The Investment Promotion Unit Network (IPU-NET) is a program that started in 2007, wherein it aims to improve the business environment in the Philippines by streamlining procedures and establishing close coordination among the concerned government agencies regarding investor and business-related issues and concerns. As of 2018 there are approximately more than 30 government agencies that are active in the network.

Department of Trade and Industry

Department of Trade and Industry

The DTI is responsible for realizing the country’s goal of globally competitive and innovative industry and services sector that contribute to inclusive growth and employment generation.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

Provide information on General Import Procedures as well as other government agencies’ import regulations

Visit DTI Website

Securities and Exchange Commission

The Securities and Exchange Commission is the agency of the Government of the Philippines responsible for regulating the securities industry in the Philippines The SEC is an agency within the Office of the President of the Philippines.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

Application for the ff:

Application for a Foreign Corporation to Establish a Branch Office – F-103
Application of a Foreign Corporation to Establish a Rep. Office – F-104
Application of a Non-Stock Foreign Corporation to Establish a BranchRep Office – F-108
Application to do Business Under the FIA – F-100
Articles of Incorporation – Nonstock
RHQ Application Form
ROHQ Application Form
SEC Art. of Inc.
SEC Form No. 100 (more than 40%foreign)
Branch Office Registration
F-Non-Stock, and Non-profit SEC form

Visit SEC Website

Bureau of Internal Revenue

The Bureau of Internal Revenue is an attached agency of the Department of Finance. BIR collects more than one-half of the total revenues of the government.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

Awarding of ITH, VAT-Zero Rating, VAT Refund, Importer’s Clearance Certificate,

Visit BIR Website

Department of Agriculture

The Department is the government agency responsible for the promotion of agricultural development by providing the policy framework, public investments, and support services needed for domestic and export-oriented business enterprises.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

Application for DA Certification for Agribusiness Investments

Visit DA Website

Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR)

The primary government agency responsible for the conservation, management, development, and proper use of the country‚ environment and natural resources, specifically forest and grazing lands, mineral resources, including those in reservation and watershed areas, and lands of the public domain, as well as the licensing and regulation of all natural resources as may be provided for by law in order to ensure equitable sharing of the benefits derived therefrom for the welfare of the present and future generations of Filipinos.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

Application for Environmental Clearance Certification

Visit DENR Website

Department of Foreign Affairs

The prime agency of government responsible for the pursuit of the State’s foreign policy and the nerve center for a Foreign Service worthy of the trust and pride of every Filipino.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

improvement of the APEC Business Travel Card Scheme

Visit DFA Website

Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB)

Promulgates and enforces the policies on land use, housing and homeowners associations which promote inclusive growth and economic advancement, social justice and environmental protection for the equitable distribution and enjoyment of development benefits.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

1. Issuance of Certificate of Registration and License to Sell
2. Comprehensive Land Use Plans1. Issuance of Certificate of Registration and License to Sell
2. Comprehensive Land Use Plans

Visit HLURB Website

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)

The DOLE is the national government agency mandated to formulate and implement policies and programs, and serve as the policy-advisory arm of the Executive Branch in the field of labor and employment.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

Application for:

Alien Employment Permit Application Form
Application Form for Accreditation, OSH Practitioner, Consultant
Department of Labour and Employment Contact Details

Application for:

Alien Employment Permit Application Form
Application Form for Accreditation, OSH Practitioner, Consultant
Department of Labour and Employment Contact Details

Visit DOLE Website

Department of Energy

The Philippines’ Department of Energy is the executive department of the Philippine Government responsible for preparing, integrating, coordinating, supervising and controlling all plans, programs, projects and activities of the Government relative to energy exploration, development, utilisation, distribution and conservation.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

EPIMB – Granting of Financial Benefits to Host Communities Under ER 1-94 as Amended
ERDB – Processing of Applications for Explosive Purchasers License-Amendments to License
ERDB – Processing of Coal Recon Permit Apps
ERDB – Processing of Applications to Possess Explosives
EUMB – Processing of Applications for Accreditation of a Biofuel Manufacturer
EUMB – Processing of Applications for Certificate of Authority to Import CAI NGVPPT
Fees & Charges Collected by Department of Energy as of 2013
IPO – Processing of Applications for Certificate of Endorsement to BOI
IPO – Processing of Information Requests
REMB – Accreditation Process of RE R.A. No. 9513
REMB – Registration Process of RE Developer R.A. No. 9513 Direct Negotiation

