Kamala Harris sworn in as first woman US vice president
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-20
Former California senator Kamala Harris was sworn in as vice president of the United States on Wednesday, the first woman ever to hold the post. US Vice President Kamala Harris (AFP) Harris, 56, took the oath of office from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in a ceremony at the US Capitol.

POEA extends balik-manggagawa online evaluation
Gov - 2021-01-20
Amid the on-going community quarantine, returning workers or Balik Manggagawa (BM) are advised to take advantage of the BM Online Evaluation for an efficient transaction on securing their travel exit clearance,

SC, various groups join forces to address killings of lawyers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-20
The Supreme Court has been working with other legal institutions to deal with continuing attacks on members of the legal profession. Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez

House body approval of bill protecting freelancers hailed
Journal - 2021-01-20
CITIZENS Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) party-list Reps. Eduardo "Bro. Eddie" Villanueva and Domeng Rivera hailed the approval by the House committee on

Congress approves stronger anti-money laundering policy
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-20
Congress ratifies the final version of the bill which aims to strengthen the country's anti-money laundering law, in a bid to prevent the country from slipping back to the list of nations with weak policies against dirty money.

Gordon touts bill creating Office of Judiciary Marshals
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-20
The happy days of criminals will soon be over when Congress passes a measure creating the office of Judiciary Marshals under supervision of the Supreme Court through its court administrator.

As DOJ and Supreme Court meet to examine murders, a 56th lawyer is killed
Rappler - 2021-01-20
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Supreme Court (SC) finally made commitments to examine the killings of lawyers in the country, but the developments can't move fast enough as a 56th lawyer was killed a day after their meetings.

POEA urges returning OFWs to use Balik Manggagawa Online Evaluation system
Gov - 2021-01-20
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) advises returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) or Balik Manggagawa (BM) to take advantage of the BM Online Evaluation in securing their travel exit clearance,

Balik Manggagawa online evaluation extended indefinitely
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-20
The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has extended indefinitely the implementation of the Balik Manggagawa online evaluation amid the ongoing community quarantine.

Termination of domestics due to Covid infection, other diseases illegal-DOLE
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-20
Mostly resolved Domestic workers, who will become victims of illegal dismissal and other unfair labor practice, could file a complaint at the DOLE regional, provincial, and field offices as well ...

Lagman: Abrogation of UP-DND pact red-tags entire UP community
GMA Network - 2021-01-19
The Department of National Defense's (DND) unilateral termination of its three decade-old pact with the University of the Philippines (UP) is tantamount to "red-tagging" the entire UP community, Albay Representative Edcel Lagman said Tuesday.

Mideast mothers count days to Biden, visas to see children
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-19
Syrian mother Dahouk Idriss says she can't wait for US President-elect Joe Biden to be inaugurated Wednesday, so she can finally visit her son for the first time in four years.

POEA warns public vs illegal recruiters posing as POEA employees
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-19
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warned the public against illegal recruiters claiming to be employees of the agency.

Cheat sheet: Supreme Court anti-terror law oral arguments
Rappler - 2021-01-19
After a long wait, and one postponement, the Supreme Court oral arguments on the contested and highly divisive anti-terror law will finally take place next Tuesday, February 2, beginning 2:30 pm. Solicitor General Jose Calida will defend President Rodrigo Duterte's pet law against 13 lawyers - handpicked collectively by the 37 groups of petitioners - led by former solicitor general and former Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) national president Jose Anselmo Cadiz.

Biden team says US will not lift travel bans, despite Trump statement
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-19
US President-elect Joe Biden's spokeswoman quickly dismissed Donald Trump's announcement Monday that a Covid-19 ban on travelers arriving from much of Europe and Brazil would be lifted, underlining the fractious transition of power.

DOLE gives farm tractors, flatbed dryer to rebel-free brgys
Gov - 2021-01-19
Farm tractors and a flatbed dryer were turned over by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Capiz Provincial Office, Jan. 16, to the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) barangays in Cuartero town.

