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  1. Philippines - - Law, Act

    An Act providing for the legitimation of children born to parents below marrying age, amending for the purpose the family code of the Philippines (R.A. 9858). - Act on-line

    Adoption: 2009-12-20 | PHL-2009-L-83672

    Replaces articles 177 and 178 of the Family Code to ensure that children born to under-age parents are recognised as being legitimate children.

  2. Philippines - - Law, Act

    Philippine Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide, and Other Crimes Against Humanity (R.A. No. 9851). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2009-12-11 | Date of entry into force: 2010-03-16 | PHL-2009-L-89256

    An Act defining and penalizing crimes against international humanitarian law, genocide and other crimes against humanity, organizing jurisdiction, designating special courts and for related purposes.

  3. Philippines - - Law, Act

    Pre-Need Code of the Philippines 2009 (R.A. 9829). - Act on-line

    Adoption: 2009-12-03 | PHL-2009-L-83681

    Regulates, through the establishment of a government agency, pre-need companies in order to ensure stable and sustainable growth in the industry. These are defined as companies that provide pre-need plans for social insurance benefits such as education, pension, life and interment benefits.

  4. Philippines - - Law, Act

    Anti-Child Pornography Act, 2009 (R.A. 9775). - Act on-line

    Adoption: 2009-11-17 | PHL-2009-L-83682

    Defines and provides penalties for the crime of child pornography.

  5. Philippines - - Law, Act

    Anti-Torture Act, 2009 (R.A. 9745). - Act on-line

    Adoption: 2009-11-05 | PHL-2009-L-83683

    Provides for the right to freedom from cruel, inhumane, and degrading punishment or treatment, in particular with respect to persons in custody and prisoners.

  6. Philippines - - Law, Act

    The Magna Carta of Women (Republic Act No. 9710). - Republic Acts on-line

    Adoption: 2009-08-14 | PHL-2009-L-82044

    Magna Carta of Women seeks to eliminate discrimination against women by recognising, protecting, fulfilling and promoting the rights of Philippino women in all spheres of society.

  7. Philippines - - Law, Act

    An Act Amending Republic Act No. 8042, Otherwise Known As The Migrant Workers And Overseas Filipinos Act Of 1995, As Amended, Further Improving The Standard Of Protection And Promotion Of The Welfare Of Migrant Workers, Their Families And Overseas Filipinos In Distress, And For Other Purposes,Republic Act No. 10022. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2009-07-27 | PHL-2009-L-98914

  8. Philippines - - Law, Act

    An Act strengthening and expanding the coverage of the special program for employment of students, amending for the purpose provisions of R.A. No. 7323, otherwise known as the Special Program for Employment of Students (R.A. 9547). - Act on-line

    Adoption: 2009-04-01 | PHL-2009-L-83670

    Amends sections 1 and 2 concerning eligibility to the program.

  9. Philippines - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Guidelines on OSH in the Ship Building, Ship Repair and Ship Breaking Industry (D.O. No.1, S.2009). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2009-03-24 | PHL-2009-R-97550

  10. Philippines - - Law, Act

    Cooperative Code of the Philippines, 2008 (R.A. 9520). - Act on-line

    Adoption: 2009-02-17 | PHL-2009-L-83684

    This text is the consolidation of R.A. 6938. Defines cooperatives as an autonomous and duly registered association of persons, with a common bond of interest, who have voluntarily joined together to achieve their social, economic, and cultural needs and aspirations by making equitable contributions to the capital required, patronizing their products and services and accepting a fair share of the risks and benefits of the undertaking in accordance with universally accepted cooperative principles. This law defines the types of cooperatives, regulates their establishment including capital, membership, tax treatment and auditing and also provides for penal provisions in case of violation of the provisions of the Act.

  11. Philippines - - Law, Act

    An Act establishing livelihood and skills training centers in fourth, fifth and sixth class municipalities, and for other purposes (R.A. 9509). - Act on-line

    Adoption: 2008-10-21 | PHL-2008-L-83669

    Provides for the establishment of vocational training facilities to provide for a more even distribution of skills training centres throughout the country.

  12. Philippines - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    DOLE Department Circular No. 2 Amending Certain Provisions of the OSH Standards. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2008-06-02 | PHL-2008-R-97552

  13. Philippines - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Administrative Order No. 200 on reducing remittance fees of overseas Filipino workers.

