STANDARD APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPANIES

ENGAGED IN FREIGHT FORWARDING

What this is For:

Application Requirements for Companies Engaged in Freight Forwarding

Where to File:

PEZA

Roxas Boulevard corner San Luis Street, Pasay City, Philippines

Tel. No.: (632) 551-3454 or 551-3455; Fax No.: (632) 891-6380; Email: info@peza.gov.ph

How to File:

PEZA Registration of IT Parks and Buildings

A. IT Parks and Buildings Located in Metro Manila Metro Manila is the area that covers the 12 cities of Manila, Caloocan, Las Pinas, Makati, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Paranaque, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon and Valenzuela and the 5 municipalities of Malabon, Navotas, Pateros, San Juan and Taguig.

PEZA shall register IT Parks and Buildings located in Metro Manila, to serve as locations for PEZA-registered IT Enterprises, subject to the following conditions:

An IT Park or Building in Metro Manila may be an existing, new or proposed complex or building with a minimum available business floor area of 5,000 square meters (including common areas such lobbies, elevator / stairways, corridors, wash rooms / rest rooms / toilets and utility areas, but excluding parking areas and roof gardens);

IT Parks and Buildings in Metro Manila shall provide the following minimum facilities required by locator IT Enterprises:

o High-speed fiber-optic telecommunication backbone and high-speed international gateway facility or wide-area network (WAN); or any high speed data telecommunication system that may become available in the future;

o Clean, uninterruptible power supply; and

o Computer security and building monitoring and maintenance systems (e.g. computer firewalls, encryption technology, fluctuation controls, etc).

Optionally, IT Parks and Buildings in Metro Manila may also provide IT business and technology incubation centers and facilitate access of locator IT Enterprises to IT research and development centers and training and educational institutions / facilities.

Owners and / or developers of PEZA-registered IT Parks and Buildings in Metro Manila shall not be entitled to enjoy PEZA incentives; provided, that owners and / or developers of IT Parks in Metro Manila already covered by Presidential Proclamations and / or approved by the PEZA Board prior to the PEZA Board approval of this Guidelines, including facilities-providers in such IT Parks, shall be entitled to PEZA incentives.

IT Parks and Buildings located in Metro Manila shall become operational (i.e., authorized to serve as location for PEZA-registered IT Enterprises) only upon the issuance of the required Presidential Proclamation.

B. IT Parks To Be Located Outside Metro Manila

PEZA shall register IT Parks outside Metro Manila, subject to the following conditions:

IT Parks outside Metro Manila shall have a minimum land area of five (5) hectares;

IT Parks outside Metro Manila shall provide the following minimum facilities required by locator IT Enterprises:

o High-speed fiber-optic telecommunication backbone and high-speed international gateway facility or wide-area network (WAN); or any high speed data telecommunication system that may become available in the future;

o Clean, uninterruptible power supply; and

o Computer security and building monitoring and maintenance systems (e.g. computer firewalls, encryption technology, fluctuation controls, etc).

Optionally, IT Parks outside Metro Manila may also provide IT business and technology incubation centers and facilitate access of locator IT Enterprises to IT research and development centers and training and educational institutions / facilities.

IT Parks located outside of Metro Manila shall become operational (i.e., authorized to serve as location for PEZA-registered IT Enterprises) only upon the issuance of the required Presidential Proclamation.

o Owners and / or developers of PEZA-registered IT Parks outside Metro Manila, including facilities providers in the IT Parks, shall be entitled to avail of the following incentives:

o Income Tax Holiday for four (4) years, or six (6) years for IT Zones located in less developed areas listed in the Investment Priorities Plan, on income earned from locator IT Enterprises and related operations;

o After the ITH period, the option to pay a special 5% tax on gross income earned from locator IT Enterprises and related operations, in lieu of all national and local taxes, except real property taxes on land owned by developers;

o Permanent resident status for foreign investors with initial investments of US$ 150,000.00 or more; and

o Employment of non-resident aliens required in the operation of IT Enterprises.

