People & Events
Visayan Daily Star - 2016-10-31
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III recently called anew on industry leaders anew to ensure that workers benefit from higher wages and better living standards as a result of their productivity. Bello made the call as he urged employers to strengthen ...

The hassle and tragedy of forgetting
Inquirer Entertainment - 2016-10-28
I keep forgetting about my cell phone. It happened again this morning--I left it inside my car when I went to Ateneo de Manila University to attend an event. I was supposed to sing for the kids, but the song file is stored in my phone. It was embarrassing!

1,200 jobless as garments firm closes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-10-28
Faremo International Inc., one of the leading garments producer inside the Cavite Export Processing Zone in Rosario town, filed a notice of permanent closure on Oct. 21 in the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Feliciano Orihuela Jr., director of ...

P105 billion lost to income tax, VAT exemptions annually
BusinessMirror. - 2016-10-27
Tionko also pointed out that the DOF is studying how it can improve the current system of corporate taxation, "where foregone revenues are estimated at almost P50 billion per year on income-tax holidays, and another P50 billion in the special rate regime ...

80 more fishermen from GenSan, nearby areas jailed in Indonesia for illegal fishing
BusinessMirror. - 2016-10-27
Most of the repatriates were released from detention after completing their sentences for immigration and illegal fishing violations. Prior to the latest apprehensions, Te said only around 100 to 150 fishermen were still languishing in various jails in ...

200 vacant Call Center posts available on 2016 Jobfair, Docufest in Camiguin - DOLE
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-10-27
Social Security System (SSS); Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA); Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA); Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB); Philippine National Police (PNP); and the Philippine Army were ...

Gov't help assured to OFWs living prison-like condition in Saudi Arabia
MSN - 2016-10-26
Government assistance has been assured to OFWs who are living in cramped quarters in Saudi Arabia and performing jobs different from what was promised to them by their recruiter in the Philippines. An exclusive report by GMA News' JP Soriano on "24 Oras ...

Contractualization policy in the works
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-10-26
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will formulate a policy or guidelines on contractualization based on proposals from employers and labor groups before the year ends. "We will decide whether we will ...

Start-ups require $4 billion in investments-study
BusinessMirror. - 2016-10-26
"We need to make a lot of policy changes,because if you look at our laws on taxation, and Securities and Exchange Commission regulations, all of those are organized around large, traditional corporations. The permit system in local government units is ...

Ex-DOJ USec linked to Bilibid drug trade still abroad
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-10-26
Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes told reporters that "as per verification with the Bureau of Immigration, former DOJ USec. Francis Baraan III is supposed to return to the Philippines from his US trip on Oct. 23, 2016." "To date, he has not ...

CBCP backs proposed 100-day maternity leave
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-10-26
Santos also shared that the current 60 to 78 days of leave is below the 98 days recommended by the International Labor Organization. "Alam naman natin na 45 days, two months ay kulang na alagaan, ingatan ang mga bata. Sa mga araw at buwan na iyon ...

One-stop shop center in Baguio
thestandard.com.ph - 2016-10-26
Included in the Baguio OFW one-stop shop service center are representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority ...

DOLE says 18,000 workers to be regularized soon
Manila Bulletin - 2016-10-25
In a statement, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) disclosed this was the remaining number of workers, whom they have identified to be victims of labor-only contracting, but have yet to be regularized by their employers. Citing the result of ...

Sandiganbayan convicts corporate secretary for tax credit scam
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-10-25
In an 53-page supplemental decision by the Sandiganbayan First Division, the anti-graft court found Marina Abran of United Apparel Mfg ... under the One Stop Shop tax credit program. Abran was arraigned and pleaded not guilty in 2002 but she jumped ...

COCKTALES | Ex-Defense officials helping fugitive tycoon set up gaming operations
MSN - 2016-10-24
Two former undersecretaries of the Department of National Defense have been helping fugitive gaming billionaire Calvin Ayre legitimize his online operations in the Philippines, according to the industry grapevine. The two, Rodel Cruz and Aida Araceli Roxas ...

Educating millennials on martial law
Inquirer Opinion - 2016-10-24
When Benigno Aquino III became president in 2010, the annual tuition was P30,000-P60,000. That amount had risen to P40,000-P80,000 by the time he left office last June, according to a study by the office of Kabataan Party-list Rep. Sarah Elago. Many have ...

Gordon to SSS execs: Improve the lot of 33 M pensioners
Manila Bulletin - 2016-10-24
Gordon, chair of the Senate Committee on Government Corporations and Public Enterprises issued the challenge in a hearing conducted jointly with the Committees on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development; Health and Demography; and Finance.