OSG defends move to postpone Anti-Terror Law oral arguments due to COVID-infected ASG
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-19
The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) defended its position to seek before the Supreme Court (SC) the postponement of Tuesday's (January 19) oral arguments on the petitions asking to have the Anti-Terrorism Law declared as unconstitutional.

Tax base: Local business taxes
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-19
As early as 2007, in GR 176667, the Supreme Court made a distinction between gross revenue and gross receipts as basis for local business taxes. In that case, the LGU assessed the taxpayer based ...

UP, safe space to protest anti-terror law, is latest casualty in war on dissent
Rappler - 2021-01-18
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana's message to UP that they do not wish to suppress activism 'feels more like a threat, like a promise to do the opposite,' says human rights lawyer Kristina Conti

Business, labor groups ask SSS to defer premium hike
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-18
Business and labor groups have asked the Social Security System to defer premium hike until the new law is adopted. This the position of The Leaders Forum (LF), a national bipartite committee composed of the Employers Confederation of the Philippines,

DOLE-NCR launches electronic filing services
Gov - 2021-01-18
CALOOCAN CITY, Jan. 17 (PIA) -- Workers or employers in Metro Manila can now electronically file their labor-related requests through an online facility developed by the Department of Labor and Employment-National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR). Launched in ...

Media workers welfare act passes unanimously at House
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-18
The House of Representatives on Monday passed on third and final reading a bill extending to members of the Fourth Estate full protection and equal benefits provided by the law to other workers. With 217 affirmative and zero negative votes,

Chief Justice Peralta leads new Laoag HOJ groundbreaking rites
Gov - 2021-01-18
Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta led the groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new Hall of Justice (HOJ) in Laoag City5, 2021. The new HOJ of Laoag City promises to be a modern, iconic structure that will house the courts on the 2,

State-of-the-art Hall of Justice to rise in Ilocos Norte
Gov - 2021-01-18
Led by Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta, who is also an Ilokano, the new building aims to give court employees a comfortable place to work in, giving them improved facilities at par with other court houses. "Malaki ang pondo para rito.

PIDS study identifies challenges in sustaining online work in PH
Gov - 2021-01-18
While digital labor platforms opened market work opportunities during the pandemic, it also posed major implications on skill formation and human capital development, especially in countries where online work is at the lower end of the value chain.

Congress sessions resume; CREATE, Amla among top priority
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-18
LAWMAKERS resume sessions today (January 18), with both the House of Representatives and the Senate vowing to push two key bills--Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) and amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering Act (Amla) of 2001--to their logical end,

60K more OFWs seek repatriation-DOLE chief
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-18
LABOR groups have expressed concern over the looming threat of "stagflation," which could lead to mass displacement of workers. Federation of... The Department of Health (DOH) may tap its P7 ...

80K OFWs displaced by pandemic seek repatriation
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-17
As many as 80,000 more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who lost their jobs due to the pandemic are waiting to be repatriated. Since the COVID-19 outbreak a year ago, the government has repatriated

400k OFWs sent home
Gov - 2021-01-17
In a report to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said total repatriates who have undergone quarantine and were cleared of Covid stood at 410,211 as of January 16. "After their ordeal in their country of origin ...

Repatriation cost for overseas Filipinos nears P1B -- DFA
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-17
To execute the repatriation to perfection, the DFA had to work remotely with the Philippine Embassy in Tehran, the employers, recruitment agencies, POEA and OWWA on planning and coordinating the operation. Amid a total lockdown at that time when no ...

Lawmaker urges IATF to remove cap on health workers deployment
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-17
A member of the House of Representatives on Sunday questioned the Duterte government's move to limit healthcare workers' deployment abroad to 5,000, stressing there was "no point in restraining" them when the Philippines only offers low wages.

400,000 OFWs affected by pandemic sent home
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-17
The government has sent home more than 400,000 overseas Filipino workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said based on the report of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA),

Middle East records highest COVID-19 deaths, infections among OFWs
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-17
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Sunday renewed his call to overseas Filipino workers to follow health and safety measures imposed in their host countries especially in the face of the new strain of the coronavirus.

