- Rules and Regulations Implementing the Provisions Relative to SSEFZ and SBMA
- IRR of RA 7227
November 3, 1992
RULES AND REGULATIONS IMPLEMENTING THE PROVISIONS RELATIVE TO THE
SECTION 1. Scope. These Rules and Regulations are hereby promulgated to implement the provisions governing the
SECTION 2. Declaration of Policy. Within the framework and subject to the mandate of the Constitution and the pertinent provisions of the Local Government Code, it is hereby declared the policy of the SBMA to develop the
It is also declared the policy of the SBMA to operate and manage the SBF as a separate customs territory ensuring free flow or movement of goods and capital within, into and exported out of the SBF, as well as provide incentives such as tax and duty free importations of raw materials, capital and equipment.
SECTION 3. Definitions. For purposes of these Rules, these terms shall be understood to have the following meanings:
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c. SBF is the Subic Bay Freeport referred to as the Special Economic and Freeport Zone in Section 12 of the provided, that pending the establishment of secure perimeters around the entire SBF, the SBF shall refer to the area demarcated by the SBMA pursuant to Section 13 hereof.
d. SBMA refers to the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority created under Section 13 of the
e. Conversion Authority refers to the Bases Conversion and Development Authority created under Section 3 of the
f. Point of Entry refers to any place designated by the SBMA where articles may be lawfully introduced into or removed from the SBF or any part therein designated by the SBMA.
g. SBF Enterprise refers to any business entity or concern within the SBF duly registered with and/or licensed by the SBMA to operate any lawful economic activity within the SBF.
h. Certificate of Registration refers to the certificate issued by the SBMA representing the registration of the business entity as an SBF Enterprise.
i. Certificate of Residency refers to the certificate issued by the SBMA representing the registration of an individual as an SBF Resident.
j. SBF Facilities Operator refers to an SBF Enterprise which operates facilities or services within the SBF, including the subleasing of land or other property to other SBF Enterprises.
k. Board refers to the Board of Directors of the SBMA.
l. Domestic Articles refers to articles which are the growth, product or manufacture of the Philippines and upon which all national internal revenue taxes have been paid, if subject thereto, and upon which no drawback or bounty has been allowed; and articles of foreign origin on which all duties and taxes have been paid and upon which no drawback or bounty has been allowed, or which have previously been entered into customs territory free of duties or taxes.
m. Foreign Articles refers to articles of foreign origin on which duties and taxes have not been paid, or upon which drawback or bounty has been allowed, or which have not been previously entered into customs territory; or articles which are the growth, product or manufacture of the Philippines on which not all national internal revenue taxes have been paid, if subject thereto, or upon which drawback or bounty has been allowed.
n. Customs Territory refers to the portion of the Philippines outside the SBF where the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines and other national tariff and customs laws are in force and effect.
o. Articles for purposes of these Rules, and when used with reference to importations or exportations, the term includes raw materials, supplies, equipment, machinery, packaging materials, goods, wares, merchandise and in general, anything that may, under the Rules of the SBMA, be made the subject of importation into or exportation from the Zone.
p. Transshipment refers to transshipment of articles discharged at ports or airports of entry located in Customs Territory destined for delivery to the SBF, and articles coming from the SBF intended for export through a Philippine Customs port/airport of entry which may be transported under bond, upon examination, and consigned to the Collector at the port of destination/export who will allow the consignor or consignee, as the case may be, to make entry for exportation. cdt
q. Foreign Exchange refers to any currency other than the Philippine Peso acceptable for payment by the Central Bank of the Philippines.
r. National Government refers to the Government of the Philippines.
s. Foreign National refers to a natural person who is not a citizen of the Philippines.
t. Offshore Banking Unit (OBU) refers to an offshore bank licensed and registered under the laws of the Philippines.
SECTION 4. Rules of Interpretation. Pursuant to the declared policies of the State on the SBF, the following rules of interpretation shall be observed in the implementation of Sections 12, 13 and 14, and other related provisions of the
a. All trade and business, immigration, corporation, banking and quarantine laws shall be subordinated to and/or liberally construed in favor of the SBF to enhance and promote the policies of the special economic and freeport system within the boundaries established by law and these Rules.
b. In case of conflict between national and local laws and tax exemption privileges in the SBF, the same shall be resolved in favor of the latter.
c. In case of conflict between SBMA and the local government units concerned on matters affecting the SBF other than the defense and security of the said local government units, the decision of the SBMA shall prevail.
d. The provisions of existing laws, rules and regulations to the contrary notwithstanding, the SBMA shall exercise administrative powers, rule-making and disbursements of funds over the SBF.
SECTION 5. Boundaries of the Subic Bay Freeport. The boundaries of the SBF shall comprise the area described in Section 12 of the
The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA)
A. Composition and Operation of the Board of Directors
SECTION 6. Board of Directors. The powers of the SBMA shall be vested in and exercised by a Board of Directors.
SECTION 7. Composition. The Board shall be composed of fifteen (15) members to be appointed by the President of the Philippines, as follows:
a. Representatives of all local government units that concur to be part of the SBF;
b. Two (2) representatives from the National Government;
c. Five (5) representatives from the private sector coming from the present naval air station, public works center, ship repair facility, naval supply depot, and naval station;
d. The remaining balance to complete the Board membership shall be composed of representatives from the business and investment sectors.
SECTION 8. Chairman/Administrator. The President shall appoint a professional manager as administrator of the SBMA with a compensation to be determined by the Board subject to the approval of the Secretary of Budget, who shall be the ex officio chairman of the Board and who shall serve as the chief executive officer of the SBMA; Provided, however, that for the first year of its operations from the effectivity of the
SECTION 9. By-Laws. The Board of Directors shall adopt a set of by-laws that shall govern the SBMA's internal business and operations.
B. Powers and Functions of the SBMA
SECTION 10. Powers and Functions. The SBMA shall have the following powers and functions:
a. To operate, administer, manage and develop the ship repair and ship building facility, container port, oil storage and refueling facility and Subic Air Base within the SBF as a free market in accordance with the policies set forth in Section 12 of the
b. To accept any local or foreign investment, business or enterprise, subject only to these Rules and in conformity with the policies of the
c. To undertake and regulate the establishment, operation and maintenance of utilities, other services and infrastructure in the SBF including shipping and related business, stevedoring and port terminal services or concessions incidental thereto and airport operations in coordination which the Civil Aeronautics Board, and to fix just and reasonable rates, fares, charges, and other prices therefor;
d. To construct, acquire, own, lease, operate and maintain on its own or through contract, franchise, license, permits, bulk purchase from the private sector and build-operate-transfer scheme or joint venture, the required utilities and infrastructure in coordination with local government units and appropriate government agencies concerned and in conformity with existing applicable laws therefor;
e. To adopt, alter and use a corporate seal; to contract, lease, sell, dispose, acquire and own properties; to sue and be sued in order to carry out its duties and functions as provided for in the
f. Within the limitation provided by law, to raise and/or borrow the necessary funds from local and international financial institutions and to issue bonds, promissory notes and other securities for that purpose and to secure the same by guarantee, pledge, mortgage, deed of trust, or assignment of its properties held by the SBMA for the purpose of financing its projects and programs within the framework and limitations of the
g. To operate directly or indirectly or license tourism-related activities subject to priorities and standards set by the SBMA including games and amusements, except horse racing, dog racing and casino gambling which shall continue to be licensed by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) upon recommendation of the Conversion Authority; to maintain and preserve the forested areas as a national park;
h. To authorize the establishment of appropriate educational and medical institutions;
i. To protect, maintain and develop the virgin forests within the baselands which will be proclaimed as a national park and subject to a permanent total log ban, and for this purpose, the rules and regulations of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and other government agencies directly involved in the above functions shall be implemented by the SBMA;
j. To adopt and implement measures and standards for environmental pollution control of all areas within its territory, including, but not limited to all bodies of water and to enforce the same. For this purpose, the SBMA shall create an Ecology Center; and
k. To raise revenues from among, but not limited to, the following:
(1) periodic license fees and/or application, filing and registration and administrative/regulatory fees from SBF Enterprises;
(2) lease of land, facilities or other properties in the former Subic Naval Base area, as well as other areas in the SBF;
(3) management and administrative service fees for processing, handling and escorting of importations, exportations and local sales or purchases;
(4) capital or other contributions from the national government;
(5) service and utility charges;
(6) voluntary contributions;
(7) resources from external, technical and financial assistance agencies;
(8) grants from the National Government, local government units, local and foreign state-owned and privately owned entities and international organizations.
(9) donations and contributions of all kinds;
(10) funds from loans and/or other securities obtained as authorized by the Board of Directors; and
(11) proceeds from administrative fines, and penalties.
