When doing business in the Philippines, foreign entities such as Branch or Representative Offices must designate a Philippine Resident Agent. This representative plays a crucial role in managing legal and administrative obligations on behalf of foreign companies, acting as the official liaison with government agencies and the judicial system.
Responsibilities of a Resident Agent
The Resident Agent serves as the primary point of contact for government agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the courts. Their primary responsibilities involve:
- Acceptance of service from government agencies and the court.
- Collaboration with the Board to ensure compliance with SEC regulations.
- Timely notification to the SEC about any changes in the Agent’s address.
- Execution of administrative tasks, such as signing essential forms (e.g., SSS Form R-1) and filing the General Information Sheet (GIS) annually or when there are alterations in the company’s corporate profile.
Requirements for Becoming a Resident Agent
To qualify as a Resident Agent, the individual or entity must reside in the Philippines and maintain good standing. Eligibility criteria include:
- Foreigners with a valid Philippine visa or local residents.
- Domestic corporations certified by the SEC with a Certificate of Good Standing.
The process of obtaining a Certificate of Good Standing typically takes approximately two weeks through the Company Registration and Monitoring Department (CRMD) at the SEC.
Appointment Process for a Resident Agent
The appointment of a Resident Agent is a pivotal step in the SEC registration process and involves specific prerequisites:
- An authenticated Board Resolution outlining the appointment and an agreement accepting the Agent’s role.
- Formal acceptance of the appointment by the Resident Agent.
It’s essential to note that the absence of a Resident Agent deems service or summons upon the SEC as served upon the company’s officers. The SEC must then forward the legal documents to the company’s office within ten (10) days, with associated costs billed to the company.
Changing the Resident Agent
Changing the Resident Agent necessitates the submission of several documents to the SEC, including:
- Petition for Change of Resident Agent.
- Authenticated Board Resolution approving the change and appointing the new Resident Agent.
- Formal Acceptance of the new Resident Agent, if not signatory to the Petition.
- Clearance from SEC Department/Division and relevant government agencies, if applicable.
This change must be filed within 30 days from the new Resident Agent’s acceptance, or late fees will be incurred.
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