How to Get a License to Operate a Recruitment Agency in the Philippines

So you want to engage in the business of operating an employment agency deploying Filipino workers abroad? Don’t get too excited and commence business immediately.  You must bear in mind that you cannot just recruit and deploy without a license from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (“POEA”). Otherwise, you run the risk of being criminally […]

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Ownership of Land Can be Taxing! A Guide to Real Property Tax in the Philippines

Everyone dreams of owning their own house and lot. When you achieve such goal and receive your Transfer Certificate of Title, all the years of hard work have indeed paid off. However, being a landowner has its consequences. You now have to pay real property tax or “amelyar”. If you fail to do so, your […]

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The Invisible Yet Invincible Maritime Lien

As a general rule, when ownership of personal property (chattel), like a car for example, is transferred to another under a clean title – meaning, that no mortgage is annotated in the car’s registration – the transfer of ownership is complete. The creditors of the original owner cannot run after the car because the personal […]

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Basics on the Contract of Agency

We oftentimes hear the words “agency”, “principal”, “agency relationship” and “ahente”. So, what do these words mean? What is the relationship between an agent and his principal? What are their liabilities? Read on and learn the basics. The Civil Code of the Philippines is the governing law on agency. Article 1868 of the Civil Code […]

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Basics on the Sale on Consignment

When you are engaged in retail trade, sometimes it is not practical to buy huge volumes of stocks to sell to your customers as this will require a higher cost on your part. You also subject yourself to the risk of not being able to sell all the products. Thus, an alternative to an outright […]

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The Nature of Sublease Contracts

Say for example you are renting a business space or apartment, not from the owner, but from another lessee. Under the law, you are considered as a sublessee. If the owner of the property tries to enforce the terms of his lease agreement with your lessor, what do you do? Should you respect the lease […]

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Cooking-up Your Contracts using “Boilerplates”

“Boilerplate” provisions refer to template provisions or “one-size-fits-all” clauses usually found at the end of most contracts. Because they are so-common, these provisions are often taken for granted especially by lawyers. To the perceptive eye however, boilerplate provisions should be considered as gems in a contract because they complete not only the aesthetic value, but […]

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FAQs on Martial Law in the Philippines

1.  Who can place the Philippines under martial law? —  The President of the Philippines can place the Philippines under martial law.   2.  What areas of the Philippines can be placed under martial law? —  Any part of the Philippines may be placed under martial law.   3.  What law empowers the President to […]

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FAQs on Having a Child Declared Legally Available for Adoption in the Philippines

1.  What law governs the declaration of children as legally available for adoption? Republic Act No. 9523 (RA 9523) is the governing law. It requires the certification of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to declare a child legally available for adoption.  It also amends certain provisions of RA 8552, otherwise known as […]

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FAQs on Adoption in the Philippines

1.  What law governs domestic adoption? —  Republic Act No. 8552 , or the Domestic Adoption Act of 1998, as amended by Republic Act No. 9523, governs local adoption.   2.  Who may adopt? —  Sec. 7 of RA 8552 provides that the following may adopt: (a) Any Filipino citizen of legal age, in possession […]

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