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m. To exercise such powers as may be essential, necessary or incidental to the powers granted to it hereunder as well as to carry out the policies and objectives of the
SECTION 11. Responsibilities of the SBMA. Other than the powers and functions prescribed in Section 10 of these Rules, the SBMA shall have the following responsibilities:
a. The SBMA shall exercise authority and jurisdiction over all economic activity within the SBF;
b. The SBMA shall provide and establish its own internal security and firefighting forces. However, the defense of the SBF and the security of its perimeters shall be the responsibility of the National Government in coordination with the SBMA;
c. The SBMA will coordinate the provisions of security, police, and municipal services within the overall area of the SBF with the existing local government units;
d. The SBMA shall have the authority to exclude from the SBF any article, substance, merchandise, operation, activity or process it considers to be inconsistent with the policies and purposes of the
e. The SBMA may require SBF Enterprises or Residents to secure the necessary permits for any article, substance, merchandise, transaction, activity, or operation in the SBF, specify conditions under which such permits will be issued, and established procedures for issuing and revoking such permits; and
f. Consistent with the Constitution, the SBMA shall have the following powers to enforce the law and these Rules in the SBF:
(1) to audit and inspect the records of any SBF Enterprise;
(2) to inspect and search the premises of any SBF Enterprise or Resident, or any vehicle, aircraft, vessel, or person in the SBF to detect any violation of the law or these Rules.
(3) to conduct investigations to any suspected violation of the law or these Rules, provided that the investigation of any violation of the criminal laws of the Philippines occurring in the SBF shall not be conducted by the SBMA, but rather by the police or National Government agency having jurisdiction in the area where the violation occurred;
(4) to seize articles, substances, merchandise and records considered to be in violation of the law and these Rules, or considered to be necessary for conduct of an investigation of any violation of the law and these Rules, and to provide for their return to the enterprise or person from whom they were seized, or their forfeiture to the SBMA;
(5) to issue subpoena duces tecum and ad testificandum in the course of its investigations;
(6) to arrest persons in the SBF for any violation of the laws of the Philippines;
(7) to assess and collect administrative fees or impose administrative fines or other monetary penalties for violations of these Rules;
(8) to issue, alter, modify, suspend or revoke for cause, any permit, certificate, license, visa or privilege allowed under the
(9) to regulate ingress to and egress from the SBF;
(10) to regulate traffic within the SBF and to impose administrative fines and penalties for traffic violations, including charges for towing and impounding; and
(11) to promulgate such other rules, regulations and circulars as may be necessary, proper or incidental to carry out the policies and objectives of the
SECTION 12. Best Use of SBMA Properties. The SBMA shall take all measures necessary to secure the best use of its properties within the SBF. The SBMA may lease the aforesaid properties to private facilities operators who may thereafter, under conditions approved by the SBMA, sub-lease the facilities or otherwise provide services based thereon to other SBF Enterprises.
SECTION 13. Establishment of Secure Perimeters, Points of Entry and Duty and Tax Free Areas of the SBF . Pending the establishment of secure perimeters around the entire SBF, the SBMA shall have the authority to establish and demarcate areas of the SBF with secure perimeters within which articles and merchandise free of duties and internal revenue taxes may be limited, without prejudice to the availment of other benefits conferred by the
SECTION 14. General Land Use Plan. The SBMA shall draw up and publish a general land use plan specifying the general uses and economic activities to be promoted for different areas of the SBF and shall enforce said plan subject to such revisions as the SBMA may deem necessary or appropriate to accomplish the policies and objectives of the aisa dc
SECTION 15. Annual Reports. The SBMA shall render and publish annual reports on the economic activities undertaken in the SBF.
Procedures for Registration of Subic Bay Freeport Enterprises & Residents
A. General Provisions
SECTION 16. Registration Office. The SBMA shall establish an office to register all business enterprises or concerns applying to be SBF Enterprises, as well as natural persons applying to be SBF Residents. This office shall consist of two (2) departments, to wit: The SBF Enterprise Department and The SBF Residents Department, which shall in turn consist of two (2) divisions each, to wit: the Evaluation Division and the Follow-up Division.
The above departments shall issue standard application forms and require submission of pertinent documents to the proper department which shall
SECTION 17. Who are Eligible. Application for SBF registration shall be open to nationals and business enterprises of any country in any area of economic activity, except only as is specifically limited by the Constitution of the Philippines.
SECTION 18. Conditions for Registration. An SBF Enterprises shall be a constituted business enterprise organized or domiciled in the Philippines or any foreign country. The enterprise must name a representative or agent who is a legal resident of the SBF. If affiliated with an existing enterprise in the Philippines outside of the SBF, the SBF Enterprise must establish a separate business organization to conduct business exclusively within the SBF which shall be a separate taxable entity.
SECTION 19. Criteria for Issuance of Certificates. The SBMA shall issue the Certificates of Registration or Residency to an SBF Enterprise or Resident, respectively, if qualified and if in the SBMA's discretion such issuance will promote the policies set forth in the
SECTION 20. Period for Issuance of Certificate. Should the application(s) merit approval, the SBMA shall issue the certificates applied for no later than thirty (30) days following receipt of the completed application and all required supporting documents.
SECTION 21. Effect of Issuance of Certificates. Issuance of the Certificate of Registration or Residency to an SBF Enterprise or Resident, respectively, shall entitle and subject the business enterprise or resident to all the benefits and obligations under the
In general, any business or enterprise registered as an SBF Enterprise shall be automatically excluded from benefiting from any other preferential regime such as that provided for in
SECTION 22. Simultaneous Issuance of Certificates of Registration and Residency. Issuance of the Certificate of Registration shall be accompanied by issue of a Certificate(s) of Residency to qualified enterprises and residents, respectively, when all required supporting documents are included in the applications.
SECTION 23. Validity. All certificates issued by the SBMA shall be valid for a period of one (1) year from issuance and shall be deemed automatically renewed every year (i) upon payment of the prescribed fees at least ten (10) days prior to the expiration of the said one (1) year period for the particular year involved, and (ii) for as long as the SBF Enterprise of Resident remains qualified to continue its business operations or reside within the SBF under similar terms and conditions for which the original certificate(s) was/were issued.
SECTION 24. Identification Card System. All SBF Residents must secure SBF Identification Cards from the SBMA, under an identification card system that the SBMA will enforce and implement, which will contain such information as the SBMA may deem necessary, including, but not limited to, the name, age, address, blood type and skills of the SBF Resident.
Identification cards may also be required of domestic tourists and visitors to the SBF. These cards will constitute, among others, the domestic tourists' or visitors' permit to enter the SBF and/or to purchase duty-free items therefrom.
SECTION 25. Fees. The SBMA may charge reasonable fees for the acceptance, processing, issuance and renewal of all applications, certificates and other similar documents that may be required under these Rules.
SECTION 26. Withdrawal, Suspension or Cessation of Operations. Whenever an SBF Enterprise decides to withdraw, suspend, or cease its registered activity or operations, written notice thereof shall be sent to the SBMA one (1) month prior to implementation of the action. Subject to provisions of pertinent laws and the rights of mortgage creditors, the withdrawal or cessation from business operations for a continuous period of two (2) months, unless extended upon written request of the enterprise and approval of the SBMA, shall have the effect of automatically cancelling the Certificate of Registration without the need of Board action. Upon such withdrawal or cessation from operations, the SBF Enterprise shall cease to be entitled to the incentives provided for in the
SECTION 27. Revocation, Suspension or Cancellation of Certificates of Registration or Residency. Without prejudice to the imposition of penalties prescribed under the pertinent provisions of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines and the National Internal Revenue Code of the Philippines, the Certificates of Registration issued by the SBMA to any SBF Enterprise or Resident may be revoked, suspended or cancelled for any of the following grounds:
a. Failure to maintain the qualifications for registration or license as required by the
b. Violation of any provision of Philippine law, the
c. Violation of the corresponding implementing memoranda or circulars or any of the general and specific terms of the registration or license agreement between the SBMA and the SBF Enterprise.
Provided, that, the SBMA may prescribe and impose administrative penalties, fines and sanctions in lieu of the revocation, cancellation or suspension of the Certificates of Registration or Residency for minor violations. The SBMA may also graduate the penalties, fines or sanctions to be imposed based on the gravity and frequency of the violation concerned.
B. Registration of Existing Enterprises and Residents
SECTION 28. Eligibility for Registration. Any business enterprise currently operating entirely within the SBF shall be eligible to register as an SBF Enterprise.
SECTION 29. Requirements for Registration of Existing Enterprises. In order to qualify for registration, the prospective SBF Enterprise must submit an application in the form prescribed by the SBMA, as well as the following information:
a. copies of relevant documentation of the legal status of the business enterprise (articles of incorporation, partnership agreement, SEC registration, and similar documents) showing, among others, beneficial ownership;
b. if a corporation, partnership or other business enterprise organized or constituted outside the Philippines, the name and address of the legal agent for the enterprise in the SBF accompanied with sworn proof of consent of the agent to serve as such; cdt
c. evidence of the physical location of the business enterprise within the SBF, such as certificate of title, tax declaration, property deed, lease agreement, and similar documents;
d. if previously part of a larger business enterprise doing business elsewhere in the Philippines, evidence of restructuring to exclude all business operations taking place outside the boundaries of the SBF;
e. list of assets and other properties owned by the business enterprise; and
f. such other documents that the SBMA may require.
