Legal Articles

Congress Murang Kuryente Act

31 May: Congress approves Murang Kuryente Act this week

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).

Canada commits to promptly retrieve trash containers exported to the Philippines

21 May: Canada Commits to Promptly Retrieve Trash Containers Exported to the Philippines

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.


02 Apr: DOH Assures Enough Funds to Implement Universal Health Care Law

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.


11 Sep: DOLE calls on contractors to volunteer in labor inspection

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 While “Endo” practice, which has been around for decades, is not written into the outdated Labor Code, it’s a widely accepted practice that places workers in situations where their rights and benefits aren’t protected by the law.