VAT-free diabetes, hypertension meds starting 2019 -- DOF
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-28
President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Train law on December 19, 2017. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), in its Revenue Regulation 25-2018 dated Dec. 21 and signed by Finance Secretary Carlos G.

Fiscal deficit widens due to aggressive infrastructure spending
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 27) -- The government is close to reaching its fiscal deficit target for the year. The Bureau of Treasury (BTr) in a statement said the national government ...

Bello plays Santa to underpaid guards
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-27
Three security guards showed up at the house of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Christmas Eve to ask for gifts. They got more than what they wished for. More than anything, their sad story ...

Infra buildup widens budget deficit by 96%
Inquirer - 2018-12-27
The budget deficit almost doubled to P477.2 billion at end-November as the growth in government spending on public goods and services, especially infrastructure, outpaced revenue collections ...

Copyright law update - proposed amendments to website blocking laws
JD Supra - 2018-12-27
The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act 2018 (Act) which passed both Houses of Parliament on 28 November 2018, and is due to commence the day after it receives Royal Assent, amends section 115A of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). Section 115A of the ...

Fiscal gap closes in on 2018 program
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-27
Sought for comment, Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. economist Michael L. Ricafort said that the latest fiscal deficit "is in line with the expected full-year target," despite the relatively slower revenue growth for the month of November. "The ...

Taxation, redemption and the first Christmas
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-27
Whoever have thought that taxation would be the beginning of the redemption of humankind? If we are to believe the ancient chronicles, it was the command from the Romans for all Jews to go back ...

Thousands of Taiwanese protest taxes with nod to French rallies
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-27
A protester shouts slogans demanding tax reform outside the Ministry of Finance in Taipei, Taiwan, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. A large group of activists has launched anti-government protests to ...

Train, rising inflation shake businesses, economy in 2018 - 2018-12-27
At the same time, it seeks to gradually lower the corporate income tax (CIT) on local companies which is currently at 30 percent, one of the highest in Southeast Asia. But for Sa-a, the past year ...

VAT-free starting 2019: Medicines for diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension
Rappler - 2018-12-27
DOF added that the guidelines for the implementation of this provision are outlined in Joint Administrative Order No. 2-2018 by the DOF, the Department of Health, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Food and Drug Administration, as well as in BIR ...

DoLE, ECoP working on regularization settlement
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-27
LABOR SECRETARY Silvestre H. Bello III said Thursday that the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECoP) has committed to a program of extending regular status to its employees. In a briefing at MalacaƱang Palace, Mr. Bello said ECoP will start ...

Bello allays fears of Chinese workers grabbing jobs from Filipinos
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-27
"Now with the concern being raised by some sectors that there are so many foreigners working without permits, some foreigners doing business without permit, we are studying the possibility of ...

OWWA launches OFW e-CARD for membership, benefits
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-12-27
When availing of OWWA programs and services, OFWs may present the OFW e-CARD at any OWWA Regional Welfare Office in the country or at the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO) and Embassies/Consulates in their respective jobsites. According to Bello ...

From rackets to revenues: How home-sharing impacts the economy
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-27
Ltd., governments are still struggling with how to integrate home-sharing in legislation, which includes licensing and registration requirements and taxation. On a local scale, government officials in Davao have been calling for tighter legislation on home ...

Taiwan searches for 152 missing Vietnamese tourists
Global Nation - 2018-12-27
Local media speculated that the Vietnamese ... with speculation authorities are turning off the taps to pressure the government of the Beijing-sceptic President Tsai Ing-wen, who came to office ...

The final days of Felipe Alonzo-Gomez, the 8-year-old migrant who died in U.S. custody
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-27
A placement request for Felipe and his father was emailed to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Enforcement and Removal Operations. 9 a.m. A processing agent noticed that the child was ...

In 2018, a Big Year for Intellectual Property Lateral Hires
Law - 2018-12-26
Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided. 2018 was a big year for lateral moves in the California IP market, especially among litigators. Even some blue-chip firms known for retaining their talent close saw a few name brands walk ...

