PH seeks protection for workers in Kuwait
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-21
Bello tells a news conference at the DoLE office in Intramuros a negotiating team will go to Kuwait headed by Labor Undersecretary Claro Arellano, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration officer-in-charge Aristodes Ruaro, and POEA legal research OIC ...

DOLE chief says OFW deployment ban to Kuwait stays until next month
BusinessMirror. - 2018-02-21
Cacdac said the command center will be manned by personnel from the DOLE, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and OWWA. Cacdac said among the cases they are now monitoring is that of Norisa Manambit, reportedly in a comatose state in Kuwait.

Senators ask: Why did Kuwait ban take this long?
Business World - 2018-02-21
"This is really baffling. Why the POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) did not impose the ban sooner? Considering the increasing number of deaths, 2016: 82 deaths, 2017: 103 deaths. Not to mention the thousands of reported cases of abuse ...

Convenience for OFWs offered by Palayan hub
Global Nation - 2018-02-21
The other government agencies inside Ossco are the Philippine Statistics Authority, Professional Regulation Commission, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Bureau of Internal Revenue, Maritime Industry Authority, Social Security System, Philippine Health ...

PH to push for worker right to keep passports, cellphones in talks with Kuwait
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- The government is eyeing talks with Kuwaiti counterparts on February 28 to finally sign an agreement that will protect overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), an official said Wednesday. "Actually we are requesting ...

The guy who fought for free college education
Tempo - 2018-02-20
On the present quality of Filipino films vis-a-vis foreign films: " On technical quality, of course, Hollywood still has the edge with their Computer Generated Imagery ... just like the Mindanao Film Festival which had over 100 films in participation ...

U.S. senators concerned about Chinese access to intellectual property
Yahoo - 2018-02-14
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China is trying to gain access to sensitive U.S. technologies and intellectual properties through telecommunications companies, academia and joint business ventures, U.S. senators and spy chiefs warned on Tuesday at a Senate hearing.

Will Teo be the exception?
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-14
She seems to be a favorite of Malaca├▒ang. I wonder whether Mr. Duterte can prove otherwise. I think it is funny that retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide and former Commission on Elections Chairman Christian Monsod are leading a group of ...

54,000 new jobs at stake in Kuwait deployment ban
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 15) -- Close to 54,000 new jobs are at stake with the government's deployment ban to Kuwait, according to data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). Kuwait placed 53,932 job orders with the ...

No more punitive charges on delinquent taxpayers
BusinessMirror. - 2018-02-14
According to DOF Undersecretary Antonette C. Tionko, a taxpayer who pays deficiency tax beyond the due date set by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is charged twice: first with a 20- percent annual deficiency interest that accrues from the date of the ...

Supreme Court TRO application filed against renewable energy law
Business World - 2018-02-14
THE Supreme Court has been asked to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the renewable energy law amid claims some of its provisions are unlawful, specifically those on renewable portfolio standards (RPS) and the feed-in-tariff (FiT) system.

TRAIN law compliance: Excise tax on automobiles
BusinessMirror. - 2018-02-14
Within the context of Philippine taxation, automobiles are, by and large, subject to excise tax. This means that whenever an automobile is imported (or is locally manufactured and, eventually, taken out of the factory), the person liable must pay the ...

DBM: Enough funds for OFW repatriation from Kuwait
Rappler - 2018-02-14
Diokno said repatriation funds can be tapped from the budgets of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and also the Department of Social Welfare and ...

Bus operators seek fare hike
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-14
The petition cited that the implementation of the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion Program in ... "That foregoing increases in operational costs attendant to the business of public mass transportation have effectively negated the previous fare ...

Nightmare finally over for PH domestic workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-14
She had traveled to Kuwait on a fake passport that showed she was born in 1946. That she got past immigration both in Manila and in Kuwait indicated the hand of unscrupulous people whose work had landed tens of thousands of Filipinos like her in the homes ...

BBL has mechanism to monitor Bangsamoro block grant -Zubiri
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-14
"This is not unique to the region, for example Region 10 (Northern Mindanao) is getting P83 billion ... Zubiri said the subcommittee would begin its technical working group discussions this weekend, to make sure they remain on track with their target ...

10,000 more OFWs to be repatriated
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-14
But in November 2016, they lost contact with her. Jessica Demafelis, a sister of the migrant, said the family asked help from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) in locating Joanna ...

