Seafarers’ rights bill passes House panel 

A BILL establishing the rights of seafarers and a certification system that meets international standards was approved by a House of Representatives committee on Thursday.    The still unnumbered bill, one of the House’s priority measures for 2023, institutes a magna carta for the country’s maritime workers and provides for a “system of education, training, certification, […]

European hiring of seafarers ongoing amid concerns over training standards

THE Transportation department said on Thursday that European ship operators continue to hire seafarers from the Philippines even amid concerns raised about their standard of training. “In one of the Cabinet meetings a few weeks ago, it was reported to the President that there was a finding by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) that […]

Culinary school in Davao City gets halal certification, to offer cloud kitchen services 

DAVAO City-based Institute of International Culinary and Hospitality Entrepreneurship (ICHEf) has received a halal certification from Prime Group of Companies LLC, a quality and compliance solutions provider based in Dubai.    “I am very happy that ICHEf will be the first halal-certified culinary school (in the Philippines),” Mary Jane Alvero-Almahdi, group chief executive of the Prime […]

Robinsons Land’s Giga Tower gets LEED Gold certification

ROBINSONS Land Corp. (RLC) said its Giga Tower received a Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Gold certification, which is in line with the company’s goal to incorporate sustainability features in its existing and future office projects. “As the leading office building developer in the Pasig-Quezon City area, we are committed to building greener […]

Langham Place Mall Becomes First Property to Achieve EDGE Green Building Certification in Hong Kong

HONG KONG, Dec 15, 2021 – (ACN Newswire via – Champion Real Estate Investment Trust (“Champion REIT” or “Trust”) (Stock Code: 2778), owner of Three Garden Road and Langham Place, is pleased to announce that Langham Place Mall has obtained the Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (“EDGE” Level 1) post-construction certification, launched by […]

Universitas Brawijaya developing digital halal certification system for Indonesian MSMEs

Malang, East Java, Indonesia, Nov 25, 2021 – (ACN Newswire via – Universitas Brawijaya (UB/Unibraw) is developing a digital halal certification system for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Indonesia, as part of the Reverse Linkage Project. According to the head of the project team, Dr. Hagus Tarno, the system will archive documents […]

JCB certifies Epic Lanka as the first South Asian ACS Operator in J/Secure(TM) 2.0 TPP Certification

TOKYO, Sep 7, 2021 – (JCN Newswire via – JCB Co., Ltd. (JCB), a leading global payment scheme, and EPIC LANKA (PRIVATE) LIMITED (Epic Lanka), a leading Sri Lankan IT conglomerate, are pleased to announce that JCB has granted the J/Secure(TM) 2.0 Third Party Provider (TPP) Certification to Epic Lanka as the ACS Operator […]

Quality certification for plywood imports deferred to next year

MANDATORY QUALITY certification for imported plywood has been put on hold to 2022 after a request from an industry group to be given more time, citing difficulties complying with the inspection regime due to pandemic restrictions.  The Philippines last week alerted the World Trade Organization of the rule change, allowing the entry of plywood from […]

SC defends bar exams after DoLE seeks review of certification tests

CHIEF JUSTICE of the Supreme Court (SC) Alexander G. Gesmundo said the bar examinations are necessary for filtering out unsuitable candidates for the legal profession, after Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Silvestre H. Bello III’s remarks about the need to study the certification process of certain professions. “I respect the view […]

DoE issues guidelines for certification of energy efficiency professionals

THE DEPARTMENT of Energy (DoE) on Friday has listed down the guidelines for the assessment, registration and certification of energy conservation officers who cover establishments that consume more than 500,000 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) per year. These come around eight months after the department held a virtual public consultation on the draft guidelines for the certification […]