Maynilad starts work on biggest sewage treatment plant
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-11
Maynilad Water Services Inc. yesterday broke ground for its biggest ... is expected to help clean up waterways flowing to Manila Bay and also improve sanitation conditions in three cities.

DTI crafts road map for AI, Fourth Industrial Revolution
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-11
With the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or the age of digitization, governments from across the world are seeking ways on how to keep their labor force competitive in the face of firms adopting new solutions, particularly automation, in their operations. "The formulation of the AI road map is very important and timely.

Law on inheritance tackled in seminar - 2019-11-11
MANILA, Philippines -- The Center for Global Best Practices is launching a pioneering program titled, "Inheritance and Disinheritance Law of the Philippines" on Dec. 5 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom, Resorts World Complex, Pasay City. The one-day training will provide participants a comprehensive understanding of the general principles as well ...

CCT eyed for subsidy of garments labor pay
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-11
Aside from Fobap, the proposal to incentivize employment in the garments industry is backed by the Confederation of Wearable Exporters of the Philippines, Garment Business Association of the Philippines, Textile Millers Association of the Philippines and the Garment Manufacturers Association of the Philippines. Based on data from the Philippine ...

November: Bar examination month
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-11
It is the professional licensure examination required before anyone can practice law in our country. It is administered by the Supreme Court through the Bar Examination Committee headed by an incumbent member of the SC. A Bar candidate should obtain a passing average of 75 percent and no grade must be lower than 50 percent in any Bar subject.

American-Canadian rape suspect falls - 2019-11-11
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced yesterday the arrest of an American-Canadian man who fled to Malaysia after he was accused of raping a 17-year-old girl in Subic, Zambales in March last year. Fouad Bounab, 54, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 from Kuala Lumpur on Saturday night ...

Maynilad breaks ground on P10-B sewage treatment plant
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-11
MAYNILAD Water Services, Inc. on Monday has broken ground on a P10.5-billion sewage treatment plant that ... The plant, called the CAMANA (Caloocan-Malabon-Navotas) Water Reclamation Facility, is expected to help clean the waterways flowing to Manila Bay while improving the sanitation conditions in three cities. "The completion of our CAMANA ...

Input VAT attributable to zero-rated sales: Gross income deductible? - 2019-11-11
What comes to mind when we talk about excess, unutilized input value-added tax (VAT) that can be allowed as deduction to gross income for tax purposes are the following: input VAT from VAT exempt transactions, input VAT of non-VAT registered persons, and the excess of the actual input VAT from government sales to the seven percent standard ...

Persons with disabilities and the State with disabilities
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-11
Diana J. Mendoza, PhD, is Chair of the Department of Political Science at the Ateneo de Manila University. 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...

Pagcor cautions House from imposing higher tax on POGOs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-11
Fernandez also clarified that the government is currently imposing regular corporate income taxes on employees of POGOs ... employed and assigned in the Philippines by an offshore gaming licensee would be given a 15 percent tax on salaries, wages, annuities, compensation, remuneration and other emoluments like honoraria and allowances from ...

Canadian-American man wanted for rape arrested at Naia
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-11
MANILA, Philippines -- A Canadian-American man accused of raping a 17-year-old girl in Subic was arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia), the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported Monday. BI port operations division chief Grifton Medina said 54-year-old Fouad Bounab reportedly fled the country to Malaysia to avoid prosecution ...

DOLE lauds firms hiring seniors
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Labor and Employment lauded fastfood outlets and restaurants for hiring elderly and differently abled workers as shown by various social media sites.

4 victims of illegal recruitment stopped at Naia
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport have stopped four women who were illegally recruited to work abroad from leaving the country. Bureau of ...

Labor group seeks safeguard duty on imported vehicles
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-10
Tens of thousands of factory workers in the automobile industry have lost their jobs after regional free trade deals paved the way for nearly a million imported vehicles to enter the country ...

Delhi air pollution spikes as deadly smog envelops city
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-10
"A child born yesterday in Delhi would have smoked 40 to 50 cigarettes on the first day of his or her life," said Arvind Kumar, a lung surgeon at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi and founder of the Lung Care Foundation ... dean of the School of Arts and Science at Ahmedabad University in Gujarat, said: "Air quality in Delhi at ...

Economists, companies eye opportunities from RCEP
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-10
Rolando T. Dy, executive director of Center for Food and Agri-Business of University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P), said the trade pact may reduce barriers abroad for Philippine agricultural products, even if the country will also have to open its doors ...

Proposed Citira to bring more investments to Clark, Subic
Sun Star - 2019-11-10
The bill aims to lower corporate taxes, Lambino said during a briefing on the Philippine Infrastructure Program and Official Development Assistance at the Ateneo De Manila University on October 22. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) named Singapore ...

US investors bullish on Philippines - 2019-11-10
John Goyer, executive director for Southeast Asia of the US Chamber of Commerce, in a teleconference with Filipino journalists said US investors have noted the efforts of the Philippine government to further improve its business climate. Goyer cited the yearly Doing Business Report by the World Bank that showed the ranking of the Philippines ...

Special job program for senior citizens to be launched at PUP
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-10
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 - 2019-11-10
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 - 2019-11-09
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 - 2019-11-09
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 - 2019-11-08
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 - 2019-11-08
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 - 2019-11-08
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 - 2019-11-08
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 - 2019-11-08
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 - 2019-11-08
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 - 2019-11-08
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 - 2019-11-08
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 - 2019-11-08
"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 - 2019-11-08
(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 - 2019-11-08
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 - 2019-11-08
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 - 2019-11-07
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 - 2019-11-07
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 - 2019-11-07
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 - 2019-11-07
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 - 2019-11-06
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 - 2019-11-06
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 - 2019-11-06
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 - 2019-11-06
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 - 2019-11-06
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 - 2019-11-06
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 - 2019-11-06
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 - 2019-11-06
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 - 2019-11-06
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 - 2019-11-06
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 - 2019-11-06
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 ...

SC orders TMA to return P707M to PCSO, medical assistance to continue
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-11-06
MANDALUYONG CITY, Nov. 6-- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) welcomes the August 28, 2019 Decision of the Supreme Court Third Division ordering the TMA Group of Companies Pty. Ltd. and TMA Group Philippines, Inc. (TMA) to return more than ...

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