IPOPHL bares seizure of P3.3-billion fake products from January to September
BusinessMirror. - 2016-10-24
"We hope to establish one for the Visayas ... Philippine National Police, Optical Media Board, National Book Development Board, Bureau of Food and Drugs and other agencies. Catherine Pillas is a graduate of Ateneo De Manila University, majoring in ...

The threats against globalization
Manila Bulletin - 2016-10-24
Recent developments now indicate a political backlash against globalization among constituents in the more advanced economies for various reasons such as the loss of manufacturing jobs, the economic and social costs of immigration and security concerns.

Cuban officials, Communist Party members can get US remittances
BusinessMirror. - 2016-10-24
Minint has under its jurisdiction the police, the Department of State Security and the Directorate for Immigration and Naturalization, among other agencies. The Central Committee of the Communist Party, on the other hand, controls all state institutions ...

DOLE's first 100 days under Duterte: More than 100,000 clients benefit from One-Stop Service Center for OFWs
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-10-23
Bello III said that 100,168 clients have been served by the One-Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO) at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). In a press conference held at the Labor Governance Learning Center in Intramuros, Manila ...

Clinton steps up in battle for Congress as Trump outlines plan for first 100 days
The Daily Tribune - 2016-10-23
"Change has to come from outside our very broken system," Trump told a room of several hundred supporters, hitting on many of his usual stump speech themes -- immigration, trade, Congressional term limits and his call for Obamacare to be repealed.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: The Meiring Mystery (2003 series)
Mindanews - 2016-10-23
"An affront to Philippine ... (a Manila hospital). ... The hospital here knew where he was going. The police showed no interest in him as far as we knew. At least the police never contacted us, never contacted him, no policeman ever showed up to arrest ...

Barangays seek settlement of boundary disputes
Philstar - 2016-10-22
He cited the case of Chong Hua Hospital wherein the jurisdiction belongs to Subangdaku but the Mandaue City Treasurer's Office credited the real property taxes to Barangay Tipolo. Manatad also pointed out that some establishments situated at the North ...

How the Filipino people and Duterte can make the most of China alliance
Bulatlat - 2016-10-22
MANILA - For those who thought China is a communist country and that the homegrown Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) would be glad the Duterte administration is being ... and commercialization of public services every time he invited foreign ...

Ending the contractualization of labor
thestandard.com.ph - 2016-10-22
Many policymakers believe that mere legislation to abolish labor-only contracting would be enough to eradicate the slave-like practice of selling labor to the end-users known as employer-beneficiaries. This stems from the belief that legislation increasing ...

Ending the contractualization of labor
thestandard.com.ph - 2016-10-22
Many policymakers believe that mere legislation to abolish labor-only contracting would be enough to eradicate the slave-like practice of selling labor to the end-users known as employer-beneficiaries. This stems from the belief that legislation increasing ...

Bea Daez: UP Lady Maroon, TV host, now a CPA after passing licensure exam
spin.ph - 2016-10-21
when asked why she took up Business Administration and Accountancy (BAA) at UP. "Thankfully, I was able to be retained in the program." Daez said she has always loved mathematics even before college, another reason why she chose one of the most ...

Low-income workers getting bigger take-home pay under DOF tax reform plan
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-10-21
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said the DOF tax bill was completed after the Department consulted with members of the Cabinet, legislators, former Secretaries of Finance, prominent economists, stakeholder and business groups, and with various ...

Lawyer from INC appointed as new head of SBMA
Manila Bulletin - 2016-10-21
Subic Bay Freeport -- Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has a new Administrator officer-in-charge (OIC) in the person of Atty. Randy Escolango, a member of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC). He takes over from SBMA Administrator Roberto Garcia.

Chinese eye Philippine tourism investments
Philstar - 2016-10-21
Section 86 of the Tourism Act provides for incentives in TEZs, such as income tax holidays spanning six years, gross income taxation of five percent, 100 percent exemption on all taxes and customs duties on the importation of capital equipment, and the ...

DOLE assessing jobs, livelihood displaced by Lawin
Manila Bulletin - 2016-10-20
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is now assessing how many workers in Luzon may have been economically displaced by Super Typhoon Lawin. "I have directed all my regional directors in all affected areas to provide emergency employment to the ...

USPTO Wins Dispute Over Extension For Drug Patent
Law 360 - 2016-10-20
Law360, Los Angeles (October 19, 2016, 10:24 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office beat a suit accusing it of failing to adequately extend the life of a blood pressure drug patent when a Virginia federal judge ruled Tuesday that Supernus ...

