Amicus Curiae

The following articles were also published in BusinessWorld.

April 04, 2018

As the deadline for filing our annual income tax return (ITR) is fast approaching, it is fitting to remind ourselves of the legal requirements, including those changes brought about by the TRAIN law. The official deadline for the filing of ITRs is the 15th day of the fourth month following the end of the taxpayer’s reporting period. For most of us, this remains to be April 15. This is last day,... Read More

March 28, 2018

Under the Build, Build, Build program, the government intends to spend $158 billion over the next five years in public infrastructure projects. This means that by end of President Duterte’s term in 2022, infrastructure spending will reach around 7.3% of GDP, a significant increase from the 5.1% spending in 2016. This huge public spending for government infrastructure projects present vast... Read More

March 13, 2018

  On Oct. 18, 2017, the Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Silvestre H. Bello III issued Department Order (DO) 184, Series of 2017, entitled “Safety and Health Measures for Workers Who, By the Nature of their Work, Have to Spend Long Hours Sitting.” DO 184-17 came at an opportune time, with the influx of business process outsourcing companies in the Philippines... Read More

Christianne Mae C. Balili

March 06, 2018

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 because of its obvious advantages. For one, a corporation makes projects requiring huge investments more feasible as it has the ability to pool separate funds from a vast number of investors. A corporation also enjoys continuity of... Read More

February 28, 2018

Businesses have continued to rely heavily on the use of Information Technology (IT) for efficient delivery of products and services in response to emerging market trends and evolving client needs. However, as financial institutions tend to keep pace, there is also an increased exposure to cyber-threats and attacks. Recently, the public has been quick to raise concerns over suspicious and... Read More

Madelene Ruth F. Salazar

February 20, 2018

Constitutions are the fundamental law of every nation. They put in place basic tenets and forms of government to be observed in the country. The Philippine Constitution is no different. One of the vital portions of our Constitution provides us with the three branches of government: the legislative department, there to pass laws; the executive department, to enforce laws; and, the judiciary... Read More

February 13, 2018

On Jan. 29, House Bill 6779 or “An Act Recognizing the Civil Effects of Church Annulment Decrees” was approved on its third and final reading in the House of Representatives where 203 out of 292 members of the House voted in its favor. Under the bill, an annulment decree issued by a church or religious sect in the Philippines will have the same effect as an annulment decree issued by a competent... Read More

February 07, 2018

In line with its goal to deliver timely and quality patents, utility models and industrial designs, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPO) recently released the Manual for Patent Examination Procedure (MPEP). The MPEP describes in detail certain procedures and practices on matters of patent law and interpretation and serves as a comprehensive guide for administrative officers... Read More

January 31, 2018

Crowdfunding (CF) platforms have proven to be a popular way to solicit charitable donations and to raise funds for projects or business ventures. With CF platforms, access to funds has expanded for start-up companies and for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). CF generally refers to the financing method of pooling small amounts of money from a large number of people to finance... Read More

January 24, 2018

The implementation of the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) is an important development for the Renewable Energy (RE) Market, and impacts the public as a whole. Republic Act No. 9513 or the Renewable Energy Law gives both fiscal and non-fiscal incentives to investors in order to encourage the promotion and development of renewable energy in the Philippines. Toward this end, the RPS serves as a... Read More