Business Set Up in the Philippines

We assist in business set up so that business owners may focus more on their core business activities, and to ensure that the business registration is fully compliant with the applicable rules and regulations to avoid unnecessary fines and penalties. We cover the following aspects of business set up:

1. Registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

 

This is for registration of corporate business name, registration of foreign investments, and application for secondary license. 

 

See our articles on:

"Retail Trade Business in the Philippines" 

"Foreign Equity Restrictions in the Philippines"

2. Application for business permit.

 

This is required for the conduct of business in a particular municipality or city. 

See our article on:

"Guide on how to apply for a business permit"

3. Registration with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR):

 

Conduct of business is coupled with an obligation to pay taxes. We handle processing of (1) BIR Certificate of Registration, (2) Registration of Books of Accounts, and (3) Authority to prints receipts or invoices (ATP).

See our article on:

"How to register a business with the BIR"

4. Registration with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Every employer as defined in the Occupational Safety and Health Standards is required to register with the DOLE. Aside from registration, we assist employers determine its scope of compliance under the pertinent labor rules and regulations.  

5. Registration with the Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth).

This is a mandatory registration covering health insurance benefits for employees. 

6. Registration with the Social Security System (SSS). 

This is a mandatory registration covering social benefits for employees, such as, sickness benefit and maternity benefit, among others. 

See our article on:

"105-day expanded maternity leave"

7. Registration with the Pag-IBIG.

This a mandatory registration primarily covering housing loan benefits for employees. 

8. Drafting of HR manual, policies, employment contracts, and related documents. 

Ensuring labor compliance is essential for a business, not only in terms of avoiding fines and penalties, but likewise for maintaining a good working environment. 

See our articles on:

"Rules on probationary employment"

"How to compute employee's pay for work performed on a holiday"

"Due process in employee termination"

9. Registration of Trademark with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL).

Trademark is without a doubt a valuable business asset. Protect your trademark with proper and timely registration. 

See our article on:

"Trademark registration and Declaration of Actual Use"

10. Registration with the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

Protect your business and your product consumers. If you are engaged in drug or food business, you must obtain a License To Operate (LTO), and a Certificate of Product Registration (CPR). 

11. Search and negotiation for rental of office space. 

Office address is a requirement for business registration.  For purposes of registration, leasing a virtual office may be a practical solution if the business is still in the process of finalizing its options for physical address.  

12. Appointment of Corporate Secretary to assist the business with corporate housekeeping. 

Corporate Secretary is a mandatory position in a corporation. We have lawyers with knowledge and experience in handling corporate secretarial functions.  

13. Retainer for legal services to assist the business owner with corporate compliance in the initial conduct of its business operations.

Tell us about your intended business in the Philippines. 

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