Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Best Practices & Remedies to Avoid COA Disallowances

With the intensified campaign of both the National Government and the Commission on Audit (COA) in their thrust towards good governance, there has been a clamor for a program to address the issue of COA disallowances and solutions for those encountering such problems.  To help solve your most pressing challenges regarding these, the Center for Global Best Practices is hosting a one-day special program entitled, "Best Practices and Remedies to Avoid COA Disallowances", scheduled on Friday, July 13, 2018 at the Manila Marriott Hotel, Pasay City, Philippines.

A quick example is the notion that there is a P2,000 limit per person when attending a  training conducted by a private entity.  This limit does not apply based on Department of Budget and Management circular 563 issued on April 22, 2016.  The training fee is allowed to go beyond the limit if the training of a  government employee or public official contribute to the enhancement of one's skill to the job or field of expertise.

This one-day training will greatly benefit public officials of Local Government Units, National Government Agencies, Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations, public utility companies as well as those private entities dealing with the government, given that this is the only program that will provide them a comprehensive guide on what they MUST know to avoid COA disallowances.  

For the private sector, it will serve them well to understand this topic in order for them to know how to package a project or supply goods and services to ensure that their deals don’t fall under illegal, extravagant, unnecessary and unconscionable transactions with the government. This lecture session will also give an opportunity for lawyers to learn how to defend their clients on cases involving such issues.


This program will explain in full details those adverse common findings (e.g. transfer of funds, hiring of private lawyers / consultants, travel expenses, collective negotiation agreements, unauthorized benefits and more) that result in COA’s notices of suspension, notices of disallowance and notices of charges.    And yes, the good news is that there are remedies and defenses to address these issues by providing you the right solutions supported by the latest Supreme Court and COA rulings to deal fairly with your possible problem areas. 

We will also clearly define for you when a superior is liable for COA suspension and disallowances as well as how a subordinate can steer clear of liabilities for an irregular act committed by his / her superior.  Arming yourself with the right information will ensure that you stay out of trouble while in government. Many get expelled from government and retirement pay forfeited simply because they are unaware of these issues while innocent private individuals dealing with them get implicated for malversation of funds out of ignorance.

This program will feature Ms. Alicia C. Manuel, CRFA, CICAShe was with COA for 31 years as an auditor assigned to various branches of government including DILG, Bureau of Fire Protection and NAPOLCOM among others. While at COA, she was seconded to international organizations as an international consultant to World Bank, Asian Development Bank and AusAid to monitor large scale projects in various countries. 


She is the author of the Handbook on AFP Internal Auditors, 2017. She regularly lectures on Management Audit and Baseline Assessment Report with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine Army, Philippine Navy and Philippine Airforce. She is also a consultant at the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGeps).


Presently, she is also a member of the board, and chairperson of the audit committee of Nayong Pilipino Foundation appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte on February 20, 2017.

Those interested to attend this event are encouraged to avail of the following discounts:

a)  5% Early Registration discount (valid until June 13, 2018 only)

b)  5% Early Payment discount until July 3, 2018

c)  5% Group discount for those registering 3 or more 


You may also find of interest the following Best Practices Programs:


     Friday, August 10, 2018

     Friday, August 17, 2018
     Thursday and Friday, September 6 & 7, 2018
      Friday, October 12, 2018

5)  Property Owner's Guide to Ejecting Illegal Dwellers Effectively
      Friday, November 16, 2018

      Thursday and Friday, November 22 & 23, 2018

Interested participants may contact 

Center for Global Best Practices

Telephone Numbers:
Metro Manila:   (+63 2) 842-7148 or 59, and (+63 2) 556-8968 or 69
Baguio Line:       (+63 74) 423-2914 
Cebu City:           (+63 32) 512-3106 or 07
Legaspi City:       (+63 52) 736-0148

CGBP also accepts in-house training and consulting for individuals, families, and corporate clients. We invite you to check our website at www.cgbp.org for a complete list of Best Practices Programs.

Note: Public officials and government employees attending these training programs are exempted from the P2,000.00 limit set by COA based on Department of Budget and Management circular 563 issued on April 22, 2016.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

How to Structure and Compute Salaries, Wages and Benefits


  
The Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act took effect on January 1, 2018. This means NEW computation on compensation!  