    Adoption: 2008-01 | PHL-2008-R-83666

    Establishes a committee to examine reduction of remittance fees.

  14. Philippines - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Administrative Order No. 203 prioritizing the provision of jobs, livelihood and basic services to bring down the rate of extreme poverty. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2008-01 | PHL-2008-R-83667

    Provides for the investment of funds into projects and programs that will assist in alleviating poverty as identified by the National Anti-Poverty Commission.

  15. Philippines - - Law, Act

    An Act establishing the Aurora Special Economic Zone in the Province of Aurora, creating for the purpose the Aurora Special Economic Zone Authority, appropriating funds therefore and for other purposes (Republic Act No. 9490). - Act on-line

    Adoption: 2007-06-29 | PHL-2007-L-83668

    Establishes the Aurora Ecozone, and provides for its administration.

  16. Philippines - - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) Resolution No. 02 Series of 2007. - Resolution on-line

    Adoption: 2007-06-26 | PHL-2007-M-77612

    Resolution of the NWPC: to formulate a Productivity Agenda for the year; to include productivity concerns in agenda items for discussion during regular Board meetings; to issue advisories for private companies to organize productivity committees to develop and implement productivity improvement programs; and to raise general awareness on productivity based on the theme to be set by the NWPC.

  17. Philippines - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Amended Rules of Procedure on Minimum Wage Fixing (NWPC Guidelines No. 01 Series of 2007). - Rules on-line

    Adoption: 2007-06-19 | PHL-2007-R-77610

    Sets out rules for the fixing of minimum wages by the National Wages and Productivity Commission and the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards as well as for the conduct of hearings and consultations, the issuance, content and frequency of wage orders and their review as well as appeals to the Commission.

  18. Philippines - - Law, Act

    Human Security Act of 2007 (Republic Act No. 9372).

    Adoption: 2007-03-06 | Date of entry into force: 2007-07 | PHL-2007-L-77132

    Provides for the State's policy to protection "life, liberty, and property from acts of terrorism". The State is to uphold the basic rights and fundamental liberties of the people as found in the Constitution.

  19. Philippines - - Law, Act

    Republic Act No. 9481 amending the Labor Code with respect to strengthening workers constitutional right to self-organization. - Act On-line

    Adoption: 2007-02-19 | Date of entry into force: 2007-05-25 | PHL-2007-L-79077

    Amends article 234 (requirements of registration) and adds article 234A (chartering and creation of a local chapter). Also amends articles 238 (cancellation of registration) 239 (grounds for cancellation of registration), 245, 256, 257, 258.

  20. Philippines - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Department Order No. 79-07: Establishment of National Reintegration Center for Overseas Filipino Workers. - Order on-line

    Adoption: 2007-02-16 | PHL-2007-R-75827

    Establishes the National Reintegration Center for Overseas Filipino Workers to help them adapt back into the society when they come back from working overseas.

  21. Philippines - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Executive Order No. 548-A amending Executive Order No. 548 and involving the Commission of Filipinos Overseas in the Campaign Against Human Trafficking.

    Adoption: 2007-02-09 | PHL-2007-R-82209

    Amends Order No. 548 by creating the Task Force Against Human Trafficking (TFHT) in the Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO). Also provides for the intensification of the anti-illegal recruitment campaign by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

  22. Philippines - - Law, Act

    Act No. 9422 to strengthen the regulatory functions of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), amending for this purpose Republic Act No. 8042, otherwise known as the "Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995". - Act On-line

    Adoption: 2007-01-31 | Date of entry into force: 2007-04-10 | PHL-2007-L-79079

  23. Philippines - - International agreement

    ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2007-01-13 | INT-2007-IA-93358

    Sets out the general principles of the Declaration and then the obligations of both the sending and receiving parties. These include:

    5. Intensify efforts to protect the fundamental human rights, promote the welfare and uphold human dignity of migrant workers;
    6. Work towards the achievement of harmony and tolerance between receiving states and migrant workers;
    7. Facilitate access to resources and remedies through information, training and education, access to justice, and social welfare services as appropriate and in accordance with the legislation of the receiving state, provided that they fulfill the requirements under applicable laws, regulations and policies of the said state, bilateral agreements and multilateral treaties;
    8. Promote fair and appropriate employment protection, payment of wages, and adequate access to decent working and living conditions for migrant workers;
    9. Provide migrant workers, who may be victims of discrimination, abuse, exploitation, violence, with adequate access to the legal and judicial system of the
    receiving states; and
    10. Facilitate the exercise of consular functions to consular or diplomatic authorities of states of origin when a migrant worker is arrested or committed to prison or custody or detained in any other manner, under the laws and regulations of the receiving state and in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

