BIR RDO 24 conducts relief ops for Taal disaster-stricken Pinoys
BusinessMirror - 2 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 ...

Higher FDI seen with CITIRA in place
BusinessWorld - 2 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 ...

POEA sets rules on Tripoli deployment
BusinessWorld - 2 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 ...

Lacson presses SC to rule on international agreements like VFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
MANILA, Philippines-- Senator Panfilo Lacson pressed the Supreme Court on Friday to rule soonest on the issue whether or not the President can unilaterally terminate a treaty or a ...

Worldwide: World Intellectual Property Report 2019
Mondaq - 2 months ago
Earlier this month the World Intellectual Property Organization released its biennial report on the global state of innovation and intellectual property. A key finding was that innovative activity was increasingly collaborative and transnational, while originating in a few large clusters located in a small number of countries. The report ...

US to impose visas restrictions for pregnant women
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is coming out Thursday with new visa restrictions aimed at restricting "birth tourism," in which women travel to the U.S. to give birth so their ...

OWWA launches Task Force Taal Libreng Tawag in Alfonso, Cavite
Gov - 2 months ago
PASAY CITY, Jan. 22--The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has put up Task Force Taal Libreng Tawag to offer domestic and international calls, a charging station, free Wi-Fi, and other ancillary services to Taal evacuees sheltered in evacuation centers in Cavite and Batangas. For its pilot operation Monday, January 20, the OWWA ...

With love, from the Bangsamoro
BusinessMirror - 2 months ago
Cotabato City--It was a hot, sunny day in Cotabato City, hundreds of miles away from heated debates on whether business establishments in Tagaytay City, should reopen while its volcanic neighbor threatens to erupt once more. As I approached the steps leading to the Office of the Chief Minister (OCM) Building, I saw several trucks parked in ...

PH eases real estate investment trust rules
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
The Department of Finance (DOF), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) launched on Monday coordinated rules on securities and revenue regulation as well as public listing of REITs. They removed stringent tax and minimum public ownership (MPO) requirements that prevented ...

Deployment ban stays until Kuwait ?honors 2018 labor agreement
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
"If we cannot get that, there will be no deployment. It has to be simultaneous," Bello added of the ban approved on Wednesday in a Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) resolution. Bello heads the POEA governing board. The labor official said the total ban was imposed "because of the very brutal killing of our overseas ...

Canada: Intellectual Property Advice Centre
Mondaq - 2 months ago
Bereskin & Parr LLP is a leading Canadian intellectual property law firm serving clients of all sizes in various industries, both domestic and international. The firm was founded in 1965 and has grown to be one of the largest IP law firms in Canada, with four offices located in major economic or technology centres. Bereskin & Parr is made up of ...

Facebook again refuses to ban political ads, even false ones
BusinessMirror - 2 months ago
Or they can narrow the target audience to those who have shown interest in guns, abortion or immigration, based on what the user has read or talked about on Facebook. Candidates might even show one ad to young Democratic women interested in both gun control and climate change, and a different ad to everyone else. Google, the digital ads leader ...

BIR exempts BSP from income taxes
philstar.com - 2 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is now exempting the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) from paying taxes on income derived from its governmental functions. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Internal Revenue Commissioner Caesar Dulay signed Revenue Regulation 2-2020, dated Jan. 15, implementing the tax exemption ...

NBI, BIR, PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- An illegal cigarette factory allegedly run by Chinese nationals was raided on Thursday by joint operatives from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police. BIR Revenue Officer Remedios Advincula Jr. said operatives found a total of six manufacturing ...

Joma Sison says gov't broke promise to free political prisoners last Christmas
CNN Philippines - 2 months ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 17) -- Communist leader Jose Maria Sison has revealed that the government agreed last year to release "sick and elderly" political prisoners for Christmas and New Year. In a video statement sent to a forum in Quezon City on Friday, Sison, who is on self-exile in the Netherlands, said Labor Secretary ...

Does ABS-CBN have tax deficiencies, unpaid debts?
philstar.com - 2 months ago
ABS-CBN Film Productions Inc. vs Commissioner of Internal Revenue In a July 31, 2019, resolution by the First Division, the CTA said the ABS ... that have unpaid debts to government banks. "Lopez Holdings Corp does not have any unpaid obligations to the Development Bank of the Philippines or other government financial institutions," the company ...

DHS seeks Pentagon funds for 270 miles of border wall
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
In reaction, he declared a national emergency that allowed him to shift almost three times as much money from military accounts to wall building. The Supreme Court ruled this summer the funds could be used. In total, about $12 billion has been allocated for the wall. And billions more have been requested. The defense officials said that last ...

OWWA Bicol assures aid for OFWs affected by Middle East conflict
Gov - 2 months ago
LEGAZPI CITY, Jan 14 (PIA) - Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Bicol is gearing up for the possible homecoming of Bicolano overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) working in the Middle East due to the ongoing tension in the region. According to ...

Microsoft says it will go 'carbon negative' by 2030
CNN Philippines - 2 months ago
(CNN)-- Microsoft is making an ambitious commitment to eliminate its carbon footprint by pledging to go "carbon negative" in the next decade and investing $1 billion to help develop clean technologies. The tech giant said Thursday it will seek to remove more carbon than it emits by 2030. "While the world will need to reach net zero, those of ...

Who Copied Whom? Copyright, Breach of Contract Lawsuits Shroud Surfside Project
Law - 2 months ago
In a case of who copied whom, a big-name Miami architectural firm claims copyright infringement for illegal use of its work by another architect, and a developer accused the same firm of duplicating parts of a Surfside project at a nearby building. Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design Inc. and The Surf Club Apartments Inc. entered a $1.46 ...