EPIMB – Granting of Financial Benefits to Host Communities Under ER 1-94 as Amended
ERDB – Processing of Applications for Explosive Purchasers License-Amendments to License
ERDB – Processing of Coal Recon Permit Apps
ERDB – Processing of Applications to Possess Explosives
EUMB – Processing of Applications for Accreditation of a Biofuel Manufacturer
EUMB – Processing of Applications for Certificate of Authority to Import CAI NGVPPT
Fees & Charges Collected by Department of Energy as of 2013
IPO – Processing of Applications for Certificate of Endorsement to BOI
IPO – Processing of Information Requests
REMB – Accreditation Process of RE R.A. No. 9513
REMB – Registration Process of RE Developer R.A. No. 9513 Direct Negotiation

Visit DOE Website

Department of the Interior and Local Government

The Department is primary catalyst for excellence in local governance that nurtures self-reliant, progressive, orderly, safe and globally competitive communities sustained by God-centered and empowered citizenry.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

Enabling Environment for Business Friendly and Competitive Local Government Units (BFCL), Simplifying Regulatory Systems, Local Infrastructure Support and Workforce Development.

Visit DILG Website

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is the central bank of the Republic of the Philippines. It was established on 3 July 1993 pursuant to the provisions of the 1987 Philippine Constitution and the New Central Bank Act of 1993. The BSP took over from the Central Bank of Philippines, which was established on 3 January 1949, as the country’s central monetary authority. The BSP enjoys fiscal and administrative autonomy from the National Government in the pursuit of its mandated responsibilities.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

Policy Clarification on Microfinancing for MSME’s

Visit BSP Website

Bureau of Customs

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is an attached agency of the Department of Finance. It is charged with assessing and collecting customs revenues, curbing illicit trade and all forms of customs fraud, and facilitating trade through an efficient and effective customs management system.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

Importer’s Accreditation, Client Profile Registration System

Visit BOC Website

Department of Finance

The Department of Finance(DOF) is the governments steward of sound fiscal policy. It formulates revenue policies that will ensure funding of critical government programs that promote welfare among our people and accelerate economic growth and stability. The Department envisions that the effective and efficient pursuit of the critical tasks under its wings revenue generation, resource mobilization, debt management and financial market development shall provide the solid foundation for a Philippine economy that is one of the most active and dynamic in the world.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

Application for:
FDI Registration
FPI RegistrationApplication for:
FDI Registration
FPI Registration

Visit DOF Website

Food and Drug Administration

As a regulatory agency under the Department of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, created under Republic Act No. 3720, series of 1963, as amended by Executive Order 175, series of 1987, otherwise known as the “Food, Drugs and Devices, and Cosmetics Act”, and subsequently Republic Act No. 9711 otherwise known as “The Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009”, is mandated to ensure the safety, efficacy or quality of health products as defined by RA No. 97111, which include means food, drugs, cosmetics, devices, biologicals, vaccines, in-vitro diagnostic reagents, radiation-emitting devices or equipment, and household/urban hazardous substances, including pesticides and toys, or consumer products that may have an effect on health which require regulations as determined by the FDA.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

Application of FDA Licenses and Registration, Unified Licensing Requirements and Procedures, Electronic Application (Market Authorizations), setting-up a Public Assistance, Information and Receiving Unit and also started collaborating with Trade Agencies.

Visit FDA Website

Bureau of Immigration

The bureau was given the sole authority to enforce and administer immigration and foreign nationals registration laws including the admission, registration, exclusion and deportation and repatriation of foreign nationals. It also supervises the immigration from the Philippines of foreign nationals.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

SIRV, Blacklisting

Visit BI Website

Civil Service Commission

The Civil Service Commission was conferred the status of a department by Republic Act No. 2260 as amended and elevated to a constitutional body by the 1973 Constitution. It was reorganized under PD No. 181 dated September 24, 1972, and again reorganized under Executive Order no. 181 dated November 21, 1986. With the new Administrative Code of 1987 (EO 292), the Commission is constitutionally mandated to promote morale, efficiency, integrity, responsiveness, progressiveness, and courtesy in the Civil Service.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

