Indigenous peoples worried about loss of royalty
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-02-15
On top of the business and real property tax and regulatory fees that go directly to local coffers, local governments hosting mining companies enjoy a 40-percent share in the 2-percent excise tax paid by the miners on their annual gross revenue ...

Global production networks and the need for industrial stock taking
BusinessMirror. - 2017-02-15
John West of Asian Century Institute sums it up as follows ... The point is that the global division of labor under the GPN system is also being shaken by the new labor-displacing technology. Labor economists call this displacement phenomenon as technology ...

Sombero back, vows to testify on BI bribery scandal
Philstar - 2017-02-15
Traveling alone from Vancouver, Canada, Sombero took Philippine Airlines flight PR 119 and was in seat 2D of business class. An airline staff, who asked not to be identified, said Sombero seemed "nervous," going to the lavatory several times when the ...

People & Events
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-02-15
The Bureau of Immigration granted VMA an authority to accept foreign students, who may enroll in shielded metal arc welding NCI and NCII for 268 hours, cookery NCII 316 hours, food and beverage NCII 356 hours, security services NCI 206 hours, and security ...

Sombero to face Senate grilling
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-02-14
Sombero arrived on a Philippine Airlines flight from Vancouver around 9 a.m., Tuesday, and was fetched from the aircraft by immigration personnel from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 and several National Bureau of Investigation agents.

The new Social Security Commission
BusinessMirror. - 2017-02-14
Aside from Social Security Commission (SSC) Chairman Amado D ... the Duterte 2016 presidential campaign and a member of its Media Central and Communications Group. He has behind him 32 years experience as founder and CEO in various industries, including ...

Exemption of soldiers, policemen from estate tax payment pushed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-02-14
Through their services during their lifetime, they have already given much to our country. Relieving their families from the additional burden of taxation is a small thing we can do. The crux of this bill therefore is ultimately about honoring our men and ...

IRR of anti-age discrimination law issued
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-02-11
Stressing that age does not matter in employment, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) has issued the implementing rules of Republic Act No. 10911 or the anti-age discrimination law. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the implementing rules ...

DOLE order on inspection of ecozones up for review
Philstar - 2017-02-11
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III made the announcement on Friday as the DOLE starts its own investigation into a fire that gutted a factory of the House Technology ... department to make sure that companies comply with occupational safety and health ...

Negros Oriental
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-02-11
The Department of Labor and Employment in Negros Oriental is looking forward to having additional slots for youth interested in enrolling in the JobStart program. Provincial DOLE chief Maritess Mercado said that while 200 slots were given to Negros ...

News Briefs: Saudi Arabia to hire 200 nurses for cardiac centers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-02-10
Applicants should register online at www.eregister.poea.qov.ph and personally submit a detailed resume. Other requirements are school credentials, employment certificates, copy of passport and two 2×2 ID photos. The requirements should be submitted in a ...

Saudi needs 200 medical personnel
The Daily Tribune - 2017-02-10
The Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is in need of over 200 medical workers including female nurses for deployment to their various cardiac centers, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) announced yesterday.

Europe Beat
beta.philstar.com - 2017-02-10
III) Reorganization of POEA functions for seafarers The recruitment of Filipino seafarers by international ship owners and managers is managed by POEA. It has been observed that international ship owners and managers face lengthy processes and excessive ...

Saudi needs 200 nurses
Journal Online - 2017-02-10
The POEA is currently accepting applicants for theposition. Tentative schedule for examination and interview is from March 6 to 10. Aside from female nurses, the MoH-KSR is also in need of 10 perfusionists (male/female); 10 for catheterization laboratory ...

BI official blamed for departure of Lam middleman
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-02-10
Sen. Richard Gordon on Thursday ordered the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to bring to the Senate the official responsible for allowing the departure of former police officer Wally Sombero, middleman for Chinese gambling magnate Jack Lam, saying the official ...

Phoenix immigrant deported to Mexico amid protests
Philstar - 2017-02-10
The case of Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos became a rallying cry for immigrant groups who believe Trump's approach to immigration will unfairly tear apart countless families. Her arrest prompted a raucous demonstration in downtown Phoenix late Wednesday as ...

Review of policy on international labor migration crucial
BusinessMirror. - 2017-02-09
Along with Mexico, the Philippines is one of the top migrant origin in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec). Furthermore, the country receives the highest remittance inflow in the region. Because of these reasons, the Philippines is considered a global ...

Increasing idle-land tax to spur more economic activities-Neda
BusinessMirror. - 2017-02-09
If the President wants to increase idle land taxes, the government must first amend the Local Government Code (LGC) of 1991, which will subsequently push landowners to immediately find economic uses for their unused properties, the National Economic and ...

