How to Renew Your Business Permit in the Philippines for 2020

Having a business registered in the Philippines requires you to renew its business permits annually.

It doesn’t matter if the company is a Single Proprietorship, a One Person Corporation, a Partnership, a Corporation, a Branch Office, or a Regional Headquarter (ROHQ). All business establishments, per Philippine law, must renew their permits or face possible closure of their operations as well as a loss of face to their clients. 

To help you avoid long lines and heavy monetary penalties, we give you our complete FAQ guide on how to renew your business permit in the Philippines for 2020. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

 

What permits do I need to renew? When is the deadline for each? 

Business permit renewal season involves coordinating with three different government entities: the barangay, the city or municipality, and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). 

1. Barangay Permit or Clearance (Deadline: January 20)

A barangay permit certifies that a business establishment is compliant with the requirements set by its local government unit (LGU) of operation. It is also a requirement when securing the Mayor’s Permit. 

2. Mayor’s Permit or Business License (Deadline: January 20)

Each city or municipality has its own rules to comply with. The Mayor’s Permit certifies that a company is compliant with the ordinances of the city or municipal it operates in. 

3. BIR Renewal of Registration (Deadline: January 31)

The BIR issues a Certificate of Registration (COR) to a company when it is first established. To ensure its validity from year to year, a business establishment must pay a renewal fee of PhP 500.00 every January 31.

 

What are the penalties for non-renewal or late renewal of business permits? 

City or Municipality

If filing is not accomplished by January 20 of each year, the LGU concerned will impose a 25 percent surcharge on top of the unpaid taxes, charges, and fees assessed. Also, a negligent company will incur a 2 percent monthly interest on all unsettled fees, including the surcharge, until everything is paid off.

Extremely delinquent businesses, on the other hand, run the risk of closure and/or seizure of its properties and assets.

All these penalties are imposed by the Local Government Code of 1991.

BIR

A company that did not comply to the January 31 deadline will be fined an amount ranging from PhP 5,000.00 to PhP 20,000.00. Its officers also face the risk of imprisonment, with the term ranging from six months to a maximum of two years. 

 

What requirements do you need for business permit renewal with each government office?

Barangay

1. 2019 Barangay Permit (original and photocopy)

2. Official Receipt from last year (original and photocopy)

3. Accomplished application form (2 copies)

4. Renewal fee (varies per barangay)

City / Municipality

1. 2020 Barangay Permit (to be availed first for the current year)

2. 2019 Mayor’s Permit (original copy)

3. 2019 Official Receipt (original copy)

4. 2019 Audited Financial Statement

5. Lease Contract (if changing address)

6. Community Tax Certificate (CTC) or Cedula (to be secured first from City or Municipal Hall)

7. Comprehensive General Liability Policy (CGLP) insurance for 2020

8. Official receipt of CGLP availed

9. Renewal fee (varies per city or municipality)

Depending on the LGU concerned, you may also be asked to provide the following documents:

1. Fire and Safety Inspection Certificate (original copy) 

2. Sanitary Permit (original copy)

BIR

1. BIR Payment Form 0605 (Click this link to download from the BIR website)

2. PhP 500.00 annual business registration fee

 

What are the steps for renewing business permits? How long will the process take? 

Barangay

Estimated Time Needed: 1 day

1. Visit the barangay hall in whose district your company operates in. Secure a renewal application form.

2. After filling out the form, submit it along with the original copies of your 2019 Barangay Permit and Official Receipt.

3. The barangay’s permit division will then assess your renewal application and documentary requirements. If everything is in order, you may then pay the necessary renewal fee.

4. You will be given the Official Receipt for your Barangay Permit. You may then claim your new Barangay Permit on the date indicated in the Official Receipt.

City / Municipality

Estimated Time Needed: 1 to 2 weeks

1. Secure a renewal application form from the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) of the LGU that your company operates in.

