Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to the Republic of the Philippines as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Philippines: 30% of garment workers to remain jobless till December 2020

The Confederation of Wearable Exporters of the Philippines has forecast that export demand is expected to remain at 40% below normal capacity levels during Q3 2020 …

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Philippines: Foreigners with long-term visas may enter PH

Foreign nationals with long-term visas such as immigrant visas, may now enter the country …

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Philippines: Business tax payment in Muntinlupa extended to September

The Muntinlupa City government has extended the deadline for the payment of business tax, fees, and charges for Q3 2020 until 18th September 2020 …

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Philippines: National Privacy Commission extends validity of DPO registrations to 7 March 2021

The National Privacy Commission has been trying, in the face of the pandemic, to put in place a realistic deadline for companies to register the details of their Data Protection Officer …

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Philippines: Expanded maternity law

The Expanded Maternity Law has now come into force …

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Philippines: Face masks, improvised face cover now required in Luzon

In the central part of Luzon, the country’s largest and most populous island, all employees must wear a face mask and employers must perform a temperature check and complete a health symptoms form each day …

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Philippines: Manila under coronavirus lockdown

President Duterte was one of the first political leaders outside China to stop all land, sea and air communications with other countries …

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Philippines: Duterte places Metro Manila under lockdown

President Duterte has taken the drastic step of stopping all land, sea and air communications with other countries …

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Philippines: Foreigners told to visit BI for ‘annual report’

All foreign nationals who have been issued with immigrant or non-immigrant visas, and have been given an alien certificate of registration identity card (ACR I-Card) must report to the nearest Bureau of Immigration (BI) before February 28th 2020, or be given fines, have their visa cancelled, or face deportation …

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Philippines: Probationary period for employees

A national MP has proposed a Bill that aims to extend the probationary period for employees from six months to two years …

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Philippines: Foreign workers must secure ‘certificate of no objection’

The Department of Labour and Employment has announced that foreigners who wish to work in the country must submit to the Department’s regional office, within three working days of their application, a “certificate of no objection” …

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Philippines: Is payroll covered by new act

It remains unclear if the National Payment Services Act enacted last November applies to payroll systems operated by individual employers or third-party payroll providers …

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Philippines: Online recruitment jumps 13% in March

The online provider of employment services ‘Monster’ has reported a rise of 13% in online hiring in the Philippines between March of 2018 and 2019 …

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Philippines: House of Representatives approves medical cannabis use

A Bill legalising the use of cannabis for medical purposes has passed the Parliament at second reading …

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Philippines: Government passes Telecommuting Act

The Telecommuting Act has been signed, allowing employees to work remotely …

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