Jaime Morente orders revamp of Bureau of Immigration jail
philstar.com - 2019-04-01
"We have received reports that a number of detainees have been conducting some sort of online business inside the facility, thus the gadgets in question were submitted for forensic examination. These activities will not be tolerated," Morente stressed ...

Short- to long-term challenges
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-04-01
On balance, the Philippine economy has lately seen more good news than ... The challenges that I pointed out include college graduates comprising a continuing high proportion of the unemployed (21 percent), and small businesses (that is, entrepreneurship ...

DOLE asks gaming operators for list of foreign workers
Inquirer - 2019-04-01
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Monday that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) had asked all accredited Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos ...

The Bangsamoro
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-01
THE NEW autonomous region in Muslim Mindanao, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), would have been inaugurated by the time this commentary gets into print. I am happy about this development, and I hope it will usher in a much more ...

DOF eyes P32-billion income taxes from alien workers in online gaming ops
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-01
Dominguez III last week, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) came up with a reconciled list of 138,001 workers, of which 54,241 were issued alien ...

New Zealand leader visits China in bid to reset strained ties
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-01
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern welcomed by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (Bloomberg) China and New Zealand signed agreements on eliminating double taxation and tax avoidance as the two ...

Labor Senate bet says illegal Chinese workers should be deported
Rappler - 2019-04-01
MANILA, Philippines - Labor leader and senatorial bet Ernesto Arellano said on Monday, April 1, that illegal Chinese workers "should be deported," and should comply with Philippine immigration laws just like overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). In # ...

China envoy to PH: Treat illegal Chinese workers humanely
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-01
The Department of Labor and Employment, and the Bureau of Immigration said that as of March, there were 138,001 foreign workers in the country, of which 54,241 were issued alien employment permits ...

4 senatorial bets agree that war on drugs should focus on suppliers rather than the users
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-01
For Matula, his focus is to put an end to contractualization and to push for a national minimum wage ... Dapat mag-create tayo ng isang high level commission para pag-aralan at imbistigahan ...

TURNING POINT: Overcoming the Plastic Curse: The 5 Rs
MindaNews - 2019-04-01
We need only to do our part to make a difference. (MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. William R. Adan, Ph.D., is retired professor and former chancellor of Mindanao State University at Naawan, Misamis Oriental, Philippines)

Proposed Hong Kong extradition law changes spark concerns
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-01
HONG KONG -- Business and human rights groups are expressing ... to China -- which routinely uses trumped-up charges of tax evasion or other economic crimes to punish political critics ...

Navigating a more dynamic world
BusinessWorld - 2019-04-01
Isla Lipana & Co., on the other hand, is banking on family enterprises and start-ups that are aiming to grow their businesses in and outside the country. In this regard, they need professional accounting firms to help them prepare for big financing and ...

City assures funding with looming state of calamity due to dry spell
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-04-01
"For the local sources alone, we have already generated as much as P2.5-Billion taken from the local taxation, fees and charges and income from the economic enterprises while the IRA amounts to P4.7 Billion," Alparaque said. He said that under the ...

House leaders feud over P90-B pork
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-31
MANILA, Philippines -- As President Rodrigo Duterte reviews the 2019 budget, a row is simmering in the ranks of the House of Representatives over the distribution of P90 billion in pork allegedly ...

MORE local government responsibility
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-31
Many LGUs in Metro Manila do not follow this high IRA dependence, they rely more on local taxation, especially on business registration and real property tax (RPT), plus various regulatory fees and charges (table 2). While low IRA dependence by these rich ...

DOLE releases report on alien labor in Pogo
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-31
An SWP is issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to foreigners, who will be working in the country for less than six months, while an AEP may be obtained by foreigners at the DOLE if they will ...

DOLE turns over P4 M fund for marginalized sectors in Sarangani
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-03-31
ALABEL, Sarangani--- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) aims to contribute to the reduction of poverty and the vulnerability to risks of the marginalized sectors of the society by providing them access to livelihood undertakings and opportunities.

