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 ...

DOLE suspends processing of OFW certificates to stem illegal recruitment
interaksyon.com - 2017-11-10
According to Department Order 185, the suspension will run from November 13 to December 1 and be enforced by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration on land-based recruitment agencies. The suspension does not cover Filipinos working for ...

DOLE suspends issuance of OECs for Filipino workers
Rappler - 2017-11-10
The following are also exempted from the order: OFWs on leave or those under Balik Manggagawa Outgoing OFWs whose OEC applications are already pending before the office of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Officer-in-Charge Bernard ...

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 ...

NOW Corp. brings enterprise-grade wireless Internet to residential areas
BusinessMirror. - 2017-11-09
NOW Corp., known for its Fiber Air service, now enters the residential market. This service is unique because of its guaranteed and committed minimum speed already enjoyed by highly demanding enterprise clients. The Philippine Stock Exchange-listed ...

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 ...

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Fall 2017
JD Supra - 2017-11-07
In the Winter 2017 edition of the Intellectual Property Bulletin, we reported on IP-related changes expected with the incoming Trump administration and the new Congress. Here we look at two such changes currently underway: the nomination of a new director ...

IEEE Fails to Protect Intellectual Property - Security Flaws Enable Attackers to Hide Trojans in SoCs to Defame Competitors
WCCF Tech - 2017-11-07
Thanks to crypto flaws, attackers can recover highly valuable intellectual property from IEEE in plaintext. Security researchers have revealed that "a surprising number of cryptographic mistakes" in the IEEE P1735 electronics standard enable attackers ...

Alleged frat leader challenges Senate inquiry in petition to SC
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-07
THE Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday, Nov. 7, said, it has directed respondents -- the Senate and its officials, in this case -- to comment on a petition by alleged fraternity leader Arvin R. Balag challenging the Senate inquiry on the Sept. 17 hazing and ...

Will SCOTUS Resolve The Copyright Registration Debate?
JD Supra - 2017-11-07
At issue is 17 U.S.C. ┬ž 411(a), which states that "no civil action for infringement of the copyright in any United States work shall be instituted until preregistration or registration of the copyright claim has been made in accordance with this title."

After a dip in number of smokers, another increase looms
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2017-11-07
Operational funds of big government hospitals like the Philippine General Hospital have been significantly increased ... Smokers have probably found other things to give up just so they could maintain their vice. Citing estimates based on the National ...

18 luxury cars worth P107M seized at MICP
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-07
Customs Commissioner Isidro Lape├▒a said the luxury cars were seized due to undervaluation and failure of its consignee to present the documentary requirement from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), particularly the Authority To Release Imported Goods ...

Intellectual Property Trends in Contract Manufacturing
Food Product Design - 2017-11-07
Contract manufacturers are an important part of the nutritional supplement ecosystem and provide manufacturing expertise, product quality and cost savings. The partnership between a brand and contract manufacturer can be successful for both parties or may ...

Feds seeking TPP changes on intellectual property, supply management and culture
Canadian Business - 2017-11-06
OTTAWA _ Canadian negotiators are pushing for three key changes to the original Trans-Pacific Partnership as leaders of the remaining countries interested in reviving the controversial treaty prepare to meet this week. A senior government official says ...

EDITORIAL - Mocking the law
Philstar - 2017-11-06
Later, the SC also fired from the service Court of Appeals justice Demetrio Demetria for intervening in the case. In the following years, published reports said Yu spent much of her supposed incarceration at the Correctional Institution for Women in ...

Standing to Sue for Copyright Infringement: No Bright Line Rule for Stock Photo Agencies
JD Supra - 2017-11-06
... took up the "often litigated issue" of whether a stock photography agency has standing under the Copyright Act to pursue infringement claims pertaining to photographs from its stock collection, and concluded that only the legal or beneficial owner ...

SMC consolidates beverage businesses under Pure Foods
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-06
through Ginebra San Miguel, Inc. (GSMI) and San Miguel Brewery, Inc. (SMB), under the umbrella of SMPFC, whose businesses include feeds, poultry, fresh meat, milling, and branded food such as Purefoods canned goods, Magnolia ice cream and San Mig Coffee.

