September 27, 2017

A woman uses her computer next to a hotel window in Makati in this photo taken on March 13, 2012. -- BW FILE PHOTO   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 region having closed nearly 79% of its gender gap. The GGG Index ranks 144 countries on... Read More

September 21, 2017

Last August 31, the Shareholders’ Association of the Philippines (SharePHIL) held its 4th annual summit at the Dusit Hotel in Makati City.   The summit featured the famous brothers of the Ayala Group, Jaime Augusto and Fernando Zobel de Ayala.   The occasion was a rare feat for any organization: It was the first time the Zobel brothers spoke jointly as... Read More

September 21, 2017

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 market is a critical step in merger analysis.   Defining the relevant market serves as a basis to identify the competitors in the market, the merging companies’ individual... Read More

September 14, 2017

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 entitled “Safety and Health Measures for Workers Who by the Nature of their Work Have to Stand at Work.”   DO 178-17 was issued in accordance with the power of the secretary of Labor and Employment to promulgate standards to ensure the... Read More

September 07, 2017

Through the years, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) has earned for itself a bad reputation. Many times, it has topped the Social Weather Stations (SWS) surveys either as the most corrupt government agency or the least sincere in fighting corruption. Indeed, a perusal of broadsheet headlines in the last few years would readily reveal that the agency has been embroiled in many scandals: Rice smuggling... Read More

September 06, 2017

Republic Act No. 10173, or the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA) was enacted in 2012 to regulate the processing of personal data by any natural and juridical person in the government or private sector. These data include personal information, sensitive personal information, and privileged information.   Under the law, personal information controllers and personal information... Read More