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CAP Regulations on Drones 

CAP Regulations on Drones 

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) like drones, airships, and rotorcrafts are becoming commonplace. Their application is no longer confined to the military or for warfare, as they can be used for recreational purposes such as photography and tourism. In response to this trend, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) issued Memorandum Circular No. 21, as well as Memorandum Circular No. 35 last June and November 2014, respectively. These memoranda amended Part 11 of the Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations (PCAR), providing new rules with respect to the operation and registration of UAV’s. The recently issued memoranda defines UAV as an […]

The Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009: A Primer

The Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009: A Primer

    The Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009 A Primer The highly publicized sex videos of celebrity physician Hayden Kho with various celebrity partners rocked Philippine society in May 2009 and was quickly shared online and later distributed through DVD in the streets and sidewalks. In response to this, Congress passed Republic Act 9995 (Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009) to prevent the publication and distribution of similar material in the future.[1] The law prohibits recording videos or taking photos of a sexual act, the male or female genitalia, and of the female breast, among others, without […]

NTC Rules on Prepaid Load

NTC Rules on Prepaid Load

According to a 2013 report issued by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), there are about 80 million prepaid subscribers in the Philippines. Another report made by Mobile World Live in 2014 found that 96% of cellphone users in the Philippines are prepaid subscribers. In response, the NTC, the government agency charged with the regulation of public telecommunication services issued Memorandum Circular (MC) 03-07-2009 imposing a minimum validity period for load credits of prepaid subscribers. Generally prepaid loads of higher value have longer validity periods. The minimum periods are as follows: P10.00 or lower                                               Three days More than P10.00 to P50.00 […]

Anti-Cybercrime Law’s IRR signed, released

Anti-Cybercrime Law’s IRR signed, released

August 12, 2015 — The Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 10175 or the “Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012” was signed by Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Edwin Enrile, and Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo at the New World Manila Bay Hotel. The IRR was signed almost three years after RA 10175 was enacted on September 12,2012. You may download the full text of the IRR below. RA 10175 IRR Read more about the Litigation practice at Disini & Disini Law Office Read more about the Technology and Telecommunications practice at Disini & Disini Law Office

Innovating Digital Citizenship:  A Study on the Estonian E-Residency Project

Innovating Digital Citizenship:  A Study on the Estonian E-Residency Project

The Philippines is one of the world’s leaders in social media use and one of the top Business Process Outsourcing (“BPO”) destinations in the world. Over the past decade, our information Technology Outsourcing (“ITO-BPO”) industry had posted double-digit growth in revenues. In 2015, the Philippines will be part of a single, integrated ASEAN Economic Community—one with a market of over 600 million people. This gives the Philippines an opportunity to build on its strengths and establish a reputation as the premiere e-commerce hub of ASEAN. To achieve this goal, it would be interesting to observe one of the recent innovative developments […]

A Win for ICT: Towards a Department of Information and Communications Technology

A Win for ICT: Towards a Department of Information and Communications Technology

The creation of a Department of Information and Communications Technology (“DICT”) is perceived to be the next logical step pushed by various organizations and sectors in response to other government initiatives to centralize Information and Communications Technology (“ICT”) related initiatives. These government initiatives started in 2004, when President Arroyo issued EO 269 which created the Commission of Information and Communications Technology (“CICT”), composed of the National Computer Center, the Telecommunications Office, and other offices of the Department of Transportation and Communications (“DOTC”), with the National Telecommunications Commission, and the Philippine Postal Corporation as attached agencies. In 2011, President Aquino issued […]

Global Bitcoin Regulations

Global Bitcoin Regulations

Given that Bitcoins are entirely electronic, there are several drawbacks to its use. Bitcoins are not backed by anything in the physical world like conventional currencies, so users are at risk to volatility of prices and of losing money easily through online security breaches. An example of this is the website “Mt. Gox”, a leading online exchange platform for bitcoin, which was forced to go offline in 2011 due to a hacking incident where over 60,000 usernames and passwords were stolen.[1] The incident resulted in bitcoin value exchange crashing from USD 17.50 to USD 0.01 per bitcoin. In March 2014, […]

Bitcoin 101

Bitcoin 101

Bitcoin is a fully digital and decentralized “cryptocurrency”. First launched in 2009, it has since become the first cryptocurrency to capture the public imagination.[1] A cryptocurrency has been defined as “[a] digital or virtual currency that uses cryptography for security.”[2] As a digital currency, it is both created and held electronically. Like conventional currency it can be used to facilitate exchanges for goods and services. However, unlike conventional money, it is neither backed by gold or silver nor regulated by any centralized authority. Rather they are mathematically generated by a procedure called “mining” where computers are used to solve mathematical […]

The Philippine E-Government Fund

The Philippine E-Government Fund

The Philippine Government has a vision of e-governance—that ICT should be used to effect good governance through a more efficient delivery of services to its citizens.[1] As envisioned, E-Government is the government’s use of web-based internet applications and other information and communications technologies combined with processes to enhance the access to and delivery of government services and bring about improvements in, among other things, effectiveness, efficiency, service quality or transformation of government operations.[2] According to the CICT, ICT will be used in streamlining and simplifying government processes, within and across agencies, and integrating systems and networks to allow swift exchange […]

Paperless Taxes: An Introduction to the eFPS

Paperless Taxes: An Introduction to the eFPS

The Electronic Filing and Payment System (eFPS) is “a system developed and maintained by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for electronically filing tax returns, including attachments, if any, and paying taxes due thereon, specifically through the internet.”[1] With the eFPS, taxpayers can prepare a paperless tax return and can pay online through an internet-banking service via debit facility from their enrolled bank account.[2] Since eFPS is available online, taxpayers can file and pay for their taxes anytime and anywhere with an internet connection.[3] This system was first introduced by the BIR through Revenue Regulation (RR) 09-2001 issued on Aug. […]