A quick guide on how to set up a business in the Philippines, from company name registration to registering with SSS, PhilHealth, and Pag-IBIG.
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During the second regular session of the 18th Congress on July 27, Ang Probinsyano Party-List Representative Alfred Delos Santos appealed for local government units (LGUs) and national agencies to spare registration fees for online sellers.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), under the SEC Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 16 Series of 2020, adopts a relaxed set of guidelines on the authentication of Articles of Incorporation in applications for registration of new domestic corporations, promoting an easier process for business registration in the Philippines.
The Ease of Doing Business Act of 2018, or Republic Act 11032, aims to cut excessive red tape and make it easier to start and operate a business in the Philippines.
Research the government regulations applicable to the industry you wish to enter
Determine the restrictions on foreign ownership of business or ownership of property including private land
Check the foreign exchange policies
Application for Approval of Start of Commercial Operations (SCO) – first year only
The application for approval of SCO is one of the prerequisites for the validation of the Income Tax Holiday (ITH) Incentive and securing of the PEZA Certificate of Available Incentives. This must be filed within seven (7) days from the actual commencement of commercial operations.
An open discussion on the proper registration of your business and registration of foreign investments with the Central Bank of the Philippines