SECTION 30. Effect of not Acquiring SBF Registration. Any existing enterprise located within the SBF may elect not to register as an SBF Enterprise. In doing so, the enterprise shall not benefit from tax and other advantages accorded SBF Enterprises. Notwithstanding any such election, any enterprise located within the SBF shall still be subject to the Customs and other regulations and procedures applicable to the SBF.
SECTION 31. Requirement for Registration of Existing Filipino Residents. Current Filipino residents of the SBF may apply for a Certificate of Residency upon submission of an application in the form prescribed by the SBMA and presentation of the following:
a. documentation of residence within the SBF, i.e. residence certificate.
b. evidence of nationality;
c. evidence of employment or other business operations within the SBF;
d. if a spouse or child below 21 years of age of an SBF Resident, evidence of such relationship, i.e. marriage license, birth certificate, etc., accompanied by an affidavit of support by the SBF Resident; and
e. such other documents that the SBMA may require.
For purposes of these Rules, current Filipino residents of the SBF refer to all persons Filipino citizens residing within the SBF continuously for at least a period of two (2) years as of the date of the promulgation of these Rules.
SECTION 32. Foreign Nationals. Foreign nationals currently residing in the SBF continuously for at least a period of two (2) years as of the date of the promulgation of these Rules, and who have been accorded permanent residency status in the Philippines may apply for a Certificate of Residency in the SBF upon presentation of sufficient proof of such residency status. Foreign nationals currently residing in the SBF who have not yet been accorded residency status shall be eligible therefor subject to the Immigration and other provisions of these Rules.
SECTION 33. Certificate of Residency. The SBMA shall issue a Certificate of Residency to all qualified current residents of the SBF within thirty (30) days from receipt of the required application, information and documentation. This certificate shall attest to the residency of the person within the SBF, and shall entitle and subject the resident to the benefits and obligations as defined in the
C. Registration of New Industrial, Commercial and Service Enterprises
SECTION 34. Filing of Application. Industrial, commercial and service enterprises applying to be an SBF Enterprise shall file an application in the form prescribed by the SBMA to be supported by the following:
a. copies of relevant documentation of the legal status of the business enterprise (articles of incorporation, partnership agreement, SEC Registration, and similar documents) showing, among others, beneficial ownership;
b. if there is foreign ownership, proof of inward foreign remittance and investment;
c. evidence of the intended physical location of the enterprise within the SBF (such as certificate of title, deed of sale, lease agreement, commitment letter, and other similar documents) and the manner by which such location was secured (i.e., whether it was secured directly with SBMA, form licensed facilities operator, or other property owner);
d. if part of a larger business enterprise doing business elsewhere in the Philippines, evidence of corporate restructuring which excludes from the SBF Enterprise all business operations taking place outside the boundaries of the SBF;
e. list of assets comprising the investment to be made; and
f. such other documents that the SBMA may require.
D. Registration of Banks and Affiliates
SECTION 35. Filing of Application. Application for licensing of Commercial and Offshore Banks or their branches or affiliates to be located within the SBF shall be filed with the SBMA. SBMA shall forward the applications to the Central Bank, which if warranted shall directly issue a license and other required documentation, in accordance with the provisions of Chapter VIII of these Rules.
Should the applicant's license not be issued by the Central Bank within thirty (30) days from the complete submission of all requirements, the SBMA shall forthwith inform the bank concerned and extend and extend the period for the issuance of the bank's Certificate of Registration. cdtai
SECTION 36. Issuance of Certificate. Upon approval of the application and its proper endorsement by the Central Bank to the SBMA, the latter shall issue the necessary Certificate of Registration to the bank under Chapters III and VIII of these Rules.
E. Registration of New Subic Bay Freeport Residents
SECTION 37. Certificates of Residency of New SBF Filipino Residents. A Certificate of Residency duly issued by the SBMA shall be required for all new Filipino residents of the SBF. Subject to the conditions of these Rules, such certificate shall be available to any Filipino actually residing within the SBF who is an employee or owner of an SBF Enterprise, and the immediate members of the family of such employee or owner, or who has leased or otherwise secured living quarters in SBF.
SECTION 38. Foreign Nationals Residing Outside the SBF. Foreign nationals accorded permanent residency status in the Philippines may apply for a Certificate of Residency in the SBF upon presentation of sufficient proof of such permanent residency status and employment or investment in the SBF. Foreign nationals without prior permanent residency status in the Philippines shall be subject to the Immigration and other pertinent provisions of these Rules.
Rights and Obligations of Subic Bay Freeport Enterprises and Residents
A. Subic Bay Freeport Enterprises
SECTION 39. Rights and Obligations. SBF Enterprises shall have the following rights and obligations:
a. To freely engage in any business, trade, manufacturing, financial or service activity, and to import and export freely all types of goods into and out of the SBF, subject to the provisions of the
b. To employ foreign nationals subject to evidence of the unavailability of comparably-skilled Filipinos within the Philippines;
c. To faithfully comply with the
d. To report periodically to the SBMA any information on business activity which the latter may reasonably require; and
e. To file periodically any information normally required by the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
SECTION 40. Rights and Obligations of SBF Facilities Operators. SBF facilities operators shall have the rights and responsibilities of other SBF Enterprises, plus the following:
a. to manage facilities on real property it owns, has acquired or has leased within the SBF;
b. to lease out real property it owns or has leased within the SBF, and to acquire and leased land and sell or lease out facilities to SBF Enterprises, subject to overall property management guidelines approved by the SBMA and to the provisions of Section 12 hereof;
c. to make improvements on, construct and maintain buildings, warehouses, factory shells, office and commercial buildings and other facilities, and develop all other infrastructure necessary or desirable to enhance the SBF's efficient operation, or grant contracts or concessions to other private or public parties for the construction or provision of any of the said facilities, subject to the approval of the SBMA and other concerned agencies of the latter;
d. to provide public or other services such as water, light and power, telecommunications, sewerage and any other public utilities or to contract or grant concessions to other individuals for the provision of such services to SBF Enterprises, subject to the approval of the SBMA;
e. to install adequate environmental protection facilities and pollution control systems as the SBMA may deem necessary to protect the environment or otherwise conform to or observe all environmental and pollution control standards of the SBMA; aisa dc
f. to maintain adequate security measures including adequate fencing, enclosures, lighting, alarm systems, fire fighting equipment and other similar devices to secure the facility, subject to SBMA approval and in cooperation with the SBMA security force;
g. to charge and modify fees for any services or facilities it provides within the SBF, directly to those who use such services or facilities; and
h. to adopt internal rules and regulations to promote the safe, efficient, and successful operation of the facility consistent with the provisions of these Rules and subject to the approval of the SBMA.
B. Subic Bay Freeport Residents
SECTION 41. Rights of SBF Residents. SBF Residents shall have the following rights within the SBF:
a. to import directly, free of Customs duties and control, foreign articles in non-commercial quantities subject to these Rules and other regulations that may be promulgated by the SBMA; and
b. to purchase, lease, or otherwise acquire articles from other SBF Residents or Enterprises, and maintain, utilize or otherwise consume such goods within the SBF free of national internal revenue taxes and customs duties.
SECTION 42. Obligations of SBF Residents. Except as expressly provided for by exceptions in these Rules and other regulations of the SBMA, SBF Residents shall have the following obligations:
a. to obey and observe all laws of the Philippines; and
b. to pay income and other taxes levied on individuals in the Philippines.
Subic Bay Freeport Taxation and Trade Regime
A. Incentives and Exemptions
SECTION 43. Tax Exemption. SBF Enterprises shall be exempt from all national and local taxes, including but not limited to the following:
a. Customs and import duties and national internal revenue taxes, such as VAT, excise and ad valorem taxes on foreign articles;
b. Internal revenue taxes, such as VAT, ad valorem and excise taxes on their sales of goods and services for which they are directly liable;
c. Income tax on all income from sources within the SBF and foreign countries, Export Processing Zones, Bonded Warehouses and other Special Economic Zones within the Philippines, as well as all other areas that may now or hereafter be considered to be outside the Customs Territory, whether or not payment of such income is actually received, made or collected within such areas; Provided, that SBF Enterprises shall, as withholding agents for the National Government, withhold tax on compensation and income payments to persons or individuals subject to expanded withholding tax; and
d. Franchise, common carrier or value added taxes and other percentage taxes on public and service utilities and enterprises within the SBF.
In lieu of paying taxes, all SBF Enterprises shall pay a final tax of five (5%) percent of gross income earned in accordance to breakdown specified and defined under Section 57 hereunder.
SECTION 44. Percentage of Income Allowable from Sources Within the Customs Territory. SBF Enterprises may generate income from sources within the Customs Territory of up to Thirty Percent (30%) of its total income from all sources; provided, that should an SBF Enterprise's income from sources within the Customs Territory exceed Thirty Percent (30%) of its total income from all sources, then it shall be subject to the income tax laws of the Customs Territory; provided, further, that in any case, customs duties and taxes must be paid with respect to income from sales of articles to the Customs Territory.