Paring Bert's crusade
Rappler - 2019-03-31
For college, he entered the University of Santo Tomas as a biochemistry major ... families as kapwa-tao (fellow being), with deeply connected inner selves, we are open to the possibility of empathy and respect. In the context of pakikipagkapwa-tao ...

Civil society group backs call for pork veto
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-31
But House Majority Leader Fredenil Castro insisted on Saturday that congressmen only itemized lump sums that had also been deemed illegal pork barrel by the Supreme Court. Castro said congressmen ...

O'Rourke officially joins U.S. presidential race, citing 'moment of truth'
Rappler - 2019-03-31
(READ: Split families in limbo amid Trump immigration chaos) If elected he said he would pursue comprehensive immigration reform, reunite immigrant families separated at the border and "bring millions more (undocumented immigrants) out of the shadows."

Young lawyer out to shake up Rizal politics
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-30
SAN MATEO, Rizal -- Coming from a family of lawyers that excels in private practice, Juan Fidel Nograles made a choice that came as a pleasant surprise to the household. It will be a baptism of ...

Young workers at risk of injuries and deaths, says ILO study
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-30
At the same time, the study noted that majority of employers view training on Occupational Safety and Health measures as "time-consuming and a business expense rather than perceiving these ...

U.S. state Georgia passes bill banning first-heartbeat abortion
Rappler - 2019-03-30
MIAMI, USA - The governor of the southern US state of Georgia was expected to sign a bill banning abortion as soon as a heartbeat is detected, after legislators on Friday, March 29 approved the text which Hollywood celebrities vowed to fight. Abortion is ...

BI agents intercept 30 victims of human trafficking at Naia
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-30
MANILA, Philippines - Agents of the Bureau of Immigration intercepted Friday morning at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) 18 women and 12 men who are believed to be victims of human ...

30 undocumented OFWs bound for Middle East intercepted at NAIA
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) -- Thirty undocumented Filipino workers bound for the Middle East were barred from leaving the country by Immigration officials at the Ninoy Aquino ...

Motorbike drivers decry atrocities by NPA rebels
philstar.com - 2019-03-30
Sinas said the people have been awakened to the devil design of the communist party to grab power and bring hardship to the Filipino people by resorting to extortion and revolutionary taxation. The group of Alcover, members of the Tau Gamma Phi ...

Families of five OFWs in Nlex mishap get DOLE cash, livelihood assistance
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-29
In a news conference, the labor chief personally facilitated the release of the P200,000 worth of financial aid from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to each of the family of the ...

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa posts bail for anti-dummy law case
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-29
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) earlier revoked Rappler's certificate of incorporation, or its license to do business ... earlier posted bail for her tax evasion charges.

DOLE told to address issue on illegal foreign workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-29
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) must examine the issue of Chinese laborers working at construction sites in the Philippines, Senator Joel Villanueva said on ...

More businesses, consumers take positive outlook on economy
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 28) -- More businesses and consumers have taken a more positive view on the economy for the first quarter of 2019, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said ...

State spending surges in February despite 2019 budget delay
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-29
The government had been banking on front-loading infrastructure work this quarter, ahead of the 45-day ban on public works starting March 29 ahead of the May 13 midterm elections and weather disturbances next semester. The reenacted national budget left ...

Rappler chief arrested anew, posts bail
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-29
In a statement, Rappler said the issuing of arrest warrants against journalists "has a chilling effect on the freedom of speech, on business, and innovation." "This pattern of harassment against Rappler that started in January 2018, when the ...

Dominguez calls anew for passage of tax reform packages
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-29
The TRABAHO bill or House Bill No. 8083 covers the reduction of corporate income tax and the rationalization of fiscal incentives. Meanwhile, package 2 plus, contained in House Bills No. 8677, 8618 and 8400, proposes to increase excise taxes on tobacco and ...

CA issues TRO aganst RTC-ordered suspension of Iloilo power franchise turnover
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-29
THE Court of Appeals (CA) said it issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) preventing the implementation of a Mandaluyong court order which had barred MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE) from taking over the assets of Panay Electric Company, Inc. (PECO).