2. Fill out the form then submit along with the documentary requirements for evaluation.

3. Based on the submitted documents, the BPLO will issue an assessment notice containing the amount of local business tax, real property tax, and other fees that your company needs to pay for 2020. You can choose to pay the entire annual fee in full or in quarterly installments. You may also contest the amount and request a lower assessment. 

4. Bring the assessment notice and pay the required fees at the City Treasurer’s Office. They will provide you the Official Receipt to be presented when you claim the Mayor’s Permit certificate.

5. If your documents are in order, pay the Mayor’s Permit renewal fee at the City Treasurer’s Office. You will be given a receiving copy of your documents.

6. It will take some time for the certificate to be released. In the meantime, the Official Receipt will serve as proof that you renewed your Mayor’s Permit on time if asked. 

7. You may then claim your new Business License from the City Treasurer’s Office on the date indicated in the Official Receipt.

BIR

Estimated Time Needed: 1 day

1. Fill up BIR Payment Form 0605 with details of your business establishment.

2. Bring the BIR Payment Form 0605 to your RDO’s Authorized Agent Bank (AAB) and pay the PhP 500.00 annual business registration fee there.

 

What other tips should I know about business permit renewal?

1. Don’t procrastinate. Preparing the documents required by your LGU at the last minute will land you in long waiting lines and possible payment of penalties. Use the whole month of December if necessary. Remember: the deadline for the whole process of business permit renewal is January 20.

2. Be OC (obsessive-compulsive). Paying attention to small details can save you a lot of time. Organize your documents as soon as you receive or print them. Triple-check what is written in your application form and its attachments. Bring enough cash before you head to the battle lines. 

3. Patience is a virtue. No matter how early you start preparing, you will probably still face lines at your barangay hall, city hall, and BIR RDO. Make sure you’re ready to play the waiting game. Bring a fan, towel, bottled water, and even a good book if you’re so inclined.

4. Copies can save you. You never know how many copies of a particular document will be asked of you at the counter. Bring extra copies of your required documents so you don’t have to run out to the nearest photocopier (and lose your spot in the lines).

5. Avoid fixers. Do everything aboveboard. Don’t listen to individuals who promise shortcuts and discounts in the business permit renewal process. Their quick fixes may also quickly land you in hot water for tax evasion.

 

The best partner for renewing your business permit is someone who tells you the fees and steps needed exactly as it is. At DAYANAN Business Consultancy, we do exactly just that. Having helped over a hundred companies through the process, we know exactly how to save you time and effort. This allows you to focus on your core business functions better.

Let us take care of filling out forms and going to government offices for you. Contact us today!

Pros and Cons of Starting Foreign Companies in the Philippines

Infographic summarizing the Pros and Cons for foreign companies in the Philippines

Like it or not, today’s business landscape is incredibly competitive and will continue to be so. It’s no wonder that companies scramble to build, maintain, and expand their edge over competitors. To get that proverbial edge, the savviest of entrepreneurs are exploring strategies that they have never pursued before.

Among these strategies is establishing businesses overseas. After all, one can make money anywhere in the world. In recent years, the Philippines has become a favored destination for aspiring moguls and tycoons. Opening foreign companies in the Philippines allows them to be successful even outside of their home countries.

Any businessman worth his salt would do his research before investing his hard-earned money in another country. After all, doing business in the Philippines is not for the faint-hearted. If you have ever thought of branching out abroad, you must be aware of the benefits and risks of doing so. To guide you, here is a short list of the pros and cons of starting your own business in the Philippines as a foreigner:

Pros:

Cons:

Pros of Starting Foreign Companies in the Philippines

A Large Market

With a population of over 100 million, the Philippines offers numerous opportunities for any enterprising businessman to sell his products and services. Filipinos have an affinity for Western culture and are famously consumer-driven. Foreigners would have an easier time adjusting here compared to other Southeast Asian countries like Thailand and Indonesia.

Despite the great income disparity between population sectors, a smart entrepreneur can profit by honing in on and marketing to specific segments. In addition, locating your business in the Philippines allows you to take advantage of the greater ASEAN and Asia-Pacific markets.

