• Board of Investments (BOI) - The BOI is the lead investment promotion agency of the Philippine government. It promotes investments in industries and in the regions of the country for balanced economic development.


Embassies can be an ally in helping you:

1. For Philippino Exporter:  learn more about the market in those countries, research opportunities and act as a last resort in case of problems that need political support.

2. For Importer to Philippines:  learn about  market in Philippines through research and data collected. Seek for emergency help, etc.

>Philippines Embassy in Your Country

The Philippines embassy, same as other embassies, views promotion of trade and investment as major goals.  You
should contact the Philippines Embassy, for help researching your business plan.

 Companies in Philippines

Directory of Manufacturers, Suppliers and Services in Philippines

We suggest utilzing this Directory as a first step in building a list of potential suppliers, licensees or business partners.  More research is then required to determine the current financial conditions and overall business status of the company.  Much of this initially can be developed through contact with the company by letter, e-mail or by research of their website which usually can be located, if it exists, through major search engines. 

Runckel & Associates can and does provide more detailed research and consulting on opportunities in Philippines and on specific companies through our Associates in Philippines or through the work of our principals who have lived and worked in Philippines and who speak the language and fully understand its culture.


Operating Economic Zones
(as of December 2009)

 Chambers of Commerce

Most countries in Asia have Chambers of Commerce made up of member  companies doing business in that country.  Typically large Chambers of Commerce have a hired staff person who acts as the Executive Director.  Smaller Chambers may have only a volunteer staff.  Chambers of Commerce often are good sources of information on the ease or difficulty in doing business in the target country.  Oftentimes they can refer you to members who have detailed insight into set-up problems, the incidence of corruption in the host country or other challenges.  Oftentimes the target country will have its own chamber of commerce which is seeking to promote business and investment in their country.  These Chambers which represent the target country can also be helpful.

  • Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry: Click here

  • The American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines: click here

  • European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines: Click here
  • The British Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines: Click here
  • The Australian - New Zealand Chamber of Commerce: Click here

 Business Hours

Most businesses are open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM weekdays and 8:00 AM till noon Saturdays. Banks are open from 9:00 AM till 3:00 PM Mondays through Fridays. When banking in the Philippines, it is advisable to have your passport with you for identification.

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