    11. Enhance measures related to the promotion and protection of the rights of migrant workers;
    12. Ensure access to employment and livelihood opportunities for their citizens as sustainable alternatives to migration of workers;
    13. Set up policies and procedures to facilitate aspects of migration of workers, including recruitment, preparation for deployment overseas and protection of the migrant workers when abroad as well as repatriation and reintegration to the countries of origin; and
    14. Establish and promote legal practices to regulate recruitment of migrant workers and adopt mechanisms to eliminate recruitment malpractices through legal and valid
    contracts, regulation and accreditation of recruitment agencies and employers, and blacklisting of negligent/unlawful agencies.

  24. Philippines - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Executive Order No. 548 creating a Task Force against Illegal Recruitment under the Comission on Filipinos Overseas.

    Adoption: 2006-10-02 | PHL-2006-R-80846

    Creates the Task Force Against Illegal Recruitment (TFAIR) placed under the supervision of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, for policy and program coordination.

  25. Philippines - - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Memorandum Circular No. 112 concerning Housing Fair for Employees in the Public Sector.

    Adoption: 2006-09-07 | PHL-2006-M-82208

    Establishes a housing fair to run from October 2006-April 2007 to offer for sale under reasonable terms and conditions eligible properties for persons employed in the public sector.

  26. Philippines - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Executive Order No. 548 Creating a Task Force Against Illegal Recruitment under the Commission on Filipinos Overseas. - Order on-line

    Adoption: 2006-08-01 | PHL-2006-R-82210

    Establishes the Task Force Against Illegal Recruitment (TFAIR), placed under the supervision of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas for policy and program coordination. Provides for its functions and powers.

  27. Philippines - - Law, Act

    Law amending the Labor Code (R.A. No. 9347). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2006-07-27 | PHL-2006-L-75826

    An Act Rationalizing the Composition and Functions of the National Labor Relations Commission, Amending for this Purpose Articles 213, 214, 215 and 216 of P.D. No. 442, as amended, otherwise known as the Labor Code of the Philippines

    Sets out the functions and procedures of the National Labor Relations Commission.

  28. Philippines - - Law, Act

    Volunteer Act of 2007 (Republic Act No. 9418) (H. No. 4065). - Act online

    Adoption: 2006-07-24 | PHL-2006-L-82198

    Institutionalizes a Strategy for rural development strengthening volunteerism and for other purposes

  29. Philippines - - Law, Act

    Act Prohibiting the Imposition of the Death Penalty in the Philippines (R.A. No. 9346). - Act on-line

    Adoption: 2006-06-24 | PHL-2006-L-75825

    Prohibits the imposition of the death penalty by repealing the Act Designating Death by Lethal Injection (R.A. No. 8177).

  30. Philippines - - Law, Act

    Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 (No. 9344). - Act on-line

    Adoption: 2006-04-23 | PHL-2006-L-75824

    Sets out the government policy for dealing with juvenile offenders as well as establishing the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council under the Department of Justice.

  31. Philippines - - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Executive Order No. 462 - Adopting Measures and Safety Nets to protect the income of government employees, creating the committee on protection of income of government employees, and for other purposes.

    Adoption: 2005-09-28 | PHL-2005-M-77574

    Establishes the Committee on Protection of Income of Government Employees. Its purpose is to formulate, implement and monitor programs and projects to provide assistance to civil servants, particularly those in financial difficulties. Measures are to include ensuring that other government agencies and government owned and/or controlled corporations: adopt the poverty threshold as the limit for the imposition of wage deductions; eradicate the debt-culture; promote workers morale and welfare; and motivate officials and workers to respect the public service ethical standards.

  32. Philippines - - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    The 2005 Revised Rules of Procedure of the National Labor Relations Commission (NRLC). - Rules on-line Rules on-line

    Adoption: 2005 | PHL-2005-M-77684

    Revised Rules of Procedure governing arbitration proceedings before the Labor Arbiters and the Commission. Made under Article 218 of the Labor Code.

  33. Philippines - - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Amended Rules and Regulations Governing the Exercise of the Right of Government Employees to Organize, 2004. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2004-09-28 | PHL-2004-M-98925

    Contains the amended Rules implementing Executive Order No. 180 providing guidelines for the exercise of the right to organize of government employees, creating a public sector labor-management council, and for other purposes.

