the release of about 700,000 license plates for motor vehicles and motorcycles seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and donated to the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
Date: 23 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bill of an Act converting the Land Transportation Office Licensing Center in the City of Batangas into a Regular Licensing Center

This Bill seeks to convert the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Licensing Center in the City of Batangas into a regular Licensing Center to be known as the LTO Batangas City Licensing Center of Batangas City, Batangas.
Date: 15 January 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1645 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

I-ACT apprehends 244 Road Unworthy PUVs

MANILA, Jan 11 (PNA) - The Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) apprehended 244 public utility vehicles (PUVs) during the first day of the full implementation of the ‘Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok’ campaign to flag down road unworthy public transport in compliance with the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) last Wedn ...
Date: 11 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House polishes Mandatory Specialized Training for Truck Drivers

The House committee on transportation chaired by Rep. Cesar Sarmiento (Lone District, Catanduanes) has approved the creation of a technical working group to fine tune and further deliberate on a measure seeking to require driver’s education for professional truck drivers as a means to promote road safety.
Date: 09 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

I-ACT starts Apprehension of Smoke Belching, Dilapidated PUVs

MANILA, Jan 8 (PNA) - Some 255 smoke belchers, dilapidated vehicles, and Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) drivers not wearing uniform were apprehended as the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) started Monday the "Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok" campaign which aims to flag down road unworthy public transport in compliance with the PUV Modernization P ...
Date: 08 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House expands Opportunities for Bataan Freeport

The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading House Bill 6524 which seeks to strengthen the powers and functions of the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan to make it more responsive to the demands of the international business market.
Date: 27 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

DTI wants to speed up EO on PUV Modernization

MANILA, Dec 25 (PNA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) wants to fast-track the creation of an executive order (EO) to support the supply side of the Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) modernization program.
Date: 25 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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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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Government will not raise GST Rate - DPM Zahid

BAGAN DATUK, Apr 18 (Bernama) - The government has given an assurance that the country's Goods and Service Tax (GST) of sic per cent will not be raised, even after the 14th General Election.

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Government approves Sekolah Menengah Chong Hwa's Federal Land Lease Application - Wan Junaidi

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 17 (Bernama) - The government has approved the application of Sekolah Menengah Persendirian Chong Hwa, Sentul, for a 1.2 hectare of federal land under 99 years' lease for the purpose of building the school's sports complex.

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World's First Crypto Currency Guarantee against Theft

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 18 (Bernama) - In a world's first, GoldCrypto will protect and guarantee its cryptocurrency tokens from any theft through hacking.

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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.

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Indonesia calls on UNESCO to legitimize 19 Cultural Properties

Jakarta, Apr 16 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia is striving for its 19 cultural properties in the temporary list of World Heritage Center of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to be recognized soon.

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Sri Mulyani named Best Finance Minister in Asia Pacific

Jakarta, Apr 16 (ANTARA News) - Finance Minister, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, was named the best Finance Minister in Asia and the Pacific for 2018 by Hong Kong-based financial magazine FinanceAsia for the second time in a row.

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