The “Safe Streets, Workplaces, and Public Spaces Act of 2017”, an act that seeks to penalize catcalling and other street-based harassment, is finally signed into law. Senator Risa Hontiveros, its principal author, announced its passage into law on May 29.
Congress approved the proposed “Murang Kuryente Act” this week by ratifying Senate Bill (SB) No. 1950 on May 28 and House Bill (HB) No. 8869 on May 29. The Act seeks to lower power rates by transferring billions worth of the Malampaya fund as payment for the debts (stranded contract costs and stranded debts) of the National Power Corporation (Napocor).
The Philippines has recalled its ambassador to Canada after the latter failed to retrieve the trash it shipped to Manila six years ago from Ottawa. Canada missed the May 15 deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte, prompting the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to recall the Philippines’ diplomats in the North American country.
Successful examinees of the 2018 Philippine Bar Examinations will take their oath as new lawyers on June 13 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), the Supreme Court (SC) announced on Tuesday, May 7. The signing in the Roll of Attorneys will start on June 14.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced on Friday last week that the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the newly enacted law, the Expanded Maternity Leave (EML) Law, will be issued on Labor Day of this year.
President Rodrigo Duterte has finally signed into law yesterday the proposed national budget for 2019, while vetoing the ₱95.3 billion budget allocation for the programs/projects of the DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways). The total budget allocation is estimated to be ₱3.757 trillion.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III assures that the Department of Health (DOH) has enough funds to implement the Universal Health Care (UHC) Law this year. He stated that P254.8 billion has been allotted for the first year of implementation of the new law, a slight shift from his initial estimate of P257 billion last February 21.
Back in December 2016, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) expressed their desire to abolish the practice of contracting and sub-contracting, better known as “Endo.” The “Endo” practice has been strongly opposed by President Rodrigo Duterte, whose 2016 campaign promise to prohibit “Endo” remains to be seen.
The Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) DO 174 was a massive disappointment for workers who were seeking an end to contractualization, or what’s commonly known as “Endo.” While “Endo” practice, which has been around for decades, is not written into the outdated Labor Code, it’s a widely accepted practice that places workers in situations where their rights and benefits aren’t protected by the law.
Tax Reform is high on the Duterte Administration’s agenda. In a near unanimous majority, and after the consolidation of 55 separate bills, House Bill 5636, or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or “TRAIN” was approved by Congress on May 15. House Bill 5636 is not the law, yet.