Asian markets follow Wall Street rise on US jobs data
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-04
BEIJING -- Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher Monday after unexpectedly strong U.S. jobs data helped to soothe worries American factory activity was weaker than forecast. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Hong Kong, South Korea and Southeast Asia advanced. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. The Labor Department said American ...

Divining the future of tourism work
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-03
Tourism is one of the most labor-intensive industries, accounting for one in every 11 jobs in the Philippines. It accounts for more than 12 percent of gross domestic product, but more importantly, it is also one of the most inclusive. It provides jobs not only to the well-educated executives of hotels and resorts for instance, but also ...

Former Supreme Court justice brings integrity, wealth of experience to Cocolife
philstar.com - 2019-11-03
As an associate justice of the Court of Appeals, he received recognition for having achieved zero backlog in his docket, with 95 percent of his decisions affirmed by the Supreme Court, a feat very few have achieved. After his retirement from the Judiciary, he was chosen to be a member of the Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution

Inchoate displays of anger
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-03
Amelia H. C. Ylagan is a Doctor of Business Administration from the University of the Philippines. The Italian SuperEnalotto lottery is currently offering a EUR205.4 million jackpot prize, which is the biggest jackpot anywhere in the world at the moment...

NUPL asks Supreme Court to review rule on search warrants
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 3) -- The National Union of People's Lawyers (NUPL) is asking the Supreme Court to review its rules on the issuance of search warrants in light of recent arrests made in Manila as well as Bacolod City. In a statement released Sunday, NUPL questioned the the arrests of dozens of activists during what it ...

First Sunday of Bar exams peaceful
Journal - 2019-11-03
THE first of the four Sundays of Bar examinations administered by the Supreme Court yesterday at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila went off smoothly. Some 600 MPD police officers were deployed to secure the over 8,000 aspiring lawyers and deter any untoward incident that may happen around the vicinity of the university.

Usec Ilagan hits back at singer Leah Navarro
MindaNews - 2019-11-02
Ilagan said then Mayor Duterte was among the first to provide help, including water and food ... from Davao were sent by citizens "who had gone out of their way to wish the relief workers a safe trip" to send aid to the victims of calamities there. "Now, Mindanao is reeling from incomprehensible devastation. Must we search for reasons ...

Catch-up plan spurs N.G. spending to grow 39% to P415B in September
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-01
and constructed the new Supreme Court building for the Judiciary. "[This indicated] the government has broken through the effects of the delayed passage of the FY 2019 national budget and the ...

Prolonged US-China trade war to hurt shipbuilding, seafarer hiring
philstar.com - 2019-10-31
For the program, NSA has built a training center in Manila and partnered with select maritime institutions including thePhilippine Merchant Marine Academy; John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation-Bacolod; and University of Cebu-Lapu Lapu and Mandaue. Solberg was in the country to meet with Filipino stakeholders, as well as discuss current trends in ...

Solon wants to slap more taxes on Pogos
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-31
"Questions have emerged on whether Pogos do business in the Philippines, with implications on their tax status. As the services are rendered in the Philippines, this bill seeks to definitively answer that Pogos indeed do business in the country," Salceda added. Salceda, an economist, said his bill also intends to clarify the taxability of ...

Bill sets 15% tax on foreign POGO workers
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) -- Foreigners working for Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) must pay taxes worth 15 percent of their earnings here, according to a proposed law filed in Congress. Albay Representative Joey Salceda filed a bill that outlines the tax duties of POGO firms and their foreign workers. Under the ...

Immigration official says US-Mexico border crisis not over
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-30
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A top U.S. Border Patrol official has a warning: The crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is not over. Even though crossings have been down over the past few months and news of ...

House bill codifying, clarifying taxes on POGOs filed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-30
MANILA, Philippines -- A bill codifying and clarifying the taxes imposed on Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGOs) was filed at the House of Representatives on Wednesday. In filing House Bill No. 5267, Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda noted that although the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has issued Revenue Memorandum Circular No ...

House sets year-end legislative priority agenda; bills on proposed departmens of water, OFW, disaster top list
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-29
said the proposed DFO will absorb the functions of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), with the POEA as the lead agency. President ...

Duterte urged to appoint Muslim magistrate to SC
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-28
Deputy Speaker Mujiv Hataman, along with six of his Muslim colleagues at the House of Representatives, issued a statement on Monday to rally behind the bid of Marawi City-born Court of Appeals Associate Justice Japar Dimaampao to replace Justice Mariano del Castillo, who retired in July. "It is high time that another Muslim join the high ...

DOLE-led panel on service-fee IRR split on text
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-28
Benavidez explained that these companies are free to do so, but they will still be forced to give their qualified workers with compensation for the removed service charge based on the principle of "non-diminution of benefits" of the Labor Code. "If the employer or establishment will discontinue the collection of service charge ...

