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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