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In funds we trust

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), recognizing the financial sophistication of trust funds, released on April 20, the proposed rules and regulations on determining...

Much EndO About Nothing

German-American socialist editor and author, Oscar Ameringer, once said: “Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from...

‘Displaced Personnel’: a labor consequence of the K to 12

Almost four (4) years have lapsed since the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, or Republic Act 10533 (RA 10533), introduced the Enhanced Basic...

The TRAIN in the eyes of the DoF and BIR

The law cannot just be gauged on the basis of its provision. One should consider how its administrator views it. It should be recalled...

Data privacy update: The Annual Security Incident Report

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) recently extended the deadline to submit the Annual Security Incident Report for all security incidents occurring in 2017, to...

It’s the time of the year to think about tax

As the deadline for filing our annual income tax return (ITR) is fast approaching, it is fitting to remind ourselves of the legal requirements,...

Build, Build, Build, and the Swiss Challenge Method

Under the Build, Build, Build program, the government intends to spend $158 billion over the next five years in public infrastructure projects. This means...

DoLE Initiative in curbing the perils of a sedentary life

On Oct. 18, 2017, the Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Silvestre H. Bello III issued Department Order (DO) 184, Series...

Overtaxed corporations?

In today’s business community, corporations abound and are still growing in number. In many cases, entrepreneurs opt to conduct business as a corporate entity...

Financial institutions towards cyber resilience

Businesses have continued to rely heavily on the use of Information Technology (IT) for efficient delivery of products and services in response to emerging...

The Presidential veto in the passage of a law

Constitutions are the fundamental law of every nation. They put in place basic tenets and forms of government to be observed in the country....

Look on House Bill 6779: Coverage and Limitations

On Jan. 29, House Bill 6779 or “An Act Recognizing the Civil Effects of Church Annulment Decrees” was approved on its third and final...

New IPO Guidelines for patent examination

In line with its goal to deliver timely and quality patents, utility models and industrial designs, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPO)...

Proposed rules and regulations on crowdfunding

Crowdfunding (CF) platforms have proven to be a popular way to solicit charitable donations and to raise funds for projects or business ventures. With...

The Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) and Renewable Energy Market (RE Market)

The implementation of the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) is an important development for the Renewable Energy (RE) Market, and impacts the public as a...

Immortality of gift checks

During the last Holiday Season, it was not unusual for companies, firms and even individuals to give gift checks, gift certificates, or gift cards...

Changes under DoLE’s revised rules on inspections

Consistent with the efforts of the Duterte administration to stop endo and promote regulation, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) recently promulgated Department...

Net neutrality in the Philippines — is it necessary?

In the US, the freedom to tap the resource that we know as the Internet has been limited by its Federal Communications Commission (FCC),...

Recent measures to address judicial delays

It is trite but bears repeating: justice too long delayed is justice denied. Our government has enacted several measures to somehow address the issue...

Effects of plain packaging on the Intellectual Property Rights of stakeholders

The world is now waiting for the World Trade Organization’s decision on the validity of plain packaging measures on tobacco products in Australia. If...

Recognition and regulation of virtual currency in the Philippines

“Bitcoin” has been the newest buzzword in the financial and legal circles in the past few years. We often hear of people generating significant...

Data privacy and employment

Republic Act No. 10173, also known as the Data Privacy Act (DPA), was enacted on Aug. 15, 2012. Subsequently, the National Privacy Commission (NPC)...

Gov’t body issues guidelines for conducting privacy impact assessments

Pursuant to Republic Act No. 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA) and in preparation for the March 8, 2018 deadline for...

Watching over your credit reputation

Reputation matters. It could make or break one’s chances of availing a much needed financial life line. In the financial industry, before a credit facility is...

Philippine Competition Act on course for full implementation

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) recently promulgated its Rules of Procedure (Rules) in its investigation and prosecution of “anti-competitive agreements” and “anti-competitive conduct.” This...

‘Are we a nation of states? What’s the state of our...

That title is one of the lines in the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton. It tells the story of the young, scrappy, and hungry United...

Protection of women employees

According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap (GGG) Report conducted in 2016, the Philippines is the most gender-equal country in the Asia-Pacific...

Defining the market: a critical step in merger review

The Philippine Competition Act (PCA) prohibits merger or acquisition agreements that substantially prevent, restrict or lessen competition in the relevant market. Thus, defining a relevant...

Standing at work

On Aug. 25, the secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Silvestre H. Bello III issued Department Order 178-17 Series of 2017...

The September 2017 deadline for the registration of Data Protection Officers

Republic Act No. 10173, or the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA) was enacted in 2012 to regulate the processing of personal data by...