Special job program for senior citizens to be launched at PUP
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
Under the bill, the private sector is also encouraged to hire senior citizens and in return, they shall be entitled to an additional tax deduction from their gross income equivalent to 70 percent of the total amount paid as wages to senior citizens, subject to compliance or the pertinent provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. /je

Police arrest 23 rallyists in strike vs. food company
CNN Philippines - 4 weeks ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 10) -- Police on Saturday arrested 23 protesters, rallying against Regent Foods Corporation in the company's production plants in Taguig and Pasig City.

Canada case poses question: Is US immigration system safe?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
CHAMPLAIN, New York -- In the looming darkness, the Nigerian family of four, including two children carrying stuffed animals and a violin case, climbed out of a taxi at the end of a dead-end road ...

The Weeknd Can't Trim Songwriters' Suit Over 'A Lonely Night'
Law360 - 4 weeks ago
The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel M. Tesfaye, along with a number of business and musical partners, had sought to knock out claims of state law violations and secondary copyright infringement brought by Brian Clover, Scott McCulloch and Billy Smith, who said The Weeknd copied their 2005 song "I Need To Love." But U.S. District Judge Percy ...

Championing skills for a globally competitive nation
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
This also has implications on the education system where we are seeing a shift from the traditional, full-time, first-time student to a part-time, returning student looking at continuing education. In the labor market where ... sector inclusion in the PQF National Coordinating Council, and we look forward to seeing the wheels put into motion.

SC chief: QC judge followed rules in issuing warrants
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
As far as the Supreme Court is concerned, Peralta said no formal complaint had been filed against Quezon City Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Cecilyn Burgos-Villavert. Villavert issued search warrants on the offices of leftist groups in Bacolod City and Escalante town in Negros Occidental and security forces rounded up 57 group members on ...

VACC files homicide raps vs Aquino anew
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
VACC filed the complaint-affidavit despite a recent unanimous ruling of the Supreme Court last month that "there is no probable cause to charge private respondents with reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide."--PATRICIA DENISE M. CHIU

Iranian beauty queen granted refugee status
philstar.com - 4 weeks ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) has granted refugee status to Iranian beauty queen Bahareh Zare Bahari, who has been staying at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 since Oct. 17. Bahari, 31, earlier filed a petition for asylum with the Refugee and Stateless Persons Protection Unit (RSPPU) of the DOJ.

SC extends Maguindanao massacre ruling deadline
BusinessMirror - 4 weeks ago
The Supreme Court has granted the request of the judge handling the Maguindanao massacre case for more time to come up with a decision. Speaking to newsmen on Friday, Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta said the court considered the huge volume of evidence and parties in the case in giving a 30-day extension to Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC ...

SSS eyes special program for informal sector workers
philstar.com - 4 weeks ago
MANILA, Philippines -- State-run Social Security System (SSS) said yesterday it is considering the creation of a special program which will cater to Filipinos employed in the informal sector. In a statement, SSS president and chief executive officer Aurora Ignacio said the state pension fund would beef up its efforts to reach out to informal ...

Maguindanao massacre ruling out by December 20
BusinessWorld - 4 weeks ago
THE Supreme Court has extended the deadline for a ruling on a decade-old case where more than 50 people were massacred in Maguindanao province, Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta said on Friday. "We allowed her to have an extension of one month," the chief magistrate told CNN Philippines, referring to the trial judge who sought the extension.

DOJ grants asylum request of Iranian beauty queen
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
MANILA, Philippines-The Philippine government has granted the asylum request of Iranian beauty queen Bahareh Zare Bahari. "You are hereby informed that you are recognized as a refugee under the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol in a decision, dated 06 November 2019," read the resolution issued by the ...

Baguio nurses rally for salary hike
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
"We work like zombies taking care of 40 to 60 patients for 16 hours, but the government has not given that value to our sacrifices," said Carmen Bolinto, Baguio chapter president of the Philippine Nurses Association. A retired nurse, Bolinto said the nursing community has been ... of the Cordilleras College of Nursing.