SECTION 45. Importation of Articles. In general, all articles may be imported by SBF Enterprises into the SBF free of customs and import duties and national internal revenue taxes, except those articles prohibited by the SBMA and those absolutely prohibited by law.
SECTION 46. Importation by SBF Residents. Articles may be imported by SBF Residents free of customs and import duties and national internal revenue taxes, except those articles prohibited by the SBMA and those absolutely prohibited by law; provided, that such articles are limited only for personal or household use or consumption within the SBF.
B. Transactions with the Customs Territory
SECTION 47. Articles Removed or Withdrawn from SBF. Notwithstanding the above-mentioned tax and duty exemptions, foreign articles removed, withdrawn or otherwise disposed of from the SBF into the Customs Territory, shall be subject to the payment of customs duties and internal revenue taxes as ordinary importations in accordance with the provisions of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines, as amended, and the National Internal Revenue Code and other applicable laws.
Articles entered or introduced from the SBF into the Customs Territory will be presumed to be foreign unless there is sufficient evidence presented to satisfy customs officials that they are domestic articles as defined in these Rules.
SECTION 48. Articles Admitted into the SBF from Customs Territory. Articles which are admitted to the SBF from the Customs Territory under proper permit shall be considered exported for purposes of the laws and regulations of the Philippines, and shall be considered to be zero-rated and thereby become eligible for drawback, relief from duties and taxes, and any other tax or duty benefit conferred by reason of exportation; provided, that articles which are returned to the Customs Territory from the SBF shall be considered imported for the purposes of the laws and regulations of the Philippines.
SECTION 49. Foreign Articles Used as Raw Materials. Foreign articles to be used in the production, manufacture, processing of finished products may be brought from the SBF to designated Special Economic Zones, Bonded Warehouses, Export Processing Zones, or under other duty or tax-exempt treatment in the Customs Territory by accredited sub-contractors, under bond acceptable to the SBMA and the Bureau of Customs to guarantee the return of the finished goods to the SBF, for export or for sale within the SBF. aisa dc
SECTION 50. Foreign Articles Sold to SBF Residents. Foreign articles sold by SBF Enterprises to SBF Residents, or to travelers, tourists, and/or investors under Section 12 (g) of the provided, that such articles are actually exported to a foreign country upon their departure, or are actually consumed within the SBF.
SECTION 51. Limit of Purchase of Foreign Articles. Subject to the higher limits allowed for balikbayans and returning residents, foreign articles purchased within the SBF and brought out of the SBF and entered into the Customs Territory for personal use shall not be subject to customs duties and taxes as ordinary importations; provided, that the value of such articles purchased shall not exceed TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS (U.S. $200.00) per individual; provided, further, that this privilege shall be availed of only once a month.
SECTION 52. Seizure of Foreign Articles. Foreign articles withdrawn, transported, or taken in commercial quantities from the SBF to the Customs Territory without payment of duties and taxes, shall be subject to seizure and forfeiture proceedings pursuant to the pertinent provisions of the Tariff and Customs Code and the National Internal Revenue Code of the Philippines, without prejudice to any criminal and/or administrative actions that may be instituted against the person/persons liable/responsible therefor.
SECTION 53. Transshipment of Articles by Carriers. Carriers who undertake to transship articles from the SBF to a bonded warehouse within the Customs Territory shall be bonded in an amount to be determined by the SBMA which in no case shall be less than FIFTY THOUSAND PESOS (P50,000.00), Philippine currency, conditioned that the carrier shall transport and deliver the articles, without delay, and in accordance with applicable rules and regulations, to the Collector of Customs at the port of destination or export. The provisions of the Tariff and Customs Code, as amended, and its implementing regulations, in respect of transshipment of articles from the ports in the Customs Territory to the SBF shall govern cases of transshipment.
SECTION 54. Articles Exported to Foreign Countries and Re-Exported into Customs Territory. Articles which are manufactured in the SBF and exported therefrom to a foreign country shall, upon subsequent importation into the Customs Territory, be subject to the import laws applicable to like articles manufactured in a foreign country.
SECTION 55. Responsibility for Foreign Articles; Presumption on Missing Articles.
a. SBF Enterprises shall be responsible for the safekeeping and accounting of all articles received by them in the SBF, and shall be relieved from responsibility for the articles upon removal under proper permit from the SBF, transfer to another SBF Enterprise or Resident, destruction in the SBF, or abandonment to the SBMA in the SBF.
b. Articles which are missing or cannot be accounted for in the SBF shall be presumed to have been transferred to the Customs Territory without permit. Articles which are found in the SBF but cannot be accounted for in the records of an SBF Enterprise shall be treated as having been received in the SBF without permit.
SECTION 56. Customs Manual of Operations. The SBMA may issue or promulgate Customs or any other operations manual(s), compliance of the provisions of which shall be the responsibility of SBF Enterprises and Residents.
C. Taxes and Fiscal Obligations
SECTION 57. Obligations and Liabilities.
a. Pursuant to Section 12 (c) of the
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b. "Gross Income Earned" for purposes of these Rules refers to gross sales or gross revenues derived from any business activity, net of returns, discounts and allowances, less costs of sales, cost of production or direct costs of services (depending on the nature of business) but before any deduction for administrative expenses and incidental losses during a given taxable period.
In arriving at the base for which the five (5%) percent final tax stated in the preceding section shall be applied, the following deductions shall be allowable/unallowable:
1. For Manufacturing, Trading and Infrastructure Development Enterprises: cd i
Direct salaries, wages or labor expense
Production supervision salaries
Supplies and fuels used in production
Depreciation, lease payments or other expenditures on buildings and equipment
Financing charges associated with fixed assets
Rent and utility charges associated with buildings and equipment, warehousing or handling of goods
Corporate management salaries
Marketing and sales salaries
Interest & financial charges on working capital
Loss on foreign exchange translation
Loss on disposal of assets
Miscellaneous supplies and expenses
2. For Services Enterprises
Direct salaries, wages or labor expense
Services supervision salaries
Raw materials, goods in process or finished goods used or re-sold
Supplies and fuels used in rendering services
Depreciation, lease payments or other expenditures on buildings and equipment
Financing charges associated with fixed assets
Rent and utility charges associated with buildings and equipment
Corporate management salaries
Marketing and sales salaries
Interest & financial charges on working capital
Loss on foreign exchange translation
Loss on disposal of assets
Miscellaneous supplies and expenses
3. For Financial Enterprises
Materials & supplies used
Equipment lease payments
Rent & utilities
Cost of securities
Marketing and sales salaries
Equipment lease payments
Interest & financial charges
Loss/gain on foreign exchange translation
Corporate management salaries
Loss/gain on disposal of assets
Miscellaneous supplies and expenses
Provided, that, the SBMA may further review, revise, amend, supplement or otherwise alter the foregoing schedule of allowable and unallowable deductions after consultation with the SBF Enterprises that may be affected thereby.
SECTION 58. Returns and Payment of Tax.
a. Requirements. All SBF Enterprises subject to the 5% tax on gross income earned prescribed in Section 12 (c) of the
b. Place of Filing. The quarterly return and the final or adjustment return required in the preceding paragraph shall be filed with the Revenue District Officer or the collection agent/accredited bank in the City of Olongapo, with a copy thereof to be furnished to the SBMA.
c. Payment of the Tax.
(1) The amount representing the five (5%) percent final tax of the gross income earned by the SBF Enterprise directly from the operation of its registered activity shall be paid at the same time the return is filed with the Revenue District Officer or the collecting agent/accredited bank in the City of Olongapo; provided, that (i) 1% of the above amount shall be allocated to the representative local government units affected by the declaration of the SBF in accordance with the formula set forth in Section 57 (a) of these Rules, and (ii) the other 1%, which is intended for the Special Development fund, shall be kept in trust. cd
(2) Time for Filing the Returns/Payment of the Tax. The provisions of Sections 63 and 69 of the National Internal Revenue Code, as amended, and existing regulations regarding the time for filing quarterly and final or adjustment returns and payments of the tax imposed herein, as well as the requirement of withholding and remittances of the tax under Section 43 (c), Chapter V of these Rules shall apply to all SBF Enterprises.
SECTION 59. Bookkeeping and Reportorial Requirements. All SBF Enterprises shall keep regular and accurate records of their transactions, and maintain books of accounts and allied documents in accordance with the bookkeeping rules and regulations prescribed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue and/or the SBMA, which shall be open to inspection and verification by authorized officers of the SBMA or of the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs, upon prior notification and coordination with the SBMA. For this purpose, the SBMA at its instance, or jointly with the Bureau of Internal Revenue and/or the Bureau of Customs, is authorized to conduct at any time during office hours any audit, check, or inventory count for the verification and reconciliation of the records with the inventory of articles in the SBF.
