OFW deployment ban to Kuwait, partially lifted
Gov - 5 months ago
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III recommended to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board the relaxation of the deployment ban after the Kuwaiti government agreed to sign an agreement on the standard employment contract ...

No Pinoys in new confirmed 2019-nCoV cases on cruise ship in Japan - DFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 5 months ago
MANILA, Philippines - No Filipino was among the 10 new confirmed 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) patients aboard a cruise ship currently docked in Yokohama, Japan, the Department of Foreign ...

PPA bans disembarkation of vessel crews from nCoV-hit China
Gov - 5 months ago
PPA is also in close coordination with Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Security vessel boarding teams so that essential information that may need swift action could be provided to the ground personnel. The agency has likewise started to establish ...

Bello to recommend partial lifting of Kuwait deployment ban
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 5 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Wednesday said he would recommend the partial lifting of the deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait. "I had a ...

PH reopens labor negotiations with Kuwait
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 5 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has reopened negotiations with Kuwait to improve the employment contracts of around 150,000 Filipino domestic helpers, amid a total deployment ban and yet another murder of a Filipino maid by her employers. Bello arrived in Kuwait on Feb. 1 with Labor Undersecretary Claro Arellano ...

Is intellectual property law a good career choice?
The Jamaica Observer - 5 months ago
Chad Lawrence, associate of Samuda & Johnson, attorney-at-law, helped them arrive at an asnwer when he spoke Monday about the importance of the practice of intellectual property law not just in Jamaica but across the world. Lawrence advised that the market for the specialisation is vibrant, especially in an area when the average person is ...

NEDA-8: Significant drop in E. Visayans who are poor in 2018 due to improved labor market conditions, other reforms
Gov - 5 months ago
TACLOBAN CITY, Feb. 2 (PIA) -- The remarkable reduction in poverty incidence in Eastern Visayas in 2018 can be largely attributed to the improved labor market conditions and other institutional reforms that increased incomes of the households, according to ...

Trump curbs immigrants from 6 nations in election-year push
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 5 months ago
The State Department uses a computer drawing to select people from ... compliance with minimum standards for identification and information-sharing, and assessed whether countries properly tracked ...

What Brexit Will Mean For Intellectual Property Law
Law360 - 5 months ago
Law360 (January 31, 2020, 8:45 PM EST) -- The United Kingdom's official withdrawal from the European Union on Friday won't immediately disrupt intellectual property law, but it may lead to a divergence on internet copyright policy, complicate plans for Europewide patents and alter trademark strategies in the years to come. Here's a primer for ...

DOLE: What companies, staff should do amid virus alert
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 5 months ago
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has called on employers to establish precautionary measures at the workplace to prevent the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV), following the Department of Health (DOH) confirmation on Thursday of the first nCoV case in the country. Among other initiatives, Bello said companies should provide ...

Ensuring Safe & Lawful E-Commerce for US Consumers, Businesses, Government Supply Chains, and Intellectual Property Rights
The White House - 5 months ago
It is the policy of the United States Government to protect consumers, intellectual property rights holders, businesses, and workers from counterfeit goods, narcotics (including synthetic opioids such as fentanyl), and other contraband now being introduced into the United States as a result of the recent growth in e-commerce. The United ...

Lawmaker takes up cudgels for nurses, teachers who are yet to receive pay
BusinessMirror - 5 months ago
Unlike other public-sector personnel, nurses will get a bigger adjustment because of a Supreme Court ruling last October entitling them to Salary Grade 15 or P32,053 a month. At present, they are receiving Salary Grade 11 pay, which is P22,316. "Government nurses are thus entitled to an increase of at least P9,737 in their basic monthly ...

Filipinos on surgical mask frenzy mode as PH confirms first novel coronavirus case
CNN Philippines - 5 months ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 31) - Since the Philippines reported its first case of the novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, fear of catching the respiratory disease caused by the deadly virus has spread quickly. CNN Philippines learned that medical supply stores in Manila, Pagadian City and Bukidnon have run out surgical masks amid ...