What you should know about immigration ahead of the third US presidential debate
MSN - 2016-10-20
During the third and final debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, American voters will likely finally get to hear what the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates think on immigration after a long lull on the subject from both of them.

Purported Public Interest Group Challenges Drug Patent in Qui Tam Action
JD Supra - 2016-10-19
The intersection of patent law, drug regulations, creative lawyering, and commerce (if not outright greed) has once again arisen in a qui tam suit brought under 31 U.S.C. ยงยง 3729-3733 (alleging fraud against the U.S. Government) by Lower Drug Prices ...

Economic managers buck P125-ATB wage increase
The Daily Tribune - 2016-10-19
The National Economic and Development Authority (Neda), together with the Department of Finance, Department of Budget and Management, and the Department of Trade and Industry, stood against the P125 across-the-board (ATB) wage increase for workers in the ...

Agrarian revolution in Cordillera
Bulatlat - 2016-10-18
"The people staged protests, but these were not enough because the military and local government officials were on the side of the companies," he said. The NPA staged punitive action on destructive companies. They may have kept their lands, but ...

Naia is fifth worst airport in Asia - website survey
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-10-18
The best airports were rated by travelers based on their overall airport experience, including comfort, facilities, food, immigration or security, customer service and cleanliness. Tashkent International Airport in Uzbekistan earned the worst in Asia title ...

1,000 join MasKara job fair
Visayan Daily Star - 2016-10-18
"We hope that through this, many people will be hired," Ayco added. The one-day event was attended by representatives from Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and the Department of Labor and Employment and Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya. The MassKara ...

1,000 join MasKara job fair
Visayan Daily Star - 2016-10-18
The event led by the Public Employment Services Office-Bacolod opened the fair ... The one-day event was attended by representatives from Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and the Department of Labor and Employment and Bacolod Rep.

Artist Wants Copyright Suit Over Jay Z's Logo Revived
Law 360 - 2016-10-17
Walker had sued for copyright infringement, but U.S. District Judge... To view the full article, register now.

I.M.F. backs overhaul of PHL tax system
BusinessMirror. - 2016-10-17
The IMF report said the DOF has come up with "a package of reform measures that includes lowering personal and corporate income taxes and simplifying tax processes. The revenue erosion from the lowering of income-tax rates would be offset by reform ...

Canada - A world of possibilities awaits
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2016-10-17
Because the school was so big, it was further divided into smaller colleges, by which students from the Arts ... where I interred for a city councilor and learned more about urban planning, public participation, urban development. Student life at U of ...

Anti-Chinese League of the Philippines
Philstar - 2016-10-16
Hayes of the United States of America the American Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882. The law suspended the immigration of Chinese to the United States. The Chinese then became the number one labor force of the United States and the ...

DOLE spearheads Labor Summit on 17 October
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-10-16
MANILA, Oct. 17 - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will hold a one-day Labor Summit on 17 October 2016 in ordet to gather inputs and thresh out the concerns of the labor sector on pressing issues. according to Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III ...

DOLE wants labor groups to craft unified stand on contractualization
BusinessMirror. - 2016-10-15
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will convene labor groups on Monday to craft a unified position on the issue of contractualization or endo. Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the various labor groups in the country do not have a ...

The blossoming of Charo Santos continues
Inquirer Entertainment - 2016-10-15
I witnessed how Lav was treated like a rock star by foreigners. Immigration officials congratulated him. Italian fans went up to him, to ask for an autograph. Will you encourage other Kapamilya stars to work with Lav? Of course! For Lav, cinema is free.

Jim Beam workers reject new contract offer as strike looms
Manila Bulletin - 2016-10-15
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Another round of voting produced the same results in a labor dispute for the company behind Jim Beam whiskey, as workers at two Kentucky distilleries rejected a revised contract offer Friday with a strike looming. The vote by union ...

Fifth Circuit Affirms $15 Million Trade Secret Award
JD Supra - 2016-10-14
Although much of the opinion focused on jurisdictional issues, the portion of the opinion on damages is noteworthy because--in this ever-changing climate on damages law in intellectual property cases--it is helpful to have an opinion that provides a ...

Repatriated undocumented OFWs get livelihood aid
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-10-14
Sharon Rose Calidgid, an undocumented and maltreated Domestic Helper in Lebanon was awarded with a starter kit worth ?10,000.00 for her canteen business. Referred by Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Lebanon, Caligid stayed for two months in the ...

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