Low-Cost, Talented Labor

Naturally hardworking, Filipinos are the dream employees of every company. Each year, the country’s universities and colleges add thousands of graduates to an already large labor pool. This has been – and still is – a boon to the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector, with the average Filipino’s good command of the English language and excellent communication skills.

Salaries in the country are also much lower compared to North America and European countries. With the exchange rate hovering at around PhP 50 to USD 1, foreign companies in the Philippines definitely get more bang for their (payroll) buck.

Good-Enough Infrastructure

Despite being an archipelagic country, the main islands of the Philippines are surprisingly well-connected to each other and the outside world. Large cargo shipments mostly utilize the seaports, while smaller ones go through the various airports dotting the major cities.

Within the greater metropolitan Manila area, the key business hubs are Makati City, Bonifacio Global City (BGC), and Ortigas Center. Rivaling the likes of Hong Kong and Singapore, these places boast of state-of-the-art, eco-friendly communities that bring residents and businesses together.

While there remains a lot to be done to improve the country’s infrastructure, President Rodrigo Duterte has recently initiated the “Build, Build, Build” program to fast track major infrastructure projects that would benefit both local and foreign companies in the Philippines.

Incentives from the Government

The Philippine government, through the Board of Investments (BOI) and Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), provides several incentives to attract foreign investments, especially into priority areas and industries marked for development.

Fiscal incentives include income tax holidays, tax exemptions and deductions, and preferential rates on the final tax of gross income (for PEZA-registered companies). Among the non-tax incentives are simplification of customs procedures for imported products, issuance of resident visas to foreign investors and their families, and the privilege to operate a bonded trading or manufacturing warehouse.

If it’s your first time to open an foreign-owned company in the Philippines, don’t forget to avail of these goodies!

Cons of Starting Foreign Companies in the Philippines

More Holidays in the Philippines

The Philippines has 18 official non-working holidays. Many of these are of great cultural significance, such as Christmas, New Year, the Christian Holy Week, and All Souls’ Day.

On the other hand, these holidays provide a ready-made, annually-occurring boon to consumer-oriented businesses. Marketing your products and services could not become any easier, with the extended Christmas season in the Philippines that unofficially starts in September and ends in February.

The Law Favors the Laborer

Most of the labor laws in the Philippines are geared to favor employees over management. For example, companies cannot simply fire underperforming employees at will. Before fully terminating someone, the employer has to prove first that the staff member concerned was at fault or failed to pass the standards of his/her probationary period. Companies are also mandated by Philippine law to provide severance pay and 13th-month pay.

These conditions may seem unfair to some, but overall such laws have contributed to higher morale and a lower turnover rate among Filipino employees compared to their foreign counterparts. That is something any smart businessman would appreciate.

Heavy Traffic

Sad to say, the Philippines lacks any kind of efficient mass transportation system. According to the Asian Development Bank, Metro Manila tops the list of 278 most congested cities in developing Asia. The sheer volume of public utility buses, jeepneys, and private vehicles on its roads during work hours leads to slow-moving traffic at best and outright gridlock at worst.

The good news is that various skyways and expressways, as well as a new train line in the northern part of Metro Manila, are being built to ease the traffic situation. It may take some time, but things are bound to get better.

Despite the government-provided incentives mentioned above, some foreign businessmen still hesitate to shortlist the Philippines as an investment destination because of the restriction on foreign ownership of land. They may, however, own 40 percent of a corporation that owns land. Most businesses are allowed to be 100% foreign-owned. The Foreign Investment Negative List contains the limitations of foreign ownership mandated by the constitution and specific laws.

It must be noted that 100% foreign ownership of a company catering to the Philippine local market is allowed, subject to having a minimum paid-in capital of USD 200,000.00. An exemption may be obtained for foreign companies in the Philippines that employ a minimum of 50 direct employees or use advanced technology, for a minimum paid-in capital of USD 100,000.00.

Need Help with Starting Your New Business?

