ACT asks Congress to amend Election Service Reform Act
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) on Monday called on Congress to amend the landmark Election Service Reform Act (Esra) to resolve issues that hounded teachers ...

DOF prods other agencies on illegal foreign workers
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-20
THE Department of Finance (DOF) has called on the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to team up with the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor), as well as law-enforcement agencies in weeding out ...

Senate OKs bill recognizing flexi-time, compressed work week passes on third reading
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-20
Senator Joel Villanueva, principal sponsor of the measure as chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor, clarified that work arrangements such as flexi-time, compressed work week, and shift ...

Compensation Recommendation under the CG Code for PLCs
BusinessWorld - 2019-05-20
They also encourage employees to act in the long-term interest of the company as a whole, rather than for themselves or their business lines only. Moreover, it is good practice for the Board to formulate and adopt a policy specifying the relationship ...

No public consultations on Edsa provincial bus ban, MMDA exec admits
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The riding public was not consulted before the dry run on the provincial bus ban was enforced along Edsa, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic chief ...

The joy of human labor
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-19
He holds an MBA from Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School of Business where he previously served as the external vice president of the Student Council. This column accepts contributions ...

CA approves lawsuit related to 2013 Serendra explosion
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-19
has given the Regional Trial Court in Taguig City to proceed with the trial of the P30-million damage suit filed by a businesswoman against Ayala-owned real-estate developer, Alveo Land Corp., as ...

QC could put land value hike on hold
BusinessWorld - 2019-05-19
Ms. Deloraya-Mateo noted that the chamber and other business organizations were consulted in 2016, "but not all agreed with the increase." The human body is akin to a synergistic machine of connected systems and organs that rely on one other to ...

House to get busy in last session days
Journal - 2019-05-19
Sovereign Fund"; HB No. 9061 or "An Act Encouraging Corporate Social Responsibility, Providing Incentives Thereof"; HB 9051 or "An Act Reorganizing The Cooperative Development Authority"; HB 9023 or "An Act Strengthening The Polytechnic ...

Will the US Supreme Court reconsider abortion rights?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-19
WASHINGTON, United States - American evangelicals have high hopes that the US Supreme Court, with its newfound conservative majority, will be tempted to chip away at its historic decision to ...

Bello studying possible withdrawal of labor attach├ęs in Canada amid garbage row
philstar.com - 2019-05-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Saturday he is studying the possibility of withdrawing Philippine labor attach├ęs in Canada amid tensions after Ottawa missed a deadline to take back dozens of shipping containers full of trash.

Philippines mulls new ban on Kuwait deployment
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-17
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Friday that the government might reimpose a deployment ban on Kuwait after a domestic worker was killed by her employer despite an existing commitment ...

Rubber Stamp?
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-17
reform taxation, liberalize rice trade and other bold reforms to keep the economy on a high growth path, attract foreign investments, create jobs and reduce poverty incidence to just 14 percent by ...

PHL government looking to reinstate Kuwait OFW deployment ban after another Pinay death
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-17
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it is now eyeing the reimposition of the deployment ban if the Kuwaiti government fails to ensure the protection of overseas Filipino workers ...

P&A Grant Thornton branches head is CCCI treasurer
Sun Star - 2019-05-17
Ganhinhin was also awarded by CCCI immediate past president Antonio Chiu with a certificate of appreciation for his exemplary service to the organization as its former assistant treasurer and taxation committee chairperson, having submitted position papers ...

Finance and Health departments renew call to pass sin tax law
CNN Philippines - 2019-05-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 17) -- The 17th Congress only has three weeks left to work until the legislative session ends. This leaves the finance and health departments in a tight spot if ...

Debt watchers, economists see policy continuity in Senate results
philstar.com - 2019-05-17
Fitch Solutions said key reforms include shifting towards a federal system of governance, cutting corporate tax rates and the reinstating of the death penalty. However, it said reduced opposition within the Senate lowers the potential for checks and ...

DTI-Cebu launches Kapatid Mentor ME Batch 6
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-17
taxation/ business laws; tapping government programs and services to grow your business and business improvement plan presentation. The KMME program is organized by DTI and the Philippine Center ...