Many businesses and HR practitioners are not skilled and updated on how to maximize the tax savings and benefits that is allowed by government.  The confusion on how to properly compute for the salaries, wages, and benefits with the passage of 2018 TRAIN provisions, which impacts both individual and corporate taxpayers.

To help the millions of taxpayers and thousands of business organization on this issue, the Center for Global Best Practices is launching a training for business owners, decision-makers and HR practitioners on the topic, "How to Structure and Compute Your Salaries, Wages & Benefits with the 2018 TRAIN Incentives for Taxpayers" scheduled on Friday, July 6, 2018 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong City, Philippines.

You can actually increase the take home pay of your workers by designing your compensation structure to maximize the use of De Minimis Benefits, Fringe Benefits, other benefits, optimizing the allowable deductions and tax exemptions, giving the 13th month pay on a monthly basis, and more!  This will mean less taxes to withhold, more money for your employees. Participants will be shown how to link these new measures to create a cohesive and highly beneficial structure for employers and employees. This offers a window for companies to align compensation approaches with business strategies to achieve a program that attracts, retains and motivates workers and at the same time minimizes tax costs to businesses and their people.

Learn valuable lessons and insights from labor law expert practitioner, Atty. Elvin Villanueva, who has assembled the most comprehensive, substantive and highly researched materials on this important topic. He has written 25 best-selling books namely: Digest on Critical Supreme Court Decisions on Labor Cases (to be released in June 2018); Guide on Employee Compensation and Benefits Vol. 1 & 2; Guide to Valid Dismissal of Employees; Guide on Wage Order & Minimum Wage; Valid Job Contracting and Subcontracting, Gabay sa mga Karapatan ng mga OFWs; HR Forms, Notices & Contracts Vol. 1 & 2; Employee Transfer & Demotion; Leave Benefits; and many more! His advocacy is to help companies and employees solve their HR issues.

You may also find of interest other Best Practices Programs

1) Best Practices in Resource Mobilization and Management 
     for Private Colleges and Universities
     Thursday and Friday, August 2 & 3, 2018

2) Best Practices Guide on How to Import Goods to the Philippines
     Thursday, August 9, 2018


3) Best Practices Guide to Valid Dismissal
     Friday, October 26, 2018

4) Best Practices in Implementing Effective Business Controls
     Thursday, August 16, 2018

5) Legal Best Practices in Crafting Your HR Code of Discipline
     Friday, December 7, 2018

6) TRAIN Law + New Year Tax Updates and Remedies
     Friday, January 18, 2019

7) Critical Supreme Court Decisions on Labor Cases
     Tuesday, June 19, 2018


The Center for Global Best Practices (CGBP) also accepts in-house training and consulting for individuals, families, and corporate clients. For complete details and list of other best practices seminars, you may check www.cgbp.org or call Manila lines at (+63 2) 842-7148 or 59; (+63 2) 556-8968 to 69; Baguio Line (+63 74) 423-2914, Legazpi Line: (+63 52) 736-0148 and Cebu lines at (+63 32) 512-3106 to 07.

Note: Public officials and government employees attending these training programs are exempted from the P 2,000 limit set by COA based on the Department of Budget and Management circular 563 issued on April 22, 2016.


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Monday, May 21, 2018

A Guide to Preparing Bid Documents


There's a revised set of bidding documents that is required by the government aligned with the new Procurement Law IRR that took effect on October 29, 2016. 

To help those in the private sector who wants to participate in the bidding transactions with the government as well as to assist public officials in understanding these changes, the Center for Global Best Practices will hold a two-day special program entitled, “Best Practices Guide on How to Prepare Your Bidding Documents” to be held on Thursday and Friday, June 28 & 29, 2018 at the Manila Marriott Hotel, Pasay City, Philippines. 

This program is highly recommended for heads of procuring entities, bids and awards committees (BACs) of National Government Agencies, Local Government Units, GOCCs, BAC secretariat members, suppliers, contractors, consultants, and everyone who wants to participate in bidding for government projects. This program is to provide participants with a better understanding of the various provisions of the new Philippine bidding documents for the procurement of goods, infrastructure projects and consulting services.

Failure to successfully conclude procurement projects are normally due to faulty crafting of the TORs, requirements in the bidding documents, and the disqualification of bidders are attributable to inability to align their bidding documents to the procurement guidelines.