Cognizant Q4 net dips 1.8%; okays $3.4bn in buybacks,dividends
Daily News and Analysis - 2017-02-08
"The company is intensifying its M&A efforts to expand intellectual property, industry expertise, and platform and technology capabilities, by focusing primarily on strategic tuck-in acquisitions," it added. During the quarter, Cognizant added about 4,400 ...

United Kingdom needs more Filipino nurses
interaksyon.com - 2017-02-08
The United Kingdom preferred Filipino registered nurses and over the past years, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has approved over 1,000 job orders from UK-based placement agencies acting on behalf of the NHS (National Health ...

BCYF inspires PHL innovation through honoring trailblazers
BusinessMirror. - 2017-02-08
If they opted to stay, they must obey the laws of the country, such as the tax laws, business laws and criminal laws." YAP said an innovator pursuing change should be prepared to fail, because innovation is born from many mistakes, and even the best ...

Are Free Online Courses Worth the Time and Effort?
www.entrepreneur.com - 2017-02-07
This legislation, signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1998, creates a provision that protects intermediaries, such as Udemy, from copyright infringement actions by individual users. Many (if not the majority) of the cases of copyright infringement are ...

Potential Intellectual Property Issues on the Table in the 115th Congress
JD Supra - 2017-02-07
Over the past decade, intellectual property issues have often taken center stage in Congress. The America Invents Act, passed in 2011, changed patent landscape in many ways, most notably by changing the U.S. patent system from "first to invent" to ...

UN chief: IS on defensive in conflict areas but is adapting
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-02-07
As for finances, the militant group is now operating on a "crisis" budget, Guterres said, but its revenue streams remain the same -- oil and gas, extortion and "taxation," which together account for up to 80 percent of its income. The UN Mission ...

DU30 urged to support 12 priority reform measures
The Daily Tribune - 2017-02-06
comprehensive tax reform package; apprenticeship program reform; build-operate-transfer law; freedom of information; corporation code amendments; public service act amendments; telecommunication reforms; water sector reform act; bank secrecy law amendments ...

OFW One-Stop Processing Center in Clark serves over 22,400 clients in four months
news.pia.gov.ph - 2017-02-06
Records show that from September 12,2016 to January 31, 2017; the combined efforts of DOLE attached agencies namely the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Technical Education and Skills ...

Bello invites jobseekers to attend learning sessions at employment, entrepreneurial caravan
news.pia.gov.ph - 2017-02-05
will give a lecture on the specific provisions in the Labor Code, such as employee classification, rights at work, welfare, health and safety, and statutory benefits in relation to wage employment. For attendees who are interested in entrepreneurship ...

BI bribery case may set off sweeping tax, labor and immigration reforms
BusinessMirror. - 2017-02-05
Reforms in immigration, taxation, labor and the powers of state gaming agency the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) and of free-port zones are among the key areas for remedial legislation seen arising from the ongoing Senate Blue Ribbon ...

Govt should reduce number of HSWs for deployment - solon
interaksyon.com - 2017-02-05
HSWs account for 38 out of every 100 "newly hired" land-based Filipino workers placed abroad, according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. The figures exclude those who are "rehired." In foreign labor markets, Filipino HSWs ...

Madridejos native now an architect after 7 tries
Philstar - 2017-02-04
In 2000, he got the degree in Bachelor of Science in Architecture at the then-Cebu Institute of Technology, now a university. After graduating, he decided to work for about two years before he made up his mind to try the licensure exam in 2002. He failed.

News Briefs: New labor attaché to Kuwait named
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-02-03
The Department of Labor and Employment has named a new labor attaché to Kuwait following the execution of a Filipino worker and the death of another abused Filipino woman last month. The new labor attaché, Alejandro Padaen, is expected to arrive by Feb ...

Maiden batch of Pinay cleaners to fly to Japan this month
interaksyon.com - 2017-02-03
Data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) show that there are at present 355 job vacancie for Japan, a number that the agency expects to grow. "We see this as an opportunity that they are opening up to Filipino housekeepers.

Pre-departure awareness on insurance benefits for OFWs set
news.pia.gov.ph - 2017-02-03
MANILA, Feb. 4 - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), and the Insurance Commission are set to jointly promote public awareness on the coverage and benefits of compulsory insurance for ...

Maiden batch of Pinay cleaners to fly to Japan this month
interaksyon.com - 2017-02-03
Data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) show that there are at present 355 job vacancie for Japan, a number that the agency expects to grow. "We see this as an opportunity that they are opening up to Filipino housekeepers.

