DOT chief set to reactivate interagency tourism council
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-14
Bureau of Immigration, National Historical Institute, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. Other members of the TCC include executive directors of the league of local government units and representatives ...

Crossing countries by land
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-14
The next day entailed a short drive to the Nakhon Panom border. And like your typical airport all the participants lined up at the immigration booth to have passports stamped. From there, there was a cursory check of vehicles before driving over the ornate ...

DFA, DOLE urged to address OFW mass layoff in the Middle East
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-14
A neophyte lawmaker is prodding the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to create a Joint Crisis Management Team that would look into the plight of laid-off overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Middle ...

5 'narco generals' put under immigration watchlist after DOJ issues look out bulletin
MSN - 2016-07-13
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday issued a Look Out Bulletin directing the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to put on its watchlist the five alleged "narco generals" who were earlier named by President Rodrigo Duterte as the ...

PH ports alerted against five PNP generals
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-13
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has alerted all international and local ports against the five Philippine National Police (PNP) generals allegedly involved in illegal drugs trade. According to BI Spokesperson Atty. Antonette Mangrobang, BI personnel in ...

DOJ issues lookout bulletin order vs 5 accused generals
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-07-13
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued an Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order (ILBO) against five police generals earlier identified by President Rodrigo Duterte as those allegedly have links to illegal drug trade. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II ...

Lopez keeps DENR moratorium on new mining projects
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-13
This review, as the order reads, "shall be based on the guidelines and parameters set forth in the specific mining contract or agreement and on other pertinent laws, rules, and regulations such as the Mining Act of 1995 and the Labor Code".

Dominguez to pursue expanded RATE, RATS programs started by Henares
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-13
A review of the existing tax rates will also be undertaken. He noted further tax cuts, both in corporate and personal taxes, should help stimulate businesses and provide citizens with more money to spend on their families and on savings. At the BIR ...

Life on the line in Venezuela as economic crisis worsens
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-12
On Mondays and Tuesdays the lines outside immigration offices spill down the street as if people suddenly decided over the weekend that they could not handle one more week standing around while life passes them by. EACH night, men push broken-down gas ...

Small, large miners try to sway Lopez
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-12
The EO stated, "The review shall be based on the guidelines and parameters set forth in the specific mining contract or agreement and on other pertinent laws, rules and regulations, such as the Mining Act of 1995 and the Labor Code." According to COMP ...

Remittances, BPO revenues to hit $47b this year
thestandard.com.ph - 2016-07-12
Preliminary data from Philippine Overseas Employment Administration showed that a total of 777,887 contracts were processed in the first four months of 2016. DBS Bank of Singapore said at the current pace, total remittances this year were likely to hit a ...

Europeans worry migrants may increase terror threat
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-12
In Photo: In this February 6 file photo, a woman holds a placard during a Pegida demonstration against immigration and Islamisation in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The refugee crisis and the threat of terrorism in Europe are very much related to one another in ...

Easing of bank secrecy law pushed
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-12
Once the Philippines decided to relax its bank secrecy, IMF also said the government may eventually allow the reduction in corporate income tax rates. Since last year, the DOF and BIR have been seeking legislators to ease restrictions in the bank secrecy ...

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - July 2016
JD Supra - 2016-07-12
Before her private practice, Groves served as the Senior Director of Intellectual Property and Innovation in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Katzmann is an associate justice on the Massachusetts Appeals Court since 2004.

Luxury tax touted in lieu of raising VAT -- expert
BusinessWorld Online - 2016-07-11
... raising excise taxes on luxury vehicles and possibly imposing higher taxes on high power consumption to recover revenues that will be lost when it trims individual and corporate income taxes. While lower income tax rates are "a must," Mr. Abola ...

Philip Morris Loses Another Packaging Case
Investopedia - 2016-07-11
Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM) suffered another legal setback last week after an international tribunal upheld Uruguay's strict cigarette packaging laws, which the tobacco company had asserted infringed on its intellectual property rights.

Adidas Sues Skechers Over 'Spring' Sneaker Patents
Law 360 - 2016-07-11
Law360, New York (July 11, 2016, 4:54 PM ET) -- Adidas opened a new front Monday in its ongoing intellectual property battle with Skechers, this time accusing the rival shoemaker of infringing Adidas' patented Springblade running sneaker. The German ...