This special training on preparation of bidding documents will feature Ms. Marilou D. Reyes who has 35 years of experience in procurement. She has conducted numerous procurement training and provided consulting services to many LGUs and various government agencies including the Office of the President, Department of Agriculture, CHED, DepEd, SSS, PAGCOR, GSIS, DOH, DILG, DENR, DBP, BSP, PhilHealth, House of Representatives, the Supreme Court and many more. 

This will also feature Mr. Edmund B. Talle who held the position of Director III, Department of Budget and Management for Region VIII from 1987 to 2012. He has conducted various trainings on Interpretation of the Procurement Law IRR, Public Expenditure Management, Budget Operations Manual, Enhancing Competencies of Provincial BAC and other Stakeholders -- drawing from his experience as Chair of the Regional Inter-Agency Bids and Awards Committee (R-IABAC) in Region VIII. His contribution to government service includes the simplification of IRA releases to Local Government Units where he has also extended various technical assistance to many agencies and LGUs.

 Others interested in this program may also like the following Best Practices programs:


2) Duterte Government's Revised PPP Program
     Friday, August 10, 2018

3) Local Government & Real Property Taxation
     Friday, August 17, 2018

4) What You Must Know About the 2016 Procurement Law IRR 
     Thursday & Friday, September 27 & 28, 2018


6)  How to Prepare Unsolicited Proposals for Government Projects
      Thursday and Friday, November 22 & 23, 2018

The Center for Global Best Practices (CGBP) also accepts in-house training and consulting for individuals, families, and corporate clients. For complete details and list of other best practices seminars, you may check www.cgbp.org or call Manila lines at (+63 2) 842-7148 or 59; (+63 2) 556-8968 to 69; Baguio Line (+63 74) 423-2914, Legazpi Line: (+63 52) 736-0148 and Cebu lines at (+63 32) 512-3106 to 07.

Note: Public officials and government employees attending these training programs are exempted from the P 2,000 limit set by COA based on the Department of Budget and Management circular 563 issued on April 22, 2016.


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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Learn Writing Minutes of Meetings @ EDSA Shangri-La



A meeting loses its value and wastes time if it is not documented in the correct manner. With the current climate of greater accountability of board directors and management in decisions made during meetings, every organization needs trained experts with the right skills to take minutes effectively. To make your meetings efficient and its outcomes effective, the Center for Global Best Practices will host a rerun of its best-selling program entitled, “Masterclass on Writing Minutes of Meetings” on Friday, June 22, 2018 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong City, Philippines. 

This pioneering program will teach you the best practices in minutes taking and provide you vital information on the legal guidelines, and regulations on meetings mandated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. This program is for members of the board, directors, corporate secretaries, management committees, minute takers and anyone who would like to document and to formalize their meetings. Modules include a step-by-step guide in preparation for the meeting, during and after the meeting. This is the only program guaranteed to cultivate a culture of effectiveness and efficiency in your team and fitted to any kind of workplace.

This best practices program will feature Atty. Mia G. Gentugaya, who was senior partner and is presently of counsel at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan law offices. She headed its Banking, Finance & Securities Department. Her specializations include banking, finance and securities, foreign investments, and corporations. Atty. Gentugaya has been cited as one of the leading lawyers in the AsiaLaw Profiles, the International Financial Law Review’s Guide to the World’s International Business Law Firms, the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, and Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific Leading Lawyers for Business. 

Interested participants are encouraged to avail of the early registration savings and group discounts for 3 or more participants.  This is a limited-seats-only event and pre-registration is required.

You may also find of interest other Best Practices Programs:

1)  Best Practices in Corporate Housekeeping (May 17 & 18, 2018)
2)  How to Really Read Financial Statements (July 26 & 27, 2018)
5)  Corporate Governance in the Digital Age (December 4, 2018)
6)  Weapons in Argumentation (July 12 & 13, 2018)


The Center for Global Best Practices also accepts in-house training and consulting for individuals, families, and corporate clients. For complete details and list of other best practices seminars, you may check www.cgbp.org or call Manila lines at (+63 2) 842-7148 or 59; (+63 2) 556-8968 to 69; and Cebu lines at (+63 32) 512-3106 to 07.

