A Guide to Corporate Registration in the Philippines

Setting up a corporation in the Philippines is an exciting prospect, but it requires a clear understanding of the processes involved. This guide aims to streamline the steps for you, ensuring a smooth corporate registration experience in the country.

1. Decide on the Corporate Structure

Domestic Corporation: Owned by Filipinos and/or foreigners, and operates within the Philippines. Foreign Branch Office: An extension of a foreign company, operating within the Philippine territory. Regional Headquarters (RHQ): Conducts operations to serve as administrative branch of foreign companies.

2. Reserve Company Name

Head to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to reserve and register your corporation’s name. You can also do this online through the SEC’s web portal.

3. Draft and Notarize Articles of Incorporation and By-laws

Prepare the Articles of Incorporation and By-laws. Once done, have them notarized.

4. Deposit Initial Capital

Open a bank account in the name of the corporation and deposit the minimum required paid-up capital.

5. Register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Submit the required documents, including the Articles of Incorporation, By-laws, and bank certificate of the deposited capital. Once approved, the SEC will issue a Certificate of Registration.

6. Acquire Local Permits

Depending on the location of your corporation, you’ll need to obtain a Barangay Clearance, followed by a Business Permit from the local municipality or city.

7. Register with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)

Every corporation is required to register with the BIR and obtain a unique Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). This is crucial for tax-related transactions and compliance.

8. Register Employees with Relevant Government Agencies

For companies that will hire employees, you need to register them with:

  • SSS (Social Security System)
  • PhilHealth (Philippine Health Insurance Corporation)
  • PAG-IBIG (Home Development Mutual Fund)

9. Secure Special Licenses (if applicable)

Depending on your business’s nature, you might need additional licenses or permits. For instance, export and import businesses require licenses from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

10. Regular Compliance and Reporting

Ensure that you adhere to regular reporting requirements, especially annual financial statements and tax returns. Always stay updated with any changes in business regulations.



Hire Local Experts: Especially if you’re a foreign entrepreneur, consider hiring a local expert or agency that specializes in corporate registration. They can help navigate the intricacies of Philippine laws and regulations. Continuous Monitoring: Regulations and requirements can change. Regularly check updates from the SEC, BIR, and other relevant agencies to ensure compliance. In conclusion, while corporate registration in the Philippines involves several steps, understanding them and staying organized can make the process more manageable. With this guide as your reference and a commitment to due diligence, you’re well on your way to successfully establishing your corporation in the Philippines.

Navigating the business landscape in the Philippines can be both rewarding and intricate. Whether you’re embarking on a new venture or scaling up, ensuring that your corporate endeavors are in line with local regulations is paramount.

At CBOS Business Solutions Inc., we pride ourselves on simplifying these processes for our clients. As a seasoned professional services company, we offer comprehensive assistance with SEC Registration, Visa processing, and a myriad of other essential business requirements. Our team of experts is dedicated to ensuring that your business is compliant, well-established, and ready to thrive in the Philippine market.

Why venture into the complexities of business registration and compliance alone? Allow our team to guide you every step of the way. After all, your success is our commitment.

Get in touch today and let us be your partner in achieving your business goals in the Philippines.

Email Address: gerald.bernardo@cbos.com.ph

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