DOLE helps families of 13 OFWs killed in NLEX vehicular accident
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-29
In a press conference, he personally facilitated the release of the P200,000 financial aid from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to each of the family of the deceased OFWs.

DOLE to investigate presence of Chinese workers at construction site
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-29
In case it is proven, the supposed Chinese workers do not possess AEPs, they will face possible automatic deportation from the Bureau of Immigration (BI). Bello explained the foreign workers will ...

Villanueva wants law to ensure Filipinos are priority in PH employment
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-29
MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Joel Villanueva on Friday pushed for the passage of a measure that would require Filipino employers to ensure that at least 80 percent of their collective workforce ...

MalacaƱang tells Maria Ressa to stop 'complaining' about arrests
Rappler - 2019-03-29
Rappler counters this interpretation. Meanwhile, the Court of Appeals has asked the SEC to review its decision to revoke Rappler's license, given Omidyar's donation of its shares to Rappler's Filipino managers.

Maria Ressa released on bail, warns vs impact of arrests on business
Rappler - 2019-03-29
MANILA, Philippines - Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa was released on on Friday, March 29, after she posted bail for the 7th time in over a month, this time for alleged violation of the Anti-Dummy Law. Ressa was released Friday afternoon ...

Rappler on latest case: Pattern of harassment has not stopped
Rappler - 2019-03-29
(The Court of Appeals has since ordered the SEC to reevaluate its decision.) Now it casts a wider net to go beyond Maria Ressa and target other members of the Rappler board. Initiated by the justice department, this latest case proves abuse of state power ...

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa arrested for alleged violation of Anti-Dummy Law
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 29) -- Rappler CEO Maria Ressa on Friday was handed a warrant of arrest for allegedly violating the Anti-Dummy Law. Rappler said the arrest warrant was issued ...

Quality of living
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-03-28
In our doctorate program at school, we took a course called Comparative Business Environment in which we, as a class, would assess how the Philippines would compare ... of government and the use of digital technology have an impact on national happiness.

Gunfire rocks Comoros as opposition and government face off
Rappler - 2019-03-28
The women arrested on Thursday were part of a march by roughly 100 activists to the Supreme Court where they were planning to appeal for the results to be nullified. Armed police scattered the protesters, and 12 were arrested for unspecified crimes.

Fair compensation for Japan-bound OFWs assured under new deal
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-28
Bello III said. Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Administrator Bernard P. Olalia said the exact amount of the wages would be spelled out in the standard employment contract (SE ...

Government charges businessman for fake cigarette tax stamps
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-28
The Bureau of Internal Revenue has filed a criminal complaint on Thursday against a Tacloban businessman for the possession of cigarettes bearing fake tax stamps. In its complaint filed with the ...

Makabayan to ask Supreme Court to order withdrawal from Chico River China loan deal
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-28
THE MAKABAYAN BLOC of legislators said it will file on April 3 a petition before the Supreme Court to order the government to withdraw from the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project loan agreement, over questions about its constitutionality. "On April 3 ...

Palace tells critics of China-funded Chico River project to set aside politics
philstar.com - 2019-03-28
The $62-million project, which is expected to provide water supply to more than 8,000 hectares of agricultural land ... or for the development of national wealth, include the gas reserves in Recto Bank, an area off Palawan also known as Reed Bank.

Carpio warns China-Kaliwa Dam deal also uses patrimonial assets as collateral
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 28) -- Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on Thursday issued another warning in relation to controversial loan deals with China. In a chance interview ...

CA orders NBI to justify detention of suspected Abu Sayyaf member
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-28
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to bring a suspected Abu Sayyaf member before the Manila Regional Trial Court and justify ...

Facebook bars white nationalism, stepping up hate speech curbs
Rappler - 2019-03-28
The New Zealand massacre demonstrated the global reach of a white nationalist movement that preaches an imagined "European" ideal, rejects immigration and shares often vicious threats over the internet. Some analysts say it is a cohesive movement bound ...

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