Lucas Bersamin leaves an indelible mark of subservience to the powers that be
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-28
Oscar P. Lagman, Jr. is a retired corporate executive, business consultant, and management professor. He has been a politicized citizen since his college days in the late 1950s. The Italian SuperEnalotto lottery is currently offering a EUR205.4 million jackpot prize, which is the biggest jackpot anywhere in the world at the moment...

Gordon says PH not producing nurses just to send them abroad; backs P30k minimum pay for nurses
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-28
MANILA, Philippines -- "We are not producing nurses just to send them abroad. We want them to stay and take care of our people." Senator Richard Gordon said this on Monday as he called on the government to immediately act on a recent Supreme Court decision that the minimum base pay of entry-level nurses should not be lower than Salary ...

Moro reps urge Duterte to appoint Dimaampao as Supreme Court Associate Justice
MindaNews - 2019-10-28
Want create site? With Free visual composer you can do it easy. DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 October) - Majority of the Moro representatives in Congress are urging President Rodrigo Duterte to appoint in the Supreme Court Japar Dimaampao, a Moro who rose from the ranks as government prosecutor to regional trial court judge and in the last 15 ...

Hoodlums in robes
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-27
a multi-organization group composed of such business organizations as Management Association of the Philippines, Institute of Corporate Directors, Financial Executives of the Philippines, Makati Business Club Foreign Chambers, law schools and other advocacy NGOs. The JRI "aims to be the voice of the private sector in seeking an effective and ...

In Western Visayas, labor groups say wage hike not enough
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-24
ILOILO CITY--Militant and labor groups said the P15 to P30 increase in the daily minimum wage approved by the wage board in Western Visayas was not enough, saying this could not even buy a kilo ...

European-PH business community, gov't to discuss trade, investment policies at the ECCP Summit
Gov - 2019-10-23
ECCP Executive Director Florian Gottein added that the event will also serve as a platform for key government officials to dialogue with stakeholders on pressing matters including the ease of doing business, further economic liberalization, tax reform ...

DOLE working on labor pact with Slovenia, around 5k jobs up for grabs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The government is currently working on a bilateral labor agreement with Slovenia, where several companies are seeking to employ up to 5,000 Filipino workers, Labor ...

PH justices discuss money laundering, financial crimes with US experts
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-10-15
Judge Bernice Donald of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit shared her expertise on traditional and emerging methods of money laundering, discussing the role that bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies and the dark web can play in money ...

DOLE warns jobseekers vs fake jobs on social media
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday warned jobseekers against fake job offers posted on social media platforms. The labor department issued the warning following a report from a jobseeker named "Mary" who claimed to have been scammed by a certain Arthur Villena on Facebook. The jobseeker said that ...

OWWA-Region 1 recognizes 2019 Model OFW Family of the Year
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-10-14
SAN FERNANDO CITY, Oct. 14 (PIA) - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-Regional Welfare Office I (OWWA RWOI) recognized the winners of the Search for 2019 Model Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Family of the Year Awards (2019 MOFYA) on October 3 ...

SC directs energy body to review Meralco's rates to provide 'least cost' electricity
philstar.com - 2019-10-10
The group, however, lost its case at the Court of Appeals. The appellate court held that "there was no reason for the COA in the instant case to use an accounting methodology other than that used by Meralco when it applied for a rate increase." It added: "[A] COA audit is not a pre-requisite to rate fixing, and the ERC is not bound to ...

SC deems 4 kinds of lump-sum discretionary funds constitutional
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-09
MANILA, Philippines -- Not all lump-sum discretionary funds are unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has declared constitutional four kinds of lump-sum discretionary funds in the 2014 national budget, which was passed months after the high court struck down congressional discretionary funds, or pork, as unconstitutional. These funds ...

Manila Water warns of rise in rates, worse traffic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-09
In a decision promulgated on Aug. 6, the Supreme Court affirmed a decision of the Court of Appeals that found Manila Water and the MWSS guilty of violating Section 8 of the Clean Water Act. The law mandates that these entities connect all existing sewage lines to the available sewerage system within five years from its effectivity, which ...

Livable cities
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-09
That exploration should result in action. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is constructing a currency production facility in NCC. The Supreme Court broke ground recently to build a magnificent regional center that will also be its academy and archive center. The decision-makers in the Senate need to rethink their move to BGC. Whatever the cost ...

Guidelines for foreign workers in the Philippines
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-09
reported a 7.59% increase in tourist arrivals to the Philippines in the first quarter. This increase translates to around 2,204,564 foreign visitors from January to March 2019. However, not all foreign visitors travel around the country strictly for leisure. A segment of the tourist market also visits the country for business or employment.

