Sunday, November 19, 2017

Transformative Law Teaching



Legal educators RELOADED! This two-day faculty development program aims to present new law professors with best practices in teaching law, and introduce experienced law professors to innovations in curriculum development and teaching methods. This is designed to improve the overall teaching performance of law educators by exposing them to learner-centered, outcome based education, an array of teaching methods, classroom management and more!
This pioneering initiative is spearheaded by the Philippine Association of Law School (PALS) and the Center for Global Best Practices. Register on or before December 5 to avail of the early registration and payment discount!
If you are applying to be a law professor, this program will enhance your eligibility to teach at a PALS member school.
Title: Transformative Law Teaching
Date: January 5 & 6, 2018 (Friday & Saturday)
Venue: University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Philippines

Interested participants may contact Center for Global Best Practices
Telephone Numbers:
Metro Manila: (+63 2) 842-714/ 59 & 556-8968/ 69 
Baguio City: (+63 74) 423-5148
Cebu City: (+63 32) 512-3106 or 07 
Legaspi City: (+63 52) 736-0148

We invite you to check the website www.cgbp.org for a complete list of CGBP’s upcoming seminars.
Partial list of other upcoming seminars:
1) How to Joint Venture Effectively with the Government
2) How To Structure & Compute Salaries Wages & Benefits
3) New Year Tax Updates and Remedies
4) How To Optimize Tax Savings and Deductions
5) Best Practices To Avoid COA Disallowances
6) How To Evict Squatters Effectively
7) How To Prepare Unsolicited Proposals
8) Compliance to the IRR of the Data Privacy Act
9) Weapons in Argumentation
10) Understanding the Revised Procurement Law IRR
11) and more!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

BIR CAS Complaince for Public Utility Companies





Inviting all public utility companies to this one-day seminar on BIR Computerized Accounting SystemCompliance for Public Utility Companies to help those businesses who are having difficulty setting up, getting accreditation, and running a successful computerized accounting system (CAS) in compliance with the BIR regulation 2009-9. 

This program is to provide guidance and assistance to public utility companies who are large taxpayers and medium sized ones that are soon to be re-classified as large taxpayers. This event is scheduled on Friday, December 1, 2017 at Manila Marriot Hotel, Pasay City, Philippines. This is applicable to those classified by the government as public utility companies including electric cooperatives and those others in the power generation, distribution and transmission, energy, gas, water distribution, telecoms, cable, and transportation companies. The lecture is also applicable for other types of large taxpayers.

For details and a complete list of best practices seminars including How toOptimize Tax Savings and Deductions – The LEGAL Way, Taxation of Hotels, Resorts and Hotel Businesses, Taxation of Construction Companies and Contractors, New Year Tax Updates and Remedies, Families’ Guide to Wills,Trusts and Inheritance, Compliance to the BIR CAS for Large Taxpayers), and more, log on to www.cgbp.org or call (+63 2) 842-7148/ 59 and 556-8968/ 69, Cebu lines: (+63 32) 512-3106 or 07, Baguio line: (+63 74) 423-5148 or Legazpi line: (+63 52) 736-0148.

Given the BIR's formation of a special task force CSET to monitor stricter enforcement of tax regulations, attending this will help you hurdle and solve your CAS headaches, issues and most importantly, prevent those dreaded BIR penalties! 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.


This will feature seasoned practitioner, Mr. Bienvenido Constantino, CPA. His expertise include aligning medium to large taxpayers’ IT-based accounting systems to comply with all the BIR regulations. He is the Founder & Managing Director 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, Micro-D, Trends and Technologies, Mighty Corporation, PCSO, Dunkin Donuts, Bounty Agro, among many others. His highly rated BIR CAS software is also presently being used for the administration of 83 buildings of Megaworld. His extensive experience include having worked as IT Project Director of World Bank projects with the Commission on Audit and the Department of Energy as well as in various USAID initiatives.   Interested participants on this topic are encouraged to avail of the early payment savings and group discount for 3 or more participants.  Seats are limited and pre-registration is required. Register Here!


How to Joint Venture Effectively with the Government




Joint Ventures (JVs) are increasingly becoming popular as a faster and easier approach towards implementing infrastructure, development and social service-related projects at the national and local government levels. To accelerate more economic growth tbrough Public-Private Partnerships, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) released the 2013 revised JV Guidelines applicable for government-owned and -controlled corporations, government instrumentalities, government financial institutions, and state universities and colleges.  For local government units (LGUs), they are governed by their own JV ordinances. The authority of LGUs to enter into JVs and provide their own guidelines has been affirmed by the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Department of Justice.