Anti-Red Tape Act amongst government agencies

Visit CSC Website

Department of Information and Communications Technology

The Department of Information and Communications Technology of the Department of Science and Technology was created under the Executive Order 47 (series of 2011). It is the lead implementing agency of the government in all ICT- related efforts with special focus on areas of industry development, policy, infrastructure development, research and development, capacity building of the public sector, and the administration of the E-Government Fund.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

1. Develop ICT capabilities to be more competitive, especially in the countryside.

2.Protect cyber rights of consumers and business users’

Visit DICT Website

Department of Agrarian Reform

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) leads the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) through land tenure improvement, agrarian justice, and coordinated delivery of essential support services to client-beneficiaries.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

Endorsement for Land Conversion Certificate, Landowner’s Support Program

Visit DAR Website

Department of Public Works and Highway

The Department of Public Works and Highways functions as the engineering and construction arm of the Government tasked to continuously develop its technology for the purpose of ensuring the safety of all infrastructure facilities and securing for all public works and highways the highest efficiency and quality in construction. DPWH is currently responsible for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure, especially the national highways, flood control and water resources development system, and other public works in accordance with national development objectives.

Visit DPWH Website

Department of Science and Technology

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is the premiere science and technology body in the country charged with the twin mandate of providing central direction, leadership and coordination of all scientific and technological activities, and of formulating policies, programs and projects to support national development.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

Certification for Pioneer Status for ITH

Visit DOST Website

Department of Tourism

The Department of Tourism (DOT) shall be the primary government agency charged with the responsibility to encourage, promote, and develop tourism as a major socio-economic activity to generate foreign currency and employment and to spread the benefits of tourism to both the private and public sector.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

Application of DOT Licenses and Registration

Visit DOT Website

Department of Transportation and Communications

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is the primary policy, planning, programming, coordinating, implementing and administrative entity of the executive branch of the government on the promotion, development and regulation of a dependable and coordinated network of transportation and communications systems, as well as in the fast, safe, efficient and reliable transportation and communications services.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

LTO Registration, Franchise Verification

Visit DOT Website

Manila International Airport Authority

MIAA commits to uplift the Philippines by providing exceptional airport services through professionalism, unity, and commitment of management, ensured customer security and continuous development that suits evolving global standards at the service of international and local market.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

Accreditation of Business Entities Doing Business in the Airport

Visit MIAA Website

National Commission on Indigenous Peoples

The National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) is mandated to protect and promote the interest and well being of indigenous peoples with due regard to their beliefs, customs, traditions and institutions. As such, it shall serve as the primary government agency responsible for the formulation and implementation of pertinent and appropriate policies and programs to carry out the policies set forth in the new law.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

Applications for the delineation, recognition and issuance of Certificate of
Ancestral Domain Titles (CADTs) and Certificate of Ancestral Land Titles (CALTs)

Visit NCIPWebsite

National Economic and Development Authority

The National Economic and Development Authority is the country’s premier socioeconomic planning body, highly regarded as the authority in macroeconomic forecasting and policy analysis and research. It provides high-level advice to policymakers in Congress and the Executive Branch.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

1. Provides technical assistance to provinces and highly urbanized cities on the major final out-puts (MFOs) of the Office (development planning, policy formulation, investment programming, project development, and plan/project monitoring and evaluation, as well as, development research and knowledge management).

2. Gives Endorsement from Regional Development Council for projects in certain provinces

Visit NEDA Website

National Intelligence Coordinating Agency

The National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) directs, coordinates, and integrates all government activities involving national intelligence. It serves as the focal point for the preparation of intelligence estimates of local and foreign situations which serve as inputs and guide to the day-to-day decision and policy-making functions of the President, the National Security Council, and the Cabinet.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

Monitor Registered BOI-Firms and see if they are operating based on their registered activities

Visit NICA Website

Office of the Ombudsman

THE OMBUDSMAN AND HIS DEPUTIES, as protectors of the people shall act promptly on complaints filed in any form or manner against officers or employees of the Government, or of any subdivision, agency or instrumentality thereof, including government-owned or controlled corporations, and enforce their administrative, civil and criminal liability in every case where the evidence warrants in order to promote efficient service by the Government to the people (Section 13, R.A. No. 6770; see also Section 12 Article XI of the 1987 Constitution). The Ombudsman shall give priority to complaints filed against high ranking government officials and/or those occupying supervisory positions, complaints involving grave offenses as well as complaints involving large sums of money and/or properties (Sec. 15, R.A. No. 6770).

