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Republic Act No. 11523, also known as “An Act Ensuring Philippine Financial Industry Resiliency Against the COVID-19 Pandemic” (FIST Act)1, which seeks to assist banks and financial institutions (FIs) in dealing with the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, took effect on February 18, 2021 upon its publication in the Official Gazette and in a newspaper of general circulation ...

The SyCipLaw T.I.P.S. for February covers the following tax issues: 1. What are the new and simplified guidelines and procedures on the use of Computerized Accounting Systems, Computerized Books of Account, and/or its Components, including Electronic Storage System? The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued Revenue Memorandum Order No. 9-2021 (RMO No ...

This bulletin is on recent Philippine legal developments in data privacy, fintech and digital banks. PRIVACY UPDATE Caring about Sharing: New Rules on Data Sharing Agreements On December 23, 2020, the Philippine data privacy regulator, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) issued NPC Circular No. 2020-03 on data sharing agreements (2020 DSA Circular).1 The circular supersedes NPC Circular No ...

The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) issued Memorandum CN-No. 2020-0104, 1 dated December 21, 2020, on the amendments to its Voluntary Delisting Rules. These amendments tighten the approval requirements for delisting and seek to ensure the fairness of the tender offer price ...

The Supreme Court has issued Supreme Court Administrative Matter No. 20-12-01-SC (Re: Proposed Guidelines on the Conduct of Videoconferencing) dated December 9, 20201 (Court Videoconferencing Guidelines) to ensure that hearings via videoconferencing are conducted in an orderly manner and that the constitutional rights of the accused are protected ...

The SyCipLaw T.I.P.S. for January covers the following tax issues: 1. Can the 25% surcharge for late filing of a tax return be abated due to faulty internet connection at the taxpayer’s office on the last day of filing?   2. What are the new requirements for availing of the 15% tax sparing rate for dividends paid by a domestic corporation to a non-resident foreign corporation?   3 ...

The 2020 Investment Priorities Plan (2020 IPP) has been promulgated by the Philippine President under Memorandum Order No. 50 dated November 18, 2020 (https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/downloads/2020/11nov/20201118-MO-50-RRD.pdf), and it became effective on December 6, 2020. The IPP is issued pursuant to the Omnibus Investments Code of 1987 (Executive Order No. 226), as amended (Omnibus Investments Code) ...

The SyCipLaw T.I.P.S. for December covers the following tax issues: 1. When is the extended deadline to avail of the benefits of the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s Voluntary Assessment and Payment Program for Taxable Year 2018 (VAPP)? The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has issued Revenue Regulations No. 33-2020 (RR No ...

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP, the Central Bank of the Philippines) has issued Circular No. 1105, Series of 20201 (Digital Bank Circular) dated December 2, 2020 to provide guidelines on the establishment of digital banks. This circular took effect on December 23, 2020 and was promulgated pursuant to the Monetary Board’s authority under Section 3.2(g) of the General Banking Law of 2000 to create other classes of banks ...

The November edition of the SyCipLaw T.I.P.S. is on the Voluntary Assessment and Payment Program for Taxable Year 2018 (VAPP) under Revenue Regulations No. 21-2020. Under the VAPP, taxpayers may pay “all internal revenue taxes covering the taxable year ending December 31, 2018, and fiscal year 2018 ending on the last day of the months of July 2018 to June 2019 ...

The SyCipLaw T.I.P.S. for October cover the following tax issues: 1. When the taxpayer cannot be located, what are the options available to a Revenue Officer in serving an electronic Letter of Authority?  2. Is the sale, barter, exchange or other disposition through Initial Public Offering of shares of stock in closely held corporations subject to tax? 3 ...

This is an overview of Supreme Court Administrative Order No. 251-2020 (Guidelines on the Implementation in the Philippines of the Hague Service Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters)1 (the Hague Service Convention Guidelines). The guidelines became effective on October 1, 2020.2 A ...

