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The following articles were also published in BusinessWorld.

October 05, 2016

The use of mobile phones has become a way of life among Filipinos, not without reason. Filipinos who have family members or relatives working abroad use mobile phones to keep in constant touch with their loved ones. Couples who are in long distance relationships make the most of mobile phone applications to help them make the distance bearable. Even Filipinos here in the country use... Read More

September 29, 2016

Republic Act No. 10911 (also known as the “Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act”) lapsed into law on July 21, 2016. While there are several laws on discrimination in the Philippines, e.g. women, persons with disability, persons with HIV, etc., this is a new law focusing on age discrimination. The Department of Labor and Employment has yet to issue the implementing rules and regulations... Read More

September 28, 2016

Following his verbal announcement to declare a state of lawlessness nationwide, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Proclamation No. 55, series of 2016, declaring a state of national emergency on account of lawless violence in Mindanao last Sept. 5. The last straw which brought about the proclamation was the fatal bombing incident in a night market in Davao City, perpetrated by lawless elements on... Read More

September 07, 2016

After the buzz on the issue of legality of having Uber and GrabCar operate in the Philippines had died down due to the Department Order No. 2015-011 issued by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) on May 8, 2015 creating a new classification of public transport, yet another legal issue arises: whether or not drivers accredited by TNCs are employees or independent... Read More

August 31, 2016

Following a series of public consultations held between June and August 2016, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) promulgated the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10173 last Aug. 24, 2016.    Republic Act No. 10173, or the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA), was principally authored by former Senator Edgardo J. Angara during his chairmanship of the... Read More

August 24, 2016

The recent issuance of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Philippine Competition Act (PCA) is a game changing regulation for corporations doing business in the Philippines. The IRR clarifies the notification requirement for mergers and acquisitions, among others, and regulates mergers and acquisitions of businesses. Simply put, large corporations cannot continue their business... Read More

August 17, 2016

One of the legislative priorities of the Duterte administration is the amendment of the Juvenile Justice & Welfare Act or RA No. 9344 by lowering of the age of criminal responsibility. Significantly, House Bill No. 2 or the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility Act, which seeks to revert the minimum age of criminal responsibility from fifteen (15) years of age to nine (9) years of age,... Read More

August 10, 2016

  For the first time in presidential campaign history, contracting became a mainstream issue with all five presidential candidates vowing to eradicate contractualization. However, back then, the candidates never discussed their plans as to how they would do away with contractualization, and whether they intend to do away with contracting and subcontracting (“outsourcing”) under... Read More

August 03, 2016

Retirement planning can be a tedious process.   It requires serious contemplation, having in mind the end goal of living comfortably during one’s twilight years. To do that, several factors are considered, most important of all where to put one’s savings where it might give the best rate of return. The State, on its part, assists in reaching this goal by providing for... Read More

July 27, 2016

It may surprise you to know tax assessments worth millions have been issued by the BIR simply because taxpayers failed to properly invoice discounts. Even now, many big companies underestimate and neglect the importance of good invoicing. Businessmen and accounting officers still tend to overlook the value of properly filling out such a small piece of paper, which could later on make or break... Read More