For the effective implementation of the
SECTION 60. Search, Arrest, and Seizure by Customs Officials.
a. Persons, baggage, vehicles, and cargo entering or leaving the SBF are subject to search by Customs officials as a condition to enter or leave the SBF. Customs officials are authorized to examine any merchandise held by SBF Enterprises during regular business hours.
b. Customs officers may seize any article found during a Customs search upon entering or leaving the SBF to be in violation of any provision of the customs laws for which a seizure is authorized, and such seizure shall be disposed of according to the customs laws. Articles which are prohibited or excluded from the SBF under the rules and regulations of the SBMA which are found by Customs officials during an audit, examination or check within the SBF may be seized by them and turned over to the SBMA for disposition.
c. The SBMA may secure the assistance of and/or coordinate with Customs officers to arrest persons in the SBF for violations of the customs laws for which arrest is authorized concerning articles in the Customs Territory destined to the SBF or articles which have been removed from the SBF to the Customs Territory.
SECTION 61. Tax Credits for Foreign Corporations. The taxes paid herein by foreign corporations that are registered as SBF Enterprises shall be considered as income taxes for purposes of application for tax credits by said foreign corporations in their respective countries.
Subic Bay Freeport Immigration Regulations
SECTION 62. General Provisions. Except as provided in the
SECTION 63. Responsibility and Authority. All laws of the Philippines, including the
SECTION 64. Right to Allow No-Visa Entry to Certain Foreign Nationals. Notwithstanding the immediately preceding provisions, the SBMA may allow the entry of foreign nationals, particularly Hong Kong Chinese with British Passports or Certificates of Identity and Taiwanese nationals with Republic of China Passports, with the exception of foreign nationals barred from entering the Philippines, into the SBF without visas for a maximum period of fourteen (14) days, unless extended by the National Government; provided, that such entry will be limited to tourism and business purposes only; provided, further, that should the foreign national desire to extend his/her visit or to enter the Customs Territory, he/she must secure the necessary authorization or visa from the Bureau of Immigration or the Department of Foreign Affairs, as the case may be.
SECTION 65. Application Outside Subic Bay Freeport. The issuance of visas to, and control of the arrival or departure of, persons who seek to work and reside in the SBF under the
a. Persons arriving in the Philippines from a foreign country destined for the SBF;
b. Persons arriving in the Customs Territory from the SBF destined to foreign countries;
c. Persons in the Customs Territory and whose work or residency visas were conferred by the SBMA under the authority of the
d. Persons outside the Philippines who are seeking work or residency visas in the SBF; and
e. Spouses and minor children of the foregoing.
SECTION 66. Temporary Work and Residency Visas. The SBMA is authorized to issue temporary work and residency visas to foreign nationals under the conditions and provisions of these Rules. Upon application by an SBF Enterprise, the SBMA may issue work visas which are valid for and renewable every two (2) years to foreign nationals who possess executive or highly-technical skills which no Filipino citizen within the SBF possesses, as certified by the Department of Labor and Employment. The SBF Enterprise shall apply to the SBMA for renewal not less than thirty (30) days before the scheduled expiration date of the work visas, and shall inform the SBMA whenever any foreign national's employment is terminated by reason of contract expiration or termination, firing, redundancy, or other removal. The temporary work visas will be automatically terminated upon: acd
a. Non-renewal of the visa, whether by reason of failure of the SBF Enterprise to apply for renewal or determination made by the SBMA;
b. Expiration of the contract under which the foreign national is working;
c. Discharge or other termination of the foreign national by the SBF Enterprise;
d. Dissolution of the employing firm or revocation of its SBF registration;
e. Acceptance of work for compensation outside the SBF without the approval of the SBMA;
f. Death of the foreign national;
g. Conviction, by a competent court, of any offense defined by the Revised Penal Code or special or other laws;
h. Commission of acts inimical to national security, public interest, health, welfare and morals; or
i. Determination by the SBMA of any other reason or circumstance by which the work of the foreign national is no longer needed in the SBF.
SECTION 67. Revocation of Temporary Work Visa. The SBMA may, after appropriate hearing, revoke a temporary work visa for any violation by the foreign national or his or her dependent(s) of (i) any Philippine law or regulation, including the
SECTION 68. Temporary Residency Visas. Temporary residency visas may be issued by the SBMA to any foreign national to whom a work visa has been issued and to his or her spouse and dependent children under 21 years of age. The temporary residency visas of the foreign national, spouse, and children are valid for residence either inside the SBF or the Customs Territory during the period of validity of the work visa. The temporary residency visas shall be deemed terminated upon the termination or revocation of the work visa of the foreign national in accordance with Sections 66 and 67 of these Rules.
SECTION 69. Reportorial Requirements. The names of foreign nationals who are granted temporary work or residency visas, or whose work or residency visas are terminated or revoked, shall be reported by the SBMA to the Bureau of Immigration within thirty (30) days after issuance, termination or revocation.
SECTION 70. Permanent Residency Visas. The SBMA is authorized to issue permanent residency visas to foreign nationals under the conditions and provisions of these Rules.
SECTION 71. Permanent Residency Visas for Investors. The SBMA may issue a permanent residency visa within the SBF to any investor who has made and continues to maintain an investment of not less than TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS (US$250,000.00) within the SBF. This privilege may extend to the investor's spouse and dependent children under 21 years of age. The visa will be provided upon application by the investor with evidence of the investment, made in conformance with the SBF's land use plan, which may be in the form of:
a. Establishment of an SBF Enterprise or other direct investment within the SBF;
b. A cash grant or interest-free loan to the SBMA or to an SBF Enterprise for the purpose of making capital improvements by the recipient in the SBF;
c. A purchase of real estate in the SBF or of an SBF Enterprise for the purpose of renovation, construction, or expansion of buildings, equipment, structures, or appurtenances for capital improvement purposes; or
d. A donation in kind to the SBMA or an SBF Enterprise of equipment or materials for capital improvement purposes.
SECTION 72. Revocation or Termination of Permanent Residency Visa of Investor. The permanent residency visas of the investor, spouse, and children automatically terminates when the investor, his spouse, children or any other individual or entity acting in his behalf, takes the investment out of the SBF through sale or receiving payment, in cash or in kind, for grants, donations, or interest-free loans other than the return of principal. The SBMA may also revoke summarily or after hearing the permanent residency visa of any investor, spouse, or child for the same grounds enumerated in Sections 66 and 67 of these Rules, as may be applicable. casia
SECTION 73. Permanent Residency Visa for Retirees. The SBMA may issue permanent residency visas to any foreign national who is a retired person and his or her spouse and dependent children under 21 years of age for residence in the SBF. A "retired person" is a person (i) over 60 years of age who can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the SBMA that he or she is of good moral character; (ii) has not been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude; (iii) no longer employed or self-employed; and (iv) who receives a pension or passive income that is payable in the SBF and exceeds FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS (US$50,000.00) per annum. "No longer employed or self-employed" means the applicant for the visa has worked for compensation fewer than seven hundred and fifty (750) hours during the year preceding the application for the visa.
SECTION 74. Revocation or Termination of Permanent Residency Visa of Retiree. The permanent residency visa of the retiree automatically terminates upon the taking of residence by the retired person outside the SBF, or the acceptance by the retired person or his or her spouse of work for compensation within the SBF or the Customs Territory without the approval of the SBMA.
The residency visa of the spouse of the retiree automatically terminates upon the death of the person to whom the residency visa was granted, or upon their divorce, unless he or she makes application for and receives a residency visa from the SBMA. The SBMA may summarily or after hearing revoke the residency visa of any retiree, his/her spouse or child for the same grounds enumerated in Sections 66 and 67 of these Rules, as may be applicable.
SECTION 75. Reportorial Requirements. The names of foreign nationals who are granted permanent residency visas, or whose permanent residency visas are terminated or revoked by the SBMA shall be reported by the SBMA to the Bureau of Immigration within thirty (30) days after issuance, termination or revocation. The residency visa is valid only for the SBF and not for the Customs Territory. However, persons with residency visas may enter and leave the SBF without any special authorization of the Bureau of Immigration.
Subic Bay Freeport Quarantine Regulations
SECTION 76. Applicability of Philippine Laws Regarding Animal and Plant Health. The laws of the Philippines concerning animal and plant health and quarantine and the protection of animals and plants from disease and pestilence, shall be applied in the SBF, as well as to persons, baggage, carriers, and merchandise containing possible animal or plant disease-carrying vectors arriving in the SBF directly from foreign countries.
SECTION 77. Applicability of Philippine Laws Regarding Protection from Disease and Pestilence. The laws of the Philippines concerning the public health and the protection of humans from diseases subject to International Health Regulations promulgated by the World Health Organization and dangerous communicable diseases and Pestilence shall be applied in the SBF. Quarantine inspection of persons, baggage, carriers, and merchandise containing possible human disease-carrying vectors arriving in the SBF directly from foreign countries will be conducted in accordance with the International Health Regulations promulgated by the World Health Organization. If the inspection of such vessels or aircraft is undertaken, it will be done before immigration and customs clearance except for those vessels and aircraft issued with radio pratique or controlled free pratique by the Director of Quarantine.
SECTION 78. Persons Responsible for Implementation. The laws of the Philippines concerning human, animal, and plant health and quarantine shall be carried out in the SBF by personnel of Philippine Government agencies responsible for administering those laws and regulations working under the supervision of the SBMA. The SBMA shall establish the rules and procedures necessary to carry out human, animal, plant health and quarantine laws and regulations within the SBF.
