Angara seeks to impose tax on sweepstakes, lotto winnings
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-08-19
Senator Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara now wants to impose tax on sweepstakes and lotto winnings amounting to P1 million and above to minimize the possible loss in government coffers if the proposed lowering of personal and corporate income tax rates is ...

SMBs in Asia embrace modernization to stay ahead in the New World of Work
Microsoft - 2016-08-19
According to the Asian Development Bank, from 2007 to 2012, SMBs comprised 98 percent of all enterprises in the Asia-Pacific, employed 66 percent of the national labor force ... the millennial workforce that grew up with Internet, and a growing group ...

COCKTALES | Palace aides add green to Duterte's digs - 2016-08-18
The Manila court case is separate from the ongoing trademark dispute at the Intellectual Property Office, also initiated by the Delgados' Isla Holdings as their three-decade franchise agreement with El Pollo Loco was winding down. According to the US chain ...

Devas Multimedia falsely claimed to have IPR of hybrid technology: CBI
Economic Times - 2016-08-18
In its chargesheet filed recently, CBI has claimed that the deal was bagged on the basis of false claims that Devas has Intellectual Property Rights to use a hybrid technology of satellite as well as terrestrial signals to deliver multimedia content to users.

Recto sees early passage of bills lowering income, corporate taxes
BusinessMirror. - 2016-08-18
SENATE Minority Leader Ralph G. Recto said he expects bills seeking to lower income and corporate taxes to breeze through Congress, even as he predicts rough sailing for counterproposals to offset the revenue gap. "It will be easy to pass measures ...

DoF wants corporate tax reduced to 25% in 3 years - 2016-08-17
The Finance Department plans to implement the tax reform package within the first three years of the Duterte administration. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III told reporters the agency proposed to reduce the corporate income tax rate from 30 percent ...

DoF wants corporate tax reduced to 25% in 3 years - 2016-08-17
The Finance Department plans to implement the tax reform package within the first three years of the Duterte administration. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III told reporters the agency proposed to reduce the corporate income tax rate from 30 percent ...

Lifting of PWD, senior tax exemption opposed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-08-17
Several senators yesterday opposed the planned lifting of the tax exemptions for senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) supposedly to offset the expected revenue losses if personal and corporate tax rates were cut under the proposed tax reforms.

Understanding tax evasion in the corporate setting
BusinessMirror. - 2016-08-17
One of the more emphatic battlecries of the current administration is its drive against tax evasion. This particular trajectory may not be something new, given the relentless pursuit in which the previous administration embarked on. Albeit the approach of ...

2 lawyers appointed immigration commissioners
Philstar - 2016-08-17
MANILA, Philippines - President Duterte appointed a government lawyer and a private law practitioner as associate commissioners in the Bureau of Immigration (BI). Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said government lawyer Michael Robles and private ...

DOLE admits it lacks means to detect illegal contracting practices
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-08-17
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Wednesday conceded that it lacked mechanisms to promptly detect red flags on contracted labor, vowing to work with the legislature to plug loopholes in existing laws that allow the ...

Duterte names two Bedans to immigration board
Global Nation - 2016-08-16
Two lawyers appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as deputy commissioners at the Bureau of Immigration (BI) complete its three-man board. Lawyers Michael Robles and Al Argosino were named deputy immigration commissioners by Mr. Duterte last week.

Rody, Reds friends again after word war
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-08-16
Mr. Duterte also directed immigration and foreign affairs officials to assist the NDFP consultants when they leave the country for Norway. Among those present at the meeting were NDFP consultant and former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo, panel member Fidel ...

No coalition with Reds
Manila Bulletin - 2016-08-16
Also present were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morante. Bello said the President assured NDF lawyers present during the meeting that their consultants will fly to Oslo. He is scheduled to fly to the Middle East ...

Laoag City treasurer haled to court
BusinessMirror. - 2016-08-16
We are also asking the National Bureau of Investigation, the Commission on Audit and the Bureau of Immigration [BI] to get to the bottom of this case of the missing P85 million in city funds," Dominguez said. The DOF is soliciting the aid of the NBI and ...

Duterte meets with senators on tax agenda
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-08-16
"We had a dinner briefing, and the main topic was tax reform. [We talked about] the whole package, from personal and corporate tax, rationalizing exemptions, Value added tax, estate tax, (up to) tax for sugar products," said Cayetano when reached by phon

Labor and employment rights advocate sees ally in PRRD - 2016-08-16
BAGUIO CITY, (PIA) - - Labor and employment rights advocates have seen an ally in President Rodrigo Duterte in their long quest of achieving social justice for the Filipino workforce. As he promised during the campaign to stop labor contractualization in ...

