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 ...

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.

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 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

Watch what you eat this holiday season
SPIN - 2018-12-24
Our unwillingness to hit the gym and our unhealthy food choices are responsible for the spike in supersized Pinoys, according to Department of Health (DOH) spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag. "Marami sa'ting matigas ang ulo. We procrastinate, until such time it's ...

Body of Guatemalan migrant girl who died in U.S. custody returns home
Rappler - 2018-12-24
The December 8 death of Jakelin Caal, 7, reignited a debate in the United States on immigration policy and the treatment of migrants. It also shocked residents of the indigenous farming village from where her father Nery Caal, 29, fled with her in hopes of ...

Giving voice to the voiceless: Stories of courage and resilience in 2018
Rappler - 2018-12-24
(READ: WATCH: Meet hardworking lolo, lola in Los Ba├▒os) Despite their age, they traverse a busy road in the University ... In the Philippines, skateboarding has not received as much attention as other sports. (READ: WATCH: How Cebu's skateboarders are ...

Motorcycles for public transportation under study by DOTr
UNTV - 2018-12-24
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation ... motorcycle organization and members from law schools. According to Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, deliberations on the proposal will prioritize passenger safety as well as the ...

DOTr to create TWG to study motorcycles for public transport - 2018-12-24
MANILA, Philippines -- Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered the creation of technical working group (TWG) to discuss the viability of having two-wheeled vehicles operate for public transport. "We understand that a number of Filipinos ...

9 victims of trafficking rescued at NAIA - 2018-12-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has rescued nine alleged victims of human trafficking at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). BI port operations division chief Grifton Medina said the passengers were intercepted while ...

Gathering with habal-habal drivers takes a political turn
Sun Star - 2018-12-23
I am ready to help you in your cause," Osme├▒a said in Cebuano. The Supreme Court (SC) last Dec. 12 issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against a Mandaluyong court ruling that barred authorities from intervening in the motorcycle ride-hailing firm ...

FPI lauds DTI safeguard measures to aid local cement manufacturers
Inquirer - 2018-12-23
MANILA, Philippines - The Federation of Philippines Industries (FPI) recently conveyed its support to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in executing a motu propio investigation on the ...

Death of Antipolo drug suspect an 'extralegal killing,' rules court
Rappler - 2018-12-23
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) ruled that the death of an Antipolo City drug suspect in 2016 was an "extralegal killing," prompting the court to recommend the filing of cases against the police officials involved. In a ruling ...

69 villager residents receive Tesda certificates
Sun Star - 2018-12-22
A TOTAL of 69 Barangay 76-A Bucana residents received their national certificates and starter tool kits on Friday, December 21, 2018 for completing the community-based training of the Technical Education ... to the President, the Department of Labor ...

Rodel Batocabe, outspoken lawyer and staunch supporter of ex-Speaker Alvarez
Rappler - 2018-12-22
He finished law at the UP College of Law, before taking up his masteral degree ... s removal of lawyer Eugene de Vera as representative of the Arts, Business, and Science Professionals party. Batocabe led meetings of the party-list coalition on the matter ...

Jeff Koons convicted again for copyright infringement
Lexology - 2018-12-22
After having been convicted on 9 March 2017 by the Paris Court of First Instance for counterfeiting a photograph taken by the photographer Jean Fran├žois Bauret, contemporary art artist Jeff KOONS was convicted again on 8 November 2018 for counterfeiting a ...

Talks sought to prevent strike at Clark airport
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-21
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Clark International Airport Corp. (Ciac) spoke to leaders ... terminal being put up by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA). Jaime Alberto Melo, Ciac ...

Heroism through volunteerism
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-12-21
Volunteer Jovito Liwat Jr., who is also a pastor and farmer interacts at a gathering with his community folks as he endeavors to lead them live a life free of poverty and into a life of successful endeavors. (Photo: DSWD XII) "Ask not what your country ...

IAC-MOF stresses importance of financial literacy to OFW's families
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-12-21
Nuqui also pointed this out when she addressed the participants of the activity noting that some OFWs live modestly and spend little amount for their living allowance abroad so that they can remit ample funs to their families in the Philippines.

DOLE grants aid to families of Kalinga soldiers wounded in Marawi
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-12-21
CITY OF TABUK, Dec. 20 (PIA)--The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) handed P20,000 aid to families of each of the nine Kalinga soldiers who were wounded-in-action (WIA) and one who was killed-in-action in Marawi more than a year ago. Also ...

DSWD reports 2018 accomplishments
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-12-21
It is delivered through the various Crisis Intervention Units (CIU) at the DSWD Central Office, Field Offices, and satellite offices in the provinces, provides educational, medical, transportation ... and Elementary Schools, the Department continues ...

JBC opens positions for Associate Justices in CA, CTA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-20
MANILA, Philippines -- Positions for Associate Justices in the Court of Appeals (CA) and Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) are now open, the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has announced. In a statement ...

Merry or misery? Shoppers urged to avoid Christmas gifts linked to slavery
InterAksyon - 2018-12-20
"Border Force are at ports, airports, and mailing rooms, working hard to keep these knock-off goods out of the country, depriving criminals of illicit profits and keeping consumers safe," Immigration Minister Caroline Noakes said in a statemen

PEP EXCLUSIVE: Liza Dino bares 2019 target of FDCP
PEP - 2018-12-20
We do a single-window clearance transaction. Meaning: one-stop shop. "Kapag nag-apply ka sa FDCP, kami ang makikipag-usap sa Bureau of Immigration, sa Customs, para bigyan ka ng working permit, and kami makikipag-coordinate sa respective local cities or ...

Role of intellectual property in strengthening the tourism industry
Lexology - 2018-12-19
At first glance, tourism and intellectual property seem two very disparate concepts. However, on further analysis tourism is dependent upon intellectual property. The paramount reason being that tourism as an industry heavily impacts economic growth of a ...

Napoles resists move to Correctional because of 'threats'
Rappler - 2018-12-19
The guilty verdict was later reversed by the Court of Appeals prompting her transfer to the BJMP-run facility in Camp Bagong Diwa. With the December 14 plunder conviction, the anti-graft court ordered that she be re-committed to the CIW in Mandaluyong City.

Should My Cease-And-Desist Letter Be Funny?
JD Supra - 2018-12-19
Chances are you have seen rumblings of creative, even (dare I say) funny cease-and-desist letters, particularly those aimed towards trademark or copyright infringement, popping up in the news. You know the ones: an actor playing a town crier pops in on a ...

SC declares no work for courts on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-19
MANILA, Philippines--The Supreme Court (SC) has suspended works in all courts nationwide on December 26 and January 2. The Public Information Office of the SC announced this on Wednesday ...

Gay Singaporean man wins right to adopt surrogate son
Rappler - 2018-12-18
SINGAPORE, Singapore - A gay Singaporean man Monday, December 17, won the right to adopt a child he fathered via a surrogate in the United States, in a landmark court ruling for the conservative city-state. While Singapore is affluent and modern in many ...

Supreme Court inks purchase of lot for Taguig move - 2018-12-18
Another agreement was signed with Megaworld senior vice president Kevin Andrew Tan in connection with the access road from the SC to Campus Avenue in the McKinley area. The SC building is currently located in an area owned by the University of the Philippines.

Philconsa asks Supreme Court: Declare BOL unconstitutional
Rappler - 2018-12-18
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa ... which creates the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in place of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Named respondents in the petition are the Senate represented by ...

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