Born & Living in the Philippines but Not a Filipino? Here’s an easier way to become a naturalized Filipino Citizen

Were you born in the Philippines and living here all your life but still considered a foreigner? If you wish to become a Filipino citizen, then you can apply for administrative naturalization.   Republic Act No. 9139 otherwise known as the Administrative Naturalization Law of 2000, was enacted as a remedial measure intended to make […]

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Are you a Consumer? Then Read This: CHANGE IS COMING!

Yes, that is right. All consumers must be given the exact change by business establishments. The newly passed Republic Act No. 10909 mandate this in very clear terms. The law prohibits business establishments from giving insufficient or no change to consumers, and provides penalties ranging from Five Hundred Pesos (P500.00) or three percent of the […]

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Lifting Foreign Ownership Restrictions in the Philippines

Not long ago, the Philippines adhered to a protectionist policy, implementing numerous restrictions on foreign ownerships of businesses in the Philippines. In the past, the Philippine retail business was reserved exclusively for Filipino citizens. However, this changed with the legislation of the Trade Liberalization Act of 2000, now allowing the entry of foreign capital in […]

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Love is made of Plastic: New Credit Card Regulations that You Should Know

They come in almost all colors: red, orange, gold (yellow), green, blue, indigo, and black. Some are in precious metals like titanium or platinum, or in rare gems like diamond, or sapphire. These little pieces of plastic can be your best friend in times of need, or your worst nightmare, in times of want. Whether […]

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Employers Beware: Age does not matter, unless you’re getting cheese

In the Philippines, it is now illegal to hire employees based on age. Long gone are the days when you will see an advertisement: “Wanted Secretary, 18-34 years old” or “Wanted driver, between 25-40 years old”. The practice of employers selecting employees because of age, or placing an age limitation as a qualification for employment, […]

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Are You a Distracted Driver?

The crime of “Distracted Driving” is a new legal term. Punished under Republic Act No. 10913, which lapsed into law during the latter part of August 2016, a person caught running a vehicle with one hand, while operating any electronic communications equipment such as a mobile phone, two-way radio, tablet, hand-held computer, video player, gaming […]

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How to Form a Corporation in the Philippines

In order to set up a corporation in the Philippines, the incorporation process is lodged with the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC). Thus, the following documents must be submitted with the SEC: 1. Name Reservation/Verification Slip 2. Cover Sheet 3. Articles of Incorporation 4. Corporate By-laws 5. Registration Data Sheet 6. Registration Data Sheet (CAPITAL […]

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A Simple Guide to Contract of Sale of Real Property

Selling property should not be a complex matter. Although it is advisable to secure the services of a lawyer to draft the Contract of Sale, there are templates that are downloadable in the internet. Of course, care must be taken in using these templates since they are not customized and may not be entirely applicable […]

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Punishing Violence Against Women in the Philippines

Republic Act No. RA 9262 , otherwise known as the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Law (“VAWC”), defines violence against women and children as “any act or a series of acts against a woman who is his wife, former wife or against a woman with whom the person has or had sexual or dating […]

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Intellectual Property Protection in the Philippines

  The Philippines adheres to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property Rights, the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, the Patent Cooperation Treaty, the TRIPS Agreement and the WIPO Copyright Treaty, among others. In this light, intellectual property such as copyright, trademark, patent, utility model, industrial design are […]

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