DoF to seek lower DST, warns TIEZA could lose travel tax
BusinessWorld - 2 months ago
He was responding to an issue raised by a participant at the meeting about higher DST slowing down business growth and raising the costs of doing businesses. Mr. Dominuez said the DoF will "attempt to reduce it in the future" but since the "process ...

BI: Chinese top list of barred foreigners in 2019
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Chinese nationals have topped the list of foreigners who were denied entry to the Philippines in 2019 after authorities found they were improperly documented or were ...

PH-Kuwait deployment ban stays until labor deal fully implemented - Palace
CNN Philippines - 2 months ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 16) -- MalacaƱang on Thursday backed officials' decision to stop sending Filipino workers to Kuwait, amid the reported cases of maltreatment and deaths in ...

5th Circ. Says Mitigation Not 'Complete Defense' In IP Row
Law360 - 2 months ago
Law360 (January 15, 2020, 8:00 PM EST) -- The publisher of an energy industry newsletter will get another chance to collect damages in a copyright infringement dispute with Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors LP, after the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday determined a jury had been wrongly instructed about how efforts to mitigate the damage should have ...

Reclamation best solution along Cavitex
Journal - 2 months ago
The City hopes to integrate in these two projects a most effective approach to the long-term clean-up of Manila Bay as mandated by a Supreme Court continuing mandamus, being the only projects along Manila Bay that carry with it a program for relocation and ...

British Lighting Artist Claims Knockoffs by Fairchild Tropical Garden
Law - 2 months ago
A copyright infringement lawsuit was filed against Fairchild, its chief operating officer, two Los Angeles companies that created the display and a Chinese lighting retailer. The complaint was filed Jan. 8 in the Southern District of Florida and assigned to U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro in Miami. The Chinese company, Zhongshan G-Lights ...

Philippines OKs total deployment ban of workers to Kuwait
CNN Philippines - 2 months ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 15)-- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has approved the total ban on the deployment of workers to Kuwait, the Labor Department confirmed Wednesday. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has approved the total ban on the deployment of workers to Kuwait, the Labor Department ...

DOJ chief recommends deployment ban of OFWs to Kuwait
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday said he will recommend to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) a ban in the deployment of domestic helpers to ...

Philippines totally bans deployment of OFWs to Iraq
CNN Philippines - 2 months ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 15) -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has imposed a total ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to conflict-stricken Iraq, an order that came a week after the government ordered all Filipinos there to come home. The POEA Governing Board, chaired by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello ...

New labor deal allows top WNBA players to earn over US$500,000
SPIN - 2 months ago
NEW YORK -- The WNBA and its union announced a tentative eight-year labor deal on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) that will allow top players to earn more than $500,000 (over P25 million) while the average annual compensation will surpass six figures for ...

Producer Sues Major Labels For IP Infringement, Elder Abuse
Law360 - 2 months ago
Stokes, a multi-Grammy-nominated music producer, composer, writer, musician and music publisher who is over 65 years old and resides in Los Angeles County, sued the labels for copyright infringement and financial elder abuse, among other claims. Since the early 1970s, Stokes has made music for major stars, including Tina Turner, Whitney Houston ...

OWWA prepares for the arrival of repatriates from Iraq
Gov - 2 months ago
PASAY CITY, Jan. 15 -- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has laid down its plans in providing assistance to Filipinos affected by the current unrest in Iraq. OWWA Administrator Atty. Hans Leo J. Cacdac, before leaving for his official trip ...

Philippine imposes total deployment ban in Iraq
philstar.com - 2 months ago
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III yesterday said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) governing board has issued a resolution stopping deployment of Filipino seafarers. "The board has resolved to impose a total deployment ban on the processing and deployment of all OFWs, including crew changes and shore leaves of ...

SC orders Shangri-la Properties to pay construction firm almost P100 million in claims
BusinessMirror - 2 months ago
It held that the Court of Appeals wrongly disregarded the specific variation orders that carried the conformity of SLPI, which, when coupled with the letter dated May 9, 1991, satisfied the requisites under Article 1724 of the Civil Code. Art. 1724 states that "the contractor who undertakes to build a structure or any other work for a ...

To Improve Instagram Copyright Issues, Look To Music World
Law360 - 2 months ago
Suits related to copyright infringement of photographers are more likely to see the light of day when the claims are assigned to a third-party corporation that aggregates the copyrights of myriad individual photographers and has the resources to enforce those rights.[3] These issues -- just a few of the concerns that have emerged from the ...

Duterte calls on private sector to suspend work due to Taal Volcano eruption
CNN Philippines - 2 months ago
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 13) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has appealed to private companies to consider suspending work during times of calamity. Speaking to media Monday, Duterte commented on reports some companies made their employees come to work despite ashfall in several areas in the wake of Taal Volcano's phreatic eruption ...

Opinion Roundup: Michaux for MicKissick; Facebook fact check; median bees; and more
WRAL - 2 months ago
State IT chief threatens to cancel NC superintendent's 'emergency' Istation contract (WRAL-TV reports) -- N.C. state information technology leaders sent a memo to State Superintendent ... according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services data. A proposed rule change would let the state use dental hygienists to help fill the oral ...

DOLE issues work suspension protocols as volcanic ashfall drifts to Metro Manila
BusinessMirror - 2 months ago
He also called business owners to provide cash assistance and provide affected employees with food packs and drinking water. But as a last resort, organized labor said concerned workers can also exercise their "right to refuse to unsafe" provision of the Republic Act 11058 and the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) of 2018 if they are ...

DOLE issues rules on work suspension in private sector during calamities
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 months ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday issued an advisory for work suspension in the private sector during calamities, following the recent phreatic eruption of Taal Volcano. In Labor Advisory No. 01-2020, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said "employers in the private sector, shall, in the exercise ...

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