Following the resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) allowing the conduct of group activities in fitness studios, gyms, and venues for non-contact exercise and sports in areas under Alert Level 2, the Philippine Department of Trade Industry issues minimum public health standards...

Last November 25, 2021, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) held its Kabataang Digital advocacy campaign in line with National Children’s Month. In collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd), the Commission held the young privacy advocates summit with the slogan “Matalino, Mapagmatyag, at Mapanuri.”   The campaign was launched on November 25,...

In light of the recent surge in scam texts that solicit and misuse personal information, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) summoned the data protection officers of large industry players like Globe Telecom, Smart Communications, Dito Telecommunity, Lazada, and Shopee.   Contrary to initial suspicions of leaks in contact tracing information, the Commission...

In order to further provide support for workers in the informal economy under the Safe Spaces Act (Republic Act No. 11313), the Department of Labor and Employment issued Department Order No. 230-21 (Guidelines) on 22 November 2021 providing guidelines for the appropriate mechanisms and interventions, including redress mechanisms, in case...

The Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) invites the public to the Present Me Anything (PMA) Session of the PhiliFintech Innovation Office.   The SEC states that policy responses, through its proactive role in encouraging and supporting Financial technology innovation in the Philippines,  that  promote  innovation  and  mitigate the corresponding risks for...

The Philippines' Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a Press Release last Nov. 19, 2021 regarding the guidelines for registration of online lending platforms (OLPs). This follows an imposition of a moratorium on the registration of OLPs last Nov. 5, 2021. All interested parties have until December 3 to submit...

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) released on Nov. 15, 2021 a Draft Memorandum Circular (MC) seeking to amend DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2014-119 which directs cities and capital towns to require the installation of Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTV) in certain business establishments to support the maintenance of...

The Insurance Commission (IC) released Circular Letter (CL) No. 2021-66 providing for amendments to the guidelines on electronic commerce of insurance products.   The issuance amends Circular Letter No. 2014-47 or the “Guidelines on Electronic Commerce of Insurance Products” and Circular Letter No. 2016-16.   In particular, the latest issuance amends Item 7.18 of...

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) launched the Philippine Privacy Trust Mark (PPTM) in order to increase trust and confidence in businesses and public offices. The mark signifies the highest level of assurance on data privacy compliance and secure cross-border transfers. Additionally, it allows consumers to make informed decisions.   The mark is...

Understanding the need to promote new products and services and the importance of innovation in the industry, the Insurance Commission (IC) released guidelines on the adoption of a regulatory sandbox framework.   The framework is applicable to insurance companies, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), pre-need companies, reinsurance brokers, adjusters, mutual benefit associations, and...