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DENR, PCG INK PACT TO PROTECT MARINE ECOSYSTEM

In celebration of the World Ocean Day 2022, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)—through the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB)—has signed a landmark agreement with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to address gaps in the protection and conservation of the country’s coastal and marine ecosystems. With the theme “Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean,” […]

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NEW ANTI-RAPE LAW GIVES MINORS PROTECTION – LOPEZ

A lawmaker at the House of Representatives said the new law raising the minimum age of sexual consent from 12 to 16 could help drastically reduce abuses against minors and provide stronger protection for them. Manila Representative Manny Lopez, one of the principal authors of Republic Act 11648, said the legislation would provide stronger protection […]

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UNESCO CITES PH’S PROTECTION OF JOURNOS – SY ECGO

The Philippines has taken “positive steps” in protecting journalists, according to the 2021-2022 “World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development Global Report” released recently by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco, Executive Director of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS), welcomed the comprehensive and […]

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SOLON LAUDS NEW STATUTORY RAPE LAW

A lawmaker at the House of Representatives lauded the signing into law of a measure that raises the minimum age of sexual consent from 12 to 16, describing it as “a major step forward” toward justice and equality. Agusan del Norte Representative Lawrence Fortun said the new law not only increases the age for determining […]

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VILLANUEVA: PROTECT WORKERS DURING ALERT LEVEL 1

Senator Joel Villanueva welcomed the news from the Department of Trade and Industry around half a million jobs will be generated with an eased Alert Level 1 restrictions in the country. “This is a loud and clear alert signal for our workforce. The lowering of restrictions as well as COVID-19 cases in the country is […]

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BILL PROTECTING KIDS ONLINE GETS HOUSE PANEL OK

The House Committee on Welfare of Children chaired by TINGOG SINIRANGAN Party-list Representative Yedda Marie Romualdez approved recently, subject to style, the amended substitute bill strengthening the internet and digital content safety and online protection for children, as well as providing penalties for violations thereof, and appropriating funds for the proposal. It substituted House Bill […]

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TEACHERS’ PROTECTION VS FALSE ACCUSATIONS BACKED

A party-list for educators is supporting a bill filed in the Senate that aims to protect teachers and school staff against false and malicious accusations. Senate Bill No. 2477, or the Classroom Management Support and Protection for Teachers Act, which Sen. Leila de Lima filed last week, seeks to put in place support mechanisms for […]

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PTFOMS, PNP TO PROTECT MEDIA WORKERS DURING POLLS

Ahead of the campaign period for the 2022 national and local elections, the government initiated a novel approach to protect media workers and journalists with the launch of the Media Security Vanguards (MSVs) of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS). During the virtual ceremony and press conference, more than 500 Public Information Officers […]

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DMW TO BETTER SERVE OFWS, SAYS VILLAFUERTE

Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte has expressed the hope that the new department dedicated to serving migrant Filipinos will streamline and speed up services for the country’s overseas workers, especially those in distress.  Villafuerte said that under the newly signed law creating the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) need not go […]

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SAFETY OF TEACHERS, LEARNERS FROM COVID-19 URGED

Uphold the safety of teachers and learners. Senator Win Gatchalian made this call following the imposition of Alert Level 3 in Metro Manila and the detection of more cases of the Omicron variant. While face-to-face classes or in-person classes in basic education are prohibited in areas under Alert Level 3, Gatchalian pointed out that teachers […]