P600 million set for mandatory repatriation of Filipinos in Iraq, Iran and Lebanon as highest alert raised
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-08
What I can assure them is there will be an earnest effort to repatriate them," Bello said. Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) administrator Bernard Olalia said they will also impose the corresponding total deployment ban for the three countries. "POEA will convene this coming Friday to issue the appropriate governing board ...

CA Justice Samuel Gaerlan appointed to Supreme Court
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 8) -- A justice from the Court of Appeals (CA) has been appointed as the newest member of the Supreme Court. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirmed that CA Justice Samuel Gaerlan was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte Wednesday, taking the spot vacated by Diosdado Peralta, who became Chief ...

Duterte appoints new high court justice
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-08
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed a Court of Appeals Justice to the Supreme Court. Appellate court Justice Samuel H. Gaerlan will occupy the post left by Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta after he was promoted. Mr. Gaerlan, who graduated from San Beda College of Law in 1985, will retire in December 2028. He has been serving at the ...

BI: 160 foreign sex offenders barred from entering PH in 2019
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-08
In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, BI port operations division chief Grifton Medina said the foreign sex offenders were intercepted at different international airports in the ...

Duterte appoints CA Justice Gaerlan to Supreme Court
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-08
MANILA, Philippines--President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Court of Appeals Justice Samuel Gaerlan to the Supreme Court, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo announced Wednesday. Gaerlan fills the vacancy in the High Tribunal which was created when then-Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta was named Chief Justice on Oct. 23, 2019.

Bello: Senior labor officials, response teams off to Middle East next week
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-08
MANILA, Philippines -- Senior labor officials along with rapid response teams will be dispatched to several countries in the Middle East to compel overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to return home ...

Duterte appoints fellow Bedan, Court of Appeals justice Samuel Gaerlan to SC
philstar.com - 2020-01-08
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed his fellow Bedan Court of Appeals Associate Justice Samuel Gaerlan to the Supreme Court. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, an ex-officio member of the Judicial and Bar Council, confirmed this in a message to reporters. "[He] will take his oath today," Guevarra added.

PH eyes China, Russia as alternatives for repatriated OFWs from Middle East
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-08
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Wednesday that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who will be repatriated from the Middle East will be referred to alternative labor ...

Palace contingent fund can be tapped to bring home Pinoys in Middle East - DBM
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-08
DBM Assistant Secretary Rolando Toledo told reporters that repatriation funds are available with ?1.29 billion under the Department of Foreign Affairs and around ?600 million under the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). "If this will not be enough, we also have a standby fund where we can tap that is subject to approval of the ...

Mondaq - 2020-01-08
4 There are various intellectual property (IP) rights associated with Fintech and like every other business it is essential that Fintech companies adopt appropriate IP strategies to protect their core innovations. Having a good IP portfolio does not only assist in protecting technical innovations, it also helps to boost the image and value of ...

Petron rolls out fuel-marking program in Bataan refinery
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-08
Since 2018, Petron has been in close coordination with concerned government agencies, namely the Department of Finance, Bureau of Internal Revenue and Bureau of Customs. The fuel marking program aims to plug revenue leakages from oil smuggling by placing a molecular marker on imported, manufactured and refined fuel products, such as gasoline ...

Ban starts on OFWs in Kuwait
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-07
Meanwhile, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said the agency was ready to implement any change in policy, should the Department of Foreign Affairs or the Department of Labor and Employment impose any ...

Duterte urged to stop all-out war, resume peace talks
Bulatlat - 2020-01-07
Bisenio said Caser really means "land reform, developing rural ares, building our own industries, making the environment a conduit not a victim of development, advancing rights and welfare, just taxation and other fiscal policies as well as having an independent economy which will benefit millions of Filipinos." She said that only those who ...

Duterte warns water firms: Accept new deal or get contract canceled
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-07
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte warned Maynilad and Manila Water to accept the new contracts without the "onerous" provisions or get their water contracts canceled, MalacaƱang said Tuesday. Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo, however, noted there is no guarantee that the water concessionaires will not be prosecuted for ...

Quarantine bureau told to be alert for mysterious virus from China
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-07
Grifton Medina, Bureau of Immigration Port Operations Division Chief, said the Philippines is vulnerable to the virus given that there is an influx of Chinese tourists in the country. "I think it's a major impact considering na mayroon tayong [we have an] influx of visitors from China. Chinese tourists is number 2 when it comes to tourist ...

Insurer Must Defend McGraw-Hill in Infringement Case
Law - 2020-01-07
Over the last few years, McGraw-Hill has faced several actions alleging copyright infringement with American International Group Inc. (AIG) affiliated insurers refusing to defend and indemnify. McGraw-Hill had entered into licensing agreements with third-party photographers and stock photography agencies which limited the parameters of the ...

Mondaq - 2020-01-07
Trademarks are an essential intellectual property right in a business enterprise or going concern which can be licenced via a franchise agreement. A trademark is a signifier which is capable of distinguishing the goods and services of one company 8 from those of another. It comprises of logos, designs, drawings, symbols, taglines, numbers ...