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

BIR CAS Compliance for Medium and Large Taxpayers

There are over 3,780+ large taxpayers and many are not compliant to the Bureau of Internal Revenue Regulation 9-2009 requiring large taxpayers to have a Computerized Accounting System (CAS). This becomes relevant also to the top 500 medium-sized provincial taxpayers in every revenue district which has the equivalent classification of a large taxpayer. 

To help medium and large taxpayers regarding their compliance issues, the Center for Global Best Practices is launching a program entitled, “BIR Computerized Accounting System Compliance for Medium and Large Taxpayers” scheduled on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong City, Philippines.

With the BIR setting up a special task force called Computerized Systems Evaluation Team (CSET) to monitor large taxpayers, one can expect more enforcement from the tax authorities. The lecture will include discussions on the regulations and rulings, presentation of the challenges of getting BIR CAS accreditation and how to prepare for the actual system demonstration required by the BIR. Attending to this will help medium and large taxpayers hurdle and solve their CAS headaches, issues and most importantly, prevent those dreaded BIR penalties.

This will feature seasoned practitioner, Bienvenido Constantino, CPA. His expertise includes aligning large taxpayers’ IT-based accounting systems to comply with the regulations on CAS. He is the founder and CEO of Helix Software Technologies, an Australian IT firm specializing in cloud technologies designed for SME, large enterprises as well as for LGUs. He has assisted many large enterprises achieved BIR CAS compliance including A. Soriano Corp, Mirant, MicroD, Trends and Technologies, Mighty Corp., PCSO among many others. His extensive experience includes having worked as an IT project director of World Bank projects with the Commission on Audit and the Department of Energy as well as in various USAID initiatives. He finished his bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the University of the Philippines.

You may also find of interest the following Best Practices programs:

1) How to Really Read Financial Statements 
     Thursday & Friday, July 26 & 27, 2018

2) Local Government & Real Property Taxation 
     Friday, August 17, 2018

3) Tax Rights and Remedies for SMEs & Large Taxpayers 
     Friday, October 5, 2018

4) TRAIN Law + NewYear Tax Updates & Remedies
     Friday, January 18, 2019

The Center for Global Best Practices (CGBP) also accepts in-house training and consulting for individuals, families, and corporate clients. For complete details and list of other best practices seminars, you may check our website at www.cgbp.org or call Manila lines at (+63 2) 842-7148 or 59; (+63 2) 556-8968 to 69; and Cebu lines at (+63 32) 512-3106 to 07.

Note: Public officials and government employees attending these training programs are exempted from the P2,000 limit set by COA based on Department of Budget and Management Circular 563 issued on April 22, 2016.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Smart Taxpayers' Guide to Optimizing Tax Savings and Deductions


Tax optimization is no longer a matter just for the multinationals and large enterprises. A growing trend of smart SME taxpayers globally are now tailoring their strategies originally drawn up for the big players which are now adopted by smaller and medium sized business. While tax evasion is illegal, tax avoidance is not. There are a number of strategies that tax experts can devise for firms to structure their business operations to avoid taxes – called tax planning, tax avoidance or tax optimization. These strategies stay within the letters of the law. Unknown to many, there are various tax avoidance schemes available under the law that would allow taxpayers to reduce tax without violating Tax Code provisions. 

To learn the secrets and tax-saving strategies utilized by these smart business organizations and individuals, the Center for Global Best Practices (CGBP) will host a program entitled, Smart Taxpayers’ Guide on Optimizing Tax Savings and Deductionsscheduled on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at the Forest Lodge, Manor Hotel, Baguio City, Philippines.

In this learning event, you will gain valuable insights from over 100 years of combined experiences and the rich sources of research materials put together by CGBP tax group to be lectured by one of the most respected tax experts who will share his best practices in the implementation of an efficient and effective tax planning program. 

Attending to this becomes relevant to business owners with the passage of 2018 TRAIN Law. "The visit to key provincial cities is an opportunity to help big and small taxpayers save on their taxes,” says CGBP founder and President Henry Belleza Aquende. 

This comprehensive program will discuss the legally permissible means of avoiding taxes in all your transactions. The lecture will include updates, examples, new regulations in specific situations, tax minimization strategies, maximization of deductions, use of tax treaties, tools of estate planning, benefits under special tax laws, tax implications of selected IAS (international accounting standards), tax credits & refunds, and remedies of taxpayers. All these will be discussed thoroughly to guide participants in executing their plans or solving their tax problems and issues effectively. 