Bello acts on contractualization, asks DOLE execs for reports
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-07-11
SECRETARY Silvestre Bello III has ordered all Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) regional directors to furnish him with reports on incidents of contractualization in their areas. Bello earlier expressed a desire to reduce contractualization, ...

PE Firms Pay $3.55B For Thomson Reuters' IP, Science Unit
Law 360 - 2016-07-11
Law360, New York (July 11, 2016, 12:12 PM ET) -- Thomson Reuters Corp. has agreed to sell its intellectual property and science unit to private equity funds controlled by Onex Corp. and Baring Private Equity Asia in a deal worth $3.55 billion, the ...

Unemployment and demographic sweet spot
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-11
Mapa lists the dividends from a demographic sweet spot as, firstly, higher per capita income due to higher productivity as a large percentage of the population enter the labor force, which allows the government to shift spending from education and health ...

Second Circuit In Vimeo Narrows The Red Flag Knowledge and Willful Blindness Exceptions To DMCA Safe Harbors
JD Supra - 2016-07-11
Id., at 9-13. As the Court explained, because Congress wanted to encourage the expansion of the speed and capacity of the Internet and because internet service providers ("ISPs") could be subject to copyright infringement liability for actions taken by ...

Asian shares rise on Wall Street gain on upbeat jobs report
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-11
U.S. JOBS: Markets were cheered by a strong June job report out of the U.S. that sent Wall Street to nearly record highs. The Labor Department said U.S. employers added 287,000 jobs last month. That was far more than analysts expected, and after weak ...

Reversal of $200-million drug patent verdict offers hard lessons for technology collaborators
Lexology - 2016-07-10
The value of start-up companies often hinges on their intellectual property and on the commercialization of novel technology, often in partnerships with established players. But collaborative arrangements involving critical technology are fraught with ...

Solon fears OFWs convicted abroad will also be killed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-07-10
These were Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Qatar, Kuwait, Taiwan, Malaysia and Bahrain, Atienza said, citing data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). The other top two destinations for OFWs--Canada and Hong Kong ...

Biz Buzz: Costly computer glitch
Inquirer - 2016-07-10
For some strange reason, company insiders say the computer software used to encode daily forex transactions erroneously reported that businessman Antonio Tiu, president and CEO of listed firm AgriNurture Inc., bought $20 million instead of $20,000 in an ...

Villar files bill to lower income tax of Filipino workers
news.pia.gov.ph - 2016-07-10
MANILA, July 11 - Sen. Cynthia Villar filed a bill that seeks to adjust the income brackets of tax imposed on taxable income of Filipino workers. "To ease the burden of our Filipino workers, and for our country to be at par with regional standards and to ...

Brexit, the opportunities it brings and the accountant
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-10
Jurisdictional laws, rules and regulations on trade and commerce, especially taxation, as well as migration, will be affected. Going back to what they were before joining the EU (more than four decades ago) is not feasible. The cost of doing business in ...

117 Immigration officials, employees tested for drugs yield negative results
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-10
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) became the first civilian government agency after the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Army (PA) conduct a drug test on its employees and all of them tested negative. According to the PNP crime laboratory, all ...

117 Immigration officials, employees tested for drugs yield negative results
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-10
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) became the first civilian government agency after the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Army (PA) conduct a drug test on its employees and all of them tested negative. According to the PNP crime laboratory, all ...

Australian leader claims election win, but questions remain
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-10
Though millions of votes still need to be counted, there was no way for the opposition center-left Labor Party to win a majority of seats in the House of Representatives, where parties form governments. That prompted opposition leader Bill Shorten to ...

Australia Labor Party admits defeat
MSN - 2016-07-10
Australia's opposition Labor Party conceded defeat in the federal election on Sunday, clearing the way for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to retain power. Paul Chapman reports.

Reviving death penalty risks OFWs on death row - lawmaker
Rappler - 2016-07-10
Malaysia is one of the top 10 destinations of OFWs, based on data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. Other top OFW destinations include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Qatar, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Taiwan, Bahrain and ...

Death penalty revival would put many OFWs at risk: Buhay partylist Rep. Atienza
interaksyon.com - 2016-07-10
The top 10 foreign destinations of deployed land-land based OFWs are Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Qatar, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Taiwan, Malaysia, Bahrain, and Canada, according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

Immigration to monitor movement of 5 police generals
MSN - 2016-07-10
MANILA -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) will be monitoring the movement of five Philippine National Police (PNP) generals identified by President Rodrigo Duterte as having links to the illegal drugs trade, in case they attempt to leave country. Lawyer ...