Why President Rodrigo Duterte is most fact-checked public figure in 2018
InterAksyon - 2018-12-26
It kept changing from 1.5 million to three million Filipinos. His stance on ending corruption, making peace with the Communist Party of the Philippines and ending labor contractualization also shifted. Instead, Duterte earned a bad record of transferring ...

Concerns over Trabaho bill revival grip firms
Inquirer - 2018-12-26
And so, although a divisive tax package failed to get passed this year, some members of the business community have not let go of their concerns over the measure since the bill will just likely be ...

Agriculture sector in need of meaningful reforms
Inquirer - 2018-12-26
Disasters, both natural and man-made, crippled the agriculture sector this year. On one hand, typhoons ravaged agricultural crops worth billions of pesos. On the other, local producers and ...

Not-so-merry Christmas for 21 Chinese illegal workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-26
It was not at all a merry Christmas for 21 Chinese nationals arrested recently by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for illegally working as vendors at two shopping malls in Pasay City. The ...

Cement imports imperil 42,000 Filipino jobs - 2018-12-26
MANILA, Philippines -- Local cement manufacturers are poised to employ some 400,000 Filipinos, directly and indirectly, by 2030 should a favorable business environment and enough government support allow them to sustain growth. Based on data from the ...

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg out of hospital
Rappler - 2018-12-26
WASHINGTON, United States - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the eldest justice of the minority liberal faction on the US Supreme Court, left the hospital after an operation to remove cancerous nodules on her left lung, Court officials said Wednesday, December 26.

CBCP exec to govt: Stop deploying OFWs to Libya
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-26
In November, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) decided to exempt some OFWs from the total deployment ban it imposed on Libya based on a recommendation of the Department of ...

DOLE sets signing of Manila-Moscow OFW pact in March
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-26
The projected of the MOA is Moscow and was confirmed by Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Administrator Bernard B. Olalia. "The draft of the BLA is already with the DFA ...

China arrests student leader for celebrating Mao's birthday
Rappler - 2018-12-26
A student eyewitness told Agence France-Presse that Qiu Zhanxuan, the head of Peking University's Marxist society, was forced into a black car by 7 or 8 plain-clothes officers near the subway station outside the university's east gate. Qiu was "screaming ...

Did 2018 usher in a creeping tech dystopia? - 2018-12-26
Among the most troubling cases was the revelation in March that political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica swept up personal information ... to create drones with "computer vision" to ...

The necessity of lifelong learning
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-26
Happy New Year! Denver Bingski D. Daradar is an assistant professorial lecturer of the Management and Organization Department, Ramon V. del Rosario College of Business, De La Salle University.

Tax Academy to offer public finance, online courses in 2019
Rappler - 2018-12-26
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) will offer an off-campus course on public finance and other online courses in 2019, the Department of Finance (DOF) said on Wednesday, December 26. Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran said the ...

HOAX: CHR 'offers help' to Ateneo bully
Rappler - 2018-12-26
Claim: The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) reportedly offered protection to the "student bully" from the Ateneo de Manila Junior High School whose video of him ... supposedly said this in an interview with radio station dzRH on Saturday, December 22.

2nd Guatemalan migrant child dies in U.S. custody
Rappler - 2018-12-26
Her death reignited debate in the United States over immigration policy and the treatment of migrants. "Another child dies under this Administration's watch," tweeted Democratic Congressman Marc Veasey of Texas. "Such a devastating story to hear on ...

Avoiding Chinese intellectual property theft
The Washington Times - 2018-12-25
President Trump may have mastered the "Art of the Deal" in real estate negotiations, but his controversial trade policy with China is stalled over lack of progress in the reduction of tariff trade barriers. The good news unbeknownst to many, is that U ...

DENR sees better year for mining in 2019
Inquirer - 2018-12-25
Environment Undersecretary Analiza Teh told the Inquirer that the passage of the Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High-quality Opportunities (Trabaho) bill, which will craft a new fiscal ...