This special program will feature expert tax practitioner, Atty. Nicasio C. Cabaneiro, CPA. He is the partner in-charge of Tax Programs at the Center for Global Best Practices. He is a recognized authority in the practice of taxation and commercial law with a track record and solid reputation of saving his clients across various industries billions in taxes. He is a sought-after lecturer and tax consultant of high net-worth families, individuals and business organizations to help them with their tax and other legal matters. He has over 40 years of teaching experience and 25 years with bank of Philippine Islands capping his career as its Vice-President and Head of the Legal Services Division. He finished his accounting degree (Magna Cum Laude) and his law degree (Cum Laude) at the San Beda College of Law. One of his advocacies is in helping taxpayers save on taxes with the best strategies, effective solutions, implemented the RIGHT way.

You may also find of interest the following tax-related topics among numerous CGBP Best Practices programs:

1) BIR Computerized Accounting System Compliance for Large Taxpayers (June 21, 2018)
2) Local Government & Real Property Taxation (August 17, 2018)
3) Tax Rights & Remedies for SMEs & Large Taxpayers (October 5, 2018)
4) Families' Guide to Wills, Trusts & Inheritance (November 23, 2018)
5) TRAIN Law + New Year Tax Updates (January 18, 2018)


These programs are open to the general public and are CPD accredited. Accountants attending these learning events will earn CPD points.


The Center for Global Best Practices (CGBP) also accepts in-house training and consulting for individuals, families, and corporate clients. For complete details and list of other best practices seminars, you may check www.cgbp.org or call Manila lines at (+63 2) 842-7148 or 59; (+63 2) 556-8968 to 69; and Cebu lines at (+63 32) 512-3106 to 07.

Note: Public officials and government employees attending these training programs are exempted from the P 2,000 limit set by COA based on the Department of Budget and Management circular 563 issued on April 22, 2016.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Critical Supreme Court Decisions on Labor Cases

Learning from others is the fastest way to gain knowledge. But learning from the experience of others is the least expensive and most practical route in solving labor disputes. If you want to build a strong and solid set of policies for your company aligned to Supreme Court (SC) decisions and rulings, then this pioneering program is a must! 

The Center for Global Best Practices will host a special program entitled, “Critical Supreme Court Decisions on Labor Law Disputes” on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the Manila Marriott Hotel, Pasay City, Philippines.

Update yourself on the most recent Supreme Court decisions on Labor cases that your management can use to help you improve your HR policies and contracts, guide your organization with the right strategies in employee engagements, and provide you remedies in resolving and preventing disastrous labor problems.

Whether you are a business owner, a policy-maker, an HR practitioner or a lawyer who would like to be up-to-date with the SC rulings and decisions, this program is guaranteed to give you the most comprehensive and substantive information on how to resolve labor disputes such as serious misconduct, willful disobedience, work-related death, abandonment of work, negligence, and many more!

Learn valuable lessons and insights from labor law expert practitioner, Atty. Elvin Villanueva, who has assembled the most comprehensive, substantive and highly researched materials on this important topic. He has written 25 best-selling books namely: Digest on Critical Supreme Court Decisions on Labor Cases (to be released in June 2018); Guide on Employee Compensation and Benefits Vol. 1 & 2; Guide to Valid Dismissal of Employees; Guide on Wage Order & Minimum Wage; Valid Job Contracting and Subcontracting, Gabay sa mga Karapatan ng mga OFWs; HR Forms, Notices & Contracts Vol. 1 & 2; Employee Transfer & Demotion; Leave Benefits; and many more! His advocacy is to help companies and employees solve their HR issues.

You may also find of interest the following Best Practices Featured Training Programs:
    Friday, July 6, 2018

    Friday, August 24, 2018

    Friday, October 26, 2018

    Friday, December 7, 2018

5) and many more!

The Center for Global Best Practices (CGBP) also accepts in-house training and consulting for individuals, families, and corporate clients. For complete details and list of other best practices seminars, you may check www.cgbp.org or call Manila lines at (+63 2) 842-7148 or 59; (+63 2) 556-8968 to 69; and Cebu lines at (+63 32) 512-3106 to 07.

Note: Public officials and government employees attending these training programs are exempted from the P 2,000 limit set by COA based on the Department of Budget and Management circular 563 issued on April 22, 2016.

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