Labor and employment rights advocate sees ally in PRRD - 2016-08-16
BAGUIO CITY, (PIA) - - Labor and employment rights advocates have seen an ally in President Rodrigo Duterte in their long quest of achieving social justice for the Filipino workforce. As he promised during the campaign to stop labor contractualization in ...

President Duterte appoints two new immigration deputy commissioners
Manila Bulletin - 2016-08-16
Argosino graduated from the San Beda College of Law while Robles was from the San Sebastian College of Law. Both are veteran law practitioners before joining the bureau.

India rises to 66th rank in innovation
Economic Times - 2016-08-16
The Global Innovation Index has been created and reported every year by the Paris-based business school Insead, Cornell University and the World Intellectual Property Organisation, a United Nations agency. The Gobal Innovation Index is positioned as ...

One-stop service center for OFWs opens, August 15 - 2016-08-16
Bello said the One-Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO) is located at the ground floor ... Verification and Status o UMID Capturing and Card Releasing 9. Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) o Processing and Copy Issuance of Certificate of Live ...

Trump says he would implement 'extreme vetting' of immigrants
MSN - 2016-08-16
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump unveils his anti-terrorism plan, saying he would implement "extreme vetting" of immigrants and suspend immigration from certain countries to protect the United States.

Labor and employment rights advocate sees ally in PRRD - 2016-08-16
Labor and employment rights advocates found an ally in their long-time quest of achieving social justice for the Filipino workforce, in President Rodrigo Duterte. As he promised during the campaign to stop labor contractualization in the country, President ...

Big Firm/Small Firm--Size Matters for Attorney Disqualification
New York Law Journal - 2016-08-15
Plaintiffs in that case alleged that defendant Cowen and Co. had engaged in copyright infringement by forwarding, without authorization, certain energy industry newsletters produced and sold by plaintiffs. After it was sued, in addition to retaining ...

POEA, MARINA to develop universal ID system for Filipino seafarers - 2016-08-15
MANILA, Aug. 16 - Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III yesterday announced that the Governing Board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has approved and issued GB Resolution No. 13, Series of 2016, which calls for the ...

GREAT NEWS:OFW One-Stop Service For Papers And Requirements To Open At The POEA Building On August 15! - 2016-08-15
According to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, this is a fulfillment of President Rodrigo Duterte's promise to OFWs during his campaign on the last election of providing a hassle free, convenient and more accessible government service to overseas workers.

DOLE opens one-stop service center for overseas workers
BusinessMirror. - 2016-08-15
In Photo: Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III (top photo) talks with an overseas worker at the launching of One-Stop Service Center for Overseas Filipino Workers on the ground floor of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration on Ortigas Avenue ...

One-stop shop for OFWs unveiled; 3 more due
Manila Bulletin - 2016-08-15
Bello said the expansion of the OSSCO is aimed at ensuring that OFWs in other regions will be able to avail of the same convenience and efficient services provided by the one-stop shop at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) main office ...

NaFFAA Elects 31-year-old Brendan Flores as National Chair
GMA Network - 2016-08-14
from gay rights to immigration, cultural identity to leadership development. Members of the Filipino ... IL), Pilipino American Unity for Progress (NY, NY), Philippine American Cultural Foundation (Chicago, IL), Philippine American Society of Greater ...

House think tank cites advantages of federalism
BusinessMirror. - 2016-08-14
Federalism means autonomy in government rules per province, with independent taxation and economic system. Under the federal form of government, provinces will no longer remit their income to the national treasury, but they will be required to give a ...

VAT increase to 15% looms - 2016-08-14
The possible tax policy packages--a reduction in personal income tax and consumption tax, corporate income tax, property tax, and capital income and transaction tax-- were described as "revenue losing measures" but that the economic managers included ...

Bill sets work hours for entertainment workers
Manila Bulletin - 2016-08-14
"The Labor Code is silent as to the prescribed number of hours of work for this unique group," he said. "It is not enough to grant them automatic health and/or accident insurance coverage. Their work hours have to be statutorily set out in order to ...

78 overstaying Viets surrender to BI
Manila Bulletin - 2016-08-14
Some 78 overstaying and undocumented Vietnamese nationals have surrendered to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and asked to be voluntarily deported to their country. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente disclosed that the aliens turned themselves in last ...

PH-bound flight diverted to India -- passenger goes into labor
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-08-14
A Cebu Pacific flight from Dubai to Manila made an unexpected stop in Hyderabad, India on Sunday morning after a pregnant passenger went on labor, according to the Manila International Airport Authority. The MIAA said the diverted flight was supposed to ...

