President signs Bayanihan 2 law

On 11 September 2020, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed into law Republic Act No. 11494, otherwise known as the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or Bayanihan 2. The law will provide stimulus and relief packages to jumpstart the recovery of the Philippine economy and to augment government’s response with the effects of the COVID-19 …
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NPC extends validity of PICs and PIPs

The National Privacy Commission (“NPC”) announced on 30 June 2020 that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, its targeted launch for the new Phase II registration system is moved from 01 July 2020 to 04 January 2021. In line with this, the NPC is also extending the validity of all existing Phase I registrations of Personal Information …
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Generating revenue—and value—in a post-ECQ environment

By Monalisa C. Dimalanta Entrepreneurs these days ask: How can my business stay afloat amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis? Can we still generate revenue even during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ)? What will the “new normal” look like—and how do I prepare my business for it? We confronted these issues head-on in UNAWA when …
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Philippines launches RapidPass system

In response to the ongoing health crisis, the Philippine Government launches RapidPass, a system that utilizes digital technology in getting our frontliners and workers providing essential services across checkpoints in locked-down areas. RapidPass is developed over a period of three weeks through close collaboration between private and public sector participants. The project aims to speed …
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NPC: Phase II of automated registration system to be launched in July 2020

The National Privacy Commission (“NPC”) has announced last 6 March 2020 that its targeted automated registration system for Phase II registration is targeted to be launched in July 2020. The validity of registrations of Personal Information Controllers (“PICs”) and Personal Information Processors (“PIPs”) who were able to complete their initial Phase I registration are valid …
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Executive Order No. 104, series of 2020, on Improving Access to Healthcare through the Regulation of Prices in the Retail of Drugs and Medicines (EO 104)

EO 104 was signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on 17 February 2020. It aims to provide Filipinos with affordable healthcare through the imposition of a Maximum Retail Price (MRP) and/or Maximum Wholesale Price (MWP) on certain drugs and medicines based on a set criteria. EO 104 now imposes MRP and/or MWP on 86 drug …
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PCC raises mergers and acquisitions thresholds for notification

The Philippine Competition Commission issued, on 11 February 2020, PCC Advisory No. 02-2020 adjusting the compulsory threshold notification for mergers and acquisitions transactions. The Commission has raised the thresholds from PHP5.6 Billion to PHP6 Billion for the Size of Person (SoP) and from PHP2.2 Billion to PHP2.4 Billion for the Size of Transaction (SoT). The …
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DOLE issues guidelines on Mental Health Care in the private sector

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has issued Department Order (DO) No. 208-20 setting the guidelines for the implementation of mental health care in the workplace. The DO, issued on 11 February 2020, requires employers to formulate their Mental Health Workplace Policy and Program to promote workers’ well-being and promote healthy and productive lives. …
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