To guide the private sector on how to JV with the government and vice versa, Center for Global Best Practices will be holding a pioneering seminar entitled, “Business And Public Officials’ Guide on How to Joint Venture Effectively with the Government” on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Philippines. 

This one-day special training will deal on the definition of a JV, requirements, cash and non-cash contributions of parties, procedures for selecting partners, bundling or unbundling of project components, and trends, opportunities and challenges. Examples of existing and prospective JV projects such as water, reclamation, public markets, bus terminals, land development, government centers, power, transport, and more. Participants will get soft copy compilation of templates of actual and proposed JV ordinances.

This special program will feature Atty. Alberto C. Agra who is a Certified PPP Specialist, Certified Regulation Specialist (Institute for Public-Private Partnerships, VA, USA), PPP Law and Local Government Law Professor and a Political Law Bar Reviewer (Ateneo Law School). He drafted a proposed PPP Code/ Ordinance for LGUs which to date has been adopted to by 81 LGUs (provinces, cities and municipalities). He also developed a JV Oridnance which to date, has been referred to by 2 cities, Manila and Valenzuela. He was part of the team that developed the 2008 NEDA JV Guidelines. He has conducted over 100 lectures on PPPs and JVs. He is the author of the Proposed PPP Ordinance: Annotated and the co-author of the book, Knowing PPP, BOT & JV: A Legal Annotation. Presently, he is serving the government as chairman of the Philippine Reclamation Authority. 

For details, consulting, in-house training, and a complete list of other best practices seminars you may check www.cgbp.org or call Center for Global Best Practices

Manila (+63 2) 842-7148/ 59 and 556-8968/ 69
Cebu lines (+63 32) 512-3106 or 07
Baguio line (+63 74) 423-5148
Legazpi Line (+63 52) 736-0148

Interested participants may get as much as 15% discount and are encourage to avail of the following: 

  • 5% early registration savings (if you register on or before December 3, 2017)
  • 5% early payment discount (if you pay on or before December 23, 2017)
  • 5% group discount for 3 or more attendees. 
Register Here

This seminar is being rerun for the benefit of those who missed the November 9, 2017 launch of this program and the clamor of attendees who want their colleagues to attend.

You may also like the following public-private sector related topics:

a) How to Prepare Your Bidding Documents (Nov. 16 & 17, 2017)
b) How to Eject Illegal Dwellers Effectively (Nov. 24, 2017)
c) How to Prepare Unsolicited & Solicited Proposals (April 19 & 20, 2018)
d) Understanding the Revised Procurement Law (April 5 & 6, 2018)
e) Best Practices and Remedies to Avoid COA Disallowances (July 13, 2018)
f) Best Practices in Parliamentary Procedures
g) LGU and Real Property Taxation (Aug. 17, 2018)
h) Duterte Government's Revised PPP Programs (Aug. 10, 2018)
i) Property Developers' Guide to the Building Code IRR of the Philippines (March 15 & 16, 2018)
j) Compliance to the BIR Computerized Accounting System for Public Utility Companies (December 1, 2017)
k) Best Practices in Solving Right-of-Way Issues
l) Board Effectiveness Best Practices (Nov. 9, 2018)
m) and more!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Families' Guide to Wills, Trusts & Inheritance





The fear of many grandparents, parents and families who worked so hard for their wealth is for it to be wasted or end up in the hands of bad relatives and outside predators in case of their death or incapacity.  When you want to spare your loved ones of the burden of dividing and even quarrelling over your estate, or the pain of having to pay for the unnecessary legal costs and taxes, one should write a will or create a living trust.  It is the right thing to do.  When you don’t have one, you run the risk of your assets going to waste. Others attempt to write a will without proper guidance.  But writing a defective will is as good as having no will.  In many instances, this becomes a subject of long, painful litigation.  To help families with this issue, the Center for Global Best Practices will run a one-day pioneering seminar entitled, "Families’ Guide to Wills, Trusts & Inheritance:  Will-Writing, Trust-Making and Inheritance-Giving the Right Way", scheduled on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong City, Philippines.    