  34. Philippines - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Executive Order No. 373 of 2004 reorganizing the composition of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas under the Office of the President.

    Adoption: 2004-08-18 | Date of entry into force: 2004-08-18 | PHL-2004-R-75357

    Provides for the composition of the Commission under Executive Order No. 343 of 5 August 2004.

  35. Philippines - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Rules and Regulations implementing Republic Act No. 9231, Amending R.A. 7610, as amended (Department Order 65-04). - English translation

    Adoption: 2004-07-26 | PHL-2004-R-77603

    Chapter 1 - Preliminary Provisions
    Chapter 2 - Prohibition on the Employment of Children
    Chapter 3 - Exceptions to the Prohibition
    Chapter 4 - Requirements to Avail of Exception To Employment Prohibition
    Chapter 5 - Hours of Work
    Chapter 6 - Working Child's Income
    Chapter 7 - Education, Training and Other Services
    Chapter 8 - Enforcement and Administration
    Chapter 9 - Miscellaneous Provisions

  36. Philippines - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Standards for the protection against radiation issued by the Philippine Nuclear Reserch Institute.

    Adoption: 2004-07-02 | Date of entry into force: 2004-09-21 | PHL-2004-R-75358

    Provides the standards applicable to ionizing radiation, including occupational dose limits.

  37. Philippines - - Law, Act

    Act amending certain sections of the Philippine Teachers Professionalization Act of 2004 (R.A. No. 7836), 2004 (R.A. No. 9293).

    Adoption: 2004-04-20 | PHL-2004-L-72736

    Amends the principal Act concerning qualification requirements of applicants (section 15), registration and exceptions (section 26) and transitory provisions (section 31).

  38. Philippines - - Law, Act

    Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004 (Republic Act No. 9262). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2004-03-08 | PHL-2004-L-72734

    Provides for the protection of women and children against violence by defining violence and providing penalties including imprisonment and fines. It also provides for the issuing and modalities of protection orders. Battered Woman Syndrome is recognised as a defence, in addition to self-defence as set out in the Penal Code. The Act also provides that perpetrators are to receive counselling for anger management and if necessary are to be submitted to psychiatric treatment or confinement.

  39. Philippines - - Law, Act

    Republic Act No. 9255 amending Executive Order No. 209 (Family Code). - Act on-line

    Adoption: 2004-02-24 | PHL-2004-L-71401

    Allows illegitimate children to use the surname of their father (Art. 176 of the Family Code).

  40. Philippines - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Department Order No. 56-03 of 2003 Rationalizing the Implementation of the Family Welfare Program (FWP) in DOLE. - Order on-line

    Adoption: 2003-12-11 | PHL-2003-R-71132

    Establishes that the priority for the FWP is to provide family welfare services to workers. The ten dimensions of the programme consist of the following: a) Reproductive Health and Responsible Parenthood; b) Education/Gender Equality; c) Spirituality or Value Formation; d) Income Generation/Livelihood/Cooperative; e) Medical Health Care; f) Nutrition; g) Environmental Protection, Hygiene and Sanitation; h) Sports and Leisure; i) Housing; and, j) Transportation

  41. Philippines - - Law, Act

    Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Amendment Act (R.A No. 9231). - Act No. 9231 English translation Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2003-10 | PHL-2003-L-67442

    Amends sections 2, 12, 13, 14, 16 and 27 of Act No. 7610.

    Provides that, except in certain strictly enumerated cases, children below 15 years of age shall not be employed (section 2) and if they are, sets limits to their hours of work (section 3). Sets forth limits to hours of work of children between 15 and 18 and prohibits night work (section 3).

    Provides for a definition of the "worst forms of child labour" and prohibits employment of children in these forms of work (section 3).

    Also regulates access to education and training for working children (section 4).

    Adds a new section providing for jurisdiction, exceptions from filing fees and access to immediate legal, medical and psycho-social services.

  42. Philippines - - Law, Act

    Anti-Trafficking of Persons Act, 2003 (R.A. No. 9208). - Bureau of Women and Young Workers Act Act Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2003-05-26 | PHL-2003-L-64991

    Makes provision for policies to eliminate trafficking in persons, especially women and children. Establishes institutional mechanisms for protection and support of trafficked persons, and provides for penalties for trafficking offences.