DILG to LGU's: Create Novel Corona Virus Task Forces to meet world health threat
Gov - 5 months ago
QUEZON CITY, Jan. 31 (PIA) -- Amid the world health threat of novel Corona Virus (2019 nCoV) and its first reported case in the Philippines, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has advised all local government units (LGUs) to create their respective Corona Virus Task Forces to help contain the spread of the disease in the ...

Total deployment ban ?to Kuwait approved
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 5 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine government will stop sending Filipino workers to Kuwait following the violent death of household service worker Jeanelyn Villavende, according to a resolution approved on Wednesday by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), and announced the same day by the Department of Labor and ...

NY Judge Sanctions 'Notorious' Atty In Barneys Copyright Suit
Law360 - 5 months ago
Law360 (January 29, 2020, 9:55 PM EST) -- A New York federal judge sanctioned attorney Richard Liebowitz $10,000 Wednesday for not verifying that a photograph of musician Lou Reed was registered before filing a copyright infringement suit against Barneys New York and fashion label Enfants Riches Deprimes, in the latest altercation with a ...

SEC warns public on 3 investment scams
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 5 months ago
citing the Supreme Court ruling in the case of Securities and Exchange Commission v. Oudine Santos (G.R. No. 195542, 19 March 2014). The SEC said the names of those involved would also be reported ...

BI designates special team to handle Filipinos coming from China
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 5 months ago
MANILA, Philippines-A dedicated team of Immigration personnel will handle the formalities for Filipinos returning from Wuhan and other areas in China affected by the 2019 novel coronavirus, Justice Undersecretary and DOJ spokesperson Markk Perete said Wednesday. "A dedicated team of immigration officers will conduct the immigration ...

GMA 7 takes labor case to SC
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 5 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Broadcast giant GMA Network has asked the Supreme Court to reverse a Court of Appeals decision declaring about 100 of its "talents" as regular employees. In a petition for review on certiorari dated January 20, GMA Network through its CEO Felipe Gozon said the appellate court "gravely erred" when it affirmed the ...

BoC warns oil firms to comply with fuel marking program by February
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 5 months ago
Maronilla said the Customs has so far marked 2.5 billion liters of fuel across various facilities of oil companies nationwide. "Sa ngayon, nakapag-marka na ang Bureau of Customs at ang Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) ng humigit kumulang na 2.5 bilyon angkat na gawang langis sa 24 na mga terminal sa batangas, dalawang refinery kasama ang mga ...

Villanueva wants review of deployment ban for household service workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 5 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Joel Villanueva said Tuesday that he is pushing for a review of deployment ban for household service workers (HSWs) in other countries not just in Kuwait, where a Filipina worker died in the hands of her employer. "Well, right now, right now is a total deployment ban. But we have HSWs out there right now.

After a tough few months for McDonald's, new CEO makes his public debut
CNN Philippines - 5 months ago
Even though the lawsuits may not make much of an impact on McDonald's bottom line, they could eat away at its reputation. And they could make it harder for McDonald's to recruit talent in a tight labor market. "That's one of the biggest challenges in the restaurant space," Hottovy said. "This could make employee recruitment and retention more ...

SF-Based Litigation Funder Legalist Backs Atari's Copyright Campaign
Law - 5 months ago
Litigation finance firm Legalist is funding game development company Atari Interactive in its ongoing trademark and copyright infringement lawsuits. "We respect intellectual property, and fighting copyright infringement is important," Frederic Chesnais, CEO of Atari SA, said in a statement. "Partnering with Legalist enables us to bring ...

Litigation Finance Firm Legalist Funds Atari to Pursue Copyright Lawsuits
Law - 5 months ago
Litigation finance firm Legalist is funding game development company Atari Interactive in its ongoing trademark and copyright infringement lawsuits. "We respect intellectual property, and fighting copyright infringement is important," Frederic Chesnais, CEO of Atari SA, said in a statement. "Partnering with Legalist enables us to bring ...

Employers of slain OFW in Kuwait charged with murder
CNN Philippines - 5 months ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 28) -- The employers of slain Filipina domestic worker Jeanelyn Villavende are now facing murder charges in Kuwait. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III in a Senate hearing on Tuesday disclosed that he has been informed of the filing of a criminal case against the Kuwaiti couple. "Just today I was informed ...

