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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

BETTER TIMES AHEAD
Inquirer.net - 2018-12-30
Carreon said they expected the inflation to still go down in December, which will be revealed by the Philippine Statistics ... and the IT-BPM (information technology and business process ...

Rappler's top stories of every week of 2018
Rappler - 2018-12-30
May was a roller-coaster month, led by the ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno as Supreme Court chief justice, then came the death of former Senate President Edgardo Angara. Readers kept their eyes glued on the results of the University of the Philippines (UP ...

These issues made headlines in 2018... and netizens were 'shookt'
Rappler - 2018-12-29
A PCOO article published on June 13 marked the ceremonial signing of an agreement between the Commission on Higher Education and state universities, colleges ... This came as no surprise, as De Castro has already been lambasted earlier as "rude" and ...

Which Asian country is most committed to reducing inequality?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-29
The government spending on social protection, education and health is abysmally low. The country fares poorly in taxation and labour laws, especially labour rights of women. It is followed by ...

Higher gas prices to greet Filipinos in January 2019
philstar.com - 2018-12-29
While additional taxes will be imposed on fuel, a major price rollback will be implemented by Unioil Philippines Inc., which said it will reduce gasoline prices by P1.30 per liter and diesel prices by P1.80 per liter starting 6:01 a.m. today.

Medicine for diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension to be VAT exempt in 2019
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 28) -- Some medicines will be VAT exempt next year. Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Caesar Dulay on December 21 signed Revenue Regulation no ...

3rd telco plan faces new hurdle
Inquirer - 2018-12-28
Mislatel Consortium, so-named after its telco franchise holder Mindanao Islamic Telephone ... Plan of the Department of Information and Communications Technology.

Sell old inventory at old prices, oil firms told
Inquirer - 2018-12-28
The Department of Energy (DOE) yesterday reminded oil firms that 2018 inventories should be sold without applying the second tranche of excise under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion ...

Historic music retailer HMV collapses due to digital surge
Rappler - 2018-12-28
LONDON, United Kingdom - British music retailer HMV, which was launched by English composer Edward Elgar in 1921 and helped propel the Beatles to fame, collapsed into administration on Friday, December 28, as consumers switch to digital streaming in droves.

Filipino novel "America Is in the Heart" joins prestigious Penguin Classics roster
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-28
Manila (CNN Philippines Life ... of his magnum opus "America Is in the Heart" in 1973 by the University of Washington Press. The historical currents in martial law-era Philippines also ...

Senseless acts of violence
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-12-28
Newly appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice, Lucas Bersamin, has called on a stoppage to these senseless acts of violence and to immediately bring the perpetrators to justice. However, as of today, the police remain clueless in both cases as they had been ...

Arroyo acquitted in 2007 electoral sabotage case
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 28) -- Former President and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo scored another legal victory as a local court dismissed the electoral sabotage case filed ...

Fiscal gap widens 4-fold in November as spending surges
philstar.com - 2018-12-28
Of this amount, P242.2 billion came in the form of tax revenues from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC), while the remaining P17.5 billion were non-tax collections from other offices. The BIR, for its part, collected P192 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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