Lopez to 18th Congress: Pass bills on retail trade lib, Trabaho, PSA
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-16
Meanwhile, the Trabaho bills seeks to gradually reduce corporate income tax to 20 percent by 2029, from 30 percent. On the other hand, it will rationalize incentives granted to firms located in ...

Sandra Cam wants out of PCSO board
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-16
The Peryahan ng Bayan, operated by Globaltech Mobile Online Corporation, was considered illegal, until the Court of Appeals overturned the ruling which allowed it to continue its operations.

Newly hired OFWs in Japan rose to 15,840 in 2018
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-16
In its initial 2018 deployment figures, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) showed the number of newly hired OFWs in Japan reached 15,840. "This includes those deployed under ...

Australian former PM Bob Hawke dead
Rappler - 2019-05-16
SYDNEY, Australia - Australia's longest-serving Labor prime minister Bob Hawke died Thursday, May 16, aged 89. "Today we lost Bob Hawke, a great Australian - many would say the greatest Australian of the post-war era," his second wife Blanche d'Alpuget ...

DOF: Government tax, revenue effort improved in Q1
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-15
This file photo shows people walking by the Department of Finance (DOF) building on Roxas Boulevard, Manila. THE tax and revenue effort of the government improved for the first quarter of this ...

SC ruling portends lower power rates for ratepayers
BusinessWorld - 2019-05-15
THE cloud of uncertainty that hovered over stakeholders in the power sector was lifted by the Supreme Court (SC) decision on May 3 on the competitive procurement of power supply by distribution utilities, mainly for residential ratepayers. The aims and ...

Sheppard Mullin Washington, D.C. Expands Intellectual Property, Antitrust and Healthcare Practices
YAHOO! - 2019-05-15
Firm Adds IP Litigators Robert Masters and Jonathan DeFosse and Healthcare Antitrust Partner Bevin Newman Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is pleased to announce that partners Robert M.

Alabama senate passes toughest abortion ban bill in U.S.
Rappler - 2019-05-15
The text passed by the Republican-led senate has been sent to Governor Kay Ivey's desk for signature into law and, if approved is expected to trigger a legal battle which could reach the Supreme Court. Under the bill, performing an abortion is a crime that ...

Who are you calling a 'bobotante'?
CNN Philippines - 2019-05-15
Last February 2019, I met Ka Raul Ramos, a farmer in Sicogon island, Carles, Iloilo, who was able to travel to Metro Manila by way of the Rural Poor Institute for Land and Human Rights Services ... he protested how a tourism joint venture by Ayala Land ...

Copyright Registration After Fourth Estate
JD Supra - 2019-05-15
In Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation v. Wall-Street.com, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held in March of this year that a copyright claimant can only commence an infringement suit, unless a limited exception applies, after the Copyright Office has ...

Ariana Grande sued for copyright infringement over Instagram post
New York Daily News - 2019-05-15
A New York-based photographer sued singer Ariana Grande after she allegedly posted two of his photos on Instagram without his permission. Photographer Robert Barbera filed the suit against Grande and her company, Grandari, on Monday in the U.S. District ...

Trade groups laud polls
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-14
One much-awaited phase of the tax reform program is the reduction in corporate income tax rates, one of the highest in the region.

The Second Circuit Reaffirms Volitional Conduct is Needed for Direct Copyright Infringement
JD Supra - 2019-05-14
The Second Circuit confirms volitional conduct is needed to hold internet service providers liable for direct copyright infringement--it just disagrees what "volitional conduct" actually means. BWP Media USA, Inc. v. Polyvore, Inc. partially revived a ...

New VAT refund rules
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-14
g. For export sale of services, the following documents are valid proofs to establish that the nonresident foreign corporation (NRFC) buyer is not engaged in business in the Philippines ...

Big risks, big returns
Sun Star - 2019-05-14
Organique Inc. is the company behind Organique Acai Berry juice supplement, an organic product certified by the United States Department of Agriculture ... into real estate and soon in hospitality. What was your first job? Right after college, I ...

