December 25, 2016

Expats’ Guide to Philippine Government Websites

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  • While living in the Philippines, it is important for expats to get familiarized with the government structure and agencies as there are times when they need to undergo process or get legal documents from a particular agency.


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    Fortunately, with the advancement of technology, websites are now available to make it easier for everyone to access information from the government using the Internet. Here are the following Philippine Government Websites that you can visit to get updates and guidelines for any business you need to take care of:


    Official Gazette online version of the official journal of the Republic of the Philippines
    Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) responsible for traffic decongestion, waste management, climate change, and disaster prevention in Metro Manila
    Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) responsible for weather forecasting, flood control, astronomical observations, and time service
    Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) responsible for foreign affairs, including passport and visa issuance,  and authentication of documents
    Bureau of Immigration responsible for immigrant, non-immigrant, and special visa issuance, alien registration, citizenship application, special permits, certification, accreditation, etc.
    Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) responsible for upholding the Labor Code of the Philippines and issuance of Alien Employment Permit.
    Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) responsible for upholding the Securities Regulation Code and reservation of Company Name
    Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) responsible for Business Name Registration, contractor accreditation, exports, imports, investments, etc.
    Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) responsible for Revenue regulations and taxation, including Taxation of Non-Residents
     Land Transportation Office (LTO) responsible for vehicle registration and driver’s license issuance
     National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) responsible for issuance of NBI Clearance including Foreign National Clearance



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