OWWA ceases giving P10,000 in aid to OFWs bound for HK, Macau after lifting of travel ban
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-20
LEGAZPI CITY--The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Bicol on Thursday announced that it would stop the processing of financial aid to hundreds of Bicolano Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) bound for Hong Kong and Macau after the government recently lifted the travel ban in these countries as a precaution against COVID-19.

BIR sets P2.5 trillion tax collection target for 2020
Gov - 2020-02-20
"I trust that the Bureau will once more overshoot its targets with the able leadership of Commissioner Billy Dulay and the landmark reforms we are putting in place in how we do taxation. I also expect you to intensify your efforts against tax ...

PhilHealth mess: Raps filed vs 4 execs for OFW payment scam
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
In a complaint, Sarmiento, former head of the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency-Overseas Filipino Professionals (POEA-OFP) Operations Office, detailed the scheme in which some liaison officers of recruitment agencies and some PhilHealth employees defrauded OFWs by faking receipts, making the workers believe that they had paid their P2,400 ...

Britain unveils immigration overhaul focused on skills
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-19
British Lawmaker Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, leaves 10 Downing Street in London on Thursday, February 13, 2020. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson shook up his government on Thursday ...

Recruitment firms issued fake receipts to OFWs, says PhilHealth
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) on Wednesday said the alleged fake receipts issued for premium payments of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were ...

PhilHealth execs face new corruption complaint over non-remittance of OFWs' contributions
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) -- Former and current officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation are facing a complaint at the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly ignoring an illegal scheme involving its employees. Named as respondents in the complaint are Philhealth Senior Vice President Dennis Mas, Vice President ...

SSS welcomes newest members of the Social Security Commission
Gov - 2020-02-19
Argel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy degree and Bachelor of Laws degree from San Beda University. On the other hand ... Argel and Alonto will join Secretary of Finance Carlos G. Dominguez III (Chairperson), SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Aurora C. Ignacio (Vice-Chairperson), Secretary of Labor and Employment Silvestre ...

OFWs, Filipino students may return to Hong Kong, Macau
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-18
Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Administrator Bernard P. Olalia confirmed the development, saying they will resume the processing of OFWs as soon as the IATF-EID decision takes effect. The lifting of the partial deployment ban on Hong Kong and Macau comes a few days after the government completely removed the travel ban ...

Filipino household worker in Hong Kong tests positive for novel coronavirus
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 18) -- The Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong confirmed Tuesday that a Filipina domestic worker had tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID ...

Canada: SaskTel Sent Out 30,000 Copyright Infringement Notices Last Year
Mondaq - 2020-02-18
Since January 2019 SaskTel has sent out approximately 30,000 notifications to customers accused of unauthorized downloading or uploading of copyrighted material. Copyright owners hire companies that track down IP addresses that access movies, such as through peer-to-peer file sharing software, and then obtain court orders requiring SaskTel to ...

OWWA releasing P3,000 each to more than 1,000 OFW victims of storm Tisoy in Albay
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-17
LEGAZPI CITY - Over a thousand Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) from Albay who suffered losses as a result of Typhoon "Tisoy" in late 2019 would receive P3,000 in financial assistance from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). Rowena Alzaga, spokesperson of OWWA in Bicol, said P3.2 million in financial aid would be given to ...

Govt limits working hours of AV industry employees
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-17
He said the JMC also requires AV companies to inform the DOLE regional offices if they will conduct shoots outside of their principal place of business. In this way, Benavidez said, the DOLE will be able to keep track of their location shoots, which are still considered as workplace. He said the other provisions contained in the new JMC such as ...

NEDA: PH gov't confident of infrastracture momentum
Gov - 2020-02-17
MANILA, Feb 17 -- The National Economic and Development Authority is confident the government will sustain its infrastructure undertaking momentum as it continues to make definite progress in the different phases of project processing. "Since the start ...

POEA: Onsite inspection of OFW now mandatory
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-17
ONSITE inspection on the status of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will soon be made mandatory by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to ensure their welfare abroad.

BARMM gets initial P5.3 billion block grant
Gov - 2020-02-17
COTABATO CITY, Feb. 17 (PIA) -The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has recently received the first portion of its 2020 budget under the block grant amounting to P5.3 billion from the national government. This was announced by BARMM ...

God save the pub: Britons rally to rescue local watering holes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-16
The collapse in pub numbers has been attributed to changes in social habits, from falling alcohol consumption, increased social opportunities for the young, high taxation on commercial property ...

Valentine in the Supreme Court
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-15
Indeed, the roses and love songs turned the yearlong judicial frowns into reluctant smiles, even for just a day. Now that Court of Appeals (CA) Justice Fernanda Lampas Peralta, the charming and low-profile spouse of Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta, heads the Supreme Court Ladies Circle, the justices may want to revive this tradition in the ...

PH lifts total deployment ban on Kuwait - DOLE
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine government has lifted the total deployment ban imposed on Kuwait, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced Friday. The Philippine Overseas ...