P245 M allocated for Judges-at-Large Act; Angara sees faster resolution of cases
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-17
Sen. Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara assured the Judiciary Sunday it would be able to expedite the adjudication of several pending court cases with the funds Congress provided for the appointment of judges-at-large under the 2021 national budget.

Legacy of the Corona impeachment
The Manila Times - 2021-01-17
THE impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona was something that I detested from the start. During the Gloria Macapagal Arroyo presidency, CJ Corona served for a short time as presidential spokesman until he was plucked out and later appointed as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court at the close of the term of GMA.

PAL gives guidance as BI enforces travel ban on non-Filipinos from 35 countries
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-16
They will then undergo 14-day quarantine. OFWs were directed to proceed to the OWWA Desk at the airport, where they will be assigned a quarantine facility designated by the Philippine government ...

Resetting of oral arguments on Anti-Terrorism Law to give parties more time to prepare -- Guevara
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-16
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Saturday, Jan. 16, expressed belief that the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) to push back the date of the oral arguments on the petitions questioning the constitutionality of the Anti-Terrorism Law will give the parties more time to prepare.

Govt. may need more funds for free accommodation of returning OFWs
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 16) -- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration will "most likely" request for an additional budget in June as it expects higher accommodation costs ...

On guns, abortion, voting rights, Trump leaves lasting mark on US judiciary
Rappler - 2021-01-16
Trump's success in moving the US judiciary to the right is not limited to his 3 Supreme Court appointments When a US appeals court declared that Florida could make it harder for convicted felons to vote - a ruling decried by civil rights activists - the impact of President Donald Trump's conservative judicial appointments was plain to see.

DOLE seeks inclusion of minimum wage workers, OFWs in vaccine priority list
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 16) - Minimum wage and overseas Filipino workers should be included in the COVID-19 priority vaccination program, the Labor department said. Labor ...

Gigi Reyes invokes right to speedy trial, asks SC to act on her detention
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-15
Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile is asking the Supreme Court's help for her possible release from detention citing violations of

ILO cites woes of digital home-based workers
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-15
AirAsia launched airasia Shop in the Philippines, further enhancing its digital platform to include convenient and value-for-money retail shopping,... DIGITAL home-based workers in the country are ...

Group seeks deportation of Taiwanese vlogger for alleged violation of visa rules
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-15
THE Supreme Court was urged on Tuesday by various groups and individuals seeking to scrap the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020... The Supreme Court has reminded anti-illegal drug operatives that keeping ...

CA ruling on voidable marriage due to psychological incapacity
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-14
An unsatisfactory marriage is not a null and void marriage." This was stressed by the Court of Appeals (CA) in its decision which pointed out a Supreme Court (SC) ruling that Article 36 of the Family Code on nullity of marriage due to psychological incapacity "is not to be confused with a divorce law that cuts the marital bond at the time the causes therefor manifest themselves.

Travel ban to limit spread of UK Covid variant affects thousands of OFWs
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-14
In a radio interview, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) it has started sending home the some of the 5,900 quarantined OFWs, who tested negative for Covid-19, on Thursday.

MPIC commits to global sustainability alliances
philstar.com - 2021-01-14
Metro Pacific Investments Corp. committed to two sustainability alliances, geared toward perpetuating the global standards of monitoring the sustainability initiatives of corporations.

Moreno: Careful planning in CDO's vaccine rollout
Gov - 2021-01-14
The people of Cagayan de Oro need not fear that they will be left behind by other cities in the vaccine rollout since their City Hall is "on the ball" in mapping out the city's vaccination program, Mayor Oscar Moreno said.

POEA reminds new entry protocol for travelers to Canada
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-14
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has issued reminders on the new entry protocols for travelers to Canada which include Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

CJ Peralta designates acting judge in two Sulu courts amid lockdown
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-14
THE Department of Justice-Task Force Against Corruption (DOJ-TFAC) will now take over the investigation on the alleged participation of... THE Supreme Court designated a presiding judge of Jolo ...

POEA circular sets alternative work scheme for OFWs but not for HSWs
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-14
Abrand-new policy regime on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFW), which allows employers to implement alternative work arrangements (AWA), as well as impose additional requirements for recruitment agencies will take effect amid the pandemic.

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