2020 Annual Reporting Requirement with Bureau of Immigration NDLAW

2020 Annual Report Requirement for Foreign Nationals

As it is the start of the year, all foreign nationals are reminded of complying with the Bureau of Immigration’s Annual Report Requirement for 2020 (http://immigration.gov.ph/41-annual-report-a-r). Foreign nationals holding Temporary Visitor’s Visas or Tourist Visas are excluded from this requirement. Mandatory under Philippine Law The annual report is mandatory under Republic Act No. 562 otherwise […]

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Analyzing Whether a Business Conduct Contravenes Competition Law Using the Structure-Conduct-Performance Framework

What is Structure-Conduct-Performance Framework To determine whether a business conduct contravenes antitrust laws, it is necessary to make a competition analysis. The analytical framework that is commonly used in competition analysis is the Structure-Conduct-Performance Framework (SCP).  The SCP approach assumes that there is a stable, causal relationship between the structure of an industry, firm conduct […]

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THE LAW ON CHRISTMAS IN THE PHILIPPINES

The Philippine legal system is a civil law system. This means that the Philippines relies on laws enacted by Congress to govern all matters – including Christmas, our favorite holiday. Christmas did not just become a holiday in the Philippines by tradition or religion. As with all red letter days and public holidays, there are laws that govern the celebration of Christmas as a holiday.

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Dawn Raids? No problem. The Rule on Administrative Search and Inspection under the Philippine Competition Act

The Philippine Competition Act (“PCA”) prohibits certain anticompetitive conduct. The Philippine Competition Commission (“PCC”) is tasked with the enforcement of the law. To successfully prosecute violators of the PCA, the PCC, under the the Philippine Supreme Court issued A.M. 19-08-06-SC, is empowered to conduct dawn raids, and apply for an inspection order before the Special Commercial Court of the place to be inspected is located.

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Who let the Dogs Out? What to do When your Dog Bites a Person

Under Republic Act No. 9482, otherwise known as the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007, the pet owner has responsibilities when his pet dog bites another. He must assist the Dog bite victim immediately and shoulder the medical expenses incurred and other incidental expenses relative to the victim’s injuries

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A Law that Can Protect Bloggers?

Approved by President Rodrigo R. Duterte on August 30, 2019, Republic Act No. 11458 (RA 11458) was passed, expanding the existing protection given to print and traditional media publishers, editors or reporters, and granting the same protection to “duly recognized or accredited journalist, writer, reporter, contributor, opinion writer, editor, columnist, manager, media practitioner involved in the writing, editing, production, and dissemination of news for mass circulation, of any print, broadcast, wire service organization, or electronic mass media, including cable TV and its variants.”

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Community Service as A Penalty for a Felony

Under the Community Service Act, the court may, in its discretion, and lieu of service in jail, require that the penalties of arresto menor and arresto mayor be served by the defendant by rendering community service in the place where the crime was committed, and under such terms as the court shall determine, taking into consideration the gravity of the offence and the circumstances of the case.

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2020 Philippine Holidays

On November 15, 2019, President Duterte passed Proclamation No. 845, which designates the Philippine holidays, specifically regular and special non-working days, for the year 2020.

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A Guide on One Person Corporations in the Philippines

A One Person Corporation (”OPC”) may be formed in the Philippines whereby the OPC is composed of a single stockholder who can only be a natural person, trust or estate. Its term of existence is perpetual but in case of a trust or estate, the term shall be co-terminous with the existence of the trust or estate.

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A Law for Left Handed-Students

Approved by the President on August 22, 2019, Republic Act No. 11394 (RA 11394) makes its obligatory for all schools, both public and private, that makes use of armchairs in the classroom, to provide neutral desks to all students. RA 11394 even defined a neutral desk to mean “a table or an armchair that is suitable for both right-handed and left-handed students.” The law further required that at least ten percent (10%) of the student population be provided with neutral desks.

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