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PROTECT FARMERS VS AGRI SMUGGLING – BONG GO

Senator Bong Go reissued his call for the government to prioritize the welfare of small farmers and agricultural workers as he emphasized the need to eliminate agricultural smuggling, which has adverse impacts on the livelihoods of Filipino farmers nationwide. This after farmers’ organization Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura has earlier reported that there are currently 20 […]

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POLICIES FOR PROTECTION OF CAREGIVERS PUSHED

In recognition of the vital role of caregivers in the country, Senator Francis Tolentino has sought to institutionalize policies for the protection and welfare of those working in the said underrated sector. Tolentino has recently filed Senate Bill No. 1396 or the proposed “Caregivers Welfare Act of 2022,” a measure that seeks to institute policies […]

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FREELANCER PROTECTION BILL GETS HOUSE PANEL OK

A measure providing protection and incentives for freelancers has hurdled committee level at the House of Representatives. The House Labor and Employment committee unanimously approved the consolidated version of House Bill 615, or the Freelance Workers Protection Act, authored by Pangasinan Representative Christopher De Venecia. House Bill No. 615 aims to promote the safety and […]

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DENR TAPS LGUS FOR INDIGENOUS SPECIES PROTECTION

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is focusing on building the capacity of local government units (LGUs) and strengthening the protection of indigenous species and their habitats. This is part of the agency’s thrust of promoting environmental management and climate change mitigation at the local level according to DENR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning, […]

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LAPID FILES BILL PROTECTING DELIVERY RIDERS

Senator Lito Lapid has filed a bill that seeks to protect delivery riders and drivers against unjustified cancellation of orders or “no show” customers. These fraudulent acts result in a waste of time, effort, and money on the part of the delivery riders or drivers. What aggravates the situation is that some of these canceling […]

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VILLAFUERTE BATS FOR ANTI-ONLINE SEXUAL ABUSE ACT

Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte urged  President Duterte to sign into law a bill that will strengthen the protection of children against online abuse and sexual exploitation. The House of Representatives and the Senate recently ratified the bicameral conference committee (bicam) report on the proposed Anti-Online Sexual Abuse or Exploitation of Children (OSAEC) Act. The Anti-OSAEC bill ratified […]

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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 […]