Inquirer Property gives back
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 5 months ago
Or, at the very least, provide some relief to those who are involved in real estate industry. For instance, with the support of its partners and advertisers, Inquirer Property conducted a surprise activity during Labor Day to pay homage to the construction workers. Inquirer Property has also been working nonstop to ensure that homes and ...

As PHL stays free from nCoV, Cabinet panel lays down measures
BusinessMirror - 5 months ago
Also present to discuss updates on the 2019-nCoV were representatives from attached agencies, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Civil Aviation Authority and Civil Aviation Board, and the Philippine Coast Guard, as well as officials from the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO Country ...

SC prods Makati Court to resolve adoption case for a 7-year-old child
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 5 months ago
MANILA, Philippines-Taking into consideration the welfare of an abandoned child, seven-year-old child, the Supreme Court has ordered the Makati City Regional Trial Court to proceed "with dispatch" the adoption proceedings by her foster parents. The child was born on Dec. 13, 2012 in Tuguegarao City. She was barely 22 days when she was ...

Bureau of Immigration halts visas on arrival for Chinese on virus fears
InterAksyon - 5 months ago
"We are taking this proactive measure to slow down travel, and possibly help prevent the entry of the 2019-nCoV," Jaime Morente, the commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration, said in a statement, referring to the virus. There is no order barring Chinese nationals from entering the Philippines, however, Morente added. He did not say when ...

Bulacan waters healthier a year after cleanup
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 5 months ago
"The mission impossible to clean up Manila Bay is now a mission possible," Moreno said. The Manila Bay cleanup complies with a 2016 writ of mandamus issued by the Supreme Court to make the bay fit for fishing and swimming. --CARMELA REYES-ESTROPE INQ

Is Citira ready to tax the digital economy?
BusinessMirror - 5 months ago
But whether that income can be taxed is another matter. Our current Tax Code says that an income from the performance of a service is taxed only if performed in the country. The same rule was carried in Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (Citira) under House Bill 304. The determining factor to tax is the place where the ...

OFWs in South Korea to receive pay increase beginning this month
BusinessMirror - 5 months ago
"Effective on January 1, 2020, employees in Korea, regardless of their employment status, or nationality, will now receive an hourly minimum wage of 8,580 Korean won from the 8,350 won hourly rate in 2019," the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said in an advisory. POEA said this translates into a monthly minimum wage ...

GDP growth and Fidel Nemenzo support growth
BusinessWorld - 5 months ago
Ferdinand Manegdeg, Dean of the UP College of Engineering, who has no PhD ... The Chancellor would be busy positioning UPD in the forefront of advance science and technology research, and teaching to help prepare the country in the current Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe) and artificial intelligence (AI) advances. Outmoded claims of commie ...

UK: Brexit And Intellectual Property - Q1 2020
Mondaq - 5 months ago
and the EU Withdrawal Bill having been passed by the UK Parliament, the UK will now formally leave the EU on 31 January 2020. Our Brexit team look at how Britain's changing relationship with the EU will impact key forms of intellectual property, including patents, trade marks and designs.

Consunji firms to buy back units in quake-damaged condos at 125% to 150% of purchase cost, from 200% as demanded
MindaNews - 5 months ago
Utility room on the ground floor of Verdon Parc, post-quake. Photo by JAMES PATOC It also said that for title-transferred accounts, the unit owner will shoulder the 6% capital gains tax but remittance to the Bureau of Internal Revenue will be facilitated by DMCI Homes. The offer to refund, it added, "shall terminate once (OCBO) allows the ...

DOE keeps close eye on TRAIN Law implementation
Gov - 5 months ago
This accounts to over ten percent of the 9,003 retail outlets nationwide. The DOE assures the public that it will continue monitoring retail outlets and their implementation of the taxation scheme to uphold the best interests of all consumers.(DOE)

India: Netflix Faces Copyright Infringement Suit For Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator
Mondaq - 5 months ago
Netflix is facing a copyright infringement suit for its documentary Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator. Ghosh's Yoga College, based in Kolkata, claims video footage and photographs used in the documentary belongs to the institute, and demands its immediate removal. The documentary showcases certain footage from of Bikram learning yoga and attending ...