Removing tariffs would reduce recession risk
CNN Philippines - 4 weeks ago
(CNN) -- The trade war is doing so much damage to the world economy that the United States and China might just roll back some of their destructive tariffs. That's just what is needed to avoid a recession. On Thursday, China revealed that the two sides are talking not only about avoiding an escalation scheduled for December, but removing some ...

Relatives of some SAF 44 ask Ombudsman to revive homicide complaint vs. ex-president Noynoy Aquino
CNN Philippines - 4 weeks ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) - The fight is not yet over for relatives of some of the 44 police commandos killed in Mamasapano, Maguindanao four years ago, as they sought to reopen the investigation on the botched operation. Five complainants, with the help of advocacy group Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption, filed Friday a petition ...

Impartial SC justices show true colors in upcoming UP-UST game
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
MANILA, Philippines-Justices of the Supreme Court have shown their biases on a ... Leonen even used the hashtag #UPFight. He is a graduate of the UP College of Law and also served as UP Law Dean.

Investment scam spotting
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
Emilio Aquino was at one time the youngest director of the former prosecution and enforcement and nontraditional securities and instruments departments of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He returned to SEC as commissioner in 2016 and was appointed chair in 2018, serving a seven-year term. Q: What have you discovered about the ...

Trade department lays out plans for onset of advanced manufacturing
BusinessWorld - 4 weeks ago
DTI is working with the Department of Labor and Employment and Technical Education and Skills ... Edillon said a chapter in the current Philippine Development Plan is dedicated to advancing science, technology, and innovation. "Although we keep on ...

Additional benefits for SUC teachers pushed
Sun Star - 4 weeks ago
CLARK FREEPORT -- The Citizens' Battle Against Corruption (Cibac) Party-list is pushing for additional benefits for instructors and professors in state universities and colleges (SUCs) and state-run technical and vocational institutions (TechVoc ... and Philippine Accrediting Association on Schools, Colleges and Universities (Paascu).

Lawmaker to Pagcor, BIR: Disclose real revenues generated by Pogos
BusinessMirror - 4 weeks ago
A member of the House Committee on Games and Amusements on Tuesday urged on the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to disclose the real revenues generated by Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (Pogos). Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Lyndon S. Barbers said in a statement he wants these ...

Employers, labor split on twin-bill SOT tack
BusinessMirror - 4 weeks ago
TO boost the chances of passing the security of tenure (SOT) bill, employers are now proposing for its provisions to be separated in two different legislations. Philippine Society of Management Services Inc. representative Danilo L. Patron made the proposal at the hearing of the Labor and Employment Committee of the House of Representatives on ...

Electronics exports could hit $40B for 2019
BusinessMirror - 4 weeks ago
Exports of electronic parts could hit an all-time high of $40 billion by the end of the year should it grow by over 3 percent in the fourth quarter, according to an industry leader. Danilo C. Lachica, president of the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation Inc. (Seipi), said the electronics industry is ...

House probe of influx of bogus Pogos sought
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
In a statement, Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers also called on the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. and the Bureau of Internal Revenue to account for and disclose in public the real revenues that Pogos have provided to the national treasury. --Melvin Gascon

Gordon: BI must ensure foreigners in PH not into drugs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration must ensure that foreigners entering the Philippines are not involved in the illegal drug trade, Sen. Richard Gordon said on Wednesday. In a speech before the plenary, Gordon said the bureau should make sure that the intentions of those entering the country were "not criminal or degenerate."

Trade war fails to bring promise to manufacturing
BusinessWorld - 4 weeks ago
The semiconductor industry accounts for more than half of Philippine exports. The proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act now being reviewed by the Senate will rationalize tax incentives and gradually lower corporate income tax. "Our operating, power and logistics costs are higher so it helps to have incentives," he ...

