Registration of Overseas Filipino Construction and Consultancy Firms

WHAT ARE THE BASIC CRITERIA FOR REGISTRATION FOR OVERSEAS CONSTRUCTION OPERATIONS? ▾

For Construction Companies

  1. Must possess an appropriate and current Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) license with at least a:
    • Category AA and classification of general engineering and general building for those applying as a general construction contractor
    • Category A and a classification relevant to the specialization being applied for those applying as a specialty contractor
    • Category A for those applying as service contractor
  2. One of the key technical staff must have been employed with the company for not less than one year at the time of the filing of the application
  3. It must have at least five years of continuous actual operation as a licensed construction contractor.
  4. It must have successfully completed during the immediate five years the following type/s and size/s of projects:
  5. At least one general engineering/building project costing not less than P10,000,000 for general construction contractor
  6. At least one project falling within its field/s of specialization costing not less than P5,000,000 for specialty contractor
  7. A construction company applying for registration as a service contractor must have substantial experience overseas as a labor sub-contractor or manpower service contractor and have remitted substantial amount of foreign exchange remittances

For specialized consultancy groups 

  1. Minimum paid-up capital and networth of P250,000
  2. At least three permanently employed staff with appropriate degrees and professional training along the line of consultancy services offered by the company and with an aggregate experience of 25 man-years. One of the staff must have been actively engaged in  the practice of his profession for at least 10  years. One of the key technical staff must have been employed with the company for not  less than one year at the time of filing of the application.
  3. The applicant must submit proof that the above-mentioned members of the staff possess the required experience and are permanently employed by the company.
  4. It must have at least five years of continuous actual operation as a specialized consultant counted from the date of the firm’s earliest contract.
  5. It must have successfully completed during the immediate past five years at least one consultancy project costing not less P1,000,000.
WHAT ARE THE BASIC CRITERIA FOR REGISTRATION FOR OVERSEAS CONSTRUCTION OPERATIONS? ▾

For Construction Companies

  1. Must possess an appropriate and current Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) license with at least a:
    • Category AA and classification of general engineering and general building for those applying as a general construction contractor
    • Category A and a classification relevant to the specialization being applied for those applying as a specialty contractor
    • Category A for those applying as service contractor
  2. One of the key technical staff must have been employed with the company for not less than one year at the time of the filing of the application.
  3. It must have at least five years of continuous actual operation as a licensed construction contractor.
  4. It must have successfully completed during the immediate five years the following type/s and size/s of projects:
  5. At least one general engineering/building project costing not less than P10,000,000 for general construction contractor
  6. At least one project falling within its field/s of specialization costing not less than P5,000,000 for specialty contractor
  7. A construction company applying for registration as a service contractor must have substantial experience overseas as a labor sub-contractor or manpower service contractor and have remitted substantial amount of foreign exchange remittances

For specialized consultancy groups 

  1. Minimum paid-up capital and networth of P250,000
  2. At least three permanently employed staff with appropriate degrees and professional training along the line of consultancy services offered by the company and with an aggregate experience of 25 man-years. One of the staff must have been actively engaged in  the practice of his profession for at least 10  years. One of the key technical staff must have been employed with the company for not  less than one year at the time of filing of the application.
  3. The applicant must submit proof that the above-mentioned members of the staff possess the required experience and are permanently employed by the company.
  4. It must have at least five years of continuous actual operation as a specialized consultant counted from the date of the firm’s earliest contract.
  5. It must have successfully completed during the immediate past five years at least one consultancy project costing not less P1,000,000.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR RENEWAL OF POCB REGISTRATION? ▾

The Board shall renew the registration only of those companies, which still meet the requirements for registration enumerated in Section 1 of Rule III of  PD 1167 IRR and which have not violated any provision of the Decree, the Rules and Regulations, and the terms and conditions of their registration.

WHAT DOCUMENTS DOES A FILIPINO CONTRACTOR OR CONSULTANCY FIRM NEED TO PREPARE AND SUBMIT IN ORDER TO REGISTER FOR OVERSEAS OPERATION WITH THE PHILIPPINE OVERSEAS CONSTRUCTION BOARD (POCB)? ▾

A Filipino contractor or consultancy firm need to prepare and submit in three copies the following documents in order to register for overseas operation with the POCB:

  • Notarized and completed applications forms for registration (POCB Form 01) prescribed by the Board;
  • Copy of Contractor’s license issued by the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (if applicable);
  • Copy of Articles of incorporation, partnership, joint venture, etc.;
  • Copy of Certificate of registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the by-laws;
  • Board resolution authorizing the filing of the application with the POCB and naming the person empowered to act for and on behalf of the applicant; Certified list of stockholders, indicating their respective nationality, amount subscribed and amount paid on subscription;
  • Certified list of current directors, officers and operations personnel indicating their respective nationality, position and status (whether full time or part time) together with their respective bio-data;
  • Customs Clearance and Court Clearance (CFI) having jurisdiction over head office of firm
  • Copy of audited financial statements of the applicant for the last three preceding years. In case the application is filed six months after the latest calendar or fiscal year, the applicant shall also submit the company’s latest audited interim financial statements;
  • Copy of Income tax returns of the applicant for the last three years of its operations duly received by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) together with the corresponding BIR Tax Payment Orders and CB Confirmation Receipts;
  • Certified list of the completed and on-going construction or consultancy contracts of the applicant (POCB Form 01-A);
  • List of Principal Officers and Technical Staff
  • Statement under oath that the applicant has not undertaken any contract that was rescinded by the project owner/principal as a result of unsatisfactory performance by the applicant
  • Brief history of the company
WHAT IS THE VALIDITY OF THE REGISTRATION WITH POCB? ▾

The validity of POCB registration is two years  from the date of registration,  renewable two years thereafter

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR POCB CONTRACTORS OR CONSULTANTS WHO INTEND TO UNDERTAKE OVERSEAS CONSTRUCTION PROJECT ▾
  • The POCB registered contractor or consultancy firm must secure Project Authorization from the POCB before bidding or negotiating for an overseas projects
  • Such Authorization shall be applicable only to the particular project subject of the application and to no other
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