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.

Finance chief expresses concern on mine closures
Inquirer - 2017-02-03
Later, the finance secretary tweeted: "I am deeply concerned over the welfare of the 1.2 million people affected by the closure of the 23 (Philippine) mines. This will result in joblessness." Dominguez said he would convene next week the interagency ...

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 ...

Good for business
BusinessMirror. - 2017-01-30
Indeed, the Philippines is one of the few countries with a security of tenure provision in its Constitution, as well as in its Labor Code. Security of tenure means the right to continued employment and the right to be protected against dismissal ...

Right to disconnect from work messages after office hours pushed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-29
"It has also created a problem of undeclared labor as employees are forced to work, although indirectly, beyond work hours responding to e-mails, text messages and calls on mobile phones," Castelo said. "It can lead to burnout -- or the ...

Rich? Scared about the Trumpocalypse? Try New Zealand
thestandard.com.ph - 2017-01-28
Immigration New Zealand also reported a spike in inquiries from Britain after the Brexit vote. Just last week, it emerged that tech titan Peter Thiel, one of Trump's strongest supporters, quietly obtained New Zealand citizenship in 2011 and owns several ...

Immigration bureau warns public about online solicitations
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-28
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is urging the public to be wary of calls and messages through text, email or social media in which the names of BI officials are used to solicit money. "The public is reminded to be cautious and exercise suspicious ...

Fire Rooster: Year of abundance
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2017-01-27
If this rooster were asked to describe itself, it would in all likelihood say the following: I herald the coming of the dawn and at sunset, I declare its departure; I stand for precision; I labor like clockwork and can be labeled a perfectionist ...

Further opening of economy sought
Inquirer - 2017-01-27
... reform package seeks to reduce maximum personal income tax from 32 percent to 25 percent and the corporate income tax from 30 percent to 25 percent. It also seeks to expand the value-added tax (VAT) base by reducing the coverage of its exemptions.

Labor reform
thestandard.com.ph - 2017-01-27
The labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno hold up a symbolic pen to press Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to sign a new policy that will end contractualization of workers. Manny Palmero Topics: Labor reform, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello ...

RP leads growth in Asia for 2016
The Daily Tribune - 2017-01-27
"This is attributed to high consumer confidence, modest inflation and interest rates, and improving labor market conditions," he said. Pernia projected the industry sector is seen to stay vibrant. "The construction industry, in particular, will be in ...

DOLE-POEA one-stop centers serve 281,900 OFWs in 6 months
news.pia.gov.ph - 2017-01-27
Meanwhile, the government agencies providing services at the OSSCO are Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Technical Education and Skills Development ...

Cellectar Gets Another Cancer Drug Patent (CLRB)
Investopedia - 2017-01-25
Cellectar Biosciences Inc. (CLRB) secured an additional patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its cancer drug candidates CLR 131 and CLR 125 to treat solid tumors. (See also: Sarepta Wins Favorable USPTO Decisions.) The Madison, Wisconsin ...

DSWD leads successful launching of Philippines' chairmanship of 2017 ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Pillar
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-01-25
MANILA, Jan. 25 - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) led the successful launching of the Philippines' Chairmanship of the Association of South East Asian Nation (ASEAN) Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Pillar on Tuesday, January 24 at ...

The rise of the Trumps amid a crumbling social contract
BusinessMirror. - 2017-01-25
No more free-trade talks; no more outsourcing of American jobs; no freer entry for cheap Chinese goods and Mexican labor; no free-loading by the Europeans on Atlantic defense budget; and so on. And yet, he wants the universal health-care system erected by ...

DTI-10 bats for 'Mentor ME' program
news.pia.gov.ph - 2017-01-25
In Misamis Oriental, 22 entrepreneurs were selected and had the privilege to move on to Phase 2, the final stage of "Mentor ME" series of trainings which has advanced modules on operations management, human resource management, taxation, supply and ...

Trump to unveil immigration, visa restrictions -- reports
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-25
President Donald Trump will sign executive orders starting Wednesday restricting refugees, visas and immigration, making good on his signature campaign pledges, US media reported. Trump is due to speak Wednesday to employees at the Department of Homeland ...

More Mindanao sakadas sue recruiter, employers
Bulatlat - 2017-01-25
The sakadas or migratory agricultural workers filed the complaints with the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) Region 3 against Greenhand Labor Service Cooperative, Agrikulto Inc., and Central Azucarera de Tarlac. According to Unyon ng mga ...

Trillanes accuses Aguirre of shakedown
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-01-23
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Monday accused Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II of being part of a shakedown operation against Chinese casino tycoon Jack Lam whose workers were arrested by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) last November. The BI is under ...

New cigarette tax bill constitutional
thestandard.com.ph - 2017-01-23
Quezon City 1st District Representative Vincent "Bingbong" Crisologo said House Bill No. 4144 was in accordance with the 1987 Constitution, specifically Article VI, Section 28 that requires Congress to evolve a progressive system of taxation.

DOLE gears for UN women confab
news.pia.gov.ph - 2017-01-23
Tango will facilitate the working group in providing inputs to the country ministerial round table statement and side events composed of representatives from Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA); Overseas Workers Welfare Administration ...

DA thumbs down bill hiking tobacco tax
BusinessMirror. - 2017-01-23
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it is against a proposal approved by the House of Representatives, which seeks to increase the tobacco tax, as it would hurt local farmers. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said he supports tobacco farmers ...

DSWD to lead ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Pillar Launch in Angeles City
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-01-23
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Jan. 23 (PIA) - As part of the Philippine hosting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) 2017, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will lead the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC ...

Blending colors: advocating child labor-free Camiguin
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-01-23
Coming in second was Mambajao National High School (Mambajao), and followed by Fatima College of Camiguin (Mambajao) on the 3rd place. Top prize winner coach, Joey Rugay Chavit revealed that his team prepared for the contest by drafting multiple practices ...

Blending colors: advocating child labor-free Camiguin
Philippine Information Agency - 2017-01-23
In 2012, Camiguin, through a memorandum of agreement with DOLE-X declared its province as "Child Labor-free Province," the only province in Northern Mindanao with such declaration ... and followed by Fatima College of Camiguin (Mambajao) on the 3rd ...

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