You may be discouraged by some of the cons we enumerated, but don’t be. The Philippines has been one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia, and it will continue to expand in the coming years. With its friendly people and climate, you have even more incentives to build your dream business here.

If you don’t know where (and how) to start, we at DAYANAN Business Consultancy are here to help. Contact us today.

Event Report – Public Relations Crash Course (Sept. 4, 2019)

Last September 4, DAYANAN held the first run of “Public Relations for Government and Civil Society: A Crash Course for Professionals” at One Cafe and Events Place in Ortigas. Facilitated by Mr. Darwin Masacupan, the seminar aims to equip members of public information, marketing, and corporate communications departments with the knowledge and skills of an effective PR professional. It has a unique learning framework, one that emphasizes the challenges and opportunities of working in a government or civil society setting.

A total of 26 participants attended the seminar, representing organizations such as the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), Philippine Business for Education (PBED), Pasay City, San Fernando City in La Union, Land Bank of the Philippines, Provincial Government of La Union, Children’s Hour Philippines, ACCORD, Southern Philippines Development Authority, Climate Change Commission, and the Philippine Reclamation Authority. Through this crash course, DAYANAN aims to contribute to the improvement of public relations in the Philippines.

Testimonials from Attendees:

I have new learnings to take home with me which will help me progress in my tasks and role in the organization.

– from Land Bank of the Philippines

The speaker was very approachable, amiable, & knowledgeable.

– from ACCORD

I enjoyed the participative discussions, where I was able to learn not just from the speaker but also from my fellow participants.

– from Children’s Hour Philippines Foundation

Module 7: The Day After (topics included evaluation, handling negative publicity, thanking media attendees, pitching post-event PRs) was helpful and contributed to my personal working development.

– from City Government of San Fernando, La Union

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From Zero to Hero: A Crash Course on Online Reputation Management

Do you know what people are saying about you online? Is it positive? What can you do about it?

Keeping your online reputation intact may seem like a daunting task in a vastly interconnected world filled with viral content, memes, and Internet trolls. A single negative comment can damage your credibility and impair your operations in the real world. Fortunately, there is a solution.

DAYANAN is pleased to offer a seminar entitled From Zero to Hero: A Crash Course on Online Reputation Management.” Designed for newbies and laypeople, the course will help you craft a strategy for monitoring, maintaining, and influencing your digital public image and credibility.

From Zero to Hero: A Crash Course on Online Reputation Management

  • Date: November 18-19, 2019 (Monday and Tuesday)
  • Time: 8:30 AM – 12:00 NN (both days)
  • Venue: 4/F Executive Lounge, WSI Corporate Center, 1005 Metropolitan Ave. corner Kakarong St., Makati City

Gaining control over your online reputation is essential to the health and success of your organization. Online Reputation Management (ORM) helps build trust and credibility, handle negative publicity before it grows out of hand, foster better relations with the public, and attract high-quality personnel for recruitment. 

The ORM seminar combines both lecture and practical exercises to create an immersive learning experience. In particular, marketing and communication officers from both the private and government sectors will find practical advice they can readily apply to their jobs. Key areas for discussion will include:

  • Tools to Engineer a Good Reputation
  • Generating Positive Engagement
  • Content Creation Strategies
  • Listening to the Online Conversation
  • Preventing Negative Publicity
  • Setting Up Response Protocols
  • Reverse Search Engine Optimization

Detailed program flow and information about the speaker can be found at the bottom of this page.


Register now via bit.ly/2XJW4JF (Google Form). Or contact Allyssa at +632 576-8476 or +63 956-661-9253 for guidelines on the online registration process. 

Below are the learning investment rates for this seminar:

  • Early Bird Discount: Registration fee will only be PhP 5,000.00 if you register on or before October 15 (Tuesday).
  • Regular Rate: PhP 6,000.00 per head starting October 16 (Wednesday)
  • Group Discount: PhP 4,000.00 per participant if there are at least 3 attendees from your company / organization.

