Registered foreigners advised to report to BI
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-02
THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) reminds all foreigners registered under the bureau to go to the immigration office nearest them starting this January until March 1 for their annual reporting to the bureau. The procedure is required under the 1950 Alien ...

Macron government on tenterhooks as new tax regime takes effect
Rappler - 2019-01-02
"Taxation at source is like the mobile phone. In a month's time we'll be wondering how we ever managed without it," he said, calling it a "big step forward for the French". He attempted to silence the doomsayers, noting that so far there was no sign of the ...

Biz groups bullish as year ends on stable note
Journal - 2019-01-02
business leaders told the Philippine News Agency (PNA). International Chamber of Commerce Philippines (ICCP) founder and chairman Francis Chua said the economy faced headwinds in the early part of the year such as the implementation of the Tax Reform for ...

South Korean forced laborers seek Japanese asset seizure
Rappler - 2019-01-02
SEOUL, South Korea - Lawyers for South Korean victims of Tokyo's wartime forced labor have sought the seizure of a Japanese steelmaker's assets, they said Wednesday, January 2. The two neighbours are both democracies, market economies and US allies ...

The Real Price of Electricity in the Philippines, 2018-2029
Inquirer Opinion - 2019-01-02
It involves presenting proof of the value of assets used in the business, in which the RORB is based. In the Philippines, the rate of return base is often mentioned as 12%. This means that the utility firm is allowed to make up to 12% in profits ...

Report to BI or face sanctions, registered foreign nationals warned
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-02
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Wednesday warned registered foreign nationals that those who will fail to submit their annual report to the agency from January until ...

Government can afford to suspend fuel excise tax -- lawmaker
philstar.com - 2019-01-02
The proposed amnesty would cover 2017 and prior years. An applicant would be required to file with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) an amnesty return accompanied by a notarized statement of total assets as of Dec. 31, 2017. The applicant would pay an ...

DOLE: Most of the unemployed are educated
philstar.com - 2019-01-02
Report showed that almost a million or 43.9 percent of the unemployed population nationwide in 2017 have either reached or graduated from high school. The LMI Report also indicated that 825,000 unemployed are college undergraduates or have completed a ...

Oroquieta zipline crew trains in occupational safety, health
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-01-02
DOLE-X Misamis Occidental field office staff discusses the Basic Occupational Safety and Health in the Workplaces to Oroquieta Zipline crew of the Tourism Department of LGU Oroquieta City. (Photo Source: DOLE-10 Mis. Occ. PFO) OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis ...

Start-ups urged to pay more attention to intellectual property
Vietnam News - 2019-01-02
Deputy principal of the University of Foreign Trade, LĂȘ Thi Thu Thuy, said that the Ministry of Science and Technology needed to enhance cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Training to put intellectual property onto the syllabus.

Brexit 2019: UK will choose between recession and relief
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-02
The damage would be even greater if immigration from the European Union drops. Economists expect the damage to show up quickly. Research firm Capital Economics forecasts that a disorderly Brexit ...

The countries where drinking is banned until 25 - or allowed at 13
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-02
enforcing restrictions around alcohol advertising and considering alcohol taxation and pricing policies. As WHO puts it, in many parts of the world, drinking alcoholic beverages is a big part of ...

Inside the Japanese town that pays cash for kids
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-02
(CNN) -- When Katsunori and Kaori Osaka had their first child, they were living in a cramped flat in Nagoya, a city of more than 2 million people in central ... at Meiji University in Tokyo.

Duterte appoints frat brod to Court of Appeals
philstar.com - 2019-01-01
MANILA, Philippines -- President Duterte has appointed another fraternity brother to the judiciary. The Chief Executive has appointed Florencio Mamauag Jr., a fellow graduate of San Beda College of Law and member of the Lex Talionis fraternity, as Court ...

Government steps up drive vs tax evasion, smuggling in 2018
philstar.com - 2019-01-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The government stepped up its campaign against smuggling and tax evasion in 2018 through the combined efforts of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), according to the Department of Finance (DOF).

