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No Partners? No Problem: Newly Passed Law Allows You to Register a One-Man Corp.

This is a big win for the business community

People who dare to do business in the country know: registering one’s company with the government sucks. The lines at government offices are long, red tape is rampant, and really, there are just too many forms to fill out. According to the ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez for Esquire Philippines  | March 05, 2019 06:00:00
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Metro Manila's First Three Subway Stations Will Be Good to Go by 2022

The consortium that won the design and build contract of the country's first subway was just announced

Talk about a last minute deal.The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced the consortium that won the design-and-build contract of the first part of the Metro Manila subway on Monday, February 25, two days before the project’s scheduled groundbreaking ceremony.The consortium of Japanese ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez for Esquire Philippines  | February 27, 2019 10:00:00
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The Recently-Signed Maternity Leave Law Benefits Dads, Too

It's a win for both parents

President Rodrigo Duterte signed a law that will provide 105 days of paid maternity leave for employed women in the government and private sectors, seven days of which can be “donated” to fathers of the expectant mom’s child.Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez for Esquire Philippines  | February 24, 2019 08:00:00
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This Company Provides Pinoy Male Employees 30 Days of Paternity Leave

The company already provides 120 days of maternity leave to its female employees

In the Philippines, fathers only get seven days of paternity leave. Once the Expanded Maternity Leave is signed into law, they’ll get an additional seven days for a total of 14 days of uninterrupted time with their new baby. If you ask ...

by Kitty Elicay for  | January 31, 2019 08:00:00
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Get To Know the Political Parties in the Philippines

These are the 9 major political parties in the country, and the senatorial candidates they endorse

The midterm elections are fast approaching.In order to make an informed decision, it's important to take a good look at what the candidates are promising their constituents, as well as the principles they hold.Most of our candidates run under a political party, ...

by Pauline Macaraeg for  | January 30, 2019 08:00:00
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Samsung to Stop Using Plastic Packaging

The switch to environmentally sustainable materials for packaging will start this year

Open most new smartphones today and you'll find a mix of paper, card, and plastic packaging. There's really no need for any plastic to be used outside of the product itself, and Samsung is committed to removing all of it starting this year.Samsung's commitment ...

by Matthew Humphries  | January 30, 2019 06:00:00
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The North-South Commuter Railway Project Will Cut Travel Time from Pampanga to Laguna to Just 1.5 Hours

The government just signed an P81-billion loan with Japan for it

It will soon become easier and faster to travel from Pampanga to Laguna (and vice versa), thanks to the newly signed loan agreement by the Department of Finance (DOF) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).On January 21, Monday, the two agencies signed ...

by Esquire Philippines  | January 24, 2019 06:00:00
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An Airport Similar to Singapore's Changi? The Philippines May Soon Have One in 2021

The new terminal in Clark will be fitted out by JG Summit, Filinvest, and Changi Airports International

The quality of the country’s airports may soon improve as the North Luzon Airport Consortium (NLAC) won the bid for the operations and maintenance of the Clark International Airport.The Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) awarded the operations and maintenance contract last December ...

by Pauline Macaraeg for  | January 13, 2019 06:00:00
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Expect Cheaper Meds and Pricier Gas This 2019

Two major tax changes from the TRAIN law were implemented yesterday

A new year brings with it new changes, and Filipinos can already expect two big ones for popular consumer products, thanks to the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or TRAIN law. Though the law was passed back in 2017, there are ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido for Esquire Philippines  | January 04, 2019 08:00:00
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LTFRB Says There are No Laws That Can Regulate Angkas. How True is That?

Congressmen have been filing bills for the regulation of motorcycles for hire for over a decade

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has resumed its crackdown of drivers of Angkas, the motorbike-hailing company, starting December 12, Wednesday.This comes after a rollercoaster year for Angkas. The LTFRB initially suspended the company’s operations in November 2017, but was ...

by Pauline Macaraeg for  | December 17, 2018 08:00:00
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Bill That Could Cut Unpaid Taxes by Almost Half Just Awaiting Duterte's Signature

The tax amnesty bill was ratified on December 13

It seems most businesses and professionals are set to have a truly merry Christmas. Individuals, corporations and other organizations with pending tax payments may soon be able to settle their obligations at a reduced rate after the Senate ratified the bicameral report on ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez for Esquire Philippines  | December 14, 2018 04:00:00
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What You Need to Know About the Draft Federal Constitution Just Approved by Congress

The lower house approved the proposed charter change on third and final reading on December 11

The House of Representatives passed on third and final reading a proposal that seeks to amend the 1987 Constitution for the creation of a federal government. Resolution of Both Houses (RBH) 15, authored no less than by House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez and Pauline Macaraeg  | December 13, 2018 06:00:00
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Six-Lane Otis Bridge in Manila is Now Open

Ahead of schedule, too

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has announced that the new six-lane Otis Bridge in Paco, Manila, is now open.Located along P.M. Guazon Street, Otis Bridge was finished in just five months and ahead of schedule, the DPWH said in a statement. If you’ll recall, ...

by Drei Laurel for  | December 05, 2018 12:00:00