This one-day seminar will provide you and your family a practical guide on will-writing the right way and creating living trusts that addresses properly the many issues including: a) the care of minor children or your parents and other loved ones after your death; b) your care in case of incapacity; c) guardianships; d) administration of your estate, and many more! For details and a complete list of best practices seminars including New Year Tax Updates and Remedies, Corporate Governance Board Effectiveness Best Practices, Property Owner’s Guide to Eject Squatters Effectively, Masterclass in Writing Minutes of Meetings and more, you may log on to www.cgbp.org or call (+63 2) 842-7148/ 59 and 556-8968/ 69, Cebu lines: (+63 32) 512-3106 or 07, Baguio line: (+63 74) 423-5148 or Legazpi line: (+63 52) 736-0148.

This unique seminar will feature an expert in estate planning and asset protection law -- Atty. Nicasio C. Cabaneiro, CPA.  He is the Partner in-charge of Tax Programs at the Center for Global Best Practices. He is a sought-after lecturer and estate planning consultant of high net worth families and individuals to help them with their tax and other legal matters. He is an authority in the practice of taxation and commercial law with 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. 

Families, estate planners, and those interested in this topic are encouraged to avail of the early registration payment savings and group discount for 3 or more participants.  Seats are limited and pre-registration is required.  Register Here!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Property Owner's Guide on Ejecting Illegal Dwellers Effectively


 A property owner’s worst nightmare is to have abusive squatters, professional squatting syndicates and unlawful tenants on one’s own premises.  How do you eject abusive squatters effectively?

With the clamor of many who needs help on this, the Center for Global Best Practices is holding a one-day pioneering seminar entitled, “A Property Owner’s Guide to Ejecting Illegal Dwellers Effectively:  Strategies, Legal Procedues, and Solutions” on Friday, November 24, 2017 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong City, Philippines. The law on ejectment is a special law that is not really taught in law schools. Many lawyers make mistakes in filing such cases at the expense of the property owners.  A precise knowledge of the correct legal remedies and practical extra-legal know how are essential for a successful and speedy recovery and possession of your property.  

The seminar is about protecting your property from unlawful occupants and how to efficiently utilize ejectment actions and provisional remedies available as effective tools in the speedy recovery of your land or building so as to avoid further damage arising out of prolonged dispossession.  The lecture will include some special laws of great concern to land developers such as Republic Act No. 6552 (The Maceda Law) that governs sales on installment of real property, Presidential Decree No. 1517 (The Urban Land Reform Law), Republic Act No. 7279 (The Lina Law), Tenancy law and other related laws.

Participants in this program will also learn best practices, practical solutions and actual cases on how to implement and manage actual ejectment and demolition of shanties.  It will also discuss creative ways for a peaceful resolution to your squatter problems through the coordination with different government agencies and LGUs. Some subtle factual differences could mean the success or failure of an ejectment action.  Attend this seminar and avoid the costly mistakes and pitfalls of other property owners who have failed to evict unlawful occupants. This special program is a limited-seats only event with pre-registration required.  

Listen, learn and ask questions from a practicing judge and book author of the “Law on Ejectment,” Judge Danilo A. Manalastas, who will share relevant answers and landmark cases relating to problems posed by unlawful occupants on real property whether public or private. It will also feature Atty. Ferdinand M. Casis, former director of legal service at the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Engr. Agustin Torres who is an expert in relocation management of informal settlers.  An investment in attending this one-day event is certainly a fraction of the cost compared to hiring a topnotch lawyer charging you for hours of consulting fees.  Enroll in this seminar and solve your squatter problems!  You may avail of the early payment savings (until November 14) and group discount for 3 or more attendees.  

Interested participants may contact Center for Global Best Practices

Telephone Numbers:
Muntinlupa City: (+63 2) 842-714/ 59 & 556-8968/ 69 
Baguio City: (+63 74) 423-5148
Cebu City: (+63 32) 512-3106 or 07 
Legaspi City: (+63 52) 736-0148

You may also find the following related seminars of interest:

1) Families’ Guide to Wills, Trusts, and Inheritance 
2) The Inheritance Law of The Philippines
3) How to Solve Your Right of Way Issues
4) Local Government and Real Property Taxation
5) Understanding the Building Code of the Philippines
6) How To Prepare Unsolicited Proposals for Government Projects

We invite you to check www the website www.cgbp.org for a complete list of CGBP’s upcoming seminars.

Best Practices Guide on How to Prepare Your Bidding Documents





Early this year, the government released a new set of bidding documents to align with the new Procurement Law Implementing Rules and Regulations that took effect on October 28, 2016. 