  43. Philippines - - Law, Act

    POEA Rules & Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Seafarers. - Rules on-line Rules on-line

    Adoption: 2003-05-23 | PHL-2003-L-77696

    Part I - General Provisions
    Part II - Licensing and Regulation
    Part III - Placement by the Private Sector
    Part IV - Employment Standards [Standard Employment Contracts]
    Part V - Recruitment Violation and related Cases
    Part VI - Disciplinary Action Cases
    Part VII - Assistance to Seafarers
    Part VIII - Transitory Provisions
    Part IX - General and Miscellaneous Provisions

  44. Philippines - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Order No. 40A-03 amending section 5 of Rule XXII of the implementing Rules of Book V of the Labor Code. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2003-03-12 | PHL-2003-R-65182

    Deals with grounds for a strike or lockout.

  45. Philippines - - Law, Act

    Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2003 (R.A. No. 9257).

    Adoption: 2003-02-26 | PHL-2003-L-72737

    Amends the Act to Maximize the Contribution of Senior Citizens to Nation Building, Grant Benefits and Special Privileges and for Other Purposes (R.A. No. 7432), in particular concerning the declaration of policies and objectives, privileges for senior citizens, government assistance, the Office of Senior Citizen Affairs, municipal/city responsibility, partnership of national and local government units, support for NGOs and penalties for violation of the Act.

  46. Philippines - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Department Order No. 40-03 amending the Implementing Rules of Book V of the Labor Code. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2003-02-17 | PHL-2003-R-64990

    These Rules provide a revised version of the regulations implementing Book V of the Labor Code of 1974 concerning industrial relations.

    Contains 26 parts. Part 1 provide for definition of terms, Part 2 for scope of right to self-organisation, Part 3 for registration of labour organisations, Part 4 for registration of workers association, and Part 5 for reporting requirements of labour unions and workers associations. Part 6 deals with determination of representative status, Part 7 with voluntary recognition, Parts 8 and 9 with certification election, and Part 10 with run-off elections. Part 11 regulates inter/intra-union disputes and other related labour relation disputes, Part 12 election of officers of labour unions and workers associations, Part 13 administration of trade union funds and actions arising therefrom, and Parts 14 and 15 cancellation of registration of labour organisations. Part 16 provides for collective bargaining, Parts 17 and 18 for registration of collective bargaining agreements, Part 19 for settlement of grievance and voluntary arbitration, and Part 20 for labour education and research. Part 21 regulates labour management and other councils, Part 22 conciliation, strikes and lock-outs, Part 23 contempt, and Part 24 execution of decisions, awards and orders. Parts 25 and 26 contain general and final provisions.

  47. Philippines - - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Amendment of Section 11, Rule XVI of the Omnibus Rules Implementing Book V of the Administrative Code of 1987 - Circular No. 22 s. 2002

    Adoption: 2002-10-25 | PHL-2003-M-69459

    Amends the provisions governing maternity leave for women in the government service. Provides, inter alia, for 60 days of maternity leave with full pay if more than 2 years service completed and with half pay if less than 1 year of service has been completed.

  48. Philippines - - Law, Act

    Philippine Nursing Act, 2002 (Act No. 9173). - Act on-line Act on-line

    Adoption: 2002-10-21 | PHL-2002-L-67377

    Comprehensive legislation regulating various aspects of nursing profession. Main objective is to provide for protection and improvement of nursing profession by instituting measures that shall result in relevant nursing education, humane working conditions, better career prospects and dignified existence for nurses. Inter alia provides for organisation of board of nursing, examination and registration of nurses, nursing education, nursing practice, as well as several related matters. Repeals Nursing Act, 1991.

  49. Philippines - - Law, Act

    An Act Providing For A System Of Overseas Absentee Voting By Qualified Citizens Of The Philippines Abroad, Appropriating Funds Therefor, And For Other Purposes, Republic Act No. 9189. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2002-07-22 | PHL-2002-L-98915

  50. Philippines - - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Memorandum providing for the creation of a special task force to address the emergency situations adversely affecting the indigenous peoples (No. 63).

    Adoption: 2002-06-04 | PHL-2002-M-65827

    Provides for establishment of Special Task Force which shall immediately act to address emergency situations affecting indigenous peoples. Emergency situations are those cases adversely affecting rights and welfare of indigenous peoples, and requiring immediate action and remedial measures by the Government, or such situations deemed by the President to be in need of urgent response.

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