Filipino workers in Saudi company want to go home
Bulatlat - 2016-08-14
In a letter emailed to the office of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the 33 Filipino workers in the campsite of Saad Trading Contracting and Financial Services explained that they have yet to receive their salary since November 2015. "Despite such ...

Ex-addict gives other side of drug problem
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2016-08-13
He is a member and trainer of the Inter-Agency Task Force under the Department of Labor and Employment, responsible for implementing the drug-free workplace department order. He also coauthored the training manual of the Drug Abuse Prevention Coordinators ...

Life getting harder for poor with shrinking value of peso
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-08-12
According to the Associated Labor Unions (ALU), the purchasing power of the current daily minimum wage remains inadequate to lift millions of workers and their families in Metro Manila and areas outside the National Capital Region (NCR) despite the latest ...

DOH medical team provides relief to distressed Pinoys in Saudi Arabia
BusinessMirror. - 2016-08-12
The agencies included in this emergency response, aside from the DOH, are the Departments of Foreign Affairs, Labor and Employment, and Social Welfare and Development; Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Technical Education and Skills ...

PH gov't urged to fix master list of stranded OFWs to fast-track aid
Rappler - 2016-08-12
Ang list naman ng POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) ay 8,000 lang, pero sa lista ng DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) around 11,000," said Bertiz at the Usaping Balita Media Forum at the Serye Cafe Filipino in Quezon City. (OWWA doesn ...

DOLE bent on whittling down ENDO in R9 - 2016-08-12
In the Philippines, it is mandated by law that an employee working for a company automatically becomes regularized after six months as provided for in Article 281 of the Labor Code. Regularization means the employee will enjoy the benefits of a regular ...

6 Tips for Registering a Trademark Overseas - 2016-08-11
According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), on average, approximately four million trademark applications are filed every year worldwide. As more businesses and brands continue to expand their presence overseas, it is important to ...

Indemnification In Commercial Agreements - What Is It And Should You Be Concerned About It?
JD Supra - 2016-08-11
Does the licensed technology include technology from a third party? If yes, did the third party provide an intellectual property indemnification that is as broad as what the indemnifying party is being asked to provide to the licensee? If not, the ...

In Search of a Predictable Standard for Attorney Fees in Copyright Cases
New York Law Journal - 2016-08-11
In addition, the court stated that fees may be awarded against a party committing "litigation misconduct" or "to deter repeated instances of copyright infringement or overaggressive assertions of copyright claims... even if the losing position was ...

Blog: Building, Marketing and Maintaining Your Brand in the UK
JD Supra - 2016-08-11
Here is general guidance on building, marketing and maintaining your brand while protecting your intellectual property and complying with applicable regulations in the process. This article considers in particular the rules applicable to non-broadcast ...

Uncertainty and change
Inquirer Opinion - 2016-08-11
But today, Annan added, the Turkish president has been "focused on his survival ... Martello, who is of Chinese descent, was born and raised in the Philippines (she graduated from the University of the Philippines), but who has spent much of her ...

Bello orders POEA to intensify campaign against illegal recruitment - 2016-08-11
MANILA, Aug. 12 (PIA)--DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III directed the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to intensify its campaign against illegal recruiters after two of them were nabbed offering fake Swiss job opportunities.

Ed Sheeran slapped with copyright suit over Marvin Gaye's song 'Let's get it on'
Economic Times - 2016-08-11
NEW YORK: Ed Sheeran has been hit with a copyright suit over his mega-hit "Thinking Out Loud," with a songwriter's heirs saying he stole from Marvin Gaye's classic "Let's Get It On." The lawsuit comes amid a flurry of infringement suits in the music world ...

Bello issues Department Order suspending the registration of contractors/subcontractors - 2016-08-11
Rodrigo R. Duterte to abolish the unlawful contractualization scheme, which he described as unfair labor practice and tool for exploiting the Filipino workers. (DOLE)

POEA exec sacked over extortion - 2016-08-10
LABOR Secretary Silvestre Bello III ordered the dismissal from the public service a Philippine Overseas Employment Administration employee for extorting money to applicants wanting to work abroad. Bello said that the DoLE Legal Service found Roland Quintos ...

Dooc proposes compulsory OFW insurance
BusinessMirror. - 2016-08-10
He further said the IC plans to conduct seminars on compulsory OFW insurance to further expand the knowledge of the employees working at the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) and the CFO, since they are the initial resource persons for the OFWs.

