Japan immigration policy to focus on highly skilled foreign workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-02-21
Sometime mid-January, an announcement was made regarding changes that will be made for permanent residency in Japan for skilled foreign workers. However, the changes appear to favor a specific type of foreign worker. To achieve permanent residency in just ...

Phl tax reform update so far (Part 3)
beta.philstar.com - 2017-02-21
The need to institute genuine tax reform therefore comes at a critical ... all too often that excessive taxation stifles productivity, causes misallocation of resources, and encourages flight of capital to less-taxed jurisdictions. A more liberal and ...

Fake cigarettes and fake tax stamps
beta.philstar.com - 2017-02-21
The BIR is now talking about instituting more secure features on its cigarette tax stamps, which should have been done before the unitary taxation scheme kicked in at the start of the year. The problem is serious because it does not just involve lost tax ...

T Bone Burnett Delivers Scathing Message to Copyright Office, Urging Reform: 'Our Culture Is At Stake'
Billboard - 2017-02-21
which includes the "safe harbor" provisions that protect digital service providers such as YouTube from copyright infringement litigation by outlining a system to deal with illegal copyrighted material uploaded to its platform. Burnett, who serves on the ...

Kim Dotcom eligible for extradition to US (although not on the basis of alleged copyright infringement)
TechSpot - 2017-02-20
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is eligible to be extradited to the US, a New Zealand High Court ruled on Monday. Justice Murray Gilbert of the High Court upheld a December 2015 ruling that determined Dotcom and three others involved in the matter ...

Live today...for the future!
Philstar - 2017-02-20
This indifference may also be attributed to the existence of government-mandated retirement policies. For instance, the Labor Code of the Philippines mandates that an employee who is at least 65 years old shall be entitled to retirement pay equivalent to ...

New Zealand High Court clears Kim Dotcom extradition to U.S.
Computer World - 2017-02-20
Megaupload website founder Kim Dotcom and three associates were on Monday cleared by a court in New Zealand to be extradited to the U.S. where he faces a variety of charges including copyright infringement and racketeering. Holding that copyright ...

News Briefs: CebuPac cancels nearly 200 flights due to radar shutdown
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-02-20
Philippine Airlines notified its passengers on Friday that it was canceling some 100 flights due to the maintenance work. --Jocelyn R. Uy State prosecutors have formally charged former Valderrama, Antique Mayor Mary Joyce Roquero before the Sandiganbayan ...

One bad apple can spoil the barrel: the importance of clearly defining intellectual property rights
Lexology - 2017-02-20
In 2007, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) entered into an Option Deed with United States corporation, Pink Lady America LLC (PLA). Under the Option Deed, PLA agreed to grant to APAL an option to acquire ownership of Pink Lady trade marks that PLA had ...

New Zealand judge rules Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the U.S.
USA Today - 2017-02-20
New Zealand judge rules Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the U.S. The high court in New Zealand has ruled Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the U.S. to face charges on copyright infringement. Nathan Rousseau Smith (@fantasticmrnate) has the story. Check out ...

UK rights bodies team up with search engines in copyright fight
Digital TV - 2017-02-20
The new voluntary code of practise was agreed between the two leading search engines and music body the BPI, the Motion Picture Association, and the Alliance for Intellectual Property, which represents a range of rights holders. The agreement was reached ...

Google and Bing to deprecate piracy websites
The Guardian - 2017-02-20
The changes are expected to be rolled out by the summer. The Intellectual Property Office led the discussions to create the code, with the assistance of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Ofcom has supported the discussions by examining in detail ...

ASEAN Labor Ministers in Davao City for meet
news.pia.gov.ph - 2017-02-20
DAVAO CITY Feb. 20 (PIA)- The respective Labor Ministers of the 10-member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) graced the Labor Ministers Retreat held at the Marco Polo Davao today (Feb. 20). It was also the 10th Meeting of the ...

The qualities of a truly educated man
BusinessMirror. - 2017-02-20
We have an obligation to make this world a better place than when we found it. Razzel Ann Vergara is involved in accounting for construction projects and taxation of Vinhar Construction and Marketing. She is a Certified Public Accountant. This column ...

Tax reform -- the next big catalyst
Philstar - 2017-02-19
3. Higher excise taxes on automobile sales. Increasing taxes on automobiles is a progressive form of taxation, as the higher taxes will be shouldered by those who will purchase vehicles. Moreover, the tax measures propose to levy higher tax rates on ...

Reds open to bilateral ceasefire
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-02-19
Labor Secretary and chief government peace negotiator Silvestre Bello III on Sunday welcomed the offer of the CPP to negotiate a bilateral ceasefire agreement with the government. Bello said he would relay the offer to President Duterte and the matter ...

BOC: Excise tax on cars to dampen investments, squeeze jobs
BusinessMirror. - 2017-02-19
"A phased-in approach over a number of years will provide the carmakers time to adjust their business plans and minimize the disruption of the tax rate increases," she said. House Deputy Minority Leader and Makati City Rep. Luis Campos Jr. said higher ...

Phl, Mexico in FTA, currency talks
Philstar - 2017-02-17
Dominguez also assured the Mexican ambassador the government would help push for the Philippines-Mexico agreement on the avoidance of double taxation, which was signed in November 2015. The agreement is still awaiting concurrence from the Senate.

One-Stop Service Center assists more than 2,000 OFWs
news.pia.gov.ph - 2017-02-17
OSSCO houses the following agencies; Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA); Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA); Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA); Professional ...

What Every Songwriter Should Know About Intellectual Property Law
skopemag.com - 2017-02-16
As a songwriter, understanding intellectual property law is essential. These laws protect your written property and your finances. Consider these four things that you must know about intellectual property law. Sampling is a tricky area of intellectual ...

5,000 mine workers protest closure of mining firms
Mindanews - 2017-02-16
Alexis Estampa, a mass communication student of Saint Paul University in Surigao led the mining-funded scholars in Surigao del Sur who joined the protest action. He said the scholars are worried on the closure order as their education is at stake.

Trump labor nominee withdraws
BusinessMirror. - 2017-02-16
In Photo: Andrew Puzder, the fast-food executive, leaves after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, last November 19. Puzder, on February 15, withdrew his name from consideration to lead the Labor ...

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 ...

A culinary and historic tour of Nueva Ecija
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2017-02-11
It was a beautiful scene straight out of an Amorsolo painting. But it was a poignant portrait as well--that the Filipino farmer is beset by land and labor disputes brought a certain sadness. Melancholia aside, Nueva Ecija is apparently experiencing a boom.

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 ...

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