Ka Leody, 2 other Labor Win bets concede from Senate race
Rappler - 2019-05-14
MANILA, Philippines - Three senatorial bets from the Labor Win coalition conceded from the Senate race on Tuesday, May 14, after more than 90% of the votes have been transmitted to the Commission on Election's server. Labor Win candidates Leody de Guzman ...

Davao City: New investment hub
Sun Star - 2019-05-14
Along with this, she encouraged everyone who has accommodation facility business, even small or AirBnB types ... which is just a pedestrian lane across Ateneo de Davao University and Marco Polo Davao. "We are thankful for the private sectors for working ...

Labor leader De Guzman concedes defeat in Senate race
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-14
MANILA, Philippines -- A day after the May 13 elections, Labor Win alliance senatorial candidate Leody de Guzman conceded defeat after failing to enter the top 12 senatorial candidates in partial ...

Koko Pimentel: Magic 12 tally still 'too close'
Rappler - 2019-05-14
We will revisit all tax laws and the restructuring of our agriculture sector ... "We have to make sure na kumikita ang mga taong nagpapakain sa atin. Okay naman ang traders, business 'yan. Puwede naman sila kumita, pero...kailangan din kumita ang mga ...

GPCCI report indicates downturn in German business confidence in PHL
BusinessMirror - 2019-05-13
German business confidence in the Philippines has declined on all levels, except for employment and infrastructure investment, largely due to proposed changes on tax incentives, volatile peso and ...

Gwendolyn Garcia returns as Cebu's Governor
Rappler - 2019-05-13
This is Garcia's third time as Cebu governor after serving two consecutive terms from 2004 to 2013. The Court of Appeals had previously dismissed the Ombudsman's order barring her from seeking another public office for owning the controversial Balili ...

Energy agency cuts backlog of pending capex cases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-13
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) was able to act on applications from electricity distribution utilities and other power industry players to be allowed to spend capital investments totaling ...

ERC studying way forward with licenses expiring amid Supreme Court TRO
BusinessWorld - 2019-05-13
THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is set to deliberate on how to move forward in promoting greater competition in the retail electricity business as the licenses of those authorized to engage in it are about to expire by 2021 to 2022 while a court ...

Intellectual property in sports center of Benilde confab
BusinessWorld - 2019-05-13
IN commemoration of the National Intellectual Property Month in the Philippines ... School of Design and Arts Campus in April, the forum, entitled "The Role of Intellectual Property and Sports," gathered experts in the field of legal practice ...

Seeing the TRAIN Law in its proper perspective
BusinessWorld - 2019-05-12
TRAIN is the first of five packages of the comprehensive tax reform program. Other packages deal with corporate income taxation and modernizing fiscal incentives; sustainable financing for Universal Health Care through increased sin taxes on tobacco and ...

BI arrests alleged human trafficker at Naia
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has arrested an alleged human trafficker at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) trying to fly out of the country with three victims.

Merkel's preferred successor says she won't seek post before 2021
Rappler - 2019-05-12
In all those elections, the far-right and anti-immigration AfD could make further gains at the expense of the mainstream CDU and SPD parties. Kramp-Karrenbauer acknowledged that the coalition with the SPD "did not emerge smoothly and doesn't always have an ...

Firms urged to tap only service providers with valid DOLE registration
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-12
CEBU CITY, Philippines-Business establishments could be held ... urged businesses to deal only with service providers that have valid registration, as required by Department Order 174-17.

What is at stake in these elections
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-12
the tighter grip of the central government by the simple exercise of the power to release or withhold the internal revenue allotments of local officials. Besides adding new layers of bureaucracy, federalism will further narrow local politics into a playing ...

Women behind Otso bets join calls to elect dignified leaders
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Amid the "sexist, violent" climate President Rodrigo Duterte has fomented against women and youth, the mothers, sisters and wives of the opposition Otso Diretso ...

Midterm exodus: When political butterflies switch party alliances
Rappler - 2019-05-11
For most local politicians, jumping to the ruling party assures them access to government funds. "If you're in Congress, you get access to the pork barrel. If you're in local government, you get faster access to the internal revenue allotment" or their ...

BIR warns public vs tax clearance scam
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-05-11
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has warned the public against a scam wherein fake tax clearance certificates were being used to extort money from those expecting shipments from overseas.

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