ATTACHMENTS / DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS

VI . Requirements for PEZA Board Consideration, President Proclamation and Registration of IT Parks and Buildings

Owners / developers of IT Parks and/or Buildings may apply for PEZA registration by submitting the following requirements:

A. PEZA Board Consideration of a Proposed IT Park or Building

Application Form For registration as Information Technology Park For registration as Information Technology Building (notarized)

Anti-Graft Certificate Anti-Graft Certificate (notarized)

SEC Registration Certificate and updated Articles of Incorporation;

Board Resolution authorizing the filing of application with PEZA and designating the representative(s) authorized to transact registration with PEZA;

Audited Financial Statements (for the last three (3) years of operation, for existing companies)

IT Park / Building Project Description and / or Feasibility Study, which should provide, among others, information on the financial capability of the proponent, present and proposed land use of the area for the IT Park / Building, and development plan and schedule for the proposed IT Park/Building;

Vicinity map reflecting the various land uses and important verifiable landmarks within one (1) kilometer radius of the project site

Proof of land ownership or any perfected contract / document confirming the applicant's authority / clearance to use the land for the establishment of the proposed IT Park / Building

Endorsement by the Sangguniang Bayan / Panlungsod of all local government units (i.e. municipalities and / or cities) of all areas included in the proposed IT Park / Building

Certification from the Department of Agriculture that the area for the proposed IT Park / Building is not or has ceased to be economically feasible and sound for agricultural purposes (i.e. the area is marginal for agricultural use)

DAR Conversion Clearance or Exemption Certificate (or HLURB Zoning Certification, if applicable)

Other requirements as may be prescribed by the PEZA Board

B. PEZA Endorsement of a Proposed IT Park or Building to the Office of the President for the Issuance of a Presidential Proclamation

Proof of land ownership and / or Long-Term Lease Agreement on the area of the proposed IT Park / Building

Verified survey returns and technical description of the land area

Certification from the National Water Resources Board that the identified source(s) of water for the IT Park / Building shall not cause water supply and related problems in adjacent communities

Environmental Compliance Certificate issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Other requirements as may be prescribed by the PEZA Board

C. Signing of the PEZA Registration Agreement for an IT Park or Building Covered by Presidential Proclamations

Detailed engineering and development plan and timetable

Other requirements as may be prescribed by the PEZA Board

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Other Documentary Requirements:

1. Letter Request addressed to the Director General Lilia B. de Lima

2. Endorsement Letters from prospective PEZA Clients (at least 1 company)

3. Application Form For registration accreditation as an Ecozone Service Enterprise (notarized)

4. Filing / Application Fee of Php 3,600 (attach copy of Official Receipt)

5. Anti-Graft Certificate Anti-Graft Certificate (notarized)

6. Board Resolution authorizing the filing of the application and the designation of representative (notarized)

7. List of Employees (include designation)

8. Personal History Statements of Principal Officers (Biodata)

9. Audited Financial Statements for the last three years (for new companies, which have started operating for only six months, an Audited Balance Sheet is enough)

10. Certificate of Registration from S.E.C. (for Corporations); Certificate of Registration from DTI (for Partnership and Single Proprietorship)

11. Articles of Incorporation (for Corporations)

12. Authority to Operate from the Civil Aeronautics Board (for Air Freight)

13. Certificate of Accreditation from the Philippines Shippers' Bureau (for Sea Freight)

14. Name and Address of Agents and/or Principal abroad (for Freight Forwarding)

15. Updated BIR Clearance

16. Mayor's Permit (for the current year)

17. Proof of Paid Up Capital of at least Php 100,000.00 (for Corporation, Single Proprietorship and Partnership)

18. Annual Permit to Operate from Philippine Ports Authority

19. List of Non-PEZA clients

20. Schedule of Service Rates (Standard)

* Upon Approval of the Director General of PEZA *

21. Franchise Fee (for six months) of PhP 3,000.00 (PhP 500.00/month)

22. Original Surety Bond worth PhP 100,000.00

NOTE: ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS MUST BE PRESENTED TOGETHER WITH THE PHOTOCOPIES.