Naming generals akin to killing them--running priest
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-07-09
But Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Saturday said the five may be placed in the immigration lookout bulletin order so any travel may be monitored. "These police generals will be placed under immigration lookout because President Duterte ...

U.S. economy rebounds with June hiring surge of 287,000
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-09
WASHINGTON--The strong rebound in hiring last month, after almost zero new jobs were added in May, allayed worries that the long recovery in the labor market and the economy was coming to an abrupt end. "We can all breathe a big sigh of relief," said ...

US stocks climb on strong June jobs report; banks rise
Inquirer - 2016-07-09
The Nasdaq composite advanced 65 points, or 1.3 percent, to 4,941. US JOBS RELIEF: Employers added 287,000 jobs in June, according to a Labor Department report. The unemployment rate rose slightly as more people looked for work, and there was evidence that ...

PHL ends redeployment ban to South Sudan
MSN - 2016-07-09
However, the deployment of newly hired OFWs to the African country remains on hold, according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in its Governing Board Resolution 11. The resolution only permits the reentry of Filipino workers in ...

Immigration to monitor movement of five PNP generals
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-08
MANILA, July 8 (PNA) -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) will be monitoring the movement of the five Philippine National Police (PNP) generals identified by President Rodrigo Duterte as having links to the illegal drugs trade, in case they attempt to leave ...

Scholarship aids immigrants barred from top state schools
BusinessMirror. - 2016-07-08
That law and the scholarship program have been criticized by several groups that support stricter immigration laws. Elise Marciano, president of the Danbury-based United States Citizens for Immigration Law Enforcement, said the students have "no business ...

Immigration employees test negative for drugs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-07-08
All 117 employees from the Bureau of Immigration who underwent a surprise drug test were found negative of any drug traces, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Laboratory thru Police Sr Inspector Aileen Yagono. The 117 Immigration ...

BI chief joins peeing into cups
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-07-07
OVER 100 employees of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) underwent a surprise drug test on Thursday. A total of 117 BI employees, along with new Commissioner Jaime Morente, submitted their urine samples to police officers conducting the testing. Heads of ...

VAT exemptions up for DOF review
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-07
But along with the abolition of VAT exemptions, the DOF will push for the reduction of individual and corporate tax rates as well as indexation of the almost two-decades-tax brackets to inflation. "The new administration will definitely review the tax ...

BRIEF-S&P Global says A.M. Best Company and SNL Financial have reached settlement of copyright infringement lawsuit
MSN - 2016-07-07
* A.M. Best Company, Inc and S&P Global's unit, SNL Financial LC have reached an amicable settlement of copyright infringement lawsuit

POEA requires placement agencies to put up a special fund for household workers
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-07
Distressed Filipino household service workers abroad are now assured of additional financial aid after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) recently made it mandatory for their foreign placement agencies (FPA) to put up a special fund ...

POEA requires placement agencies to put up a special fund for household workers
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-07
Distressed Filipino household service workers abroad are now assured of additional financial aid after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) recently made it mandatory for their foreign placement agencies (FPA) to put up a special fund ...

CoreLogic Beats Copyright Suit Over Real Estate Photo Info
Law 360 - 2016-07-07
Law360, New York (July 6, 2016, 9:05 PM ET) -- CoreLogic beat class action litigation that claimed the real estate research firm improperly altered property photos and removed information meant to curb copyright infringement as a California federal judge ...

VAT exemption for SMEs eyed
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-06
Aquino also stressed the measure promotes simpler taxation to ease the burden of SMEs in the Philippines which ranks 126th out of 189 economies in the Ease of Paying Taxes report of the World Bank. "This must change, which is why we are asserting the ...

VAT exemption for SMEs eyed
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-06
Aquino also stressed the measure promotes simpler taxation to ease the burden of SMEs in the Philippines which ranks 126th out of 189 economies in the Ease of Paying Taxes report of the World Bank. "This must change, which is why we are asserting the ...

Bam Aquino pushes VAT exemption, lower income tax for small businesses
Manila Bulletin - 2016-07-06
Aquino also stressed the measure promotes simpler taxation to ease the burden of SMEs in the Philippines which ranks 126 th out of 189 economies in the Ease of Paying Taxes report of the World Bank. "This must change, which is why we are asserting the ...

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