DENR cites gains in Manila Bay cleanup
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 5 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The waters of Manila Bay, world-famous for its sunset, have shown signs of improvement a year after the environment department and other government agencies launched a drive to clean up what has been called a "gigantic septic tank." Officials touted Baseco Compound, a huge slum by the bay in Tondo, Manila, as one of ...

POEA allows Filipino workers to go home, return to Libya
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 5 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has allowed the issuance of overseas employment certificate (OEC) or exit clearance to Filipino workers who intend to go home to the Philippines and return to their jobs in Libya on certain conditions. The POEA governing board chaired by Labor Secretary Silvestre ...

BIR RDO 24 conducts relief ops for Taal disaster-stricken Pinoys
BusinessMirror - 5 months ago
OFFICIALS and employees of Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)-Valenzuela or Revenue District Office (RDO) 24 conducted relief operations for those affected by the Taal Volcano eruption in Batangas. Rufo B. Ranario, head of RDO 24, said that they distributed canned goods, bottled water, blankets, toiletries and slippers to the residents of San ...

Pimentel: Up to Palace, Senate to declare Angkas owner persona non grata
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 5 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III said Sunday that he would just let MalacaƱang and his colleagues in the Senate decide the fate of the Singaporean owner of motorcycle taxi service Angkas, whose deportation he earlier sought. Pimentel, head of the Senate foreign relations committee, said he was just expressing his ...

CA delays payment of arrears by shuttered AMA Rural Bank
BusinessMirror - 5 months ago
State-run Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) has announced that the payment of deposit insurance to more than 8,000 depositors of the shuttered AMA Rural Bank of Mandaluyong Inc. will have to wait longer as the Court of Appeals (CA) issued a writ of preliminary injunction preventing them from further pursuing deposit insurance and ...

Higher FDI seen with CITIRA in place
BusinessWorld - 5 months ago
The Philippine central bank expects FDI net inflows to hit $8.8 billion this year, higher than its $6.8 billion target for 2019. Cheuk Wan Fan, chief market strategist for Asia at the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp., earlier said Philippine FDI this year would probably remain at the same level if uncertainties about the proposed income tax ...

EU removes Philippines from priority watchlist
philstar.com - 5 months ago
MANILA, Philippines --The European Union (EU) has removed the Philippines in its list of countries with weak intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement. While the Philippines was removed from the priority list, the EU said it would closely monitor developments in the country. "The Philippines was removed from the priority ...

LGU tax collections in 9 months to Sept. top P200B
BusinessWorld - 5 months ago
TAX collections by local government units (LGU) topped P200 billion in the nine months to September, with nearly half consisting of business taxes, the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) said. LGU overall collection efficiency rose to 84% during the ...

POEA sets rules on Tripoli deployment
BusinessWorld - 5 months ago
The Filipino worker may also have to attend urgent banking and financing transactions, file a court case or appear in court hearings, the agency said. The Philippine embassy can also determine other valid grounds for the exemption. Last year, the Foreign ...

?6.42-B taxes seized from erring POGOs in 2019
CNN Philippines - 5 months ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 26) - The government collected ?6.42 billion in total taxes from Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) and their service providers in 2019, the Department of Finance (DOF) said over the weekend. This amount was ?4.04 billion or 169 percent more than the collected ?2.38 billion worth of tax ...

BIR halts tax filling, payments in Batangas due to Taal eruption
CNN Philippines - 5 months ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 25) -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has suspended the deadlines for the filling and payment of tax returns in Batangas province in consideration of the impact of the eruption of Taal Volcano. In a revenue memorandum circular no. 7-2020 dated Jan. 14, BIR recommended the temporary suspension of tax ...

Exporters told to build own profitable market niche, focus on indirect sales
BusinessMirror - 5 months ago
The paper said Philippine SMEs are having difficulty competing with companies from other Asean and East Asian countries. "The lower cost of labor and the bigger government support that SMEs enjoy in competitor countries compared to the Philippines are making it harder for Philippine SMEs to compete in international markets. Given that these ...

Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 5 months ago
President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the imposition of a total deployment ban on Kuwait-bound Filipino workers amid findings that a slain Filipina domestic worker was also sexually abused.

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