New guidelines for tax exemption of non-stock non-profits
BusinessWorld - 4 weeks ago
Section 30 corporations include (1) labor, agriculture or horticultural organizations not organized principally for profit; (2) mutual savings banks not having capital stock represented by shares, and cooperative banks without capital stock organized and operated for mutual purposes and without profit; (3) beneficiary society orders or ...

POEA to recruitment agencies: Report state of OFWs or face sanction
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 4 weeks ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on Wednesday reminded local and foreign recruitment agencies to monitor the condition and submit a report on the status of deployed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). POEA Administrator Bernard P. Olalia said Republic Act 8042, as amended, states that failure to ...

7,699 out of 8,245 complete first Sunday of 2019 Bar exams
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
Then, one graduate opted not to take the second subject in the afternoon which is Labor Law and Social Legislation. If a law graduate fails to take any of the eight subjects in the examinations, he or she is automatically disqualified for the entire examinations. The OBC is the office that administers the annual bar examinations for the Supreme ...

'We are a humanitarian organization,' Oxfam stresses after AFP labels them terrorist front
philstar.com - 1 month ago
Members of several rights groups and the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers sought relief from the Court of Appeals against red-tagging as they said that their rights to life, liberty and security have been violated by "persistent threats and harassment, and red-tagging." The court junked their pleas.

PHL Tax Academy soon to rise in New Clark City
BusinessMirror - 1 month ago
Under the law, all existing officials and personnel of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, BOC and BLGF shall be required to undergo the re-tooling and enhancement seminars and training programs to be conducted by the PTA. The law also requires all applicants to these bureaus to pass the basic courses before they can be hired whether on contractual ...

BI to resume stamping on China-issued e-passports
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Wednesday announced that it will resume the affixing of arrival and departure stamps on China-issued e-passports. In a statement, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said BI officers stationed in different ports will be allowed to affix such stamps adjacent to a Philippine visa on the said e ...

The presidential election is a year from now. Here's what that means for stocks
CNN Philippines - 1 month ago
(CNN) - The next US presidential election is a year away. Although we don't know which Democrat will face President Trump next year, it's not too soon to start thinking about what the election will mean for investors. History suggests that the market will be bumpy in the first half of 2020 but ultimately settle down once it's clear who the ...

Updates on the creation of a department for overseas Filipinos
BusinessMirror - 1 month ago
There is an impression among the congressmen present that the JSL provision enshrined in the rules and regulations of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and in existing laws revolve solely around money claims. To my mind, it goes beyond that. It is the proverbial sword in the scabbard that the State in behalf of aggrieved ...

Big business pools resources for Mindanao
philstar.com - 1 month ago
In addition, PDRF deployed a team to Cotabato to coordinate relief work. PDRF is a business network launched in 2009 as a response to the devastation caused by Typhoon Ondoy. It is envisioned to act as a self-sufficient operations hub that would ensure ...

Bacolod department heads defend proposed budget
Sun Star - 1 month ago
She said the budget proposal of City Health Office (CHO) also increased by 15 percent from P143 million this year to P169 million; Bacolod City College from P51 million this year to P59 million ... "There were increases on their budget proposals to purchase more equipment, medicine, and the salary of personnel among others," she added.

Salt is not 'a sin,' groups opposed to tax to curb consumption of salty food stress
philstar.com - 1 month ago
On the other hand, most tobacco products yield an excise tax of P1.75 on each kilogram of tobacco products. Erring manufacturers or importers are handed penalties in the form of summary cancellations or withdrawals of their business permits. As of January 2017, cigarettes packed by machine were taxed P30 per pack. The taxation rates have ...

Robinsons Retail profit slips in Q3 despite bigger sales
CNN Philippines - 1 month ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 5)-- Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. saw profits slip in the third quarter, even as it posted a double-digit increase in net sales. In a disclosure, the Gokongwei-led firm said it booked a ?1.25-billion net income, about a tenth lower than the ?1.39 billion it made a year during July-September 2018.