President Duterte appoints two new immigration deputy commissioners
Manila Bulletin - 2016-08-16
Argosino graduated from the San Beda College of Law while Robles was from the San Sebastian College of Law. Both are veteran law practitioners before joining the bureau.

India rises to 66th rank in innovation
Economic Times - 2016-08-16
The Global Innovation Index has been created and reported every year by the Paris-based business school Insead, Cornell University and the World Intellectual Property Organisation, a United Nations agency. The Gobal Innovation Index is positioned as ...

One-stop service center for OFWs opens, August 15 - 2016-08-16
Bello said the One-Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO) is located at the ground floor ... Verification and Status o UMID Capturing and Card Releasing 9. Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) o Processing and Copy Issuance of Certificate of Live ...

Trump says he would implement 'extreme vetting' of immigrants
MSN - 2016-08-16
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump unveils his anti-terrorism plan, saying he would implement "extreme vetting" of immigrants and suspend immigration from certain countries to protect the United States.

Labor and employment rights advocate sees ally in PRRD - 2016-08-16
Labor and employment rights advocates found an ally in their long-time quest of achieving social justice for the Filipino workforce, in President Rodrigo Duterte. As he promised during the campaign to stop labor contractualization in the country, President ...

Big Firm/Small Firm--Size Matters for Attorney Disqualification
New York Law Journal - 2016-08-15
Plaintiffs in that case alleged that defendant Cowen and Co. had engaged in copyright infringement by forwarding, without authorization, certain energy industry newsletters produced and sold by plaintiffs. After it was sued, in addition to retaining ...

POEA, MARINA to develop universal ID system for Filipino seafarers - 2016-08-15
MANILA, Aug. 16 - Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III yesterday announced that the Governing Board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has approved and issued GB Resolution No. 13, Series of 2016, which calls for the ...

DOLE opens one-stop service center for overseas workers
BusinessMirror. - 2016-08-15
In Photo: Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III (top photo) talks with an overseas worker at the launching of One-Stop Service Center for Overseas Filipino Workers on the ground floor of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration on Ortigas Avenue ...

One-stop shop for OFWs unveiled; 3 more due
Manila Bulletin - 2016-08-15
Bello said the expansion of the OSSCO is aimed at ensuring that OFWs in other regions will be able to avail of the same convenience and efficient services provided by the one-stop shop at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) main office ...

NaFFAA Elects 31-year-old Brendan Flores as National Chair
GMA Network - 2016-08-14
from gay rights to immigration, cultural identity to leadership development. Members of the Filipino ... IL), Pilipino American Unity for Progress (NY, NY), Philippine American Cultural Foundation (Chicago, IL), Philippine American Society of Greater ...

House think tank cites advantages of federalism
BusinessMirror. - 2016-08-14
Federalism means autonomy in government rules per province, with independent taxation and economic system. Under the federal form of government, provinces will no longer remit their income to the national treasury, but they will be required to give a ...

VAT increase to 15% looms - 2016-08-14
The possible tax policy packages--a reduction in personal income tax and consumption tax, corporate income tax, property tax, and capital income and transaction tax-- were described as "revenue losing measures" but that the economic managers included ...

Bill sets work hours for entertainment workers
Manila Bulletin - 2016-08-14
"The Labor Code is silent as to the prescribed number of hours of work for this unique group," he said. "It is not enough to grant them automatic health and/or accident insurance coverage. Their work hours have to be statutorily set out in order to ...

78 overstaying Viets surrender to BI
Manila Bulletin - 2016-08-14
Some 78 overstaying and undocumented Vietnamese nationals have surrendered to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and asked to be voluntarily deported to their country. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente disclosed that the aliens turned themselves in last ...

PH-bound flight diverted to India -- passenger goes into labor
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-08-14
A Cebu Pacific flight from Dubai to Manila made an unexpected stop in Hyderabad, India on Sunday morning after a pregnant passenger went on labor, according to the Manila International Airport Authority. The MIAA said the diverted flight was supposed to ...

Filipino workers in Saudi company want to go home
Bulatlat - 2016-08-14
In a letter emailed to the office of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the 33 Filipino workers in the campsite of Saad Trading Contracting and Financial Services explained that they have yet to receive their salary since November 2015. "Despite such ...

Ex-addict gives other side of drug problem
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2016-08-13
He is a member and trainer of the Inter-Agency Task Force under the Department of Labor and Employment, responsible for implementing the drug-free workplace department order. He also coauthored the training manual of the Drug Abuse Prevention Coordinators ...

