BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-29
MANILA, Philippines -- Immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other ports in the country are on alert for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) being illegally deployed to Iraq despite the current deployment ban. Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente ordered immigration personnel to rigidly screen ...

17 Chinese selling farm produce in Divisoria arrested
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-28
That was why the fruit vendor from Batangas was overjoyed when she learned that 17 Chinese nationals--11 men and six women--were arrested on Monday afternoon by Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents who caught them selling produce without permits. "I hope the authorities conduct operations everyday because there are still a lot more illegal ...

Court affirms ruling: GMA talents are regular employees
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-28
The group said it was ready to face the network should it decide to elevate the case to the Supreme Court. "If GMA takes the option to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court, we will welcome the opportunity to present our case to the high court, and hopefully carve out jurisprudence that can benefit not just media workers, but all ...

Give Filipinos free entrance to SEA Games, labor groups ask
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-28
The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) on Thursday urged President Duterte to provide free entrance to the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) to all Filipinos, particularly ordinary workers and their families, who cannot afford the cost of watching the games. ALU-TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said the ...

Court stops liquidation ???of AMA Bank
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-28
The Court of Appeals has ordered the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the state owned Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) to refrain from implementing their decision to padlock and liquidate the assets of AMA Rural Bank of Mandaluyong, the banking arm of the AMA Group of Companies of businessman Amable Aguiluz. AMA Bank obtained a 60 ...

DOLE: Off-season job fairs yield fewer HOTS
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-28
Job seekers flock on Thursday (November 28) to the Job and Business Fair, with the theme, "Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan [Jobs, Enterprises and Livelihood]" sponsored by the Department of Labor and Employment and the City Government of Pasay, in celebration of the 86th DOLE Anniversary and the 156th Foundation Day of the city. The Department ...

DILG rolls out Constitutional Reform Roadshow in Pampanga
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-28
DILG Pampanga CORE Program Manager Mark Jason Veran explained the first pillar, which focuses on constitutionalizing the Mandanas ruling of the Supreme Court and the revision of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) sharing criteria, as well as the establishment of the Regional Development Authority in the hope of decongesting Metro Manila and ...

CA dismisses GMA Network appeal in regularization case
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 28) - The Court of Appeals (CA) junked the petition of broadcast company GMA Network, Inc. to reverse an earlier ruling that favored more than 100 of its media workers. In a November 25 resolution, CA Associate Justice Zenaida Galapate-Laguilles denied the appeal filed by GMA Network and its chief ...

More Pinoy nurses wanted in Germany
Gov - 2019-11-28
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the Federal Republic of Germany preferred to hire additional Pinoy nurses to address its need for healthcare professionals under the Triple Win Project, a government-to-government hiring program administered by Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). "It has been six years since the ...

Group opposes proposed amendment to VAWC law
Sun Star - 2019-11-28
In fact, ito po ay kasaysayan na pinagtagumpayan ng kababaihan. Even the Supreme Court recognized the need i-respeto ang kababaihan (In fact, this a victorious move for women in history. Even the Even the Supreme Court recognized that there is a need to respect the rights of women)," she said. "Kailangan bigyan sila ng naaangkop na remedyos ...

Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-27
Since the crackdown on the illegal offshore gambling operators began in September, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) had closed down three Pogo service providers and collected at least P1.2 billion in corporate taxes before these were allowed to resume operation, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said in a statement. "Basically we ...

New, modern BIR building to rise by 2022
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-27
To better serve taxpayers, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will start construction next year of a new, high-rise national office building that is expected to be operational by 2022. Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa of the BIR told the Inquirer Wednesday that the modern, 24-storey building would replace the dilapidated facility currently ...

Lufthansa Technik investing $40M to expand PH capacity
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-27
who earlier said MRO companies overseas do not pay value-added tax on spare parts, said they have made this position known to the Department of Finance, which is pushing for a new round of reforms under the Corporate Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act. He added that LTP was taking a long-term view despite the International Air ...

Will we ever learn from past lessons?
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-27
Representatives from the real estate and business-process outsourcing sectors, for example, have expressed concern over the possibility of less than steady supply of electricity in the future.

Government crackdown on POGOs yields additional $25 million revenues - 2019-11-27
In a statement, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said a task force led by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has temporarily shuttered three POGO service providers, one of which one has already settled P1.2 billion in tax deficiencies. Dominguez was referring to Great Empire Gaming and Amusement Corp. (GEGAC) which was closed down last Sept.

Ex-SC Justice Carpio: China gained what it lost from 2016 arbitral ruling
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-27
RETIRED Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio on Tuesday said China should not begrudge the ruling of the international tribunal annulling its historic claim to the whole South China Sea (SCS) "because it gained what it lost by having the means to explore the resources of the high seas." Keynoting the 50th Anniversary of the Vienna ...

More Filipino nurses needed in Germany -- DOLE
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-27
The hiring of nurses will be under the Triple Win Project, a government-to-government hiring program administered by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). According to data from POEA, Bello said that a total of 903 nurses have been hired to work in Germany since 2013. The labor chief said the nurses are earning a starting ...