Immigration execs clearly lied - Escudero
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-02-03
Two former immigration officials who received millions in cash from an emissary of Chinese gambling tycoon Jack Lam knew that they committed a corrupt act, but chose to lie about it to salvage their reputations, Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero said on ...

Business and the arts
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-02-03
Art nourishes the national spirit and uplifts the consciousness of a people. In a pragmatic sense, charitable contributions such as corporate sponsorships enjoy tax breaks. Ultimately, the beneficial effects are felt by the entire community, especially the ...

Facebook ordered to pay $500 mn in suit on stolen tech
Rappler - 2017-02-02
The jury dismissed the charge that Oculus stole or misappropriated trade secrets but found Oculus liable for copyright infringement and other violations. Luckey was ordered to pay $50 million of the award and another former Oculus executive, Brendan Iribe ...

Edict banning firecrackers in Baguio submitted at council
baguiomidlandcourier.com.ph - 2017-02-02
An ordinance penalizing the use of firecrackers in Baguio has finally been submitted to the city council. As an offshoot of the "Safe Baguio" signature campaign launched in October last year by the Baguio Fire Department, Councilor Betty Lourdes ...

To prevent worker deaths, injuries | Labor groups urge repeal of labor deregulation policies
Bulatlat - 2017-02-02
"The lack of concrete measures from the labor department to address and prevent workplace tragedies ... As of this writing workers are reported to be still missing a day after House Technology Industries (HTI) burned down. Based on labor organizations ...

Cash dole-outs new threat to farm sector
BusinessMirror. - 2017-02-01
Of the figure, 9.719 million workers are in the agriculture, forestry and hunting subsector, while the remaining, or 1.266 million, are in the fisheries subsector ... citing the case of UP-Los Baños, where the number of enrollees in nonagriculture ...

NorMin PESO managers confab to boost employment facilitation in region 10
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-02-01
Facilitated by Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. 10 (DOLE-10), Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante was very grateful on their support, most especially in attendance, "The relationship between the PESO and DOLE has no annulment ...

Facebook loses $500 million Oculus lawsuit
CNN Money - 2017-02-01
Facebook isn't on the hook for all of the damages. As Polygon reports, Oculus will pay $200 million for non-disclosure agreement violations and $50 million for copyright infringement. Oculus and Luckey are both responsible for $50 million for ...

Income tax cuts, tax reforms to boost economic growth - BSP
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-02-01
"The lowering of income and corporate taxes will translate immediately to higher consumption, and in the part of the government, [higher spending] on infrastructure, human development and social protection for the poor. Tax reform will impact immediately ...

The New Joint DOJ/FTC Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property
JD Supra - 2017-02-01
On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission released updated Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property (the "Guidelines"). These Guidelines replaced those issued on April 6, 1995, and state ...

Tobacco excise-tax bill birthing great divide
BusinessMirror. - 2017-02-01
"In the context of tobacco taxation, Brunei, Singapore and, since January this year, the Philippines are examples of international best practice with their unitary-specific tax systems. In addition, all other Asean countries, except Indonesia, impose a ...

2 top BI officials in bribery/extort lying, say senators
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-31
Sen. Joel Villanueva could not hide his displeasure, especially at Argosino, noting that he never spoke about his supposed "investigation" of Lam--if his alibi were indeed true--when he called for a hearing of the Senate labor committee on Dec. 7 ...

IIT-Kharagpur and State Bank of India develop a customised portal for intellectual property
Times of India - 2017-01-31
KOLKATA: Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and State Bank of India are collaborating to develop a customized portal for launching 'Intellectual Property Development as a service' (IPDaas) for Intellectual Property Rights generation. Mr. Mrutyunjay ...

IP, Pharma Groups Call For Patent Eligibility Law Overhaul
Law 360 - 2017-01-31
Law360, New York (January 30, 2017, 8:51 PM EST) -- Citing the confusion caused by recent court rulings on patent-eligibility, major intellectual property and pharmaceutical industry groups have suggested to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that the ...

POEA shuts down illegal recruitment agency in Las Piñas City
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-01-31
MANDALUYONG CITY, Jan. 31 (PIA)--The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) shut down an illegal recruitment agency in Las Piñas City following weeks of surveillance and complaints from victims. The POEA identified the agency as the Lapcon ...

Sue-per Bowl Shuffle III: The Year In NFL-Related Intellectual Property Litigation
JD Supra - 2017-01-30
Two years ago, I started worrying about what would happen if someone at a Super Bowl party asked me to explain an NFL-related lawsuit, particularly one of those intellectual property lawsuits that sports fans assume IP lawyers know about. This anxiety led ...

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