Life getting harder for poor with shrinking value of peso
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-08-12
According to the Associated Labor Unions (ALU), the purchasing power of the current daily minimum wage remains inadequate to lift millions of workers and their families in Metro Manila and areas outside the National Capital Region (NCR) despite the latest ...

DOH medical team provides relief to distressed Pinoys in Saudi Arabia
BusinessMirror. - 2016-08-12
The agencies included in this emergency response, aside from the DOH, are the Departments of Foreign Affairs, Labor and Employment, and Social Welfare and Development; Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Technical Education and Skills ...

PH gov't urged to fix master list of stranded OFWs to fast-track aid
Rappler - 2016-08-12
Ang list naman ng POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) ay 8,000 lang, pero sa lista ng DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) around 11,000," said Bertiz at the Usaping Balita Media Forum at the Serye Cafe Filipino in Quezon City. (OWWA doesn ...

DOLE bent on whittling down ENDO in R9 - 2016-08-12
In the Philippines, it is mandated by law that an employee working for a company automatically becomes regularized after six months as provided for in Article 281 of the Labor Code. Regularization means the employee will enjoy the benefits of a regular ...

6 Tips for Registering a Trademark Overseas - 2016-08-11
According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), on average, approximately four million trademark applications are filed every year worldwide. As more businesses and brands continue to expand their presence overseas, it is important to ...

Indemnification In Commercial Agreements - What Is It And Should You Be Concerned About It?
JD Supra - 2016-08-11
Does the licensed technology include technology from a third party? If yes, did the third party provide an intellectual property indemnification that is as broad as what the indemnifying party is being asked to provide to the licensee? If not, the ...

In Search of a Predictable Standard for Attorney Fees in Copyright Cases
New York Law Journal - 2016-08-11
In addition, the court stated that fees may be awarded against a party committing "litigation misconduct" or "to deter repeated instances of copyright infringement or overaggressive assertions of copyright claims... even if the losing position was ...

Uncertainty and change
Inquirer Opinion - 2016-08-11
But today, Annan added, the Turkish president has been "focused on his survival ... Martello, who is of Chinese descent, was born and raised in the Philippines (she graduated from the University of the Philippines), but who has spent much of her ...

Bello orders POEA to intensify campaign against illegal recruitment - 2016-08-11
MANILA, Aug. 12 (PIA)--DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III directed the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to intensify its campaign against illegal recruiters after two of them were nabbed offering fake Swiss job opportunities.

Ed Sheeran slapped with copyright suit over Marvin Gaye's song 'Let's get it on'
Economic Times - 2016-08-11
NEW YORK: Ed Sheeran has been hit with a copyright suit over his mega-hit "Thinking Out Loud," with a songwriter's heirs saying he stole from Marvin Gaye's classic "Let's Get It On." The lawsuit comes amid a flurry of infringement suits in the music world ...

Bello issues Department Order suspending the registration of contractors/subcontractors - 2016-08-11
Rodrigo R. Duterte to abolish the unlawful contractualization scheme, which he described as unfair labor practice and tool for exploiting the Filipino workers. (DOLE)

POEA exec sacked over extortion - 2016-08-10
LABOR Secretary Silvestre Bello III ordered the dismissal from the public service a Philippine Overseas Employment Administration employee for extorting money to applicants wanting to work abroad. Bello said that the DoLE Legal Service found Roland Quintos ...

Dooc proposes compulsory OFW insurance
BusinessMirror. - 2016-08-10
He further said the IC plans to conduct seminars on compulsory OFW insurance to further expand the knowledge of the employees working at the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) and the CFO, since they are the initial resource persons for the OFWs.

DOH sends team to assist stranded OFWs in Saudi
Manila Bulletin - 2016-08-10
The agencies included in the emergency response are: The Departments of Health, Foreign Affairs, Labor and Employment, and Social Welfare and Development; Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Technical Education and Skills Development ...

Second Circuit Revives Copyright Claims Against Sony and Ghostface Killah
JD Supra - 2016-08-09
Noting that the Second Circuit had not addressed the issue of whether a third party to an alleged employer-employee relationship has standing to raise a "work for hire" defense to copyright infringement, the Court reviewed cases from other Circuits and ...

PH now a human trafficking destination
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-08-09
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is stepping up its screening of incoming foreigners after the discovery of an alleged syndicate trafficking Vietnamese workers to the Philippines. The agency recently interviewed scores of overstaying Vietnamese who had ...

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