Subic Bay Freeport Foreign Exchange and Banking Regime
A. Subic Bay Freeport Rules on Foreign Exchange
SECTION 79. Foreign Exchange Accounts. All SBF Enterprises and Residents shall be free to maintain foreign exchange accounts with any bank or financial institution licensed to hold deposits in foreign exchange.
SECTION 80. Philippine Currency Accounts. All SBF Enterprises and Residents shall be free to maintain accounts in the currency of the Philippines with any bank or financial institution licensed to hold deposits in the currency of the Philippines.
SECTION 81. Purchase of Foreign Exchange. All SBF Enterprises and Residents shall be free to buy and sell foreign exchange outside the banking system. cd
SECTION 82. Foreign Exchange in Business Transactions. All SBF Enterprises and Residents shall be free to engage in business transactions the valuation and/or payments for which may be effected in foreign exchange. Foreign exchange receipts, acquisitions or earnings may be deposited in foreign exchange accounts in the Philippines or abroad, or brought out of the Philippines. Such receipts shall include, but not be limited to:
a. sales of goods;
b. receipts for services rendered;
c. contracting of loans;
d. income or proceeds from investments;
e. transfer of capital to the SBF Enterprise; and
f. any other transaction representing income or an increase in capital or assets to the SBF Enterprise.
SECTION 83. Use of Foreign Exchange. Foreign Exchange may be freely used for any purpose not expressly forbidden by law, including but not limited to the following:
a. purchase of goods;
b. payment for services rendered;
c. repayment of loans;
d. transfer of profits earned by the SBF Enterprise;
e. repatriation of capital resulting from liquidation or sale of assets;
f. any other transaction representing expenses or a decrease in capital or assets to the enterprise.
SECTION 84. Registration of Foreign Exchange. The foreign investments registration process provided for under Central Bank Circular 1353 shall be incorporated into the SBMA regular registration procedures. Transfer to affiliates or shareholders of registered capital, and of profits up to the amount of cumulative profits declared net of remittances in prior years shall be effected fully.
SECTION 85. Philippine Currency Transactions. All SBF Enterprises and Residents shall be free to engage in business transactions the valuation and/or payments for which may be affected in the currency of the Philippines according to regulations in force issued by the Central Bank or other authorities of the National Government.
SECTION 86. Applicability of Central Bank Circular 1353. Unless specifically provided for in subsequent laws, these Rules and other SBMA regulations, the provisions of Central Bank Circular 1353 "Further Liberalizing Foreign Exchange Regulations", shall apply to SBF Enterprises and Residents; provided, however, that for the foreign exchange proceeds of foreign loans, including loans contracted in the Philippines in foreign exchange, conversion into the currency of the Philippines shall not be required, if there is no intention in the future to service such loans by foreign exchange procured from the banking system; provided, further that in the case of foreign investments, the foreign exchange required for capital repatriation and remittance of dividends shall not be sourced from the domestic (Philippine) banking system.
B. Subic Bay Freeport Rules on Banking and Other Financial Institutions
SECTION 87. In General. Any bank or financial institution intending to operate within the SBF must first be licensed by the Central Bank.
SECTION 88. Offshore Banking Units. Any foreign bank registered as an Offshore Banking Unit (OBU) may accept deposits, make loans, and otherwise provide financial services in foreign exchange to SBF Enterprises and Residents, in accordance with Central Bank regulations governing OBU's.
SECTION 89. Foreign Currency Depository Units. Any bank registered as a Foreign Currency Depository Unit (FCDU) may accept deposits, make loans, and otherwise provide financial services in foreign exchange to SBF Enterprises and Residents, in accordance with Central Bank regulations governing FCDU's.
SECTION 90. Banks Licensed in the Philippines. Banks licensed in the Philippines may freely open branches within the SBF. Minimum bids shall not be required, and the number of banks opening branches within the SBF shall not be restricted. Banks applying to open branches shall be registered with the Central Bank provided that the bank has not violated Central Bank conditions governing safe and sound banking practices. Such branches may elect to be registered as SBF Enterprises with the SBMA, and shall be restricted to providing services or affecting transactions with SBF Enterprises and Residents. If such branches do not elect to be registered as SBF Enterprises, they shall not enjoy the rights and privileges under these Rules including the preferential tax treatment accorded SBF Enterprises as set forth in Chapter V of these Rules, and shall not be restricted to transactions with SBF Enterprises or Residents.
SECTION 91. OBU Affiliates. Any foreign bank may apply with the Central Bank to establish (a) an extension office/branch of its existing OBU, if it has an existing OBU licensed to do business in the Philippines, or (b) an OBU within the SBF, if it has no existing OBU license, which shall exclusively engage in services to SBF Enterprises and non-residents of the Philippines.
The Central Bank shall register such branch or SBF OBU's as licensed to operate exclusively in the SBF. Such branch or OBUs shall also be registered as an SBF Enterprise. If the foreign bank applies to operate within the SBF through a local affiliate bank, then such application shall be subject to prevailing laws on nationality of ownership of banking institutions.
SECTION 92. Tax Exemption Privileges of SBF Registered Banks and Affiliates. SBF OBU's, bank branches and affiliates which are registered as SBF Enterprises shall be exempt from any and all taxes otherwise levied on OBU's or banks and banking transactions under the existing laws and regulations, including but not limited to:
a. withholding or other final taxes;
b. remittance taxes;
c. capital taxes;
d. profits taxes;
e. gross receipts taxes;
f. documentary and science tax.
SECTION 93. Tax Liability of SBF Registered Banks and Affiliates. In lieu of all local and national taxes, SBF OBU's and SBF bank affiliates and branches shall pay five (5%) percent final tax of gross income earned annually to the Bureau of Internal Revenue, as provided for in Section 57, and subject to the provisions of these Rules.
SECTION 94. Effect of Existing Central Bank Regulations of SBF Registered OBU's. Existing regulations governing OBU's shall apply to SBF OBU's, except as specifically provided in these Rules and other regulations of the SBMA. SBF OBU's shall pay annual registration or license fees normally required directly to the Central Bank. cdt
SECTION 95. Principles. SBMA recognizes the importance of maintaining a high degree of environmental quality as a precursor to the sustainable economic development of the areas both under and adjacent to its jurisdiction. Specific regulations to protect and conserve environmental quality as may be promulgated by SBMA shall conform to and not contradict those environmental policies and regulations established by the National Government.
Recognizing that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and its predecessor agencies have established environmental quality and emission and effluent standards for air and water quality, the SBMA adopts those standards and incorporates them into the environmental quality standards and regulations to be adopted by the SBMA.
SECTION 96. Administration/Ecology Center. There is hereby created an Ecology Center that shall have responsibility for the protection of the environment and natural resources within the SBF and/or jurisdiction of the SBMA. The Ecology Center shall have responsibility for the implementation of all environmental and natural resources conservation and protection programs adopted or assumed by the SBMA as a natural corporation and as a governmental entity.
The Ecology Center shall undertake the normal functions associated with environmental management, including, but not limited to, enforcement, monitoring, permitting, training and education, and contingency and emergency planning.
The Ecology Center shall seek to privatize services and infrastructure related to environmental management to the extent that it shall deem appropriate. This shall include such environmental services as water supply, wastewater treatment facilities, waste management facilities, waste transportation services, and environmental monitoring services as can be contracted to the private sector.
SECTION 97. Application of Philippine Environmental Laws. All Philippine environmental laws, particularly Presidential Decree Nos. 984, 1151, 1152 and 1586, as well as Republic
SECTION 98. Coverage. The regulations for environmental and natural resources conservation and protection shall be applicable to all areas within the SBF and/or under the jurisdiction of the SBMA. All facilities existing outside the boundaries of the SBF and/or the jurisdiction of the SBMA shall be considered for the purposes of these Rules to be existing facilities. All facilities to be introduced within the confines of the SBF or the jurisdiction of the SBMA shall be considered new facilities for the purposes of these Rules.
The SBMA shall introduce a system of regulations that shall be applicable to all existing and new facilities within its jurisdiction and/or the SBF. This system of regulations shall incorporate existing DENR policies and regulations and shall provide for the permitting of all such facilities by the SBMA.
All facilities within the SBF and/or the jurisdiction of the SBMA shall possess a Permit to Operate issued by the SBMA. Any facility deemed to be covered under these Rules found to be without an appropriate permit shall be subject to immediate closure. cdtai
SECTION 99. Permits and Clearances. The SBMA shall be the entity responsible for the issuance of all permits and clearances related to environmental protection and conservation within the SBF, such permits and clearances to include, but not limited to Environmental Compliance Certificates, Authorities to Construct, Permits to Operate, and Water Use Permits. The SBMA may, at its discretion, amend the requirements associated with such permits at any time and may introduce such other permits or clearances that it deems necessary to protect and conserve the environment.
