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ROHQ Registration Services in the Philippines for Foreign Corporations
We provide Business Registration Services to foreign corporations seeking to establish a Regional Operating Headquarters (ROHQ) in the Philippines. Our ROHQ Registration Services include drafting Articles of Incorporation (AOI) and By-Laws, determining the capital requirements for licensing, registering and reserving company name, applying for business permits/licenses, appointing a Resident Agent, and assessing eligibility for tax incentives from the government.
A Philippine Regional Operating Headquarters (ROHQ) is an extension of a foreign corporation allowed to derive income in the Philippines by performing qualifying services to its head office, affiliates, subsidiaries, and/or branches around the world. Similar to an RHQ, it does not have a separate legal personality from its parent company.
Our ROHQ Registration Services in the Philippines
- Determine the ideal entity to secure license for
- Assess capital requirements for licensing
- Draft Articles of Incorporation (AOI) and By-Laws
- Register and reserve company name
- Open a Treasurer-in-Trust (TIT) account
- Appoint a resident agent and/or other corporate officers
- Open a local bank account
- Process registration documents with appropriate government agencies
- Apply for Tax Identification Numbers (TINs)
- Apply for business permits and licenses
- Determine eligibility for tax incentives
What Are the Requirements for Registering an ROHQ in the Philippines?
To set up an ROHQ in the Philippines, foreign companies are required to accomplish the following requirements:
Reserve Company Name
Foreign corporations must reserve a company name with the corporate registry, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), to register an ROHQ in the Philippines.
The minimum paid-up capital for setting up an ROHQ is US$200,000. The same amount is required to be remitted annually by the parent company to cover operating expenses.
The foreign parent company must authorize the establishment of the ROHQ through a Board Resolution.
Appoint a Resident Agent
The parent company is required to appoint a Resident Agent who shall receive summons and other legal proceedings served to or against the ROHQ. The resident agent can be an individual residing in the Philippines or a domestic corporation lawfully doing business in the country.
The appointment must be authorized through a Board Resolution and an agreement executed by the Board of Directors of the foreign corporation. The resident agent must signify their acceptance of the appointment through an official document.
Registered Office Address
Though not required during the registration process with SEC, the ROHQ must have a registered office address in the Philippines to complete the entire registration process. Registration with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and local government unit (LGU) requires new corporations to present the Contract of Lease (if rented) or Certificate of Land Title (if owned) of their business address.
Alternatively, you can rent a virtual office to serve as your official business address for registration purposes. You can transfer to a physical office and update your incorporation documents thereafter.