Halt in OEC processing is P132M economic loss to recruitment sector--expert
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-17
The order affects close to 75,000 workers scheduled for departure these coming weeks up to the Christmas season, Geslani explained, quoting data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). Many of these workers have resigned and ...

PH makes strong call for climate justice at COP23
Global Nation - 2017-11-17
The Philippines made a strong call for climate justice as parties to the 23 rd United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany continued negotiations to come up ... its work to confront the climate crisis and promote sustainable development.

DOLE hold order on OECs imperils iPhone X production?
Inquirer Technology - 2017-11-17
Last week, DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced that he had ordered the suspension of the OECs to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) amid persistent reports of illegal recruitment and corruption in the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA).

When harvests grow on bloodied fields
Bulatlat - 2017-11-17
HACIENDA LUISITA, Tarlac City - It was November 2004, and some 5,000 sugar farm workers and sugar mill workers had been on strike and had camped out at the gates of the Central Azucarera De Tarlac for days. They were calling for the reinstatement of 327 ...

DOH to resume distribution of 51 contraceptives cleared by FDA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-16
The procurement and distribution of the 51 contraceptives, including the controversial Implanon and Implanon NXT, have been halted following a temporary restraining order by the Supreme Court, pending re-certification of these products. "The DOH supply ...

Opportunities and threats under the Asean economic integration
Business Mirror - 2017-11-16
This is because full integration would mean that revenue generation will shift fully to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). About 90 percent of the government revenues come from taxes, of this the BIR accounts for 80 percent, while the Bureau of Customs ...

The only one who dared
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-11-16
Worse, she wore it tucked into her skirt, which is never done by Filipinos. All the painstaking and expensive labor that went into them, I don't think was worth it. And it is doubtful that any of them will ever wear them again. Sayang! While all other ...

Copyright Suit Over Iverson Film Trimmed Before Jan. Trial
Law360 - 2017-11-16
But the judge upheld the claims alleged in Brown's November 2016 amended complaint for copyright infringement, unfair competition, declaratory relief, breach... To view the full article, register now.

Couples sue fertility clinic over eggs with genetic defect
News Philippines Yahoo - 2017-11-15
The state Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the case on Wednesday. A decision is expected next year. The two children have Fragile X, a genetic syndrome that causes intellectual impairments. The case hinges on the state's medical malpractice statute ...

Back to the Grindstone
Philstar - 2017-11-15
The most pressing unfinished business for government would be the passage of the first package of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) aka Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN). Finance Secretary Carlos "Sonny" Dominguez III had ...

ICTSI granted favorable ruling vs Portland union
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-15
INTERNATIONAL Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) on Wednesday said subsidiary ICTSI Oregon, Inc. won a favorable ruling against the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) before the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC. "The US Court ...

Asean pressed to become an economic community by 2025
Inquirer - 2017-11-15
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) will find it hard to become a major economic force by 2050 if it fails to meet its goal to become a fully functioning economic community by 2025, said Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Arroyo, who ...

'Dr. Phil' Copyright Suit Will Stay In Texas, Judge Says
Law360 - 2017-11-14
Peteski Productions Inc., accuses her of copyright infringement, holding she didn't meet the high bar of showing that moving the case to California was "clearly more convenient." U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap sided with Peteski, writing that ex ...

Journalism Organization Petitions for Resolution of the Copyright Application v. Registration Debate
JD Supra - 2017-11-14
Now, the Supreme Court is being asked to step in and resolve the dispute once and for all. The Copyright Act provides that "no civil action for infringement of the copyright in any United States work shall be instituted until preregistration or ...

Beware the silent serial killer on the loose
Business Mirror - 2017-11-14
World Bank cited a lower mortality of 5.5 million people killed in 2013, and resulting health costs, foregone labor income and lost opportunities of $225 billion. About 90 percent of the affected population are the poor from developing countries ...

Intellectual Property Meets Real Property: Recent Copyright Infringement Cases
Mondaq - 2017-11-14
In the first, the Ontario Court of Appeal determined who owned copyright in land surveys deposited with the registry office (hint--it's not the surveyor). In the second, a consulting firm sued for copyright infringement, alleging an architect and ...

Corona family appeals subpoena on bank records
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-13
Also subpoenaed were several bank representatives including Enrico Cruz and Celia Orbeta of Deutsche Bank AG Manila, Anthony Chua of Allied Banking Corporation ... criminal charges for tax evasion and perjury were brought against him before the Court ...

