THE EASE OF DOING BUSINESS LAW OR SALIENT PROVISIONS OF REPUBLIC ACT 11032

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Ease of doing business law On May 28, 2018 President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act (RA 11032) or the Ease of Doing Business Law. This law aims to entice entrepreneurs to open up their businesses in the Philippines by expediting business and non-business transactions including the issuances of permits and licenses and holding government officials accountable for graft and corruption. This law is an amendment to the Anti Red-Tape Act of 2007. The following are the salient provisions of the Ease of Doing Business Law. FASTER TRANSACTIONS DUE TO EASE…

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PHILIPPINE OFF-SHORE GAMING OPERATIONS (POGO) AND THEIR TAXES

POGO In The Philippines The Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGO) has been a major contributor to the Philippine economy since its entry to the country sometime in 2003. Since then, more and more foreign companies and entities are entering the Philippines to get a slice of the lucrative offshore gaming market. As the number of POGOs increase, regulating them has been a problem, thus, the Philippine government has tasked the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) with the main responsibility of regulating and the registration of POGOs. There are also other regional…

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RA 11285-Energy Efficiency And Conservation Act: Salient Provisions And Incentives

Energy Efficiency And Conservation Act On April 12, 2019 President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act (RA) 11285 entitled - Energy Efficiency And Conservation Act An Act Institutionalizing Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Enhancing the Efficient Use of Energy, Granting Incentives to Energy Efficiency and Conservation Projects”. The law seeks to “… establish a framework for introducing and institutionalizing fundamental policies on energy efficiency and conservation, including the promotion of efficient and judicious utilization of energy, increase in the utilization of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, and the delineation of responsibilities…

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SALIENT PROVISIONS AND INCENTIVES OF REPUBLIC ACT (RA) 9513: THE RENEWABLE ENERGY ACT OF 2008

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Salient provisions and incentives of Republic Act (RA) 9513 On December 16, 2008 President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed into law Republic Act (RA) 9513 or Renewable Energy Act of 2008. This landmark legislation which is first of its kind in Asia, was promulgated by congress to ensure that the Philippines slowly move away from its dependence on fossil fuel in order to minimize the country's exposure to price fluctuations in the international markets, the effects of which spiral down to almost all sectors of the economy (section 2[a]). At the same time, the…

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Body-Worn Cameras For The Police in PDEA In The “War On Drugs”

In a memorandum dated October 31, 2019, and released on November 5, 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Vice-President Leni Robredo as the co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs (ICAD). The President's action effectively placed one of the staunchest critics of the administration’s war on drugs inside its policy-making body where she can propose changes to make the campaign more agreeable to everyone. Vice-President Robredo upon accepting her appointment was quick to give suggestions to improve the Philippines' anti-drug operations. One of these suggestions is the use of body-worn cameras of…

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REVISED CORPORATION CODE OF THE PHILIPPINES: SALIENT PROVISIONS

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Salient Provisions of the Revised Corporation Code of the Philippines On February 20, 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the Republic Act (RA) 11232 or the Revised Corporation Code of the Philippines effectively repealing Batas Pambansa (BP) 68 or the Corporation Code of the Philippines. RA 11232 law took effect on February 23, 2019. RA 11232 introduced many provisions drastically changing the process of organizing corporations, day to day activities, and compliance with regulatory requirements. The more distinct revisions made by the new law are the following: First, there is no…

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What Is The Safe Spaces Act?

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On 17 April 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law Republic Act No. 11313 or the “ACT DEFINING GENDER-BASED SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN STREETS, PUBLIC SPACES, ONLINE, WORKPLACES, AND EDUCATIONAL OR TRAINING INSTITUTIONS, PROVIDING PROTECTIVE MEASURES AND PRESCRIBING PENALTIES THEREFOR” also known as the safe spaces act. This law is meant to widen the scope of what is considered sexual harassment and placing safeguards against it. Before the enactment of the safe spaces act, the only law that tackled sexual harassment is the Republic Act 7877 or the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of…

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AT THE CROSSROADS

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One year has passed since the Firm was established with the dream of providing quality professional services imbued with innovation and youthful zeal. Since then, the Firm has met with sweet success and encountered numerous challenges that drive it to continue to be steadfast in its commitment to provide only the very best service according to the lawyer’s oath. As the Abo and Penaranda Firm gears for its second year of existence, it remembers all the lessons it had learned and experiences it had acquired to move a little closer to its…

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