The Department of Trade (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Health (DOH), Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), National Privacy Commission (NPC) drafted a Joint Administrative Order (JAO) on “Guidelines for Online Businesses Reiterating the Laws and Regulations Applicable to Online...

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has issued a cease and desist order against e-commerce sites like Facebook Marketplace, Lazada, and Shopee, mandating that they stop the selling of portable cell sites.   The order was issued after many individuals received emergency blast texts regarding the presidential bid of Bong Bong Marcos.   Currently, it...

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) remind the personal information controllers (PICs) of companies to obtain the free and informed consent of vaccinated individuals before using any sensitive personal information in COVID-19 vaccination cards for promos, raffles, or discounts.   Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro reminded companies that vaccination cards possessed sensitive personal information...

Philippine telecommunications subscribers can now enjoy easy and free transfers of their mobile service subscriptions with the official implementation of Republic Act 11202 or the Mobile Number Portability Act last September 30, 2021.   The law was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last February 2019, however implementation was delayed due to challenges...

Social media personalities, particularly those which enjoy strong following on Twitter, are getting a new income stream with the launch of Tips on the platform.    Twitter announced last September 23, 2021 that it will allow creators on its website the ability to monetize their content through tips from fans and followers.   The...

The Philippine's plan to impose 12% Value Added Tax (VAT), a type of tax which is similar to gross sales tax (GST) in other jurisdictions, on digital transactions, including digital services, has reached another milestone as the Lower House of its Bi-Cameral Congress has approved on the third and final...

​The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has issued the governance policy for Operators of Payment System (OPS) as part of the phased-in implementation of Republic Act No. 11127 or the National Payment Systems Act (NPSA).   The issuance further supports the adoption of the governance standards under the Principles for Financial Market...

The Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an advisory cautioning the public when dealing or transacting with fintech companies that are not licensed or registered in the Philippines.  The Commission reiterated that an entity is required to register and obtain a primary registration with the SEC if they intend to...