Revised Detailed List of Category I to IV Business Establishments Allowed During GCQ, MGCQ, ECQ, MGCQ

The revised list of businesses or activities under Category I to IV is contained in Memorandum Circular No. 20-33 issued by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on 8 June 2020. As used in the list below: NO means not allowed to operate; SKT means skeleton workforce; 50% means partial operating capacity; 100% means full operating capacity. The complete list, as provided in the Annex of MC 20-33, is reproduced below.

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Revised Category I to IV Business Establishments (DTI Memorandum Circular No. 20-33)

[The full text of Memorandum Circular No. 20-33 (“Revised Category I-IV Business Establishments or Activities Pursuant to the Revised Omnibus Guidelines on Community Quarantine dated 22 May 2020 Amending for the Purpose Memorandum Circular 20-22 S. 2020”), issued by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), is reproduced below. The Annex containing the list of business is provided in a separate post.]

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Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2: Joint Implementing Guidelines for the Implementation of the Social Amelioration Program for the Second (2nd) Tranche

[JMC 2-2020 was issued by the Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Finance (DOF), Department of National Defense (DND), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). See Summary. The full text of JMC 2-2020 is reproduced below.]

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Expanded Grace Period for Rents in Residential and Commercial Units: DTI Amended Guidelines

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) issued the Supplemental Guidelines on the Concessions on Residential Rents and Commercial Rents (Memorandum Circular No. 20-29) and the Amendment to Supplemental Guidelines on the Concessions on Residential Rents and Commercial Rents (Memorandum Circular No. 20-31). Here is a summary/discussion of the amended supplemental guidelines:

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The Crime of Identity Theft and Fake Accounts in the Philippines

The advent of technology blurs the line between crimes committed in the physical world and crimes committed in the electronic world. In the United States of America (U.S.), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has a dedicated one-stop resource, the IdentityTheft.gov, for identity theft victims (we are unaware if the Philippine National Privacy Commission has a similar resource). Identity theft, according to the FTC, happens when someone uses your Social Security number or other personal information to open new accounts, make purchases, or get a tax refund. The applicable laws on identity theft in the Philippines are discussed below.

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New Public Service Act in the Philippines: Primer on House Bill No. 78

On 7 January 2020, House Bill No. 78 was filed at the lower house of Congress, proposing amendments to the Public Service Act (Commonwealth Act No. 46), which shall be known as the New Public Service Act. The proposed law seeks to limit the term “public utility” to electricity distribution and transmission sector and the water pipeline and sewerage pipeline system. The New Public Service Act, which also prescribes a mechanism for rate fixing that allows a reasonable rate of return to attract investments into public utilities, was approved on third and final reading on 20 February 2020 and was transmitted to the Senate on 11 March 2020. 

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Effect of Certification by President that a Proposed Law is Urgent; Engrossed/Enrolled Bill

The recent passage of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 (House Bill No. 6875) by the House of Representatives brings to fore, among others, the effect of Presidential certification on the urgency of the proposed law. The copy of the CURES Act, on the other hand, contains a note that it is an engrossed bill. What is the legal significance of the certification by the President that a Senate Bill or House Bill is urgent? What is an engrossed bill or enrolled bill?

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Rules on Mass Gatherings During GCQ and MGCQ

There are specific rules for various activities, depending on the quarantine classification of an area. The existing quarantine classification for all areas in the Philippines is either General Community Quarantine (GCQ) or Modified General Quarantine (MGCQ). Here are the rules governing MASS gatherings in both GCQ or MGCQ:

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