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

Application for Red Tape Assessment (RTA), Blue Certification for LGU’s, Integrity Management Program

Visit Ombudsman Website

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration

The POEA is an attached agency of the Department of Labor & Employment (DOLE) tasked to manage the country’s labor migration program.

Visit POEA Website

  

PARTNER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

  

DENR – Environmental Management Bureau

Initially established as a supporting body for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in 1987, the Philippine Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) became a line bureau with its own offices and independent enforcement authority in 2002. It is the national authority responsible for pollution prevention and control, and environmental impact assessment.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

Permits/clearances such as Chemical Control Order (COO), Small Quantity Importation Clearance and Permit to Transport.

Visit EMB Website

National Food Authority

The National Food Authority as a government corporation shall be at the forefront in providing excellent needed services to the grains marketing industry towards global competitiveness and committed to ensuring food security.

Visit NFA Website

Philippine Coconut Authority

The Philippines’ Philippine Coconut Authority, is an agency of the Philippine government under the Office of the President (from 1987 to 2014, under the Department of Agriculture) responsible for developing the coconut and other palm oil industry to its full potential in line with the new vision of a united, globally competitive and efficient industry.

Visit PCA Website

Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines

A knowledge-driven government organisation that works towards economic, technological, and socio-cultural development by communicating, enabling, and ensuring the effective use of the Intellectual Property System in all levels of society for the creation, protection, utilisation, and enforcement of Intellectual Property.

Visit IPOPHL Website

Maritime Industry Authority

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) was created on 01 June 1974 as an attached Agency to the Office of the President (OP) with the issuance of Presidential Decree No. 474, otherwise known as the Maritime Industry Decree of 1974, to integrate the development, promotion and regulation of the maritime industry in the country. With the creation of the Ministry (now Department) of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) by virtue of Executive Order No. 546, the MARINA was attached to the DOTC for policy and program coordination on 23 July 1979.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

”Sale, importation or lease of passenger or cargo vessels and aircraft, inckluding engine, rquipment and spare parts thereof for domestic or ineternational transport operations” and

Application for:

o Domestic Shipping Office
o Franshising Office
o Manpower Development Office
o Maritime Legal Affairs Office
o Overseas Shipping Office
o Shipyard Regulations Office
o Maritime Safety Office
”Sale, importation or lease of passenger or cargo vessels and aircraft, inckluding engine, rquipment and spare parts thereof for domestic or ineternational transport operations” and

Application for:

o Domestic Shipping Office
o Franshising Office
o Manpower Development Office
o Maritime Legal Affairs Office
o Overseas Shipping Office
o Shipyard Regulations Office
o Maritime Safety Office

Visit MARINA Website

National Competitiveness Council

In October 2006, the Public-Private Sector Task Force on Philippine Competitiveness was created by virtue of Presidential Executive Order No. 571 to promote and develop national competitiveness. In June 2011, President Aquino issued Executive Order No. 44 amending E.O. 571, renaming the Public-Private Sector Task Force on Philippine Competitiveness as the National Competitiveness Council, and expanding its membership.

How can they help Investors/Businesses?

Reforms related to ease of doing business

Visit NCC Website

Bureau of Product Standard

The Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) is the Philippines’ National Standards Body (NSB). A governmental agency under the Department Trade and Industry (DTI), it develops, promulgates, implements, and promotes standardization activities as mandated by Republic Act 4109 (Charter of BPS ) and the Consumer Act of the Philippines (Republic Act 7394) and including Executive Order No. 133, Series of 1987 (Reorganizing the Department of Trade and Industry, Its Attached Agencies, and for Other Purposes) as amended by Executive Order No. 242, Series of 1987 (amending Executive Order No. 133, Series of 1987, Entitled “Reorganizing the Department of Trade and Industry, Its Attached Agencies and for Other Purposes”), and Executive Order No. 292, Series of 1987 (The Administrative Code of the Philippines).

