COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND YOUR BUSINESS

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone in unfathomable ways. During lockdowns, only those classified as essential business are allowed to operate, forcing others to close down or lay off employees with tourism and retail industries being the worst hit. Consumer behavior is shifting, with a significant percentage of the population recalibrating their spending focusing on buying essential goods only, favoring brands with high recognition over others. As the virus continue to threaten people’s lives, lockdowns and policies on social distancing are enforced making more and more depend on online venues, and delivery services to purchase goods.

While it is difficult to look beyond the moment, we need to realize that some things will never be the same again and we must be ready for the after effects of the present policies adopted, such as prolonged lockdowns. While governments around the world are creating new laws and policies in order to combat the virus, and crafting economic interventions and stimulus plans for businesses of different sizes across affected industries, businesses need a good crisis management plan to be made in case none was made yet to survive and thrive in the emerging new normal.

Businesses are in the same storm but not in the same boat, so survival is relative. Adaptability is key. Essential businesses, especially those who have established brands, are digitally present and adequately supported by legal experts are able to somehow adapt during the early stages of the economic slowdown because of COVID-19 induced lockdowns and are poised to survive. Brands signify quality. Technology signify capacity to deliver. Business lawyers help in coping with changing laws and policies during this difficult time, enabling businesses to update and acclimatize to the emerging new normal.


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METRO MANILA IS PLACED UNDER GENERAL COMMUNITY QUARANTINE

July 1, 2020

On June 30, 2020, the government announced that Metro Manila’s general community quarantine (GCQ) is extended from July 1, 2020 to July 15, 2020, from its earlier imposition effective June 1, 2020.

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THE BUREAU OF INTERNAL REVENUE FURTHER EXTENDS THE DUE DATES FOR THE SUBMISSION OF CERTAIN DOCUMENTS AND RETURNS AS WELL AS PAYMENT OF TAXES

Apr. 9, 2020

On April 8, 2020, the Bureau of Internal Revenue issued Revenue Memorandum Circular No. 39-2020 extending the statutory deadlines further for 15 days the extended due dates enumerated in Section 2 of RR No. 7-2020.

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THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE OF THE PHILIPPINES (IPOPHL) ISSUED AN UPDATED ADVISORY IN THE LIGHT OF THE EXTENSION OF THE ENHANCED COMMUNITY QUARANTINE TO APRIL 30, 2020

Apr. 8, 2020

On April 7, 2020, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines issued IPOPHL Memorandum Circular No. 2020-009 for the continued delivery of its services as well as work-from-home arrangement until April 30, 2020.

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THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE OF THE PHILIPPINES (IPOPHL) ISSUED IPOPHL MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. 2020-8

Apr. 6, 2020

On March 16, 2020, IPO Philippines issued a supplemental advisory: 1. Use online filing system in order to comply with the prescribed period for claiming priority

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DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. 20-11

Apr. 1, 2020

On March 31, 2020, the Department of Trade and Industry issued supplemental guidelines on the economic activities allowed to operate during the enhanced community quarantine of Luzon. Economic activities in the supply chain of food and essential products and medical products, such as production of raw and processed materials, packaging and other inputs, including the manufacturing and distribution shall be allowed, and may operate at a maximum of 50% workforce but still subject to the strict implementation of social distancing, good hygiene and infection control measures.

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION ISSUED GUIDELINES FOR THE ALTERNATIVE FILING OF REPORTS, APPLICATIONS, COMPLIANCE, REQUESTS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Mar. 31, 2020

On March 30, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued guidelines for the filing of reports, applications, compliance, and requests thru email for the duration of the enhanced community quarantine as their office remain closed. Documents that need to be notarized must still be submitted with proper notarization after the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine.

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION NOTICE REGARDING THE REMOTE FILING OF MONITORING CLEARANCE FOR AMENDMENTS TO ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION AND BY-LAWS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Mar. 31, 2020

On March 30, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued an advisory allowing for the filing of applications for ordinary amendments and applications for increase/decrease of capital stock and merger and consolidation via email for the duration of the enhanced community quarantine as their office remain closed.

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION NOTICE REGARDING ON-LINE COMPANY REGISTRATION DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Mar. 31, 2020

On March 30, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a notice that it continuous to accept online applications for the registration of corporations and partnership thru the Company Registration System, but the verification of payment and generation of Certificate of Incorporation of Certificate of Filing of Articles of Partnership will only be released after the enhanced community quarantine has been lifted as the office remain closed for the time being.

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION NOTICE TO FINANCING COMPANIES AND LENDING COMPANIES

Mar. 27, 2020

On March 26, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a notice to finance and lending companies reiterating the directive to implement a minimum of 30 days grace period for all payment of loans.

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ENACTMENT OF BAYANIHAN TO HEAL AS ONE ACT

Mar. 24, 2020

On March 23, 2020, R.A. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act was signed into law and took effect the next day, declaring the whole Philippines under a state of public health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the pertinent directives are as follows...

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DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. 20-06

Mar. 20, 2020

On March 19, 2020, the Department of Trade and Industry issued a memorandum ensuring unhampered movement of cargo and transit of personnel of business establishments allowed to operate during the enhanced community quarantine of Luzon. Covered enterprises include manufacturing of food and essential products, medicine and medical supplies, retain establishments limited to groceries, supermarkets, convenience stores and drug stores, and export and business process outsourcing companies.