DOH sends team to assist stranded OFWs in Saudi
Manila Bulletin - 2016-08-10
The agencies included in the emergency response are: The Departments of Health, Foreign Affairs, Labor and Employment, and Social Welfare and Development; Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Technical Education and Skills Development ...

Second Circuit Revives Copyright Claims Against Sony and Ghostface Killah
JD Supra - 2016-08-09
Noting that the Second Circuit had not addressed the issue of whether a third party to an alleged employer-employee relationship has standing to raise a "work for hire" defense to copyright infringement, the Court reviewed cases from other Circuits and ...

PH now a human trafficking destination
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-08-09
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is stepping up its screening of incoming foreigners after the discovery of an alleged syndicate trafficking Vietnamese workers to the Philippines. The agency recently interviewed scores of overstaying Vietnamese who had ...

Cox Can't Dodge $25M Music Piracy Verdict
Law 360 - 2016-08-09
Back in December, jurors sided with music publisher BMG and held Cox liable for willful contributory copyright infringement over music illegally shared through its pipes -- a verdict made possible by a crucial bench ruling a month earlier that Cox had ...

GMA seeks additional exemption for taxpayers caring for old parents
Manila Bulletin - 2016-08-09
Additional taxation benefits are being sought for individual taxpayers who take care of their elderly parents as relief from the expenses for their nutrition, education, medicines and other basic needs. Former president and now Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ...

How to increase the tax effort to 17%
Manila Bulletin - 2016-08-09
A broader tax base (and a fairer one) meant additional revenues. 3. The shift to specific taxation for cigarettes and alcohol products was more than a revenue measure. It was a move to meet the problem of tax evasion head on. Under the ad valorem ...

POEA scraps OEC for returning OFWs
Rappler - 2016-08-09
Resolution no. 12 was passed by the Governing Board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), chaired by Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III and vice chaired by POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, on August 4. It takes effect on the ...

Returning OFWs to be exempt from OEC requirement starting Sept 15
MSN - 2016-08-08
Perhaps realizing that the notorious piece of paper has brought nothing but headache, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued a resolution temporarily scrapping the OEC requirement. This is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte ...

POEA to exempt selected OFWs from securing OECs
Manila Bulletin - 2016-08-08
Starting next month, some overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will no longer be required to secure an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). POEA announced last week it will start exempting ...

POEA exempts returning OFWs from OEC requirement - 2016-08-08
MANDALUYONG CITY, Aug. 9 (PIA)--Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III recently announced that the Governing Board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, of which he is the Chairperson, has issued Governing Board Resolution No ...

POEA exempts qualified Balik Manggagawa from OEC requirement
MSN - 2016-08-08
OFWs who will be returning to their former employer, or "Balik Manggagawa," will no longer be required to secure an overseas employment certificate (OEC) starting middle of next month, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said Monday.

Limjoco: Key reforms to boost franchising industry
Philstar - 2016-08-07
MANILA, Philippines - The time is ripe for interested franchisees to start scouting for the best business deals, as the Duterte administration vowed to streamline the process of doing business in the Philippines and start reforms on taxation. Individuals ...

Longest ivory crucifix, other Philippine collections loaned to major Singapore show
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2016-08-07
The ivory crucifix is considered the single longest ivory corpus in Christian art in Asia and is on loan to the ACM exhibit by the University ... with Manila in 1567. Culturally, the icon comes close to being as old as Christianity in the Philippines ...

5,000 online game workers may lose jobs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2016-08-07
A shutdown of publicly listed Philweb Corp. would cost the government at least P2.1 billion in royalty fees that the firm pays to state-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) for the right to operate 286 e-Games outlets nationwide, according to ...

Govt seizes P2.8B of counterfeit goods
BusinessMirror. - 2016-08-07
THE government has seized P2.8 billion worth of counterfeit goods as of July, surpassing the full-year value of fake products it confiscated last year, according to the latest data from the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).

House to fast-track bills seeking to prohibit labor-only contracting
BusinessMirror. - 2016-08-07
She added several employers get away with contractualization because of loopholes in the Labor Code of the Philippines. Earlier, President Duterte warned businessmen against endo, saying they must "stop contractualization." Speaker Pantaleon D.

Smart, Bayad Center tie up to provide payment alternative through PayMaya
BusinessMirror. - 2016-08-07
PayMaya is a reloadable virtual Visa card. Top ups may be done at any of the 15,000 reloading stations nationwide that include SM Malls Business Centers, Robinsons Department Stores, Bayad Centers, 7-Eleven stores with Cliqq kiosks, TouchPay Kiosks ...

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