PH ready for mass repatriation amid conflict in Middle East - OWWA
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 7)-- The Philippine government is ready to roll out a mass repatriation for Filipinos residing and working in the Middle East in case conflict in the region further escalates. Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) administrator Hans Cacdac said Tuesday the agency is coordinating with other ...

SC suspends work in all Manila courts on January 9
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-07
In a Memorandum dated Jan. 6, 2020, Peralta suspended work in the Supreme Court including the Philippine Judicial Academy (PhilJA) and the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), the Court of Appeals ...

BI starts deployment ban of newly-hired domestic workers to Kuwait
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-07
Medina added the BI implemented the ban after the bureau received a copy of a Jan. 3 resolution released by the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA), which ordered the partial deployment ban of all newly-hired domestic workers to the Gulf state. The partial deployment ban was issued after a domestic helper, Jeanalyn Padernel Villavende ...

Prince's Estate Prevails In Copyright Dispute With YouTuber
Law360 - 2020-01-07
In his 31-page order, Judge Sorokin granted the estate's motion for summary judgment as to its claim of copyright infringement, finding it had "firmly established" infringement. He also granted the estate's motion for summary judgment on Habib's fair use defense and denied Habib's cross-motion for summary judgment on that defense. Habib ...

BI implements ban on Kuwait-bound domestic workers
Philippine Information Agency - 2020-01-07
It was learned that BI implemented the ban after the bureau received a copy of a Jan. 3 resolution from the governing board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) ordering a partial deployment ban of Filipino domestic workers to Kuwait.

CA affirms verdict of perpetually barring Binay Jr. from holding public office
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-06
Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Sombillo Binay Jr. THE Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the decision to perpetually bar former Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay Jr. from holding public office for his reported involvement in the anomalous construction of the P1.3-billion Makati Science High School (MSHS) building. In a 12-page resolution ...

DOF projects all CTRP packages passed in H1
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-06
Package 3 refers to the real property valuation reform bill, which is aimed to establish a single valuation base for taxation to eliminate wide disparities and achieve consistency. Meanwhile, Package 4 or the Passive Income and Financial Taxes or Pifita is expected to simplify the taxation of passive income, financial services and transactions ...

DOLE: Ban on Kuwait stays till charges filed
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-06
Villavende, a Filipino HSW, was reported to have been beaten to death last month, allegedly by her employers. Administrator Bernard P. Olalia of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) explained that the filing of charges is just one of the condition set by Bello for lifting the partial deployment ban. POEA earlier said an ...

US senators see PH justice system differently from PH officials
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-06
Oscar P. Lagman, Jr. is a retired corporate executive, business consultant, and management professor. He has been a politicized citizen since his college days in the late 1950s. Like designer bags, Swiss watches, and bespoke suits, smartphones have become not just a necessity, but a symbol of sophistication, especially among individuals who...

Hostage of business permit
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-06
January is when payment of local business tax is due. It is also the time when some cities flex their power to collect pending or protested local business tax assessments. They threaten not to ...

Pinoys urged to shun travel to Iran, Iraq as tension escalates
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-06
Bureau of Immigration (BI) spokesman Dana Sandoval said they are ready to implement any changes in overseas deployment should the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) impose any new ban to Iraq, Iran, and even to Libya, where the Philippine Embassy has for months been persuading migrant workers to ...

Philippine, Cambodia working on double taxation deal
philstar.com - 2020-01-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines and Cambodia are conducting negotiations for an agreement which seeks to prevent double taxation on individuals or companies covered by both jurisdictions, according to the Department of Finance (DOF). According to the DOF, both countries may soon reach an agreement on double taxation following the second ...

PhilHealth hikes premium for direct paying members
philstar.com - 2020-01-06
CEBU, Philippines -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has released a new contribution schedule for direct contributors. Dina Cinchez, PhilHealth-7 public relations officer, said the new contribution schedule is in accordance with ...

SC junks with finality plea to legalize same-sex marriage
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 6) - The Supreme Court has denied with finality the petition to legalize same-sex marriage in the country, according to a resolution released Monday. The resolution dated Dec. 10 said the motion for reconsideration has no "substantial arguments" that would warrant the reversal of the original decision.

Looming PH-Cambodia tax treaty seen fostering more investments, jobs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-06
MANILA, Philippines -- Two-way investments and employment between the Philippines and Cambodia are seen getting a boost from the double taxation agreement (DTA) that the two countries will likely sign soon. In a statement Monday, the Department of Finance (DOF) said that during negotiations held in Siem Reap last month, Cambodia already ...

DOLE imposes partial deployment ban of OFWs to Kuwait
Gov - 2020-01-06
Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, in a statement said the partial ban was recommended by Labor Attache Nasser Mustafa and approved by Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) through a resolution passed on Friday, January 3, 2020.