Becoming a Unicorn Fintech by Shoring Up Intellectual Property
JD Supra - 2017-11-13
Investment in fintech companies is at an all-time high. "Unicorns" are start-ups that have valuations of more than 1 billion dollars. The majority of the unicorns are in the fintech industry. Fintech companies are often agile and innovative, which can ...

Big data tax measures
Philstar - 2017-11-13
Such line of business is a necessary product of human innovation in this information age. Although the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) may have found a way to tax such electronic transactions, our almost two decade old Tax Code (even with numerous ...

The plague of plantations
Bulatlat - 2017-11-13
Owned by the Floirendo family of Davao Del Norte, Tadeco plantation spans around 28,816 hectares planted with Cavendish bananas exported to Japan, Middle East, and South Korea. During the presidency of Corazon Aquino, the massive land area was put under ...

The economic future of Asean
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-11-13
For the Philippines, conglomerates such as Ayala Corp., Aboitiz, San Miguel Corp., and Universal Robina Corp. have managed to expand their operations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Myanmar. A freer flow of investments is expected once the finer ...

SC voids GSIS resolutions
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-13
The Supreme Court has invalidated three resolutions issued by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), which stripped retired state workers of their right to enjoy their full retirement benefits. In a court ruling penned by Chief Justice Maria ...

Nation-states and the challenge of globalization
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-11-12
Today, except in totalitarian states, it is difficult to imagine how a government can dictate where its nationals may work ... share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

Foreigners warned vs joining ASEAN protests
Philstar - 2017-11-12
Balboa added that the DOH has borrowed 21 high-end ambulances from private service providers. PLDT Inc. and wireless subsidiary Smart Communications Inc. have boosted internet connectivity in locations which would serve as venues for the meetings.

Duterte advises caution anew on maritime dispute
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-12
Addressing the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit on Sunday, Mr. Duterte also noted "China is the number one economic power and we have to be friends, (while) the other hot heads would like us to confront China and the rest of the world on so many ...

Suspension of OFW permits draws mixed reactions
Global Nation - 2017-11-11
With the suspension, direct-hire workers would have to go through POEA-accredited recruitment agencies which usually charge the equivalent of their one-month salary from their prospective employers abroad as processing fees. The OEC is the required ...

Illegal recruitment: DOLE suspends OECs for overseas Filipino workers
Philstar - 2017-11-11
The processing of new OECs was suspended "due to persistent reports of illegal recruitment." The OEC, a document issued by the POEA to Filipinos working abroad, is proof that the holder is a legitimate overseas worker. OEC holders are also exempted from ...

Asia-Pacific forum sticks to free-trade gospel despite Trump
Inquirer - 2017-11-11
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters that environmental protection, labor rights, gender issues and the auto industry were areas needing work, though he did not go into specifics. "We got a lot of work done, but there is still more work ...

Maestrecampo gets CAAP post
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-11-11
Aranas studied at the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City, obtained his Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree, major in Business Administration, from the Philippine School of Business Administration, and his Bachelor of Laws degree from Silliman ...

DOLE suspends processing of OFW overseas employment certificates
CNN Philippines - 2017-11-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 11) -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Friday suspended the processing of Overseas Employment Certificate applications following "persistent reports" of illegal recruitment of overseas FIlipino workers (OFW).

Banks say selected branches to close during ASEAN holidays
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-10
In a Facebook note, Philippine National Bank (PNB) announced that on Nov. 13 to 15, some branches in Metro Manila and Rizal will only be open from 9 am to 12 noon, while some branches in Bulacan and Pampanga will be open from 9 am to 3 pm.

Office property glut seen until 2020
Inquirer - 2017-11-10
Property consulting firm Colliers Philippines sees the office property market turning less favorable for landlords from 2019 onward, citing the slowdown in the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector and the "unpredictability" of the offshore gaming ...

Asi Taulava outplays taxman
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-09
Filipino-Tongan basketball player Pauliasi "Asi" Taulava has scored against the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), as the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) acquitted him of P9.55-million tax evasion charges. In a decision dated Nov. 3, the CTA First Division ...

Unfulfilled promises
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-11-09
If either chamber of Congress were controlled by the opposition, it would be easy for the administration ... Business section of the Inquirer. Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to ...