Environmental Compliance Certificates. Unless otherwise exempted from doing so by the SBMA, no business enterprise shall be registered as an SBF Enterprise and allowed to do business or undertake any activity within the SBF unless it secures an Environmental Compliance Certificate from the SBMA. No SBF Enterprise shall be allowed to engage in any building and/or construction activity unless it similarly secures an Environmental Compliance Certificate. All business enterprises seeking registration as SBF Enterprises under these Rules shall submit an Environmental Report to the SBMA. Such Environmental Reports shall detail and describe the proposed undertaking, the short and long term environmental consequences of their business, establishment, construction project, or other activity; measures proposed to mitigate adverse environmental impacts; and, unavoidable adverse impacts. Decisions by the SBMA on the issuance of the Environmental Compliance Certificate for the proposed undertaking shall be based on the Environmental Report submitted for its consideration.
All public agencies or corporations seeking to build or construct any structure or infrastructure for business or public purposes shall secure an Environmental Compliance Certificate prior to undertaking such activity.
Authority to Construct. Following the issuance of the Environmental Compliance Certificate, any proponent intending to engage in the construction of any structure or infrastructure shall secure an Authority to Construct. Such Authority shall be based on the building and/or construction plans mentioned elsewhere is these Rules.
Permit to Operate. SBF Enterprises shall obtain Permits to Operate prior to the initiation of any operation of any activity subject to the requirement to obtain an Environmental Compliance Certificate and the determination that such activity may result in discharges to the environment. The Permit to Operate shall establish the monitoring and reporting requirements applicable to the SBF Enterprises and shall be renewed on an annual basis. Such SBF Enterprises shall designate a Pollution Control Officer who shall serve as the person responsible for ensuring compliance with monitoring and reporting requirements and for the environmental integrity of the enterprise and compliance with these Rules and such other regulations promulgated or to be promulgated by the SBMA, including but not limited to, effluent discharge and emission standards, waste management, and emergency and contingency plans.
SECTION 100. Natural Resource Protection Areas. The SBMA shall, in cooperation with the DENR, cause to be protected the forested area defined by DENR and shall manage that area in accordance with practices acceptable to DENR. This shall include the provision of forest guards, as defined by DENR, to ensure that the natural resources of the area are provided sufficient protection to insure their longevity.
The Natural Resource Protection Area agreed upon between SBMA and DENR shall include such area as necessary to provide for the protection of the watershed upon which SBMA is dependent for its water supply. This area shall include both virgin and residual forests as agreed upon with DENR.
SECTION 101. Air Quality. The SBMA shall not permit air quality to deteriorate within its jurisdiction and/or the SBF as a result of industrial development. To determine the existing air quality of the region, the SBMA shall implement a regional air quality monitoring program within its jurisdiction. All stationary sources of air pollution within the SBF and/or the jurisdiction of SBMA shall be subject to regulation and shall be required to obtain a Permit to Operate as a condition of their occupancy in the SBF and/or the regulatory area of SBMA. All sources of air pollution must comply with the relevant regulations and standards applicable to air emission sources. As a condition of the Permit to Operate, owners/operator of stationary air pollution sources shall be required to conduct monitoring of the emissions from those sources and report the results of that monitoring to the SBMA. The frequency of monitoring and reporting shall be established by the SBMA in the Permit to Operate but shall be not less than annually.
Air quality in the SBF or the jurisdiction of the SBMA shall be maintained so as to achieve the national ambient air quality standards. These standards are those deemed necessary to protect public health and welfare and to reduce potential damage to property. To achieve these standards, the SBMA shall formulate an air quality management strategy for limiting emissions from both mobile and stationary sources. The following standards may not be exceeded more than once per year.
SECTION 102. Water Quality. The SBMA shall not permit water quality to deteriorate within its jurisdiction and/or the SBF as a result of industrial development. To determine the existing water quality of the region, the SBMA shall implement a regional water quality monitoring program within its jurisdiction. All sources of water pollution within the SBF and/or the jurisdiction of the SBMA shall be subject to regulation and shall be required to obtain a Permit to Operate as a condition of their occupancy in the regulatory area of the SBMA. All sources of water pollution must comply with the relevant regulations and standards applicable to water effluent sources.
Water quality in the SBF and/or the jurisdiction of the SBMA shall be maintained so as to meet national standards applicable for the highest and best use of the waterbody as established and determined by the SBMA in coordination with the DENR. In general, this is intended to promote and maintain water quality that is suitable for contact water recreation. All surface waterbodies, including marine and fresh waters, shall be included in this provision.
To protect the waters within the SBF and/or the jurisdiction of the SBMA, the SBMA shall not allow the direct discharge of any wastewater, either industrial or domestic, that does not meet the effluent discharge standards as established by the DENR and adopted by the SBMA. In the case of discharge to wastewater treatment facilities by either industrial or domestic dischargers, the acceptable standard for acceptance of those wastewaters shall be determined by the owner/operator of those facilities. Discharges of effluent from wastewater treatment facilities shall meet the applicable discharge standards; compliance with such standards shall be the responsibility of the owner/operator of the facility.
All discharges of wastewater shall, as a condition of the Permit to Operate, conduct monitoring of the effluent subject to discharge and of the water quality of the receiving water and shall report the results of that monitoring to the SBMA. The frequency of the monitoring and reporting shall be established by the SBMA in the Permit to Operate but shall in no case be less than annually.
SECTION 103. Waste Management. All solid and toxic and hazardous wastes shall be managed in the manner deemed appropriate by the SBMA. The SBMA shall define solid and hazardous and toxic wastes in a manner consistent with the definitions developed by the DENR under
Solid Waste. All SBF Enterprises shall dispose of solid wastes in a manner approved by the SBMA. Such approval shall include the use of approved waste transporters and approved disposal facilities.
Waste Generators. Any SBF Enterprise deemed by the SBMA to be a waste generator shall be required to report the type, quantity and disposition of such wastes every quarter. Every firm deemed to be a generator of hazardous and toxic wastes shall develop a plan for the proper management of those wastes and also develop an emergency and contingency plan for accidental releases of those wastes to the environment. Waste generators shall maintain a manifest inventory of the wastes generated and the disposition of such wastes.
Waste Management. Any firm(s) intending to engage in waste transport within the SBF shall obtain approval by the SBMA to engage in such activity. Such approval shall be predicated upon the demonstration of the firm(s) capability and competence to engage in such activity in a safe manner. Waste transporters shall maintain a manifest of the waste materials handled and/or transported by them and present such manifest upon the demand of the SBMA. No waste transporter shall dispose of, or deliver, wastes in any manner not approved or authorized by the SBMA to accept such materials.
Waste Management Facilities. All waste management facilities shall be subject to the approval and authorization of the SBMA prior to commencing operations. Such facilities shall be open to inspection by the SBMA at any time and shall maintain sufficient record as to allow the SBMA to determine the competence of their operation. No waste management facility may accept any waste delivered to them by a transporter not approved or authorized by the SBMA to engage in such activity. Waste management facilities shall include, but not be limited to, landfills, incinerators, physico-chemical treatment facilities, and other facilities processing, recovering, or disposing of wastes. Enterprises engaged in the operation of waste management facilities on their premises shall be included in these Rules and other regulations promulgated and adopted, or to be promulgated and adopted, by the SBMA to regulate such facilities.
Toxic and Hazardous Waste Management. All toxic and hazardous wastes used by any and all persons, businesses or other entities within the SBF and/or the jurisdiction of the SBMA shall comply with the provisions of cdtai
SECTION 104. Water Resources Planning. The SBMA shall issue policies and objectives relative on water resources that will seek to ensure the sources of water supply with the SBF and/or the jurisdiction of the SBMA shall be protected and conserved, including marine waters, surface waters, and groundwater. While such policies and objectives shall be consistent with those established by the National Government, the policies and objectives shall recognize the developmental goals and objectives established for the SBF and/or jurisdiction of the SBMA, and be consonant with the availability of water resources. As such, the SBMA shall formulate a groundwater protection program to ensure the continued viability of groundwater resources. The SBMA shall also require new water resource developments to obtain a Water Use Permit prior to the development of any groundwater well or surface water abstraction. Such permit shall be reviewed and approved by the SBMA. Applicants for a Water Use Permit shall provide such information as the SBMA deems necessary to evaluate the development proposal. Water Use Permits issued by the SBMA shall specify the allowable rate and quantity of water withdrawal. Permittees shall report to the SBMA the water consumption and quality on a quarterly basis.
SECTION 105. Conservation Areas. Recognizing that a healthy environment is essential to the attainment of the development goals of the SBMA jurisdiction and that there are competing uses of the environment, the SBMA shall designate such areas that it deems appropriate as Conservation Areas. These Areas may include those areas necessary for the protection of water supplies (such as groundwater aquifer recharge zones), or areas important to the protection and preservation of biodiversity (such as marine conservation and sanctuary areas and natural forest areas), or development that will be allowed in those areas, including the designation of areas as excluded from development. Those areas designated as Conservation Areas shall be included in any land use plant or zoning ordinance adopted by the SBMA.