1,000 Pinoys in Iraq undocumented
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-05
The DFA also advised Filipinos in Iraq to coordinate closely with the Philippine Embassy and their employers in case ... discussion with migrant groups in Jordan and Qatar that the Filipino workers preferred to work in other countries in the region than be evacuated to the Philippines because jobs were scarce in their own country.

Student loans from banks proposed in House
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-05
Those seeking employment abroad may enter into a similar arrangement with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. Romulo said his proposal would encourage the participation of the private sector, particularly banks, in making funds available to deserving students in need of financial assistance. There is a program similar to the ...

Super special visa
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-05
For example, if a visa applicant intends to enter as a tourist, he must show proof that he can financially sustain and support his entry/stay for "pleasure or business." For students, they must show proof of school acceptance, among others. For investors, they must present a substantial sum of inward remittance to the country. However ...

Govt tracks price hikes amid Mideast tension
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-05
This, as a local labor group also urged government to suspend the new round of taxes for fuels-- which took effect on January 1, 2020, as part of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law--to "cushion" the expected surge in its prices in the international market amid the escalating tension between the United States (US ...

Middle East OFWs to get aid if repatriated
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Should rising tensions prompt the repatriation of Filipino migrant workers in Iran and Iraq, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) assured that job opportunities ...

Youth, future of agriculture
Sun Star - 2020-01-05
He said the agency has been streamlining programs that would involve the youth in the complete value-chain. The Department of Labor and Employment JobsFit 2022 Labor Market Information Regional Report bared that in Davao Region, there is a current demand ...

Immigration chief vows to improve service in 2020
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-05
MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is looking to improve its service delivery for 2020, Commissioner Jaime Morente said on Sunday. Morente said the innovations that had been ...

Judge halts salary hike for minimum wage earners in Bohol
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-05
TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Philippines -- A trial court judge has stopped the implementation of the salary adjustments for minimum wage earners in Bohol province which was supposed to take effect on Sunday. Judge Jorge Cabalit of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 48 in Bohol ordered the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board in ...

Judge wants More Power vs Peco case tried outside of Iloilo
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-05
This acknowledgment from Amular stemmed from the administrative complaint filed against him at the Supreme Court by More Power President Roel Castro and company lawyer Hector Teodosio. The ...

Suspend excise taxes on fuel amid growing tensions in Middle East -- labor group
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-05
MANILA, Philippines - A labor group has asked the administration to suspend the excise taxes on fuel products, as tensions grow in the oil-rich Middle East due to the recent United States (US) airstrike. According to the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), President Rodrigo Duterte should stop the third tranche and the other already ...

Go files Senate bill creating Davao-based 6th division of NLRC
Philippine Information Agency - 2020-01-05
Senate Bill (SB) No. 1254, which intends to amend the relevant provisions of the Labor Code of the Philippines, also requires the addition of three more commissioners since each division of the NLRC is composed of three members. "The creation of an ...

Swift action
philstar.com - 2020-01-04
The first five months of the House of Representatives under the 18th Congress have been generally controversy-free, but the large number of quality bills passed in so short a time and without fanfare may have been enough to restore trust and confidence in the institution. According to Deputy Speaker and Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero Pichay, the ...

Locsin: No mention of denying visa to De Lima jailers in 2020 US budget
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr. said Saturday that the United States Appropriations Act of 2020 did not implement visa ban against those involved in detaining Senator Leila de Lima, who is currently jailed at Camp Crame for drug-related charges. "We looked at the US Appropriations Act, there ...

Kin of 58th Maguindanao massacre victim wants Ampatuans to pay for his death, too
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 3) -- The fight for justice continues for the family of photojournalist Reynaldo "Bebot" Momay, whom the court ruled was not among the 57 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre. Momay's family served notice to the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 that they are heading to the Court of Appeals ...

Reggae Artist Drops Miley Cyrus 'Can't Stop' Copyright Suit
Law360 - 2020-01-04
Law360 (January 3, 2020, 8:03 PM EST) -- A Jamaican reggae artist on Friday dropped his copyright infringement lawsuit alleging Miley Cyrus' 2013 hit "We Can't Stop" ripped off his earlier track, less than a year after a Manhattan federal judge refused to toss the case. The parties filed an agreement on Friday to discontinue with prejudice the ...

Reggae Artist Drops Miley Cyrus 'Can't Stop' Copyright Suit
Law360 - 2020-01-04
Law360 (January 3, 2020, 8:03 PM EST) -- A Jamaican reggae artist on Friday dropped his copyright infringement lawsuit alleging Miley Cyrus' 2013 hit "We Can't Stop" ripped off his earlier track, less than a year after a Manhattan federal judge refused to toss the case. The parties filed an agreement on Friday to discontinue with prejudice the ...

DOLE stops sending maids to Kuwait
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-04
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Friday formally banned the deployment of newly hired domestic workers in Kuwait, as government officials await the result of the investigation into the death of yet another Filipino household worker in the Gulf state. The deployment ban and moratorium on the accreditation and processing of individual ...

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