Duterte appoints former chief justice Bersamin as new GSIS chair
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) -- President Rodrigo Duterte appointed former Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin as the new chairperson of the Government Service Insurance ...

KAPA masterminds, promoters ordered arrested
Gov - 2020-02-13
In the interest of affected investors, the Commission, through the Anti-Money Laundering Council, likewise obtained a Freeze Order from the Court of Appeals on June 4, 2019 to preserve assets linked to KAPA. The SEC also continued to remind the general ...

OWWA -CAR releases P1.94M aid to stranded OFWs due to COVID
Gov - 2020-02-13
OWWA Programs and Services Division OIC Windelin Maequez awards the P10,000 Special Financial Assistance to an OFW affected by the travel ban due to the Novel Coronavirus Disease. (CCD/PIA CAR) BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 13 (PIA) - - The Overseas Workers Welfare ...

Everything you need to know about the required 20% discount for all national athletes
SPIN - 2020-02-11
Establishments MUST GRANT these 20% discounts. The IRR makes it explicit that even if the Bureau of Internal Revenue fails to promulgate the necessary rules and regulations for implementation ...

Army, PNP join forces to arrest high-ranking NPA officials
Gov - 2020-02-11
forced taxation, and recruitment of minors while they were in the regional command. Camacho, who used the alias Jeboy, was the former Regional Operations Committee Commander of Komite Rehiyonal-Central Visayas (KR-CENVIS) before getting elevated to the NPA ...

OSG files petition for quo warranto vs ABS-CBN; asks SC to forfeit legislative franchise
Gov - 2020-02-10
Calida, today filed a petition for quo warranto at the Supreme Court to forfeit the legislative franchises of ABS-CBN Corporation and its subsidiary, ABS-CBN Convergence, Inc. "We want to put an end to what we discovered to be highly abusive practices of ...

DOH urges judicious use of face masks
Gov - 2020-02-10
sneezing and those with fever and healthcare and frontline workers such as the PNP and the Bureau of Immigration. Meanwhile, N95 masks must be reserved for healthcare and frontline workers who are: 1. Attending to patients with respiratory infections ...

DOLE deploys 300 labor inspectors to check on alien-employing establishments
Gov - 2020-02-10
QUEZON CITY, Feb. 10 (PIA)--Despite the scare brought about by the dreaded nCoV, the labor department has resumed its special inspection of alien-employing establishments by deploying anew over 300 labor inspectors in key areas to inspect and verify the ...

4 Chinese PUM in Sarangani isolated, well-accommodated
Gov - 2020-02-07
Alejandro said they already alerted the Bureau of Quarantine and Bureau of Immigration. The Bureau of Immigration is coordinating with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines for the arrangement of the travel documents of these Chinese especially ...

OFW deployment ban to Kuwait, partially lifted
Gov - 2020-02-07
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III recommended to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board the relaxation of the deployment ban after the Kuwaiti government agreed to sign an agreement on the standard employment contract ...

No Pinoys in new confirmed 2019-nCoV cases on cruise ship in Japan - DFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-06
MANILA, Philippines - No Filipino was among the 10 new confirmed 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) patients aboard a cruise ship currently docked in Yokohama, Japan, the Department of Foreign ...

PPA bans disembarkation of vessel crews from nCoV-hit China
Gov - 2020-02-06
PPA is also in close coordination with Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Security vessel boarding teams so that essential information that may need swift action could be provided to the ground personnel. The agency has likewise started to establish ...

Bello to recommend partial lifting of Kuwait deployment ban
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Wednesday said he would recommend the partial lifting of the deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait. "I had a ...

OFWs on PH holiday may not return to China, HK, Macau yet - BI
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-03
But BI Spokesperson Dana Sandoval said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will ensure the protection of the workers despite ...

PPA bans disembarkation of vessel crews from NCoV-hit China, cancels visitation privileges of relatives of Pinoys
Gov - 2020-02-03
PPA is also in close coordination with Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Security vessel boarding teams so that essential information that may need swift action could be provided to the ground personnel. The agency has likewise started to establish ...

Denials of migrants deemed to need aid
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-02
A US Supreme Court ruling issued last Monday will make it more difficult for Filipinos to seek residency, or green card, or admission to the United States. A divided Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to begin implementing rules that make it easier for the government to deny limited-income immigrants residency or admission to the US ...

PH reopens labor negotiations with Kuwait
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-02
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has reopened negotiations with Kuwait to improve the employment contracts of around 150,000 Filipino domestic helpers, amid a total deployment ban and yet another murder of a Filipino maid by her employers. Bello arrived in Kuwait on Feb. 1 with Labor Undersecretary Claro Arellano ...

Is intellectual property law a good career choice?
The Jamaica Observer - 2020-02-02
Chad Lawrence, associate of Samuda & Johnson, attorney-at-law, helped them arrive at an asnwer when he spoke Monday about the importance of the practice of intellectual property law not just in Jamaica but across the world. Lawrence advised that the market for the specialisation is vibrant, especially in an area when the average person is ...