CA affirms DAP ruling vs Florencio Abad
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-27
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld its earlier ruling finding former budget secretary Florencio Abad administratively liable for simple misconduct in the implementation of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) which has been declared illegal by the Supreme Court. In a four-page resolution, the Court of Appeals ...

DOLE, BI told: Lead crackdown on tax-evading Pogos
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-27
Villanueva, chair of the Senate labor committee, also said he expects DOLE to "stay committed to its mandate under the Labor Code to only accept foreign workers in the country if there are no other capable, able, and willing Filipino to do the job." The senator, meanwhile, commended the Department of Finance (DOF) for its "relentless ...

17 makes bid for vacant SC post -- Guevarra
Journal - 2019-11-27
He obtained his undergraduate degree in Economics from the Colegio de San Juan de Letran in October 1974 Peralta is married to Court of Appeals Associate Justice Fernanda C. Lampas-Peralta, a certified public accountant-lawyer, with whom he has four children: Attorney Dorothy, John Christopher, Timothy John, and John Isaac, who are all ...

Fully restored Jones Bridge in Manila cost only P20 million
InterAksyon - 2019-11-27
Meanwhile, Puyat hoped that the other two La Madre Filipina statues will be allowed to return to their home in the near future. The other two relics are currently installed at the Court of Appeals compound in Ermita, Manila. "We appreciate ManileƱos feeling of nostalgia for Old Manila and I trust that the Court of Appeals and the National ...

Court stops liquidation of AMA Bank
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-27
The Court of Appeals has restrained the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) from implementing a recent decision to padlock and liquidate the assets of AMA Rural Bank of Mandaluyong, the banking arm of AMA Group of Companies of businessman Amable Aguiluz. AMA Bank obtained a 60-day temporary ...

QC judge accepts late court filing of Ampatuan Jr. in Maguindanao Massacre case
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-27
"Further, it is understood that the filing thereof shall not interrupt the period to decide," the judge added. The Supreme Court gave Solis-Reyes until December 20 to render a decision on the Maguindanao Massacre case -- a non-extendible deadline. Ampatuan was mayor of Datu Unsay town when he and his family's private armed group allegedly shot ...

Copyright Act And Photographs On Social Media
Mondaq - 2019-11-27
However, this action begs the question, at what point does this act of sharing another person's picture become a possible copyright infringement? With the advent of new social media platforms as well as a lot of photo sharing apps, the looming risk of a possible copyright infringement through the sharing of photos is now an ever-present phenomenon.

Google's tensions with employees reach a breaking point
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-27
(CNN) - For years, Google was seen as the gold standard of office life. The company pushed workplace culture to new frontiers with enviable benefits such as free meals, office slides, onsite childcare and an emphasis on transparency. But Google is quickly developing a very different reputation as it confronts a mounting backlash from its own ...

Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-27
said Lacson. But the senator said that should Atienza file a House bill to pursue the proposal and it turns out not to be in consonance with the provisions of the 1987 Constitution, it may end up declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Atienza earlier made the suggestion following the latest feud between President Rodrigo Duterte and ...

Flexible working hours pushed as traffic worsens
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-26
"Guidelines on the Implementatuon of Flexible Work Arrangements and the Exemption From the Nightwork Prohibition for Women Employees in the Business Process Outsourcing." A flexible work schedule will allow employees to achieve a "work-life balance" which will make them "more energized, satisfied, fulfilled and productive."

Metro HSWs likely to get P1.5K monthly pay raise but none for minimum-wage earners at the moment
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-26
The regional wage board is now considering a P1,500 monthly wage increase for household service workers (HSW) in Metro Manila. At a news conference on Tuesday, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III announced the proposed raise was contained in the draft wage order of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-National Capital Region ...

Worker on SEAG stadium hurt in fall - 2019-11-26
MANILA, Philippines -- A construction worker was injured after falling from scaffolding he was supposed to dismantle at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila yesterday morning. Richard delos Santos, 45, lost his balance and fell while dismantling the scaffolding during a heavy downpour as organizers of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games ...

Solon defends anew proposal to extend probationary period to 2 years
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-26
Probinsyano Ako Rep. Jose "Bonito" Singson Jr. said this Tuesday as he insisted that his proposed law, House Bill No. 4802, "is definitely a pro-labor measure" that would help workers avoid short term employment. "I find it amusing that the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), the primary critic of my proposal, was quoted ...

Photog Accuses Prince's Estate Of Copyright Infringement
Law360 - 2019-11-26
Dube said she never assigned her copyright in her works to Prince, nor did the musician ever ask for such rights. He and Dube collaborated on how her work was used, she said, and she "trusted and respected his ideas." "Throughout his life, Prince maintained a strong edict that an artist should retain control over his or her artistry ...

McDonald's pays $26 million to settle wage theft suit in California
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-26
(CNN) -- McDonald's is paying $26 million to settle a class action lawsuit over wage theft. It's the latest development in a string of conflicts between the major restaurant chain and its employees. The settlement puts an end to a multi-year legal battle between the company and California workers who alleged that McDonald's was skirting ...