Singapore overtakes US as world's most competitive economy
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-09
(CNN) -- Singapore has knocked the United States out of the top spot in the World Economic Forum's annual competitiveness report. The index, published on Wednesday, takes stock of an economy's competitive landscape, measuring factors such as macroeconomic stability, infrastructure, the labor market and innovation capability. Singapore pushed ...

SC dismisses Fil-Am activist case
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 9) -- The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed the case of Filipino-American activist Melissa Roxas, who claimed to have been abducted and tortured by the military. The crout said last month in an eight-page ruling that Roxas "failed to prosecute" the case as she "appeared to have been disinterested ...

Labor group on call to privatize LRT-2: Did that work for MRT-3?
philstar.com - 2019-10-09
Ayala Corporation and Metro Pacific Investments Corporation own LRT-1, while Light Rail Manila Corp. handles operations and maintenance. Metro Rail Transit Corporation is the owner-builder of MRT-3, which the Department of Transportation operates. "There should be more planning and integration of our mass transportation system. Once in ...

DOLE renews call for Filipinos in Hong Kong to stay indoors amid protests
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-09
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Wednesday renewed its call for Filipinos in Hong Kong to stay indoors and stay away from venues of protests there. The labor department issued the advisory "in the face of escalating protests and public disruptions in the semi autonomous Chinese territory." The ...

US dips in competitiveness index as Singapore takes top spot
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-08
GENEVA -- The United States is less competitive than it was a year ago and the global economy remains hobbled by low productivity despite a decade of cheap money from central banks, the World ...

SC, sitting as PET, defers action on Marcos-Robredo case
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-08
THE Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), again failed to decide on the fate of the election protest filed by Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo. SC Spokesman Brian Keith Hosaka said the justices did not take any action on the report submitted by Associate Justice Afredo ...

Photographer Sues Mother Jones for Copyright Infringement Over AOC Photo
Law - 2019-10-08
Yorktown Heights-based professional photographer Jose Alvarado sued the San Francisco-based progressive media outlet Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California claiming Mother Jones willfully infringed his copyright to an image he took of Ocasio-Cortez looking over the crowd as she participated in a Black Lives ...

Thousands of Spes beneficiaries sign contract with Peso, Dole
Sun Star - 2019-10-08
Guiao Convention Center. It can be recalled that a total of 5,178 students have already benefited from the joint program of Department of Labor and Employment and Peso since Governor Dennis Pineda assumed office in July. The Spes employment contract, also known "Spes form 5," stipulates the terms and conditions that bind the employer and ...

POEA bars OFW from South Sudan
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-07
In a statement, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has imposed a total deployment ban for South Sudan upon the ...

Robredo asks PET to release initial recount
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday filed a motion in the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to release the report on the ...

Tax perks to continue under Citira
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-07
The proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (Citira) will continue to give away tax breaks to priority industries that will generate more jobs and create additional value ...

Tax revenue from sugary drinks hits P24.9 billion in H1, exceeds goal
philstar.com - 2019-10-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) generated P24.9 billion in additional revenue from excise tax collections on sugar sweetened beverages (SSB) in the first half of the year, the Department of Finance (DOF) said over the weekend.

House panel studying 5% tax on POGO revenue
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-07
Earlier, Mr. Salceda said he plans to impose $1,000 presumptive corporate income tax per seat for POGOs. The bill also requires the Bureau of Internal Revenue to collect P76 billion from POGOs. -- Vince Angelo C. Ferreras The Italian SuperEnalotto lottery ...

Difficult times or best moments ahead?
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-07
Many firms face backlash for TP manipulation. Today, TP is evolving into becoming a corporate governance issue. Interestingly, the increased focus on TP coincides with a relatively recent shift in business ideology. Just a few months back, a group of US ...

Government imposes OFW deployment ban in South Sudan
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 7) -- Filipino workers can no longer seek employment in South Sudan because of escalating violence in the Central African country, the Department of Labor ...

Bersamin doubts VP poll protest will be resolved before his retirement
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 7) -- Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin doubts that the electoral protest of losing candidate Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo will be ...

Japanese fugitive collared after almost 9 years
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-07
MANILA, Philippines - An alleged former member of a Japanese crime syndicate has been arrested by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) after hiding in the country for almost nine years. BI chief Jaime ...

First judiciary regional center breaks ground in New Clark City
philstar.com - 2019-10-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court (SC) broke ground on its first judiciary regional center in New Clark City. In a statement, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said the judiciary offices in New Clark City were in line with the ...

Citira, Pifita: Now na!
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-06
Congratulations are due to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Ways and Means Chair Joey Salceda on the swift passage of the Corporate Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act and Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Taxation Act in the House of ...

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