To help those in the private sector who wants to participate in the bidding transactions with the government as well as assist public officials in understanding these changes, the Center for Global Best Practices is holding a two-day seminar entitled, “Best Practices Guide on How to Prepare Your Bidding Documents” to be held on Thursday and Friday, November 16 & 17, 2017 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 seminar 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.

For details and a complete list of best practices seminars including “What You Must Know Aboutthe Revised Procurement Law IRR,” “Best Practices and Remedies to Avoid COADisallowances,” “Understanding the LGU Code of the Philippines,” “Parliamentary Procedures for Board Directors and Public Officials,” “Vulnerability Assessment of SALNs,” “How to Joint Venture Effectively with the Government,” and “Local Government and Real Property Taxation,” you may log on to www.cgbp.org or call (02) 842-7148/ 59 and 556-8968/ 69; Cebu lines (032) 512-3106 or 07 or Baguio telephone (074) 423-5148.

This special seminar on preparation of bidding documents will feature Ms. Marilou D. Reyes who has 35 years of experience in procurement. She has conducted numerous procurement trainings 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. Her accomplishments include being a procurement consultant for Australian Aid funded projects in ten (10) provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao, managed by Coffey International Development and The Louis Berger Group (LBG) in preparing Bidding documents for the procurement of Road Projects; conducted Lectures on the Procurement Law and its IRR. She has also done operations manuals on procurement funded by the World Bank. Prior to this, she was with COA for 33 years as a state auditor doing procurement audits of different national government agencies, local government units and GOCCs.


Interested participants may avail of the early bird and group discounts for 3 or more participants. Pre-registration is required in this limited seats only event. Register Now to ensure seat availability!

What You Must Know About the 2016 Procurement Law IRR




President Rodrigo Duterte newly signed Executive Order 34 a month ago on July 17 simplifying certain processes and procedure to make it faster and more efficient for national government agencies, LGUs and GOCCs to procure infrastructure, goods and services.

This is good news for those in the private sector who are doing business with the government

To help all stakeholders understand these changes, the Center for Global Best Practices doing a one-time rerun this year for its pioneering two-day seminar entitled, “What You MUST Know About the Government Procurement Law IRR 2016” to be held on Thursday and Friday, September 28 & 29, 2017 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong City, Philippines. This seminar is part of a two-series program with the other one entitled, How To Prepare Your Bidding Documents (aligned with the new IRR) to be held on November 16 & 17 (at the Marriott Hotel) in anticipation of the changes in the bidding documents.  For details and a complete list of best practices seminars including Vulnerability Assessment of SALNs, Best Practices and Remedies to Avoid COA Disallowances, Understanding the LGU Code of the Philippines, Parliamentary Procedures for Board Directors and Public Officials, you may log on to www.cgbp.org or call (02) 842-7148/ 59 and 556-8968/ 69; Cebu lines (032) 512-3106 or 07 or Baguio telephone (074) 423-5148.
The changes will impact on all government procurement and transactions with the private sector. The lecture will extensively discuss the revised implementing rules and regulations (IRR) aligning it with the new EO and how it affects certain government procurement processes and procedures, changes in the  BAC Composition and its Functions, Guidelines in the formulation and revision of APP, Registration, Eligibility Requirements and Submission of Bids under the PhilGEPS, Exemptions from Public Bidding, Form and Contents of Bidding Documents, Alternative Methods of Procurement and Eligibility Requirements for the Procurement of Infrastructure, Goods, and Services. 
The biggest buyer and consumer of infrastructure, goods and services is the government.   Those in the private sector participating in government transactions can win big if they fully understand the procurement law IRR. For public officials, avoid getting into trouble due to violation and ignorance of the procurement law. Failure to know these can lead to perpetual disqualification for holding public office including criminal and administrative cases based on Commission On Audit (COA) findings of irregular transactions. For the private sector, avoid disqualification due to non-compliance! Given the big money involved, you lose big when you get disqualified.


This is highly recommended for BAC chairpersons and their members, government officials in the national government agencies, LGUs and GOCCs as well as the business sector – suppliers, contractors and consultants and would be players -- who want to participate and do business with the Government.  Interested participants may avail of the early payment savings and group discounts for 3 or more participants. Pre-registration is required in this limited-seats-only event. Register early to ensure seat availability!

 
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