READ: 7 Recently Enacted Laws You Should Know About

Ignorance of the law excuses no man from compliance therewith.” This is a well known saying that holds true in our judicial system. Every now and then, more and more laws are passed, but, how many laws do we really know of? 
In “Pilipinas Ngayon,” the University of the Philippines Law School Government aims to inform the public of these newly enacted laws. Here are 7 new laws that you should know about: 

RA 10913 Anti-Distracted Driving Act
The law defines “distracted driving” as performing any of the following acts while driving a vehicle in motion or temporarily stopped at a red traffic light: “using mobile communications to write, send, or read a text-based communication or to make or receive calls,” along with “using an electronic entertainment or computing device to play games, watch movies, surf the Internet, compose messages, read e-books, perform calculations, and other similar acts.”
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RA 10906 Anti-Mail Order Spouse Act
The law makes it unlawful for any person to engage in any business or scheme for consideration which has for its purpose the matching or offering of a Filipino to a foreign national for marriage or common law partnership on a mail-order basis or through personal introduction, email, or websites or internet. It also punishes exhibits and ads promoting such acts, solicitations inducing any Filipino to become a member of any association matching Filipino nationals to foreign nationals for marriage for a fee, among others.
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RA 10883 New Anti-Carnapping Act of 2016
The new law provides stiffer penalties for carnapping and considers it as a non-bailable offense especially if evidence of guilt is strong. It imposes a longer jail term of 20 to 30 years for those convicted of car theft. The old law only provided for jail terms of 14 years and eight months to 17 years and four months. Further, the new law requires those asking for the original registration of a vehicle to apply for clearance from the PNP and the LTO who is mandated to keep a permanent registry of motor vehicles, engines, etc. and the names and addresses of the vehicles’ present and previous owners. Acts such as tampering of serial numbers and transfer of vehicle plates without approval from the LTO and sale of secondhand spare parts obtained from a carnapped vehicle, among others, are penalized.
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RA 10911 Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Law
The law makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate potential employees on account of age.
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RA 10909 No Shortchanging Act
The law makes it unlawful for business establishments to shortchange consumers, no matter how small the amount, or to give change in any other form other than currency. The law also requires price tags indicating the exact price of the goods or services the business offers. Letters of complaint regarding violation of the law shall be filed with the Department of Trade and Industry not later than 10 working days after the violation is committed.
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RA 10908 Integrated History Act
The law integrates the history, culture and identity studies of Filipino-Muslims and Indigenous People in the formulation of the curriculum for an inclusive and integrative study of Philippine history, including the writing, printing and publication of textbook and other reading materials, with consultation from recognized experts in the field.
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RA 10917 Special Program for Employment of Students
The Act gives more perks for the Youth (specifically poor but deserving students, out-of-school youth (OSY), dependents of displaced or would-be displaced workers due to business closures or work stoppages or natural calamities intending to enroll in any secondary, tertiary or technical-vocational institution aged 15-30 years old) who are beneficiaries of the SPES program which gives them opportunities for employment/ work experience.
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Photos and captions from the University of the Philippines Law School Government Page. View the all the recently enacted laws on their Facebook Page HERE. 
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