House creates TWG to help IPO determine copyright infringement
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-01
The House Committee on Information and Communications Technology and the House Committee on Trade and Industry has jointly created a technical working group (TWG) to fine tune a proposal enabling ...

House creates TWG to help IPO determine copyright infringement
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-01
The House Committee on Information and Communications Technology and the House Committee on Trade and Industry has jointly created a technical working group (TWG) to fine tune a proposal enabling the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to cancel licenses of ...

Quezon City kicks off 2019 with tax relief
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-01
THE QUEZON CITY government kicked off the new year by announcing relief for real property and business tax payers. Specifically, the local government suspended a real property fair market value (FMV) hike until after 2019, is offering an amnesty for real ...

DTI tracks fuel tax impact on prices
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-01
"[The] DOE monitors gas stations and ensures that old inventories should not apply additional excise tax. For [the] DTI, we will continue to watch [the] impact of new round of excise tax on oil ...

More Pinoys may fall into poverty with TRAIN law-PIDS research
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-01
However, there will be more jobs in certain sectors such as public administration, education and health, which will see an addition of 45,578 jobs; other services, including business services ...

Amid tight calendar, DOF bullish on passage of rest of CTRP Packages
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-01
over the next decade and create a business environment conducive to inclusive growth. Package 2 was certified as an urgent and priority measure by President Duterte last year.

Bill seeks equity in distribution of tips given to service workers
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-01
House Bill (HB) 8784, which was approved on second reading, seeks to increase the benefits of rank-and- file and supervisory employees from service charges by amending the Labor Code of the ...

Bill seeks equity in distribution of tips given to service workers
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-01
House Bill (HB) 8784, which was approved on second reading, seeks to increase the benefits of rank-and-file and supervisory employees from service charges by amending the Labor Code of the ...

Immigration bureau vows to fast-track processing of departing Filipino workers
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-01
BUREAU of Immigration (BI) Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina has instructed personnel at the departure areas to ensure that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) lining up for immigration ...

No more years-long wait: VAT refunds to be done in 90 days
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-01
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has issued Revenue Regulation (RR) 26-2018, which implements the 90-day processing of claims for value-added tax (VAT) refunds, expediting the processing of ...

Pre-screen counters for OFWs set at NAIA to lessen queues
Sun Star - 2019-01-01
THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has formed a special team that will focus on conducting pre-screening of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and attend to their immigration needs at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. In a memorandum order, BI Port ...

Immigration bureau vows to fast-track processing of departing OFW
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-01
BUREAU of Immigration (BI) Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina has instructed personnel at the departure areas to ensure that overseas Filipino workers lining up for immigration ...

DOF's 2019 wish: Passage of Trabaho bill, other tax reform packages
Rappler - 2019-01-01
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Finance (DOF) wants the Congress to know that the agency is "available 25/8" for last push discussions if that's what it takes to pass the Trabaho bill and other tax reform packages. Trabaho bill cuts corporate ...

Duque: No total firecrackers ban without alternative livelihood
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-01
MANILA, Philippines -- A total ban of firecrackers will not be possible unless government finds alternative livelihood programs for those in the fireworks-manufacturing business, Health Secretary ...

Chinese nationals top list of barred aliens in 2018, Immigration says
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 1) -- Chinese nationals top the list of barred foreign visitors in the first 10 months of 2018, according to the Bureau of Immigration (BI). BI port ...

Intensified campaign vs smuggling, tax evasion jacked up BIR, BOC collections in 2018
Inquirer - 2019-01-01
In a statement, the DOF said the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in 2018 confiscated 5,227 master cases of fake cigarettes as well as packs affixed with fake tax stamps. These illegal cigarettes ...

Watchwords for economic progress in 2019
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-12-31
The bigger social imperative is for the government to prioritize poverty reduction and labor expansion, to demonstrate the presence of inclusive growth. Simply giving dole-outs to the poor will not address poverty. Reducing poverty necessitates both ...

A New Year wish list
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-12-31
While global financial institutions like the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank see ... An equitable justice system. Convicted of graft, former first lady Imelda Marcos was allowed to post bail of a measly P150,000 ...