Per National Budget Circular No. 563 issued by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), government attendees can exceed the PhP 2,000.00 limit set for registration fees of trainings conducted by private institutions. Click this link for a copy of the DBM circular dated April 22, 2016.

You may read more about modes of payment as well as our terms and conditions at the registration form cited above and at our Seminars page.


DAY 1 (November 18 – Monday):

DAY 2 (November 19 – Tuesday):

About the Speaker

A 25-year Philippine business veteran, David Elefant knows a thing or two about managing reputations. He has learned from, worked with, and solved problems for CEOs in industries ranging from law firms to construction supplies to search engine optimization (SEO). In addition to being Director for DAYANAN Business Consultancy, David is also the co-founder of Ace Wireless Network, specializing in broadband innovations for places like Boracay and Panglao.

He has also lent his expertise as co-director to the Founder Institute, a Silicon Valley-based startup accelerator, helping young entrepreneurs learn how to build enduring companies. David’s knowledge and experience in diverse industries provide him a unique perspective on how online reputations work as well as how they can be preserved.

The Apostille: Simpler Authentication for Documents To Be Used Abroad

HCCH

Bringing documents from one state to another and having their validity recognized has always been difficult. A foreign corporation that wants to establish a Philippine subsidiary has to go through several steps just to authenticate its articles of incorporation from abroad. But with the Philippines recently joining the Apostille Convention, things are bound to get easier.

The Convention

The Apostille Convention (formally known as the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents) provides for the use of a security certificate called the “Apostille.” This simplifies the authentication process for public documents used across signatory countries. The Philippines officially became a member last September 12, 2018.

Drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH), the international treaty will take effect between the Philippines and other states party to it on May 14, 2019. This is pending changes to be made by the Supreme Court to the Rules of Court with regards to foreign public documents. The Office of Consular Affairs under the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will be responsible for implementing the treaty.

The Apostille

Previously, a public document must be authenticated both by the foreign ministry of its originating country and the foreign ministry of the country where it is to be used. This process is usually handled by embassies and consulates of the concerned states. In the Philippines, the certification issued by the DFA is popularly called the “red ribbon.”

Once the Convention becomes effective, public documents would no longer need to be consularized. An apostillized public document will immediately have legal effect in a foreign country where it is presented. Of course, the affixing of a red ribbon is still needed for states which are not members of the Convention.

The apostille is a standard form that can be placed or attached to the original document. It testifies that a document bears the signature of an authorized person, the capacity of the signatory, and an official stamp or seal. It does not, however, certify the content or purpose for which the document was issued.

Covered Documents

Public documents that can be apostillized according to the Convention are the following:

a) documents emanating from an authority or an official connected with the courts or tribunals of the State, including those emanating from a public prosecutor, a clerk of a court, or a process-server (“huissier de justice“)

b) administrative documents

c) notarial acts
       Note: This may include seemingly “private” documents such as contracts and wills

d) official certificates which are placed on documents signed by persons in their private capacity, such as official certificates recording the registration of a document or the fact that it was in existence on a certain date and official and notarial authentications of signatures.

Those that are not valid for apostillization include:

a) documents executed by diplomatic or consular agents;

b) administrative documents dealing directly with commercial or customs operations.

 

The apostille, once it is fully implemented in the Philippines, can boost trade and investment while making personal transactions easier. It will be useful for the millions of Filipinos working abroad as well as the large number of expatriates who have made (or are planning to make) the Philippines their second home.

How to Register Your Business in Makati City, Philippines

Makati City business registration

Makati City has long been the country’s leading business and financial hub, serving as home to 40 percent of the country’s top 1000 multinational and local corporations. The city boasts of a highly-developed transport and communications infrastructure, quality shopping centers, state-of-the-art hospitals, and premiere residential areas. All these advantages have made Makati the location of choice for new businesses.

We have previously covered the steps on registering your Philippine-based corporation with national- and municipal-level agencies. In this article, we will highlight the specific, up-to-date requirements and steps for business registration in Makati City.