Taylor Swift Shakes Off Copyright Lawsuit after Dismissal
Popcrush - 2018-02-14
"While the Court is extremely skeptical that Plaintiffs will - in a manner consistent with Rule 11 - be able to rehabilitate their copyright infringement claim in an amended complaint, out of an abundance of forbearance it will give Plaintiffs a ...

What the Supreme Court says about love
Rappler - 2018-02-14
There is also injustice in sex, as the Supreme Court declared in Tsoi vs Court of Appeals. The High Court declared null and void a marriage based on the complaint of the wife that they were not having sex. Justice Justo Torres Jr said: "Love is useless ...

Intellectual Property Tailwinds Continue To Favor Section 337 Enforcement Actions Before The International Trade Commission
Rule - 2018-02-13
Section 337 intellectual property enforcement actions before the International Trade Commission ("ITC") continue to gain in popularity. The ITC has long been a popular forum for private parties seeking to enforce their intellectual property rights and ...

Roque to resign if Congress approves anti-fake news bill
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-13
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has vowed to resign once Congress passes a bill against fake news, and challenge its constitutionality before the Supreme Court (SC). Referring to Senate Bill No. 1942 or the proposed Anti-Fake News Act, Roque said ...

Fiscal autonomy, taxation in proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region need further clarification -- DOF
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-02-13
Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said that the national government cannot just let go of the important programs and easily hand them over to the administration of the Bangsamoro Region. Dominguez cited the health and agriculture sectors in ...

Gov't issues exemptions to ban on Kuwait-bound workers
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-13
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) is keeping a close watch on airports and seaports to enforce the ban. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente on Tuesday said he has directed the bureau's port operations division chief Marc Red Mari├▒as to ...

Davao business chamber undertakes study on local tax increase
Business World - 2018-02-13
THE DAVAO City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) is aiming to release by end-February its study on the business tax increase implemented by the local government this year, which has drawn complaints from various sectors. DCCCII President ...

January 2018 inflation uptick not due to TRAIN: DOF exec
InterAksyon - 2018-02-13
Citing Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) data, Chua said revenues from cigarette taxes rose by about PHP1.5-PHP2 billion last January. "In fact, if Mighty continued to evade tax and therefore cigarette prices remain low, overall inflation would have gone ...

116 repatriated OFWs arrive from Kuwait
Business World - 2018-02-13
The President was joined by Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) representatives. OWWA also ...

Over 1,600 towns, cities worldwide now reversing privatization
BusinessMirror. - 2018-02-13
In Indonesia Aqsa Alghiffari revealed that after 20 years of privatization, Jakarta claimed back in October 2017 its public-water utilities in a Supreme Court decision after efforts of civil society, trade unions and media. It is high time the government ...

BBL should ensure wise fiscal spending in Bangsamoro - Dominguez
Rappler - 2018-02-13
MANILA, Philippines - Finance Secretary Cesar Dominguez said the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law should ensure "fiscal discipline" for the Bangsamoro region. Dominguez said any proposed funding scheme in the BBL, which seeks to abolish the Autonomous ...

Leonen on holding the line: 'It involves knowing, critical analysis'
Rappler - 2018-02-13
It also involves critical analysis of the information that you get." This was the message of Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen on Monday, February 12, during the Democracy and Disinformation forum organized by Inquirer at the Ateneo Law ...

Dominguez: Bangsamoro should have fiscal autonomy under BBL
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-13
According to Dominguez, national programs on infrastructure development, as well as taxation policies should be tied to the local and regional programs of the Bangsamoro. Fiscal discipline was assured by Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Commissioner ...

OWWA: We're undermanned; only 400 officers for 10 million OFWs
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) -- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is undermanned, Deputy Administrator Arnell Ignacio said Tuesday. Speaking to CNN Philippines' The Source, Ignacio estimated that the lead agency for migrant ...

SC justices: Sereno's failure to submit SALN should have disqualified her application as CJ
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-13
Story updated to include statement of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's camp. Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 12) -- Two Supreme Court justices said embattled Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno should not have been included in the list of ...

Member of Osme├▒a political clan vies for congressional seat in California
Inquirer.net - 2018-02-13
Many of these solutions are the jurisdiction of local governments, but I think the Federal government could provide assistance, such as down payment assistance, for first time homebuyers," Osme├▒a suggested. Tax cuts, frugal government "And ...

