New Intellectual Property Protections Available for Asexually Reproduced Plants
JD Supra - 2019-01-03
On December 20, President Trump signed into law the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, commonly known as the Farm Bill 2018. Among many other changes, the law broadens the Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA) to include asexually reproduced plant ...

Lawmakers want Daraga town under Comelec control
Rappler - 2019-01-03
Senior Citizens Representative Francisco Datol, meanwhile, wants the Bureau of Immigration to put Baldo in its hold departure list. "Now that the murder and frustrated murder charges have been filed against the Daraga mayor, the DOJ has enough basis to ...

20th Bailes de Luces Festival seen to boost anew La Castellana tourism
Sun Star - 2019-01-03
Ten barangays merged into five competing groups as they vie for the title in barangay category, while two elementary schools compete for school category ... is benefiting local businesses including small entrepreneurs. "We are banking on tourism ...

DOF turns sour as sugar tax collections miss target
Rappler - 2019-01-03
MANILA, Philippines - Taxes collected from companies selling sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) fell short of target, prompting the Department of Finance (DOF) to raise the alarm that some firms may not be paying the right taxes. Finance Undersecretary Karl ...

145 foreign sex offenders barred from Philippines in 2018 - BI
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said it barred 145 foreigners convicted of sex crimes in their home countries from entering the Philippines in the first 11 months of 2018.

1 dead, 15 injured after women enter flashpoint India temple
Rappler - 2019-01-03
The Supreme Court in September overturned a decades-old ban on women of menstruating age - deemed as those between 10 and 50 - setting foot inside the gold-plated Sabarimala temple. Several women activists have made unsuccessful attempts to reach the ...

The top 10 NegOr stories in 2018
The Visayan Daily Star - 2019-01-03
The city has been selected as host of the Central Visayas Regional Athletics Association Meet, Private Schools Athletic Association Meet, and the exhibition game between Ateneo and De La Salle in February 2019. 9. NEW BRIDGES The Dumaguete SP approved for ...

Travelers leaving Japan to pay 1,000 yen departure tax from Jan. 7
Global Nation - 2019-01-03
Visitors to Japan will have to pay a 1,000 yen (PHP 491.00) levy when leaving the country from next Monday (Jan 7), Japanese media reported. Japan will start collecting the 1,000 yen departure tax ...

Indian women first to enter temple after mass protest
CNN Philippines - 2019-01-03
The pair, aged 42 and 44, became the first women to access the shrine after the country's Supreme Court overturned a centuries-old ban preventing women aged 10 to 50 from entering the site in ...

DOH to drugstores: Give discount on diabetes, hypertension meds
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-01-03
MANILA, Jan. 3 -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Tuesday called on drugstores and pharmaceutical companies to sell diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension medications at a discounted price. This, after the Department of Finance announced that ...

Senate to discuss fate of tax reforms, other priorities on Jan. 14
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-02
The TRABAHO bill -- which the House of Representatives approved in September last year and which awaits approval in the Senate Ways and Means committee -- aims to cut corporate income tax rates and streamline fiscal incentives. Senator Juan Edgardo M.

ECOP-DOLE MOU: Start of an industrial upgrading process?
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-02
Why not recognize the right of workers to regularization when the work they are doing is indeed regular and necessary to the conduct of the business? Example: retailing companies pretending that ...

Workers demand enactment pending EML and SOT bills
BusinessMirror - 2019-01-02
A labor group is urging President Duterte to expeditiously act on the passage of two pro-labor legislation that remain pending despite getting wide support from lawmakers last year. The Federation ...

CTA en banc rejects BIR, Customs bid to reverse Air Philippines refund
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-02
THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) upheld a P74.5-million tax refund granted to Air Philippines Corp. (APC), now known as PAL Express, on taxes paid on imports of aviation fuel between March and October 2008. In a nine-page resolution dated Nov. 13 and written ...

Data science skills seen critical to future-proofing jobs -- DoLE
BusinessWorld - 2019-01-02
It can be observed that a majority of the occupations belong to the IT-BPM sector," the JobsFit report said. These occupations are Business Process Analyst, Data Scientist, Design Engineer, Electronic Mail and Chat Support Agent, Evisceration Processor ...

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 ...

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.

Immigration pre-screening hastens OFW queues at NAIA
Philippine Information Agency - 2019-01-02
MANILA, Jan. 2 -- Bureau of Immigration (BI) personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other ports have implemented a scheme to expeditiously process departing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that will ease their travel out of the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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