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BUREAU OF INTERNAL REVENUE MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. 29-2020

Mar. 20, 2020

On March 19, 2020, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued Revenue Memorandum Circular No. 29-2020 (RMC 29-2020) , extending the deadline for the filing and payment of the following tax returns...

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BUREAU OF INTERNAL REVENUE MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. 28-2020

Mar. 19, 2020

On March 18, 2020, the Bureau of Internal Revenue issued a Circular extending the deadline of the filing and payment of 2019 Annual Income Tax Returns from April 15, 2020 to May 15, 2020 without the imposition of penalties to taxpayers.

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR DEPARTMENT ORDER NO. 209

Mar. 18, 2020

On March 17, 2020, the Department of Labor issued Department Order No. 209 promulgating guidelines on the implementation of the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures program (CAMP). Financial support amounting to a one time payment of PHP5,000.00 shall be provided to affected workers in private establishments that have adopted flexible work arrangements or temporary closures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION NO. 929, S. 2020

Mar. 17, 2020

On March 16, 2020, the President of the Philippines issued Presidential Proclamation No. 929, s. 2020 declared a state of calamity throughout the Philippines brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, and imposed an enhanced community quarantine throughout Luzon from March 17,2020 to April 13, 2020.

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LABOR ADVISORY NO. 11

Mar. 17, 2020

On March 16, 2020, after the National Capital Region is placed under a lockdown, the Department of Labor issued Labor Advisory No. 11 s. 2020 to help ensure containment of CIV_19 transmission through adoption of flexible work arrangements and observance of social distancing measures between and among workers (1 meter radius ), some guidelines were issued to guide employers.

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THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE OF THE PHILIPPINES (IPOPHL) ISSUED IPOPHL MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. 2020-6, SHIFTS TO ONLINE-ONLY SERVICES AND POSTPONES DEADLINES

Mar. 16, 2020

On March 16, 2020, IPO Philippines adopted of a work-from-home policy arrangement for the duration of the enhanced community quarantine period per its Memorandum Circular No. 2020-6. Other pertinent guidelines are as follows:

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MEMORANDUM FROM EXECUTIVE SECRETARY ON STRINGENT SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES AND FURTHER GUIDELINES FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF THE COVID-19 SITUATION

Mar. 14, 2020

On March 13, 2020, the Executive Secretary, pursuant to Presdidential Proclamation No. 922, s.2020 and recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Disease placed the National Capital Region or Metro Manila under community quarantine due to the sharp increase of confirmed COVID-19 cases throughout the country.

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LABOR ADVISORY NO. 09

Mar. 5, 2020

On March 4, 2020, the Department of Labor issued Labor Advisory No. 09 s. 2020 to guide employers in implementing flexible working arrangements due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Reduction of work hours or workdays, rotation of workers and forced leave are among those suggested.

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THE BUREAU OF INTERNAL REVENUE HAS ISSUED REVENUE REGULATIONS (RR) NO. 6-2019 TO IMPLEMENT THE TAX AMNESTY ACT

Sept. 25, 2019

The Secretary of Finance issued Revenue Regulation (RR) No. 6-2019 dated May 31, 2019 to implement Republic Act No. 11213 or the Tax Amnesty Act.

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THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE OF THE PHILIPPINES (IPOPHL) STARTS IMPLEMENTING THE MEDIATION AS PART OF ITS ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (ADR)

Sept. 20, 2019

On September 20, 2019 IPO Philippines launched its Mediation Outside Litigation Service, allowing parties to submit their dispute to mediation even before or without filing a case.

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THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE OF THE PHILIPPINES (IPOPHL) IS NOW AN INTERNATIONAL SEARCHING AUTHORITY AND INTERNATIONAL PRELIMINARY EXAMINING AUTHORITY (ISA/IPEA)

May 22, 2019

IPO Philippines is now as an International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority (ISA/IPEA), enabling it to do search and preliminary examination of international applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).

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IPO Philippines signs Patent Prosecution Bilateral Agreement with the European Patent Office

Nov. 7, 2016

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has expanded its Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) network with the signing of the bilateral PPH Agreement with the European Patent Office (EPO) on October 5, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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The Supreme Court of the Philippines ratified En Banc the constitutionality of the Philippine Accession to the Madrid Protocol

Oct. 31, 2016

The Supreme Court En Banc in its decision dated July 19, 2016 ordered the dismissal of the petition for Special Civil Action for Certiorari filed by the Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines (IPAP) challenging the constitutionality of the ratification of the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Madrid Protocol) having been made without the concurrence of the Senate.

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UPDATE ON OUR OPERATIONS

As we continue to adapt to the impact of the Covid-19 worldwide pandemic, we are providing you a brief update on our operations.

For the duration of the General Community Quarantine and onwards, Lago Law Office is open thru our virtual channel and is able to continue operations and fully handle client requirements as may be allowed by government operational limitations.

We are open to conduct appointments and consultations on-line for your convenience and safety.

You may contact us through this website or through the following channels to set your appointment or to ask your queries:

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Our team is ready and able to discuss your requirements via video or voice call or thru email. To help you keep informed with relevant news that may impact your business operations, as well as your legal rights and obligations please visit our News section for updates.

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