Objectionable characteristics of excise taxes
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-13
That is the effect of indirect taxation┬ş--taxes on what people buy rather than on what they earn--at the level of the individual. Its effect at the level of the economy as a whole is arguably even worse. The problem--and the risk--associated with ...

PH holds Kuwait responsible for OFW exodus
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-12
At the same time, President Rodrigo Duterte had directed the Department of Labor and Employment to totally ban the deployment of Filipinos to Kuwait following that discovery that a Filipina household worker was found tortured and kept inside a freezer for ...

Two justices assert: Sereno unfit for job
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-12
CHIEF Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno failed to submit a complete Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth when she applied for the top post of the Supreme Court and should have been disqualified, two of her colleagues said Monday. Testifying before the ...

Solon wants probe into gov't agencies that overlooked slain OFW case
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 12) -- The House of Representatives should look into the government agencies that should have investigated the case of overseas Filipino worker Joanna Demafelis, a congressman said Monday. ACTS OFW Party-list ...

Roque to resign if Senate bill on fake news becomes a law
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) -- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said he will resign from his post and turn to the Supreme Court if the Senate bill penalizing government officials for spreading fake news will be passed. "I promise that ...

HOT TOPICS
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-12
Ople Center executive director Jerome Alcantara and OWWA deputy administrator lawyer Brigid Dulay, were present during the Media Forum at the Samahang Plaridel Kapihan sa Manila Hotel where they discussed feng shui relative to the upcoming Chinese New Year ...

ERC to clear 61 pending rulings during TRO on suspensions
Business World - 2018-02-12
THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) will be issuing rulings on 61 pending cases within the 60-day period when its four commissioners are back at work in compliance with a Court of Appeals (CA) temporary restraining order (TRO) on their suspensions.

China, other Middle East destinations considered for overseas workers displaced from Kuwait
Business World - 2018-02-12
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) is considering the deployment to China of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) repatriated from Kuwait, Presidential Spokesperson Herminio L. Roque, Jr . said. "The Labor secretary is finalizing the mechanism by ...

Devanadera hails CA order to freeze suspension of 4 ERC commissioners
BusinessMirror. - 2018-02-12
The ERC commissioners were suspended for restating the effectivity of its resolution on the CSP, but the CSP is still pending with the Supreme Court and the ERC commissioners must be accorded with substantial due process. By substantive due process ...

DOLE tackles key maritime industry issues
Global Nation - 2018-02-12
The maritime industry of the Philippines has been receiving its fair share of tirades during the past months. This started with the unfortunate incident that happened with MV Mercraft 3 which killed at least 8 people plus the issue on the shipboard ...

Philippines bans workers' deployment to Kuwait
Rappler - 2018-02-12
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III signed an administrative order enforcing the ban on Monday. According to the order, the ban is being implemented "in pursuit of national interest and advent of series of reports involving abuses and deaths of Filipinos ...

STANDPOINT | Kodao, Rappler, Vera Files and the ongoing assault on the media
Davao Today - 2018-02-12
Teodoro, chairperson of AlterMidya and former dean of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication ... and the upper levels of the bureaucracy unchecked by such State institutions of checks and balances as the Supreme Court and the ...

Tax amnesties to complete Package 1 of TRAIN
Inquirer - 2018-02-11
Both the House of the Representatives and the Senate are on marathon hearings to pass two tax amnesty bills--an estate tax amnesty and a general tax amnesty covering all taxes--both bills being a component of Package 1B, which will complete Package 1 of ...

New labor protection tact needed for OFWs deployed in middle east
Business Mirror - 2018-02-11
Villanueva said the list of programs implemented by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), including tightening of agency licensing and ...

Labor groups propose P500 monthly subsidy for minimum wage earners
Inquirer - 2018-02-11
President Rodrigo Duterte appeared receptive to the proposal raised by labor groups to provide a subsidy or voucher for minimum wage earners to help them cope with rising cost of living, according to Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the ...

CA halts suspension of 4 ERC commissioners
interaksyon.com - 2018-02-11
The ERC commissioners were suspended after they were found guilty of conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, aggravated by simple misconduct and simple neglect of duty for allegedly allowing electric utilities like Manila Electric Company ...

SC martial law ruling 'enables rise of an emboldened authoritarian' - Leonen
Rappler - 2018-02-11
MANILA, Philippines - The recent Supreme Court ruling that upheld the constitutionality of President Rodrigo Duterte's re-extension of martial law in Mindanao "enables the rise of an emboldened authoritarian," Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said in a ...

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