Visit BPS Website

Export Marketing Bureau

The Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) formerly Bureau of Export Trade Promotion (BETP) is the export trade promotion agency of the Department of Trade and Industry-Trade and Investment Promotions Group (DTI-TIPG). It provides frontline assistance, information, specialized consultancy services, business matching and other export development and promotion services to all exporters – both potential and established – and the general public. As the lead agency tasked to develop, promote, and expand export trade, the EMB seeks to enable Philippine exporters to compete with world-class products and services.

Visit DTI EMB Website

 
 

INDUSTRY PARTNERS

 
 

Export Marketing Bureau

The Chamber exists to serve the interests of U.S. businesses through the participation of members in promoting their long-term objectives, while contributing to the civic and economic development of the Philippines. Ebb Hinchliffe (Executive Director) +63 2 818 7911 to 13 [email protected]

Visit ACCP Website

Australian-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Philippines

It is the Chamber’s objective to become a highly effective organization that visibly supports and promotes business relationships between the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand. Thus, we are proud to be recognized as one of the oldest and most active Chambers in the country. With constant communication with our members and affiliate organizations in the government and public sector, we hope to develop and maintain a strong partnership and cooperation with people and industries that are instrumental in the growth and promotion of the economy, businesses and trade. Tom Grealy (President) +63 2 954 1254 [email protected]

Visit ACCP Website

Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines

To represent, support, and promote Canada-Philippines business interests. Julian Payne (President) +63 2 843 6457 / +63 2 843 6466 / +63 2 843 6471 [email protected]

Visit CCCP Website

European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines

ECCP is a bilateral foreign chamber that promotes European interests in the Philippines as well as Philippine interests in Europe. With more than 700 members, ECCP offers a strong business network that potentially translates to multiple business opportunities. It is a unique organization that offers membership as well as professional services to members and clients. Michael Raeuber (President) +63 2 845 1324 / +63 2 759 6680 [email protected]

Visit ECCP Website

Korean Chamber of Commerce Philippines

Korean Chamber of Commerce Philippines (KCCP), is a private, non-stock organization composed of corporations, trade associations, private business persons and/or individuals who are engaged in/with Korean corporations and individuals in the Philippines. Edward Eun-Gap Chang (President) +63 2 885 7342 [email protected]

Visit KCCP Website

The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Philippines, Inc.

The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Philippines, Inc. is a non-profit organization that was established in November 1973. Mr. Tetsuo Tomino (President) +63 2 816 6877 / +63 2 892 3233 [email protected] http://www.jccipi.com.ph

Visit JCCIPI Website

French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines

Established in 1988, the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines is a non-profit and self-sustaining organization. Its mission is to serve its members (over 100) and enhance business relations between France and the Philippines. The Chamber is composed of a dedicated team mixing French speaking and Filipino professionals. It also benefits from its affiliation to the UCCIFE (Union des Chambres de Commerce et d’Industrie Françaises à l’Etranger), a worldwide network of 111 French Chambers operating in 81 countries also working closely with the CCI France / CCI International network Steven Rouche (President) +63 2 831 6374 to 77 [email protected]

Visit FCCIP Website

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines

Promote bilateral trade and investment relations between Taiwan and the Philippines. Nick Ni (Director of Economic Division) +63 2 887 6688 [email protected]

Visit TECO Website

German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (GPCCI) is a non-stock, non-profit organization registered under the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission and was founded in February 2008 by the German business community in the Philippines. The GPCCI upholds its core objective of bilateral trade development via local government cooperation, affiliation with other local chambers and mediation between Germany and the Philippines. The chamber also maintains a strong cooperative function with the European National Chambers and the European Council (EC), for which it functions as representative on key issues. Nadine Fund (General Manager) +63 2 519 8110 [email protected]

Visit GPCCI Website

British Chamber of Commerce Philippines

The British Chamber of Commerce Philippines (BCCP) is an independent, non-profit membership organization whose primary objective is to support the development of its members’ business and social interests in the British and Philippine communities, helping them achieve their objectives. Chris Nelson (Chairman) +63 2 556 5232 [email protected]

Visit BCCPWebsite

Energy Virtual One Shared System

The Energy Virtual One Shared System (EVOSS) is a web-based monitoring system for energy applications and a repository of project-related information and permits issued, which shall be shared by all agencies involved in the approval process. Through the system, regulators and stakeholders can work together by providing assistance to promote ease of doing business in the energy sector. EVOSS promotes transparency and accountability among all actors in the application process.

Visit EVOSS Website