What You Need to Know About Starting a Business in the Philippines

Posted by Janis Mae Narvas

Feb 6, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Starting a business in the Philippines can be a daunting prospect if you have no idea how to get started. It can be difficult especially if you don’t know where to obtain the certificates and licenses you need to operate. 

Starting a business in the Philippines

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Whether you’re a first-time business owner or a serial entrepreneur, you’ll find that opening a business in the Philippines can be easier than you think. Here’s a guide that you can use as you prepare the requirements in starting a business in the Philippines. 

Opening a Business in the Philippines

This detailed list will guide you through the registration process.

1. Register your business name with the SEC

Corporations and partnerships should register their business name through the i-Register Facility of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by verifying and reserving your proposed company name through the SEC’s online portal.

You may reserve the company name online, but make sure to confirm your registered name at any SEC office within four (4) days.

2. Submit the required documents to SEC

  • Cover Sheet for Registration
  • Payment Confirmation of Reservation 
  • Articles of Incorporation 
  • By-Laws

minimum-corporate-tax-documents3. Obtain the following documents from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)

Secure the following official documents from the BIR:

  • BIR Certificate of Registration
  • Registration Certificate of Books of Accounts
  • Cash Register Machine (CRM) or Point of Sale Machine (POS) or Authority to Print Receipt/ Invoices (Manual Receipts)
4. Obtain business permits from Local Government Units

  • Secure a Barangay Clearance from the Barangay Hall
  • Secure a Business Permit to Operate from the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) and pay the dues
  • Secure a Mayor’s Permit from the Mayor’s Office

5. Register your company for mandatory requirements

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

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Registering your business in the Philippines


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