Philippines Overview – World Bank
The Philippines is one of the most dynamic emerging markets in the East Asia region, with sound economic fundamentals and a competitive workforce that is globally recognized. Growth in the Philippines has been on average about 5 percent since 2002, significantly higher than the rate achieved in the previous two decades.
Philippines: Economy | Asian Development Bank
The rebound in government spending is expected to spur growth through the rest of this year and in 2016. In July, growth in public expenditure excluding interest accelerated to 31% year on year. Election-related spending will also support domestic demand through May 2016, when elections will be held.
Industry Trends & Business Climate
PHILIPPINES INVESTMENT CLIMATE
This updated assessment provides the background to the constraints on and threats to competitiveness, as well as the government’s priority reforms to improve competitiveness to attract investment.
Establishing a Presence
Business Types – Choosing a Business Structure | Invest Philippines
A comprehensive list of the business structure options.
Business Registration Steps
This site provides the easy steps to business registration in the Philippines
Business Registration Requirements – Starting a Business in Philippines
This site a detailed summary of the bureaucratic and legal hurdles faced by entrepreneurs wishing to incorporate and register a new firm in Philippines.
Business Types – Types Of Business Organizations
There are various business or juridical entities that may be established by a foreign investor interested in conducting business activities in the Philippines. These include the establishment by a foreign corporation of a (i) local subsidiary through a domestic corporation, (ii) a branch office, (iii) a representative office, (iv) a regional or area headquarters, or (v) a regional operating headquarters. Entry into the Philippines can also be achieved through joint ventures with other domestic corporations.
Corporate – Philippines Corporate Tax Rate
The Corporate Tax Rate in Philippines stands at 30 percent. Corporate Tax Rate in Philippines averaged 32.05 percent from 1997 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 35 percent in 1997 and a record low of 30 percent in 2009. Corporate Tax Rate in Philippines is reported by the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
Corporate – Country Tax Profile: Philippines
Resident corporations are subject to a 30 percent regular corporate income tax rate based on net income, or to a 2 percent minimum corporate income tax rate based on gross income, whichever is higher
Personal – Philippines Personal Income Tax Rate
The Personal Income Tax Rate in Philippines stands at 32 percent.
Personal – Philippines – Taxes on personal income
The Philippines taxes its resident citizens on their worldwide income. Non-resident citizens and aliens, whether or not resident in the Philippines, are taxed only on income from sources within the Philippines.
VAT/Sales Tax – Philippines Sales Tax Rate
The Sales Tax Rate (VAT) in Philippines stands at 12 percent. Sales Tax Rate in Philippines averaged 11.80 percent from 2006 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 12 percent in 2007 and a record low of 10 percent in 2006. Sales Tax Rate in Philippines is reported by the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
VAT/Sales Tax – Value Added Tax (Taxable Sales) Philippines
VAT on sales or lease of goods, properties and services; a) Sales on goods and properties b) Transactions deemed sale c) Sales of Services and use or lease of properties
Philippines – US Department of State
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Work Permits – Philippines – US Department of State
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Philippines Guide: Public transport
There are 7,107 islands in the Philippines so island hopping is a popular leisure activity, not to mention a cheap way to travel around the country.
Telecom/IT – Philippines – Major Telecommunications Operators
An overview of the major telecom operators in the Philippines
Telecom/IT – Telecommunications in the Philippines
Telecommunications in the Philippines are well-developed due to the presence of modern infrastructure facilities.
Getting around Philippines on local transport
This site provides Information on all forms of public transportation
Social Insurance -Workers’ Protection in a New Employment Relations
Workers’ Protection in a new employment relationship
Labor Rules and Obligations – Labor Code of The Philippines
A Presidential decree describing the labor code
Social Insurance – the Philippines: workers’ protection – International…
The Labor Code is the main instrument that provides protective mantle to the workers in the Philippines. It was promulgated during an economic regime whose principal engine for growth was import substitution. Its basic assumption is that as economic development deepens most of the workers will eventually join the ranks of regular employees. Thus the provisions of the Labor Code are largely aimed at protecting those with regular employment.
Labor Rules and Obligations – Department of Labor and Employment – Labor Codes
A guide to employment and employee benefits law in the Philippines.
Business Etiquette in the Philippines | USA Today
The dos and don’ts of business etiquette in the Philippines
Business Etiquette – Philippines – Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette
See “Etiquette & Customs” on this site
Safety – Philippines Travel Warning
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to the Philippines, in particular to the Sulu Archipelago, certain regions and cities of the island of Mindanao, and the southern Sulu Sea area.
Cost of Living in Philippines
Cost of living information includes price indices for rent, food, utilities, transportation, restaurants, clothing and more
Cost of Living in the Philippines | Expat Arrivals
The cost of living in the Philippines is low compared to other major Southeast Asian countries.
Climate of the Philippines – Wikipedia
The main variable of the Philippines climate is not temperature or air pressure, but rainfall. In general, the climate of the Philippines can be described as tropical, with the coastal plains averaging year-round temperatures about 28°C. The area’s relative humidity is quite high, and ranges between 70 and 90 percent.
Climate – Philippines Weather, Climate and Geography
The Philippines is hot year-round but sea breezes can add freshness during the winter (November to February). The typhoon season lasts from around July to October
Education and Schools in the Philippines
Schooling in the Philippines suffers from underfunding and a lack of resources. Education at local Filipino schools is not likely to be of the standard most expats are used to. Expats living in the Philippines opt to send their children to international schools.
Education in Philippines – WENR
The Philippine education system has been heavily influenced by its colonial history, which has included periods of Spanish, American and Japanese rule and occupation
Holidays and observances in Philippines
Regular and special non-working holidays and observances
Philippines Public HolidaysHolidays –
Public holidays in the Philippines are days off that have been provided for by law (Chapter 7 of the Administrative Code of 1987) and which are observed across the nation.
Demographics – Philippines Demographics Profile
Demographic information includes population, quality of life, health, sports, technology, energy and the environment
Demographics – Philippines Facts | Government, Economy, Demographics
Discover and compare Philippines facts about health, technology, energy, environment, military, government, economy, demographics, education and more
Safety and Security in Philippines
The Philippines – although generally safe and sincerely friendly to tourists – is also prone to the usual safety issues plaguing even more developed countries
Import/Export Regulations – Filipino Customs: Regulations, Export-Import
Import and Export regulations – FAQs
Import/Export Regulations – Import customs procedures in the Philippines
A complete description of import rules and regulations
Trade Agreements – Trade Agreements – DTI
Listing of trade agreements from the Department of Industry and Trade
Trade Agreements – Philippines and the WTO
This site provides key information on the Philippines’ participation in the WTO. The Philippines has been a WTO member since 1 January 1995 and a member of GATT since 27 December 1979.
Housing and Rentals
Accommodation in the Philippines | Expat Arrivals
Expats looking for accommodation in the Philippines will find a variety of options to choose from, depending on their budget and particular circumstances. From luxury condominiums, to free-standing houses, from metropolitan city living in Metro Manila to the tropical beaches of Palawan, every area of the Philippines has something unique to offer expats.
Philippines Hotels, Hostels & Accommodation
A guide to a wide variety of hotels and hostels
Philippines – Lonely Planet
This site provides a listing of travel advice and major attractions in the Philippines
The Philippines: a guide to the best islands
A guide to the best of the country’s 7000 islands