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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Updates on Relevant Regulations in relation to COVID-19

PJS Law continues to monitor updates on relevant government regulations in relation to COVID-19. The advisories include the following: General Guidelines: New Normal MSMEs (updated) Taxation (updated) Employment (updated) Immigration (updated) Judiciary Regulatory Monitor as of 19 March 2020 Energy Department of Labor and Employment  BPOs and export-oriented industries Corporate updates     Photo by Ali Yahya …
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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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Overview and Updates on COVID-19

On 16 March 2020, the Philippine Government imposed Enhanced Community Quarantine and stringent Social Distancing Measures over the entire island of Luzon, including the National Capital Region, to address the COVID-19 outbreak. To guide our clients, colleagues and friends, PJS Law prepared a summary of legal and business issues in relation to this health crisis, …
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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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