Palace to Sereno: Resign
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-06
MALACA├ĹANG on Monday, Nov. 06, called on Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes P.A. Sereno to resign and spare the Supreme Court from further "damage." That morning too, Ms. Sereno, addressing a forum, warned of a "resurgence of political forces threatening and ...

PSEi at fresh high on earnings, bargain hunting
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-06
THE Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) finished at a fresh record high on Monday, bouncing back on selected positive earnings results of companies abroad and bargain hunting by investors. The index closed at 8,523.07, showing an increase of 146.94 ...

$5-million GEF-funded project to boost drive against wildlife trafficking
BusinessMirror. - 2017-11-06
Under this component, the DENR will conduct training for law enforcers on the use of Environmental Law Enforcement Management Information Service and CITES e-permitting system. CITES, or the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild ...

Philippine PEN to hold 60th congress in UST on Nov. 21-22
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2017-11-06
Keynote address on Nov. 21 will be delivered by screenplay writer, filmmaker and scholar Clodualdo Del Mundo, Jr. The Jose Rizal Lecture on Nov. 22 will be delivered by Ombudsman and former Supreme Court Associate Justice Conchita Carpio Morales.

GenSan sets auction of 600 delinquent real properties
Mindanews - 2017-11-06
Such provision was set in Title II of the Local Government Code or Republic Act 7160 and its implementing rules and regulations. Sevilla said they initially listed more than 900 "delinquent" real properties such as homes, lands, machineries and ...

Chill, FDA tells backers, opponents of RH law
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-05
The government agency screening medicines and food products for safety prior to their sale in Philippine markets appealed for sobriety as it reviews 51 contraceptives in relation to a Supreme Court order that banned some of these for causing abortions.

7,227 law graduates take 2017 Bar exam at the University of Santo Tomas
BusinessMirror. - 2017-11-05
The Philippine National Police, the National Bureau of Investigation, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, and the Coast Guard were deputized to ensure the safe and orderly conduct of the Bar examinations at the University of Santo Tomas in ...

C and C in regulation
BusinessMirror. - 2017-11-05
During the first ever Philippine Aviation Day organized by the Air Carriers ... Such was the general theme of one panel discussion wherein a colleague in the airline industry even suggested the idea of self-regulation to allow businesses to implement ...

IFRS 17: In search of better answers
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-05
For many MNEs, technology is an inevitable medium to help them penetrate the international market. Due to the growing complexity of evolving business models, more and more MNEs are adopting cloud computing into their operations. Cloud computing is ...

RH Law ready for full implementation
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-11-03
More than five years since it was signed into law, the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law is ready to be fully implemented with the near-completion of an evaluation by the Food and Drug Administration as required by the Supreme Court.

Intellectual Property Meets Real Property: Recent Copyright Infringement Cases
JD Supra - 2017-11-03
Two recent copyright infringement disputes involved the rare intersection of intellectual property with real property. In the first, the Ontario Court of Appeal determined who owned copyright in land surveys deposited with the registry office (hint--it ...

Elliott cleared to play in NFL after judge grants order
News Philippines Yahoo - 2017-11-03
The ruling by the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals was granted following a request on Elliott's behalf by the NFL Players Association. It means Elliott can now play on Sunday in the Cowboys game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Elliott has been embroiled in ...

7,227 law graduates to take Bar Exams tomorrow; over 700 cops to secure venue
The Daily Tribune - 2017-11-03
Exams will be held on four Sundays of this month starting November 5, 12, 19 and 26 at the University of Santo Tomas (UST ... beneath the flyover), Greenbelt and Glorietta, Ayala Center, Makati (two buses) and at the Marikina Sports Complex (one bus ...

Globe Q3 profit rises amid strong demand for data
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-03
EARNINGS of Globe Telecom, Inc. attributable to the parent soared 76% in the third quarter of 2017, as the company continued to benefit from the expansion of its data segment in mobile and home broadband. In a regulatory filing on Friday, the ...

De Lima asks high court to reconsider decision that junked request to recall arrest
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-03
Sen. Leila M. de Lima answers questions from the media outside her office in the Senate building on Feb. 24, 2017. -- PHILIPPINE STAR DETAINED senator Leila M. De Lima, through one of her lawyers Florin T. Hilbay, asked the Supreme Court to reconsider its ...

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