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Duterte signs law requiring bigger, color-coded plates for motorcycles

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 14 March 2019 07:55 PM

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law requiring bigger and color-coded number plates in motorcycles.

Duterte signed the Republic Act 11235 or the “Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act” last March 8. A copy of the law was released by Malacañang on Thursday (March 14).

The law aims to prevent crimes by making number plates more readable and color-coded based on the Philippine regions for quick and easy identification.

A motorcycle owner, under the measure, must register his motorcycle within five days after purchase. Failure to comply would result in imprisonment or a fine of P25,000.

Driving without a readable number plate can result in imprisonment and a fine of P50,000 to P100,000. Law enforcers will also seize the motorcycle and will only be released upon proof of ownership, payment of the costs of seizure, and compliance with a number plate or readable number plate.

Law enforcers unable to report or surrender a seized motorcycle to the joint operations and control center of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) within 24 hours may also face jail time.

Law enforcers may also be held monetarily liable if a seized motorcycle sustains damage or gets lost while in their custody. Criminal, administrative and monetary complaints may also be filed if they use an impounded vehicle.

If a motorcycle number plate is lost, damaged or stolen, its owner is required to immediately report it and request a replacement. Failure to do so would subject the owner to a fine of P20,000 to P50,000.

The use of stolen plates will be meted out a fine of P50,000 to P100,000.

If proven that a motorcycle was used for a crime of grave felony or escape from the scene of a crime, its owner, driver and passenger will face 12 to 40 years in prison.

An impounding center will also be set up and a digital data of seized motorcycles will be shared real-time with the PNP and LTO. 

The Joint LTO and PNP Operations and Control Center will have a hotline to address concerns relating to crimes committed with the use of motorcycles.

The new law mandates the LTO and other concerned government agencies to produce the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Act within 90 days from its effectivity.

Motorcycle owners with number plates not in conformity with the law’s provisions are required to renew their registration and apply for the new number plates before June 30 this year.

The LTO will have until December 31, 2019 to produce and release the number plates.

The penal provisions of the new law will take effect by next year. – Robie de Guzman

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Duterte denies Bacolod mayor’s involvement in illegal drugs

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 22 March 2019 12:33 PM

(L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia | Photo from Mayor Leonardia’s Facebook page

President Rodrigo Duterte denies the involvement of Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia in illegal drugs.

A video was posted on the president’s Facebook page, where he reiterated his support for Leonardia and his candidacy.

He also called out former Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella to stop splicing videos just to discredit Leonardia.

“But I want to tell mga taga Bacolod, wala akong sinabi about diyan. But kung tanuning ninyo kung sino para sa akin, I do not want a guy na making a fraud sa lahat ng sinasabi ko, (I did not say anything about the matter. But if you are going to ask me, I do not want a guy making a fraud out of everything I say.)” the president said.—Aileen Cerrudo

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Duterte signs Philippine Occupational Therapy Law

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 07:51 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Republic Act 11241 or Philippine Occupational Therapy Law which will regulate the practice of occupational therapy in the country.

Duterte signed it on March 11 and was released to the media on Tuesday.

Under the said law, there will be a Board of Occupational Therapy under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

This board will supervise and regulate the registration, license and practice of occupational therapy in the country.

“It shall develop and nurture competent, virtuous, productive and well-rounded occupational therapists whose standards of practice shall be excellent, world class and globally competitive through inviolable, honest, effective and credible licensure examinations and through regulatory measures, programs and activities that foster their continuing professional growth,” the law states.

There will also be a license examination which will be open to Filipino and foreign occupational therapists. Passers will have to meet the requirement of 75% general average with no grade lower than 60% in any subject.

Occupational therapists treat patients patients that have physical, sensory, or cognitive disability. They help develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.—Aileen Cerrudo

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Duterte signs law abolishing Road Board

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 05:23 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has finally signed the law abolishing the controversial Road Board.

The Republic Act 11239 was enacted on March 8, according to the document released by Malacañang on Tuesday (March 19).

The newly-signed law abolishes the Road Board which previously managed the road user’s tax or Motor Vehicle User’s Charge (MVUC) for repair and maintenance of roads.

Under the measure, the monies collected from the MVUC will now be remitted to the National Treasury Bureau under a special account in the General Fund.

The law states that the collected fund “should be earmarked solely for the construction, upgrading, repair and rehabilitation of roads, bridges, and road drainage to be included in the yearly General Appropriations Act.”

A Congressional Oversight Committee will also be established to monitor the implementation of this act and the use of special funds.

The committee shall be composed of five members each from the Lower House and Senate to be appointed by the Speaker of the House and Senate President, respectively.

The panel must have one member each from the minority groups and will be jointly chaired by a designated member of the House of Representatives and a Senator.

The law stated that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) shall, as needed, absorb the employees of the abolished Road Board Secretariat, without diminution of their salaries and other benefits.

Employees who are separated from the service as a result of the abolition of the Road Board and its secretariat shall receive separation benefits provided that those who are qualified to retire under existing laws shall be allowed to retire and receive retirement benefits to which they may be entitled under applicable laws, rules and regulations.

The law also mandates the transfer of Road Board rights, records, assets and liabilities to the DPWH, including the unexpended appropriations or allocations.

The Secretaries of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) shall craft the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) within 30 days from the effectivity of this act.

President Rodrigo Duterte has been pushing for the abolition of the Road Board, calling the agency a “milking cow” of corrupt government officials.

In 2018, the Commission on Audit flagged Road Board’s billions of pesos worth of unobligated projects and millions of pesos of excessive costs and overpayment. – Robie de Guzman

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