Taxation and the reengineering of Philippine society
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-09
The tax reform package currently being pushed by the government (i.e., TRAIN or Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) represents a great opportunity to layout, craft, and implement a vision of what Philippine ... Challenge Corp. corruption and rule ...

Government eyes tax amnesty program in 2018
Philstar - 2017-11-09
MANILA, Philippines -- The government may implement next year a tax amnesty program aimed at improving taxpayer compliance and boosting government revenue, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said yesterday. During the Philippine Economic ...

LIST: Bank schedules during ASEAN Summit
Philstar - 2017-11-09
View the list of closed Land Bank branches on its Facebook page. Philippine National Bank - At least 230 branches of PNB in Metro Manila, Bulacan, and Pampanga would be open during the summit. View the banking schedule per branch on its Facebook page.

JTI investment lauded by DOF
BusinessMirror. - 2017-11-09
"JT Group enthusiastically supports the DOF in its tax-collection effectiveness program ... the transaction enables the JT Group to consolidate its business foundation through expanded distribution and strengthened brand portfolio by providing JTI ...

CA allows illegal fish pens, fish cages in Cataquiz Belt
BusinessMirror. - 2017-11-09
THE campaign to demolish illegal structures in Laguna de Bay suffered a temporary setback after the Court of Appeals (CA) recently issued a ruling stopping the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) from dismantling illegal fish pens and fish cages in ...

Cross-border M&As to rise, says ING
Inquirer - 2017-11-09
A trained mathematician and economist who brings with him three decades of experience and expertise in investment banking and the global capital markets, Sicat said he hoped to build on and expand the business that Garcia and the ING global team had ...

One-time tax amnesty program planned for next year
Inquirer - 2017-11-09
Chua had said the plan to legislate a final amnesty would be "absolute" in the sense that its application would clear all tax dockets in the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Bureau of Customs and the courts. It would, however, exclude criminal cases ...

Austin360 arts list, Nov. 10-16
mystatesman.com - 2017-11-09
The University of Texas theater department is taking on Arthur ... 10 p.m. Friday through Dec. 15. $5-$10. 3708 Woodbury Dr. theinstitutiontheater.com. The New Movement. "When We Were Young," 7:30 p.m. Friday. Plus more improv and stand-up shows ...

New energy, fresh designs and sustainability at Manila FAME
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2017-11-08
"The bamboo is a rapidly renewable resource. The Bambike combines sustainability with fair trade labor," said McClelland. These bicycles are hand-wrapped with bamboo. The new collection introduces engineered bamboo. We passed the international bike ...

SELA brings together international cooperation directors and intellectual property authorities in Panamá
E TN Global Travel Industry News - 2017-11-08
The Latin American and Caribbean Economic System (SELA) and the Government of Panama will hold the "XXVIII Meeting of International Cooperation Directors for Latin America and the Caribbean: Cooperation for Intellectual Property", scheduled for 07 and ...

PHL may tap foreign labor for P8-trillion infrastructure projects
BusinessMirror. - 2017-11-08
The government is open to the possibility of hiring foreign workers so it could complete its big-ticket infrastructure projects by 2022, the chief of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said on Wednesday. At the sidelines of the 55th Annual ...

A tax cut for business and not for people
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-08
THE rate cuts, deduction removals and other changes to the individual income tax code envisioned in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that the House Ways and Means Committee begins considering this week add up to a reduction in taxes of $516.7 billion over the ...

Filing and processing of refund claims
BusinessMirror. - 2017-11-08
Last month, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued Revenue Memorandum Circular 89-2017 (RMC 89-17), which amended the previously issued rules relative to the processing of claims for refund/issuance of tax credit certificate (TCC) and the required ...

BI deploys enough manpower at airports for Asean Summit
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-08
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has beefed up its security and increased its manpower at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) and other international airports in the country in preparation for the holding of the Association of Southeast Asian ...

Idea at the heart of GOP tax plan: 'trickle-down' economics
News Philippines Yahoo - 2017-11-07
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House Republicans' tax-cut plan springs from a core argument: What's good for big business and the moneyed elite is inevitably good for the economy and everyone else. Their plan would slash corporate tax rates, end inheritance taxes ...

Of excellence, innovation
Inquirer - 2017-11-07
More specifically, Whirlpool initially found it hard to market and sell its products even though these had time- and labor-saving innovations. "The initial challenge was the distribution and marketing, meaning how to make it more available to the ...

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