NEDA-8: Significant drop in E. Visayans who are poor in 2018 due to improved labor market conditions, other reforms
Gov - 2020-02-02
TACLOBAN CITY, Feb. 2 (PIA) -- The remarkable reduction in poverty incidence in Eastern Visayas in 2018 can be largely attributed to the improved labor market conditions and other institutional reforms that increased incomes of the households, according to ...

Trump curbs immigrants from 6 nations in election-year push
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-01
The State Department uses a computer drawing to select people from ... compliance with minimum standards for identification and information-sharing, and assessed whether countries properly tracked ...

What Brexit Will Mean For Intellectual Property Law
Law360 - 2020-02-01
Law360 (January 31, 2020, 8:45 PM EST) -- The United Kingdom's official withdrawal from the European Union on Friday won't immediately disrupt intellectual property law, but it may lead to a divergence on internet copyright policy, complicate plans for Europewide patents and alter trademark strategies in the years to come. Here's a primer for ...

Cox Aims To Kill 'Unprecedented' $1B Music Piracy Verdict
Law360 - 2020-01-31
Law360 (January 31, 2020, 6:26 PM EST) -- Internet service provider Cox Communications is pushing to overturn an "unprecedented" $1 billion copyright infringement verdict won by the major record labels over widespread piracy on the company's network. Six weeks after a jury verdict in favor of Sony, Universal and Warner that Cox called "unjust ...

DOLE: What companies, staff should do amid virus alert
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-31
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has called on employers to establish precautionary measures at the workplace to prevent the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV), following the Department of Health (DOH) confirmation on Thursday of the first nCoV case in the country. Among other initiatives, Bello said companies should provide ...

Ensuring Safe & Lawful E-Commerce for US Consumers, Businesses, Government Supply Chains, and Intellectual Property Rights
The White House - 2020-01-31
It is the policy of the United States Government to protect consumers, intellectual property rights holders, businesses, and workers from counterfeit goods, narcotics (including synthetic opioids such as fentanyl), and other contraband now being introduced into the United States as a result of the recent growth in e-commerce. The United ...

Lawmaker takes up cudgels for nurses, teachers who are yet to receive pay
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-31
Unlike other public-sector personnel, nurses will get a bigger adjustment because of a Supreme Court ruling last October entitling them to Salary Grade 15 or P32,053 a month. At present, they are receiving Salary Grade 11 pay, which is P22,316. "Government nurses are thus entitled to an increase of at least P9,737 in their basic monthly ...

Filipinos on surgical mask frenzy mode as PH confirms first novel coronavirus case
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 31) - Since the Philippines reported its first case of the novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, fear of catching the respiratory disease caused by the deadly virus has spread quickly. CNN Philippines learned that medical supply stores in Manila, Pagadian City and Bukidnon have run out surgical masks amid ...

DENR: Garbage solution is a concerted effort
Gov - 2020-01-31
ENVIRONMENT LAW. Engr. Raymundo Gayo, officer-in-charge of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), said solving the garbage problem must be a concerted effort as nobody can do it alone. Gayo was a guest during the KBP Forum held at the Philippine Information Agency office, Thursday. (VHS) DAGUPAN CITY, Jan. 31 (PIA ...

DILG to LGU's: Create Novel Corona Virus Task Forces to meet world health threat
Gov - 2020-01-31
QUEZON CITY, Jan. 31 (PIA) -- Amid the world health threat of novel Corona Virus (2019 nCoV) and its first reported case in the Philippines, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has advised all local government units (LGUs) to create their respective Corona Virus Task Forces to help contain the spread of the disease in the ...

Total deployment ban ?to Kuwait approved
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine government will stop sending Filipino workers to Kuwait following the violent death of household service worker Jeanelyn Villavende, according to a resolution approved on Wednesday by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), and announced the same day by the Department of Labor and ...

NY Judge Sanctions 'Notorious' Atty In Barneys Copyright Suit
Law360 - 2020-01-30
Law360 (January 29, 2020, 9:55 PM EST) -- A New York federal judge sanctioned attorney Richard Liebowitz $10,000 Wednesday for not verifying that a photograph of musician Lou Reed was registered before filing a copyright infringement suit against Barneys New York and fashion label Enfants Riches Deprimes, in the latest altercation with a ...

SEC warns public on 3 investment scams
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-29
citing the Supreme Court ruling in the case of Securities and Exchange Commission v. Oudine Santos (G.R. No. 195542, 19 March 2014). The SEC said the names of those involved would also be reported ...

SF Tattoo Artist: Pixar Tricked Me Into Providing Model for Movie Character
Law - 2020-01-29
Her suit accuses the companies of copyright infringement and violations of state and federal laws protecting artwork. Daniher agreed and signed a contract stating that all rights of every kind "arising out of the use of the Vehicle in connection with the Production shall be solely owned in perpetuity, throughout the universe, by any means ...

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