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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

January 18, 2018

As of this writing, one bitcoin is already equivalent to $10,338. Late last year, it reached an all-time high of $19,783.06. Still, it was a meteoric rise from just $2.00 in December 2011. The average daily volume of bitcoin is $40 million and its global market value is around $213 billion. In the Philippines, monthly trading volume is now estimated to be about $6 million from only $2 million in... Read More

January 17, 2018

During the last Holiday Season, it was not unusual for companies, firms and even individuals to give gift checks, gift certificates, or gift cards to their clients, employees, friends and loved ones. This practice is now widely accepted in lieu of giving an actual gift item. Because they are convenient and handy, gift checks have developed to be a source of excitement and delight with their... Read More

January 10, 2018

Consistent with the efforts of the Duterte administration to stop endo and promote regulation, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) recently promulgated Department Order No. 183, Series of 2017, known as the Revised Rules on the Administration and Enforcement of Labor Laws Pursuant to Article 128 of the Labor Code, as Renumbered (DO 183). The new DO superseded Department Order No. 131-B... Read More

January 04, 2018

The past years saw the rise of a type of expression that has shaped (or distorted) public discourse around the world: fake news. No wonder the Collins Dictionary officially named “fake news” as its Word of the Year for 2017. In the United States, fake news was pervasive during the 2016 presidential election (e.g. the Pope endorsing Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton selling weapons to ISIS etc.).... Read More