The economic employer rule
BusinessMirror - 1 month ago
And will the assignment result in doing business or the creation of a permanent establishment for the foreign employer/assignor in the host country? The proper determination of the characteristics of the assignment will usually give the answers to these questions. We will discuss more on the tax implications in a subsequent article in this column.

Migrant workers in Taiwan demand abolishment of broker system
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
TAIPEI -- Migrant workers from Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines staged separate protests in Taipei on Sunday to demand the abolishment of all placement agencies and the enforcement of a ...

Public warned vs jobs posted on fake POEA pages
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on Tuesday warned job seekers against jobs posted on fake social media pages using the name of the government agency. POEA Administrator Bernard P. Olalia said the fake Facebook pages use the name and logo of POEA to advertise employment vacancies in countries like ...

Almost 300 Chinese illegal workers deported
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
Before they were deported, the illegal Chinese nationals were temporarily detained in an inn in Puerto Princesa, which was secured by the BI and Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command. /jpv

Cops raid Manila office of Bayan; nab 3 activists for guns, explosive
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Police raided on Tuesday the office of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) in Manila and arrested three activists for alleged possession of guns and an explosive, according to rights group Karapatan. Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas, acting director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), identified the three ...

DOLE condemns killing of its Manila officer
CNN Philippines - 1 month ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 5) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) mourned the death of its Manila field officer who was reportedly gunned down by unidentified suspects on board a motorcycle. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III condemned the brutal killing of Ellen Dacanay on Monday. She was reportedly driving in ...

Higher cigarette prices fail to stop Filipinos from smoking
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
A P5 increase will be implemented annually till it reaches P60 in 2023. Thereafter, a 5-percent annual increase will be imposed. But apart from taxation, the UN task force noted that more measures should be considered given that on average, cigarette smokers consume 11 cigarettes a day. Such strategies include increasing the minimum age for ...

SMEs and intellectual property rights: Long-awaited pairing to improve legal values, boost employment
The Financial Express - 1 month ago
With its 11 modules ranging from basic to advanced levels and varied multimedia offerings and a mobile app, the platform is poised to transform IPR understanding for MSMEs. It will not only improve the legal and ethical values of the India MSME space but also strengthen the employment and national output figures of the MSME sector in the long run.

Asian markets follow Wall Street rise on US jobs data
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
BEIJING -- Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher Monday after unexpectedly strong U.S. jobs data helped to soothe worries American factory activity was weaker than forecast. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Hong Kong, South Korea and Southeast Asia advanced. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. The Labor Department said American ...

Divining the future of tourism work
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 month ago
Tourism is one of the most labor-intensive industries, accounting for one in every 11 jobs in the Philippines. It accounts for more than 12 percent of gross domestic product, but more importantly, it is also one of the most inclusive. It provides jobs not only to the well-educated executives of hotels and resorts for instance, but also ...

Former Supreme Court justice brings integrity, wealth of experience to Cocolife
philstar.com - 1 month ago
As an associate justice of the Court of Appeals, he received recognition for having achieved zero backlog in his docket, with 95 percent of his decisions affirmed by the Supreme Court, a feat very few have achieved. After his retirement from the Judiciary, he was chosen to be a member of the Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution

Inchoate displays of anger
BusinessWorld - 1 month ago
Amelia H. C. Ylagan is a Doctor of Business Administration from the University of the Philippines. The Italian SuperEnalotto lottery is currently offering a EUR205.4 million jackpot prize, which is the biggest jackpot anywhere in the world at the moment...

NUPL asks Supreme Court to review rule on search warrants
CNN Philippines - 1 month ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 3) -- The National Union of People's Lawyers (NUPL) is asking the Supreme Court to review its rules on the issuance of search warrants in light of recent arrests made in Manila as well as Bacolod City. In a statement released Sunday, NUPL questioned the the arrests of dozens of activists during what it ...

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