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP, the Central Bank of the Philippines) has issued Memorandum No. M-2020-0741 (Implementing Rules and Regulations and Frequently Asked Questions on Section 4(uu) of the R.A. No. 11494 or the “Bayanihan to Recover as One Act” (Bayanihan 2)) to guide BSP-Supervised Financial Institutions (BSFIs) on the implementation of the one-time 60-day grace period granted to debtors under Bayanihan 2 for loan payments falling due by December 31, 2020 ...

The electronic commerce industry is expected to expand by five to seven percent in the coming years while the streaming services business is also expected to exponentially grow, with more and more Filipinos opting to do their transactions online, as well as accessing Internet-based content and entertainment. Philippine authorities are inevitably focusing their regulatory gaze on these enterprises.  A ...

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has issued the rules for the implementation of Section 4(eee) of Republic Act No. 11494, the “Bayanihan to Recover as One Act” (Bayanihan 2)1 on October 5, 2020 and these rules (PCC Rules on Bayanihan 2) 2 were published, and thus became effective, from the same date ...

 The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued Memorandum Circular No. 23, Series of 2020 (CDV Circular), dated August 18, 2020, which provides a regulatory framework for the creation and operation of Corporate Debt Vehicles (CDV). The circular aims to alleviate the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on large corporations and medium-sized enterprises by giving them another mode of raising capital through the intermediation of a mutual fund. 1 ...

 The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has issued the rules for the implementation of Section 4(eee) of Republic Act No. 11494, the “Bayanihan to Recover as One Act” (Bayanihan 2)1 on October 5, 2020 and these rules (PCC Rules on Bayanihan 2)2 were published, and thus became effective, from the same date ...

 This briefing provides an overview of the salient points of Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Circular No. 016 (Rules Implementing the Criminal Provisions of Republic Act No. 10667, Otherwise Known As the Philippine Competition Act)1 (“PCA Rules on Criminal Provisions”). A ...

SyCipLaw TIP 1: Based on reports, the BIR is considering applying a minimum threshold on who will be required to submit BIR Form No. 1709. The threshold may be based on the assets or revenue of the entity or the size of the transaction, or both. However, until the BIR issues the relevant circular, a taxpayer entering into transactions with related parties must ensure that it complies with the requirements under RR No ...

 On September 11, 2020, the Philippine President signed into law Republic Act No. 11494, otherwise known as the “Bayanihan to Recover as One Act” (Bayanihan 2). It is intended to, among other things, accelerate the recovery of the Philippine economy from the downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Bayanihan 2 will become effective immediately upon its publication in a newspaper of general circulation or in the Official Gazette ...

The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) has issued Memorandum Circular 2020-00761 on August 3, 2020 and this sets out the Guidelines on Minimum Public Ownership Requirement for Initial and Backdoor Listings (2020 MPO Guidelines) ...

This is a briefing on Supreme Court Administrative Matter No. 20-07-04-SC (2020 Interim Rules on Remote Notarization of Paper Documents) dated July 14, 20201 (“RON Rules”), a COVID-19 related issuance. In general, signatories of documents to be notarized have to appear before the notary generally at the latter’s place of business ...

 This is a briefing on the following matters (covered by COVID-19 related issuances as of August 14, 2020): A. Intellectual Property Office (IPOPHL) Further Extends the Deadlines for Payments and Submission of Replies/Documents Due for the Period July 20 to August 18, 2020 B ...

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP, the Central Bank of the Philippines) issued on July 7, 2020, Circular No. 1089, which sets out the Payment System Oversight Framework (Oversight Framework). This is in line with the BSP’s mandate under Republic Act No. 11127 (National Payment Systems Act) to ensure a safe, efficient, and reliable national payment system through an effective regulatory and governance framework ...

This is a briefing of the latest COVID-19 related issuances of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) as of 8 July 2020: A.1. Filing of General Information Sheet (“GIS”) and Audited Financial Statements (“AFS”) A.2. Extension of Deadline for Filing of AFS of Corporations within the Jurisdiction of SEC Cebu Extension Office B ...

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