Amendment to the Supplemental Guidelines on the Concessions on Residential Rents and Commercial Rents (DTI Memorandum Circular No. 20-31): Full Text

[The complete text of the Amendment to the Supplemental Guidelines on the Concessions on Residential Rents and Commercial Rents, contained in Memorandum Circular No. 20-31 issued by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on 4 June 2020, is reproduced below. See also Summary of the Amended Supplemental Guidelines.]

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Covid-19 Unemployment Reduction Economic Stimulus (CURES) Act of 2020: Salient Points of House Bill No. 6920

On 5 June 2020, the House of Representatives approved, on third and final reading, House Bill No. 6920 (in substitution of House Bill No. 6709), proposing a law to be known as The Covid-19 Unemployment Reduction Economic Stimulus (CURES) Act of 2020. Here are the salient features of engrossed copy of House Bill No. 6920:

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30-Day Grace Period No Longer Available for Loans with Due Dates Falling on 1 June 2020 and Thereafter (BSP FAQ)

[The Department of Finance (DOF) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) did not issue any new guidelines, which means that the original Implementing Rules and Regulations covering the 30-day grace period for loans remain the same. The rule is different for rents. Loans with due dates falling before 1 June 2020 still enjoy the 30-day grace period, but loans with due dates falling on 1 June 2020 and thereafter do not enjoy such benefit. This is clear in the latest Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ) of the BSP, reproduced below for the purpose of disseminating the information.]

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How to File a Case for Annulment in the Philippines while Abroad

Can a Filipino file an annulment case in the Philippines while abroad? The same issue equally applies to annulment of marriage, declaration of nullity of marriage, and recognition of a foreign divorce decree. Overseas Filipinos (OF) and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are currently confronted with the threat of the covid-19 global pandemic and the resulting lockdown/quarantine implemented around the world. Many Filipinos, whether in the Philippines or while abroad, seek a fresh start in their marital life. They seek to do it the right way by ensuring that the previous marriage is properly nullified or declared void (for one, children in the next family are considered illegitimate).

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Transportation Guidelines for Cebu City during General Community Quarantine (GCQ)

With more businesses and establishments allowed to operate during the General Community Quarantine (GCQ), public transportation is crucial. Officials say that companies should provide transportation solutions for their employees. This is a heavy burden for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), especially considering that these MSMEs are already suffering from severe financial strain brought about by the lockdown. Each LGU has its unique traffic or transportation concerns. Metro Manila has its Modified Number Coding Scheme, but this will most likely be insufficient to address the transportation shortage. On the other hand, Cebu City has provided its own guidelines, basically allowing ALL public transportation and ALL private vehicles of employees working in permitted establishments.

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MMDA: Number Coding Scheme in Metro Manila Suspended Until Further Notice

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that the Modified Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or “Number Coding Scheme” for Metro Manila will take effect on 8 June 2020 (the full text of MMDA Regulation No. 2020-001 is reproduced below). Update (7 June 2020): Number Coding Scheme suspended until further notice, per the MMDA.

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Refund / Return of the Small Business Wage Subsidy (SBWS) Received by Workers

In an Advisory issued on 2 June 2020, the Social Security System (SSS) announced the requirement to refund or return the Small Business Wage Subsidy (SBWS) received by employees under certain instances, discussed below. The directive is based on the SBWS Program Task Force Resolution No. 2. The instances when the refund/return is required, and the procedure for the refund, are discussed below.

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Twin-Notice Rule and Procedural Requirements in Employment Termination Proceedings

Due process, in relation to employment termination proceedings, is composed of two aspects. One, there must be a just or authorized cause for the dismissal or any administrative disciplinary acton (substantive due process). Two, the requirements of procedural due process must be complied with. The separate procedural due process requirements for just causes and authorized causes for employment termination are discussed below.

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Doing Business in the Philippines: Registration Regulatory Framework for Foreign Companies

Foreign corporations can secure a license to transact business in the Philippines. As defined under the Revised Corporation Code, a foreign corporation is one formed, organized or existing under laws other than those of the Philippines. Based on the principle of reciprocity, a foreign corporation cannot secure a license if its country/state of registration does not allow Filipino citizens/corporations to do business in said country/state. 

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