Category Archives: Philippine Travel

Q&A on the Philippine Lemon Law (Republic Act 10642)

The exact coverage of lemon laws varies from one jurisdiction to another, but lemon laws uniformly refer to “lemons” as defective products. After numerous bills filed in Congress through the years, the proposed lemon law has been approved by both chambers and on 15 July 2014, President Benigno Aquino signed the Philippine Lemon Law (Republic Act 10642, full text), set to take effect fifteen (15) days from publication [Update: the Philippine Lemon Law took effect on 7 August 2014; see also effectivity and coverage]. While this law directly affects only a small portion of the population, the fact remains that this law covers a major purchase or investment, with the purchase money coming from years of hard work. Let us dissect this new law. Continue reading

Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013

IMPLEMENTING RULES AND REGULATIONS

Republic Act No. 10586

“An Act Penalizing Persons Driving Under The Influence Of Alcohol, Dangerous Drugs, And Similar Substances, And For Other Purposes”

Otherwise known as the “Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013

I. INTRODUCTION

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Your Rights as Air Passenger: A Primer


On 21 December 2012, the Air Passenger Bill of Rights took effect. This regulation was a joint issuance of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and Department of Trade the Industry (DTI), through DOTC-DTI Joint Administrative Order No. 1, s. 2012 (full text), also known as the Air Passenger Bills of Rights, provides for carrier obligations and a bill of rights for air passengers. Continue reading

DOTC-DTI Joint Administrative Order 1: Bill of Rights for Air Passengers

[See also Primer on the Bill of Rights for Airline Passengers]

JOINT DOTC-DTI ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 01
Series of 2012

SUBJECT: PROVIDING FOR A BILL OF RIGHTS FOR AIR PASSENGERS AND CARRIER OBLIGATIONS

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A Bomb Joke is No Laughing Matter

On 12 April 2012, an Airphil Express flight bound for Puerto Princesa, Palawan  was forced to abort take-off after a  passenger said something about an explosion.  The controversy started when one of the passengers requested to have his daughter sit on his lap, but the flight attendant stated that airline rules prohibit more than one passenger from occupying the same seat, prompting the passenger to say, “O sige, kung ayaw mo, may sasabog.” The AirPhil plane was already taxiing on the runway when the pilot requested for assistance from the airport police, stating that “[a] passenger threatened to blow up the plane.”The plane and the baggage were subjected to a 4-hour inspection but no explosive device was found. The plane was later allowed to depart but the subject passengers were held for questioning and potential prosecution. Continue reading

Cruelty to Animals: Riding the Butanding

News reports in the past days contain images of various animals being maltreated. A dog was tied to the back of a tricycle and dragged. A pig was transported, also at the back of a tricycle, by tying all feet together and hanging the pig upside down. The photo that got everyone’s attention is that of a girl STANDING on a butanding (whale shark) in Oslob, Cebu. Continue reading

Human Trafficking (Trafficking in Persons)

There’s a lot of talk recently about human trafficking, or properly known as trafficking in persons. We’ve heard a lot of people stopped/questioned at the Philippine airports and the reason given is human trafficking. What exactly is human trafficking? Continue reading

PNoy’s Move Away from Holiday Economics

The title of this post should have been in the form of a question, intended to solicit your opinion: Do you agree with Malacanang’s policy to discontinue the holiday economics of the previous administration? You could go direct to the bottom of the post to write down your opinion. Or you can read on. Continue reading

The Tourism Act of 2009 (Republic Act No. 9593)

Republic Act. No. 9593

AN ACT DECLARING A NATIONAL POLICY FOR TOURISM AS AN ENGINE OF INVESTMENT, EMPLOYMENT, GROWTH AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, AND STRENGTHENING THE DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM AND ITS ATTACHED AGENCIES TO EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY IMPLEMENT THAT POLICY, AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR

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