DFA: Filipinos trafficked to Iraq via Dubai
philstar.com - 2018-12-31
MANILA, Philippines -- Migrant Filipino workers are being trafficked to Iraq by illegal recruiters in Dubai, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). In an exchange with Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Twitter, DFA Assistant ...

New Year party in Times Square to cheer for press freedom
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-31
The button-pressing honor has in previous years gone to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, an Iraq War veteran, US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and singer Lady Gaga.

Chinese top list of barred aliens in 2018 -- Immigration
philstar.com - 2018-12-31
MANILA, Philippines -- Chinese nationals made up nearly half of foreigners who were barred from entering the country during the first 10 months of the year, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said yesterday. Of the 3,528 foreigners barred from entering the ...

Senate to focus on key measures in January
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-31
After passing the 2019 budget, the Senate will focus on a few key measures when Congress resumes session in January, including bills to end short-term labor contracting, change government ...

Take your job seriously, stop joking-labor to DU30
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-31
Other than regularizing the employees, he ought to highlight that the existing law [Art. 303 of Labor Code] provides fines for violation of prohibited acts which ranges from a dismal P1,000 ...

A real public servant to watch
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-31
He also rid the organization of the deeply rooted "kotong [extortion] culture" prevalent in the streets, highways and in PNP offices where contractor and suppliers do business and, thus ...

2018: How the Senate rose above undemocratic challenges
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-31
Senator Grace Poe, chair of the Senate committee on public services ... also seized an abandoned freight container at the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) that yielded two magnetic ...

QC hailed as top Manila Bay 'clean up' performer
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-12-31
QUEZON CITY, Dec. 31 (PIA) -- Quezon City has been tagged as the Most Compliant LGU for 2018 in the implementation of the Supreme Court continuing mandamus for the clean-up and preservation of Manila Bay. It garnered a score of 95.53 percent based on the ...

White House chief: Trump not building a 'wall'
Rappler - 2018-12-31
The remarks were in sharp contrast to the rhetoric of the president who regularly appeals to his overwhelmingly white political base by taking a hard line on immigration. (READ: Trump says build U.S.-Mexico wall or he'll seal border) 'Pathetic immigration ...

U.S. judge says Obamacare can stand while appeal is heard
Rappler - 2018-12-31
In a separate Obamacare case in 2012, 5 of the 9 Supreme Court justices upheld the law. All 5 remain on the court. Still, it remains unclear how they might rule in the new case. If the decision is upheld, it could significantly disrupt the US health care ...

2018: House rears its ugly head - again
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-31
Martial law extension On Dec. 12 ... she was still President - was cut by Arroyo who said his one minute was up. When he asked to be allowed to finish the last portion of his speech, Arroyo ...

Bahrain top activist loses final appeal against jail term
Rappler - 2018-12-31
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Bahrain's supreme court, whose verdicts are final, Monday upheld a 5-year jail term against prominent activist Nabeel Rajab for writing tweets deemed offensive to the state, a judicial source said. Rajab, a high-profile ...

2 dead, scores wounded in Cotabato City mall blast
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-31
The law gives the people in the south control over many local government functions, including taxation and education, and it will allow Muslim Filipinos to incorporate Islamic law into their ...

Japan: Shady brokers cast shadow on accepting foreign workers
Global Nation - 2018-12-31
TOKYO -- In an effort to quell the involvement of malicious brokers when Japan begins accepting more foreign workers from next spring, the government plans to request that foreign nationals write ...

Jobless rate eased to 5.3% in 2018; underemployment up at 16.4%
Inquirer - 2018-12-30
The rate of jobless Filipinos in the labor force declined to 5.3 percent in 2018 from 5.7 percent last year even as underemployment inched up, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Deployment of OFW to Mideast to dip, but new markets beckon
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-30
As a result, more than 3,000 OFWs had to be retrenched or laid off while their recruitment companies and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) went on to repatriate them.

Year Ender: Train, tariffs & tour bumps test business in 2018
Sun Star - 2018-12-30
But that was short-lived, as the Supreme Court ruled that its operations were illegal. From the ranks Business process management stakeholders were stunned in 2017, after Cebu City was dropped from the top 10 list of global outsourcing destinations ...

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