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No more fees for First-Time Job Seekers

The Philippine government has recently passed Republic Act 11261, also known as the First Time Jobseekers Assistance Act. Passed primarily for the benefit of a first time jobseeker, the hopeful applicant, who is applying for his or her first job, will be exempted from payment of fees or charges which may be assessed by local […]

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Energy Conservation given the Green Light under Republic Act No. 11285

Green energy advocates and conservationists, rejoice! Republic Act No. 11285 (RA 11285), otherwise known as the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act, is now binding law in the Philippines. With RA 11285, energy conservation and efficiency are no longer terms within the realm of policy statements. Energy conservation and efficiency have become mandatory, under pain of […]

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The Apostille Is In!

Red-ribbon documents are now a thing of the past. Beginning May 14, 2019, the Philippine Government will now accept apostilled (or apostillized) documents as a replacement for legalization or consular authentication with the Philippine Embassy. May 14, 2019 is the official date when the Philippines accedes to the Apostille Convention. Beginning this date, the Philippines […]

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The New Social Security Act of 2018

Republic Act No. 11199, otherwise known as the Social Security Act of 2018, expressly repealed Republic Act No. 1161 (the old Social Security Law) and Republic Act No. 8282 (amending the old previous Social Security Law). Signed into law on 07 February 2019, the new charter of the Social Security System took effect on 05 […]

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A Glance at Abuse of Dominant Position under Competition and Antitrust Laws

The term abuse of dominant position refers to anticompetitive business practices in which a dominant firm may engage in order to maintain or increase its position in the market.[i] Abuse of dominance or monopolization is punished under competition laws worldwide.  In the US, Section 2 of the Sherman Act penalizes a person who shall monopolize, […]

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Important Dates for the 2019 Philippine Elections

            The election fever has once more hit the Philippines as we brace ourselves for the May 13, 2019 elections. However, it is important to remember that certain acts are prohibited during certain times. Our excitement should not prevent us from acting with utmost cautions to prevent violation of election […]

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Philippine Holidays for 2019

Pursuant to Proclamation No. 555, dated 15 August 2018, the Philippine holidays (both regular and special non-working days) for 2019 are as follows: 01 January 2019, Tuesday – New Year’s Day (regular holiday) 05 February 2019, Tuesday – Chinese New Year (Special non-working day) 25 February 2019, Monday – EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary (Special […]

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Registration of Voters in the Philippines

Suffrage has been defined as the right to vote in political elections. However, it has a deeper meaning than merely exercising the right to vote. Suffrage includes the right to shape the future. After all, in voting, we determine our leaders who will either steer us to the shore of development or to the deep […]

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Substitution of Candidates in Philippine Elections

Candidates for elective offices can be substituted. Pursuant to Section 77 of Batas Pambansa Bilang 881, otherwise known as the Omnibus Election Code, substitution of candidates is allowed only in cases of death, withdrawal or disqualification of the original candidate. In cases of death or disqualification, the substitute may file his Certificate of Candidacy up […]

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A Brief Primer on Petitions to Deny Due Course or Cancel a Certificate of Candidacy in Philippine Elections

The information provided by a candidate in his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) cannot be taken lightly. Should a candidate make false statements of a material representation in the COC, his COC may be cancelled or denied due course. Section 78 of Batas Pambansa Bilang 881, otherwise known as the Omnibus Election Code, provides the remedy […]

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