Makati City Business Registration / Mayors’ Permit

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

1) Locational Clearance for Business

– to determine if the business activity you are applying for is allowed in the area

– will be issued by the Zoning Administration Division after five (5) working days if an inspection is needed

2) Proof of Business Address

a. Contract of Lease (if the place of business is rented)

b. Transfer Certificate of Title / Tax Declaration / Real Property Tax Receipt (if the place of business is owned)

3) Proof of Business Name and Activity / Line of Business

a. Business Name Certificate from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) (if sole proprietorship)

b. Articles of Incorporation or Partnership from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) (if corporation
or partnership)

4) Barangay Clearance for Business

5) Comprehensive General Liability Insurance (CGLI)

– protects an enterprise from liability claims arising in the course of business

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS BASED ON NATURE OF BUSINESS BEING APPLIED:

1) Residence Certificate A and B for Single Proprietorship, C and C1 for Corporation

2) Contractor’s License issued by the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) for General/Specialty
Engineering Contractors

3) National Food Authority (NFA) License for Dealers of Rice/Corn and Wheat

4) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Certification for Bakeries and Drugstores

5) Authority from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for Banking Institutions

6) Accreditation Certificate issued by DTI for Auto Repair Shop, Electronics, Radio, and other Electrical Equipment Businesses

7) Customs Broker’s Accreditation granted by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for Customs Brokerage Businesses

8) Real Estate Broker’s License issued by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for Real Estate Brokers

9) License issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for Local Manpower/Recruitment Agencies

10) License issued by the Philippine Overseas and Employment Agency (POEA) for Manning and Crewing Services

11) Pest Control License issued by Fertilizers and Pesticide Authority for Pest Control Services

12) License issued by the Optimal Media Board (OMB) for Video Rental Services

13) Occupancy Permit for Real Estate Lessors

14) License to Operate from the Philippine National Police (PNP) for Private Security Agencies

15) Clearance issued by the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) for Mining Companies

16) Franchise granted by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for Rent-A-Car and Transportation Services

17) License to Own and Possess Firearms issued by PNP

18) Accreditation issued by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) for Messengerial or Courier Services

19) License issued by the Department of Energy (DOE) for Dealers of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)

20) License issued by the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) for Telecommunications Companies

21) Certificate of Accreditation issued by Philippine Shippers’ Bureau for Seafreight Forwarders

22) Accreditation issued by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for Training Centers

23) Accreditation Certificate issued by the Department of Education (DepEd) for Educational Institutions

24) Certificate of Authority to Operate issued by SEC for Financial Lending Institutions

3EASY STEPS FOR GETTING YOUR MAYOR’S / BUSINESS PERMIT

   STEP 1:

   Location: Business Permits Office (BPO), Ground Floor, New Makati City Hall Building II

   Estimated Time Frame: 30 minutes

a. Secure application form from receiving or processing clerks. Be informed of the requirements and processes.

         Note: If your business is considered “Subject for Inspection,” you will have to proceed to the Inspection Division.

b. Have the BPO check your requirements and accept your application. Officials will evaluate and assess taxes, fees, and charges. The BPO Chief will then sign the billing statement and application form to indicate approval.

   STEP 2:

   Location: Business Tax Division / Treasury Department, Ground Floor, New Makati City Hall Building II

   Estimated Time Frame: 5 minutes

a. With your approved application form and billing statement at hand, pay the corresponding fees and tax at designated windows.

   STEP 3:

   Location: BPO

   Estimated Time Frame: 15 minutes

a. Claim your Business Permit, Sanitary Permit, and Fire Safety Inspection Notice.

Note: Inspections will be conducted after release of Business Permit by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Health Department, and Engineering Office.

TOTAL TIME: 50 minutes

 

Want to save even more time? Let the experts at DAYANAN Business Consultancy do the work for you! We’ll be happy to guide you through the ins and outs of the Philippine business registration process!

 

Source: Makati City BPO

Makati City skyline image taken from www.makati.gov.ph