Elections could hinder fiscal reforms -- Nomura
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-25
Package two, which aims to reduce corporate income tax rates and revamp the existing scheme for tax incentives and other fiscal perks, recently hurdled the House of Representatives and is now under Senate deliberation. "This implies that the remaining ...

Court of Appeals allows payment of benefits to retired INP members
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-25
The appellate court explained that the payment of retirement benefits to INP retirees with equal amount given to PNP retirees had already been affirmed with finality by the Supreme Court and that ...

Alorica PHL workers accuse management of union busting
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-25
Prestoza is also an officer of BIEN, an organization promoting labor rights in the information technology-business process outsourcing (IT-BPO) industry in the Philippines. AP made the decision ...

E-gates launch cuts holiday passenger queue at airports
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-25
The recent launching of electronic gates (e-gates) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia), and other key international airports in the country, brought great convenience to arriving ...

Woman gives birth along Makati street on Christmas Day
Rappler - 2018-12-25
Her water, according to them, already broke at that time. They immediately called for an ambulance but it was too late, leaving Police Officers I Eva Evardo, Fatima Manalo, and Mary Grace Lajana to assist as the woman went into labor.

Conditional cash transfer bill reported out of committee makes it to Senate plenary
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-25
They can also avail of livelihood and skills training programs of the DSWD and the ... The NAC is composed of representatives from the DSWD, Department of Health (DoH), Department of Education (DepEd), National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), National ...

Underinvestment seen in regions under national minimum wage
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-25
In an interview with BusinessWorld last week, NWPC Director Maria Criselda R. Sy said that the commission was asked by Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III to analyze the wage fixing system. "The Secretary had ...

Christmas baby: Cops help mother give birth on Makati street
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-25
went into labor at around 3:00 p.m. The three police officers assisted the mother in giving birth and called for the Makati Rescue Team to check on the condition both mother and child. Evardo was ...

Did 2018 usher in a creeping tech dystopia?
Inquirer Technology - 2018-12-25
That was on top of other Facebook disasters, including its role in fomenting violence in Myanmar , major data breaches and ongoing concerns about its hosting of fake accounts for Russian propaganda

SSS, PNP strengthen partnership anew
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-12-25
QUEZON CITY, Dec 6 -- The Social Security System (SSS) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) strengthened their partnership as both institutions signed a Memorandum of Agreement that will provide social protection to the private sector while also ...

IBP asks SC to protect lawyers
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 24) -- The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) is asking the Supreme Court to protect lawyers from killings, following the fatal shooting of Ako Bicol ...

Sentencing for breach of interdict in intellectual property actions
Lexology - 2018-12-25
Intellectual property (IP) assets, whether in the forms of patents, designs, trade marks, copyright or trade secrets are very valuable assets. It is important that IP owners take steps to protect and enforce their rights against copycat competitors, to ...

Disarm bodyguards of politicians - Ako Bicol
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-24
Rodel Batocabe and his police escort. At a press conference on the campus of Bicol University Daraga where the wake for Batocabe is being held, Ako Bicol Rep. Alfredo Garbin Jr. said his party ...

Economist warns further rate hike to fuel inflation - 2018-12-24
Banks like the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) believes an end to a tightening cycle and slowing inflation would give the BSP policy space to bring down the reserve requirement for banks. BPI lead economist Emilio Neri, Jr. has said the BSP should be ...

House seen approving resolution calling for reforms in REIT rules
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-24
According to Yap, several property developers like Ayala Land Inc., SM Prime Holdings Inc. and Megawide Corp. were already planning to set up their own REITs. Yap said data from neighboring ...

IBP urges SC to ensure protection of lawyers
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-24
... the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Armed Forces of the Philippines, other government agencies, civil society organizations and other lawyer organizations, "where all parties could ...

Former Pakistan prime minister Sharif sentenced to 7 years jail for graft
Rappler - 2018-12-24
"The people of Pakistan and history will not accept this decision," he told reporters in Islamabad. The Supreme Court disqualified Sharif from politics for life over the allegations last year, and directed an anti-corruption body to investigate three ...

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