How to Set Up a Domestic Corporation in the Philippines

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Definition of a Philippine Domestic Corporation

A domestic corporation, under Philippine laws, is a business structure similar to a Private Limited Company (PLC) or Limited Liability Company (LLC) in other countries. Like the two business entities, a domestic corporation has its own liabilities and is accountable for its debts. The shareholder will only be responsible for the number of their shares in the capital.

A Domestic corporation obtains its juridical personality after it claims its Certificate of Registration from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). SEC is the government agency managing enterprises in the country.

Philippine Domestic Corporation Organizational Requirements

  • The Articles of Incorporation must have at least one (for OPC’s) to fifteen (15) incorporators. 
  • Each incorporator must be a signatory to the Articles of Incorporation who are original members of the corporation. 
  • Each incorporator must have at least one share of the corporation’s capital stock. 

Types of Domestic Corporations in the Philippines

There are various types of domestic corporations based on the nationality of their shareholders. Following the Philippine Foreign Investments Act of 1991, here are the four classes of domestic corporations in the Philippines:

  • One hundred percent (100%) Filipino-owned domestic corporation
  • Sixty percent (60%) Filipino equity and forty percent (40%) Foreign equity 
  • Forty percent (40%) Filipino equity and sixty percent (60%) Foreign equity
  • A domestic corporation that allows one hundred percent (100%) foreign ownership

Minimum Capital Requirements for a Domestic Corporation in the Philippines

  • The minimum paid-up capital requirement for a domestic market enterprise for domestic corporations with over forty percent (40%) foreign ownership is the Philippine Peso equivalent of USD$200,000. 
  • The minimum paid-up capital requirement for a domestic market enterprise that is considered a pioneer in the business, uses advanced technology, or has at least 15 Filipino employees, is the Philippine Peso equivalent of USD$100,000.

Procedure for setting up a Sole Proprietorship in the Philippines

Documentary Requirements for Setting up a Philippine Domestic Corporation

  • Articles of Incorporation
  • By-laws of the corporation
  • One valid ID for each incorporator
  • A copy of the passport for foreign incorporators
  • Tax Identification Number of the local incorporator
  • Proof of Address

How to Set Up a Domestic Corporation in the Philippines

  • Head to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to have your business name registered and approved. You will be issued a Certificate of Registration once approved.
  • Visit local government agencies to secure:
    1. Barangay Clearance from your local Barangay Hall
    2. Business Permit from the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) of your local City Hall
  • Process Corporate Taxation Registration from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and acquire a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) for your company. 
  • Register your employees to mandated benefits:
    1. Social Security System (SSS)for social security 
    2. Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF or Pag-Ibig Fund) for housing loans
    3. Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) for health insurance benefits.

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