Labor groups want Metro Manila minimum pay hiked to P750
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-25
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor groups once again called on the government to set the minimum wage for Metro Manila workers at P750 to help their families cope with the cost of living in the capital. In a four-page petition filed on Monday before the Regional Tripartite Wage Board, 10 groups belonging to the Unity for Wage Increase Now (U-Win ...

Dole launches mobile app for OFWs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-25
MANILA, Philippines -- Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) may now access information and services from the labor department at their fingertips. The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) has ...

Popcom: Allow minors access to contraceptives
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-25
The landmark law originally allowed minors who already had children to access family planning services without consent from their parents -- one of just eight provisions struck down by the Supreme Court in 2014 when it ruled the overall law was constitutional. Perez said at a press conference that removal of the provision had complicated ...

Poll: Japanese firms want to keep current incentives
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-25
"Like last year, many of Philippine respondents highly appreciate current tax incentives, while they are concerned about complicated taxation procedures. In fact, possible impacts of tax reform ...

House approves CTRP Package 3
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-25
The bill aims to harmonize the real property valuation for taxation purposes, which frees the BIR from the task of promulgating the Schedule of Zonal Values. The bill establishes and maintains valuation standards to govern the valuation of real property in the country. It also provides a comprehensive and up-to-date electronic database of all ...

'Baby Yoda' GIFs were pulled down for copyright reasons, but GIPHY has returned them to the internet
Business Insider - 2019-11-25
Having GIFs of 'Baby Yoda,' the viral star of 'The Mandalorian,' being pulled for copyright raises questions on what Disney's stance is.

BIR-Valenzuela City reminds business owners on tax law
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-25
This photo shows Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue District Officer Rufo B. Ranario (second from right) leading a surprise inventory of three business establishments in Valenzuela City. Ranario reminded business owners to follow tax laws. THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue District Office (RDO) is reminding owners of businesses ...

House OKs bill reforming real property valuation system
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-25
With 224 affirmative votes, seven negative votes and one abstention, the House approved House Bill No. 4664 on Monday. The bill aims to establish a single valuation base for taxation, through the adoption of the Schedule of Market Values (SMVs) of local government units (LGUs), and use the updated values as the benchmark for other purposes ...

House panel OKs tax provisions for proposed Water, Disaster Resilience departments
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 25) - The House of Representatives' ways and means committee approved Monday measures establishing systems for determining tariff and tax exemption rates that will be followed by two proposed government agencies: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR).

Gov't spending sustains pickup in October
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 25) -- Public spending further improved in October alongside a faster rise in tax collections, the Bureau of the Treasury said Monday. Government spending totaled ?310.8 billion for the month, up 1.37 percent from the ?306.6 billion disbursed in October 2018at a time when expenses saw a 35.2 percent ...

'Baby Yoda' GIFs are being pulled down for copyright reasons, but there are too many for the claims to be effective
Business Insider - 2019-11-24
Having GIFs of 'Baby Yoda,' the viral star of 'The Mandalorian,' being pulled for copyright raises questions on what Disney's usage stance is.

Nearly 6,000 OWWA members yet to avail of P1-billion rebate program
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-24
ONLY 5.9 percent of the P1-billion allocation for the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) rebate program has been released since the project was launched two months ago. In an interview, OWWA Administrator Hans J. Cacdac said they were able to release P59,456,149 of the allocated P1 billion for the first batch of the rebate ...

DOJ clarifies appeals process with Bureau of Immigration
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-24
THE Department of Justice has issued a circular sampling that appeals process for orders, resolutions and decisions of the Bureau of Immigration filed before the BI. Under Department Circular 23 ...

Bach asked to intervene in Tokyo Olympic labor dispute
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-24
TOKYO--An international trade union wants International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach to intervene and investigate alleged labor and safety violations at venues being built for ...

Labor sector criticizes non-inclusive growth
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-24
Tanjusay said in a statement yesterday. A plan to rationalize corporate income taxes and incentives could drive away investors, he added. The Department of Finance (DoF) expects to generate 1.5 million jobs once the measure takes effect. But the Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) has said 700,000 workers will lose jobs under the proposed law.

Go distributes aid to Cebu fire victims - 2019-11-24
MANILA, Philippines -- Sen. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go has distributed financial assistance and relief goods to at least 500 families displaced in a fire that hit a community in Mandaue City, Cebu. Go visited the fire victims on Saturday and promised to replace the school uniforms and supplies of students affected by the blaze that ...

Cops seize e-cigarettes; legal basis questioned
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-23
On the contrary, I abhor it." Asked to comment on whether it was proper or illegal for police to confiscate vaping devices, Sen. Panfilo Lacson, a former PNP chief, said: "It is one issue that the Supreme Court has to resolve which the affected parties should immediately raise before it given that basic constitutional rights are being ...

Prince Lorenzo de Medici in Manila--from Renaissance to Renaissance Pop
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-23
He has proposed an exhibit in Manila to Silvana Diaz, Italian owner of Galleria Duemila ... When the last Medici grand duke, Gian Gastone, died without a male heir in 1737, other European countries proceeded to wrest control of its capital city, Tuscany. The power shift scattered the Medici families across Italy and Europe.

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