SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

August, 2017 - Metro Manila, Philippines

MEPZ HRA Seminar on DPA, ENDO, and Labor Advisory No. 6

SyCipLaw partners Rose Marie M. King-Dominguez and Alan C. Fontanosa, together with associates Neil Jason T. Casas and Laiza Kristel C. Gingoyon, conducted a seminar on Data Privacy, Contractualization and Labor Advisory No. 6-2017 last July 27, 2017 in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. The seminar was attended by around 100 Human Resource practitioners from locators of the Mactan Export Processing Zone (MEPZ) 1 and 2.

Ms. King-Dominguez gave an overview on the basics of RA 10173 or the Data Privacy Act (DPA), its implementing rules, and the circulars issued by the National Privacy Commission (NPC). She gave a walkthrough of the registration process and provided practical advice on the initial steps for compliance with the law that data controllers and processors may take.

Mr. Fontanosa discussed the recent updates and issuances of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) relating to contractualization, end-of-contract, deceptive contractorship, and voluntary regularization (Labor Advisory No. 6-2017). He highlighted key requirements of permissible contracting and subcontracting, and gave practical advice on compliance with labor laws relating to contractual arrangements.

The seminar, held at the Funai Electric Cebu Inc. Facility, was organized with the assistance of Eli Trinidad and Gladys Santos of the Mactan Ecozone Human Resources Association Inc.

Rose Marie M. King-Dominguez’s practice specialties are telecommunications, media and technology, investments, M&A, and business law. Ms. King-Dominguez regularly advises clients in various industries on privacy and data protection issues (e.g., employee data policies, BYOD, cloud regulation, use of data in customer agreements, and privacy policies on sites). She has assisted clients in their Data Privacy Act compliance program, and regularly reviews data privacy policies and manuals, consent statements and privacy notices. She has advised on issues and matters involving employee data policies, BYOD, offshore storage, use of data in customer agreements, and data sharing. Ms. King-Dominguez and her team had helped provide comments on the Philippine Data Privacy Law enacted in 2012, and had engaged with members of the House of Representatives technical team on aspects of the legislation.

Alan C. Fontanosa is the partner-in-charge of the firm’s Cebu office. His areas of practice include industrial relations and labor litigation, civil and land cases, real estate transactions, corporate services, and special projects. Mr. Fontanosa has extensive practice of over 25 years in employment law, particularly in employment relations, collective bargaining negotiations, strikes and lockouts, voluntary and compulsory arbitration, labor compliance audits, corporate restructuring and reorganization affecting staff and manpower, and labor litigation before the National Labor Relations Commission, the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. Among the cases he handled are Cebu Engineering & Company, Inc. v. NLRC, et al. (G.R. No. 118695, April 22, 1998); (Sugbuanon Rural Bank v. Bienvenido Laguesma, Secretary of Labor and Employment (G.R. No. 116194, February 2, 2000); and Jose Salvador v. Philippine Mining Service Corporation (G.R. No. 148766, January 22, 2003).

Neil Jason T. Casas is an associate of the firm's Cebu office. His practice areas include litigation, arbitration, labor and employment, corporate services, energy, special projects, business transactions, and immigration.

Laiza Kristel C. Gingoyon is an associate of the firm's Cebu office. Her practice areas include labor relations, employment, litigation, arbitration, corporate services, business transactions, and special projects.