A representative office is an entity that is ideal for foreign companies seeking to study the market in the Philippines for research and business development purposes, with a view to determining whether setting up operations in the Philippines is a viable proposition.
A representative office (RO) is a non-trading entity that allows foreign-based companies to have a presence in the Philippines together with their expatriates to explore business opportunities within the country.
A Representative Office allows foreign companies a period of 2-5 years to see if the Philippines is the right place for them to stay and to start their business by setting up a company or branch. The approval for the duration of an establishment of the representative office depends on the merits of each case. There is no tax imposed on a representative office.
It is an extended office of a foreign company approved to
Aside from the proof of inward remittance, the other requirements for the registration of a representative office in the Philippines are as follows