SECTION 106. Emergency and Contingency Planning. All entities operating within the SBF and/or the jurisdiction of the SBMA having potential to discharge oil, petroleum products, or other deleterious substances (including the aquatic, marine or land environments) and detailing the measures to be employed in the event that such discharges occur. This plan shall be submitted to the SBMA and shall include the procedures to be followed during the handling of such materials and those to be followed in the event of their discharge. Such plans are to be prepared in conformance with the requirements of the Philippine Coast Guard and with the standards of practice of the industry.
SECTION 107. Power of Eminent Domain. The SBMA may exercise its power of eminent domain over any privately-owned property located within the SBF subject to the requirements of the Constitution and existing law.
SECTION 108. Effect of Expropriation on Lease Agreements. Any cancellation or early termination of a lease agreement between the SBMA and a lessee as a result of expropriation shall be governed by the terms of that lease agreement.
SECTION 109. Function of SBMA Security Force. SBMA security force agents shall police and maintain law and order within the boundaries of the SBF. Access into and departure from the SBF shall be fully controlled by SBMA security agents.
SECTION 110. Responsibility for Security of SBF; License to Carry Firearms. The security of the SBF and the maintenance of peace and order therein shall be the responsibility of the SBMA. SBF Facilities Operators and/or Enterprises shall provide and be responsible for the security of their respective facilities and extend support and cooperation to the SBMA security force/agents in the performance of the latter's duties.
These security forces may be licensed to carry firearms within the premises of the particular enterprise, subject to approval from SBMA and compliance with these Rules.
SECTION 111. Request for Assistance. The SBF Facilities Operator or Enterprise may, as necessary, request assistance from SBMA security forces/agents to enforce security for their facilities. Such security agents shall cd i
SECTION 112. Search and Inspection of Persons and Vehicles. All persons and vehicles entering in and exiting from the SBF shall be subject to search and inspection. They shall be required to register and/or secure appropriate SBF passes/clearances or permits from the SBMA. Their movements inside the SBF shall be governed by the security rules of the SBMA. No inspection or control initiated by other governmental agencies shall take place within an SBF Enterprise without prior coordination with the SBMA. Lawful warrants should first be presented to the administrative office of the SBF prior to entering the SBF and actual service of the warrant.
C. Labor Relations
SECTION 113. Objectives and Policy. One of the principal objectives of the SBMA is to create jobs through vibrant economic activity in order to address the needs of displaced former base workers, the people of the cities and municipalities surrounding the former Subic Naval Base, as well as the victims of the Mt. Pinatubo disaster.
The SBMA adopts a policy of industrial peace, harmony and productivity within the SBF giving due consideration to the new concept of the freeport in order to establish a business and commercial atmosphere which encourages investments and simultaneously promotes and enhances the lives and dignity of all workers.
SECTION 114. Applicability of Labor Laws. Unless otherwise provided by law, all Philippine labor and social security laws shall apply within the SBF. Pursuant to the above-stated policy, all laws on strikes and lock-outs will be strictly enforced.
SECTION 115. Labor Center. A Labor Center shall be established within the SBMA. This Center shall be responsible for studying and amicably settling professional and labor relations and disputes, interpretation of employment contracts, and monitoring work, hygiene and safety standards within the SBF. The Labor Center shall comprise a Labor Office; an Industrial Health and Safety Office; and an Inspection and Disputes Office.
SECTION 116. Requirements for All Persons Seeking Employment Within the SBF. All persons seeking employment within the SBF must first register and secure clearance from the SBMA, through the Labor Office of the Labor Center. For this purpose, the applicant must provide the SBMA information on his/her educational/vocational background and/or work experience and skills, as well as other information as may be required by the SBMA. The applicant must likewise be generally aware of the policy objectives of the SBF as provided under the
SECTION 117. Labor Disputes. Subject to existing labor laws or as may be specified in employment contracts or collective bargaining agreements, all labor disputes must be brought before the Inspection and Disputes Office of the Labor Center which will attempt to amicably settle the case. In case the SBMA cannot settle the dispute amicably, it will certify the dispute for mediation or arbitration before the proper office of the Department of Labor and Employment or the Secretary of Labor and Employment for compulsory arbitration or assumption of jurisdiction.
SECTION 118. Labor Skills Inventory; Identification Card. The Labor Office shall maintain a Labor Skills Inventory for the SBF which shall contain a list of employees already working in the SBF, former U.S. Base workers and residents of adjoining cities and municipalities surrounding the former U.S. Bases, and other employees based on their skills and experience, including those who were forced to go abroad due to the closure of the U.S. Bases.
All employees working in the SBF must secure identification cards from the SBMA pursuant to Section 24 hereof which will contain, among others, the specific skill(s), trade or occupation of the employee concerned.
SECTION 119. Employment of Foreign Nationals. SBF Enterprises desiring to employ foreign nationals must secure the prior approval of the SBMA who shall see to the enforcement of relevant Philippine laws and regulations.
SECTION 120. Training Program for Understudies. An SBF Enterprise employing foreign supervisory, technical and/or advisory personnel shall provide a training program for Filipinos to be conducted by said foreign nationals each in his own specialized field; provided, that every foreign national shall have at least one (1) Filipino understudy, and such training shall be done regularly during office hours; provided, further, that the SBF Enterprise shall submit its training program within thirty (30) calendar days from arrival of the foreign national or from the day he reports for duty or from the date of registration in case the foreign national was employed before registration; and, provided, finally, that it shall submit an annual progress report to the SBMA on such training program within the month of June of every year containing the following data: cd
a. Name of the foreign national and his field of specialization as prescribed in the program;
b. Name and addresses of the Filipino understudies under him/her;
c. Number of hours of actual training for each understudy and specific subject(s) covered; and
d. Reasons why the Filipino understudies cannot yet take over the work of the foreign national, if such be the case.
SECTION 121. Duration of Period of Employment. Every foreign national employed by authority of the SBMA shall be granted a period of not exceeding five (5) years and extendible from year to year depending upon the needs of the SBF Enterprise; provided, that no extension to stay herein shall be recommended by the SBMA to the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation unless the training program required has been complied with satisfactorily; provided, further, that the request for extension shall be filed with the SBMA at least thirty (30) days before the expiry date of the authorized stay.
SECTION 122. Spouses and Dependents of Foreign Nationals. The spouses and unmarried children under twenty-one (21) years of age of the foreign national employed under the preceding sections shall be permitted to enter as dependents of the foreign national employee and reside in the SBF during the period of employment of such foreign national in the SBF Enterprise.
SECTION 123. Registration with the SBMA. Every foreign national employed under the preceding sections shall register with the SBMA which shall issue to them Certificates of Residency in accordance with the pertinent provisions of these Rules.
SECTION 124. Apprenticeship Program. The SBMA shall establish an apprenticeship program similar to the apprenticeship program instituted and implemented by the former U.S. facilities.
SECTION 125. Quarterly Reports. The Labor Office of the SBMA shall publish quarterly reports on the labor situation in the SBF.
D. Sanitation, Garbage and Sewage
SECTION 126. In General. The SBMA shall, in coordination with the local government units that have concurred to be part of the SBF, provide for a system of sanitation, garbage collection and disposal and sewage.
SECTION 127. Fees. The SBMA may impose and collect reasonable fees from SBF Enterprise and Residents for the implementation of a sanitation system, the collection and disposal of garbage and/or the installation and maintenance of a sewage system.
SECTION 128. Fines and Penalties. The SBMA may impose administrative fines and penalties against any SBF Enterprise or Resident for any violation of sanitation, garbage or sewage rules and regulations that the SBMA may enact or promulgate.
E. Educational and Medical Institutions
SECTION 129. Establishment of Private Institutions. The SBMA may authorize the establishment of private educational and medical institutions. These private educational and medical institutions may, if they so desire, apply to the SBF Enterprises, in which case, the pertinent provisions of these Rules shall apply.
SECTION 130. Applicability of National Laws. The SBMA shall adopt and implement rules and regulations to govern educational and medical institutions to be established within the SBF. Pending the issuance of such rules and regulations, all laws on educational and medical institutions, as well as the rules and regulations of the Department of Education, Sports and Culture and the Department of Health and other government agencies concerning educational and medical institutions are hereby adopted.
F. Building and Construction
SECTION 131. Building and Construction Plans. All private and public business enterprises or agencies desiring to build and/or construct any building, house, warehouse, silo, private road or bridge and other similar structures and infrastructures must submit their building and/or construction plans for approval by the SBMA. These plans may be included and made a part of the Environmental Report mentioned in Section 99 of these Rules. casia
SECTION 132. Need to Secure Environmental Compliance Certificate. No building and/or construction project can be commenced unless the SBF Enterprise concerned secures an Environmental Compliance Certificate from the SBMA as provided for in Section 99 of these Rules.
SECTION 133. Applicability of National Laws. The SBMA shall adopt and implement rules and regulations to govern building and/or construction of all structures and infrastructures. Pending the issuance of such rules and regulations, all laws on building and construction, as well as the rules and regulations of the Department of Public Works and Highways and other government agencies concerning building and construction are hereby adopted.
G. Subic Bay Freeport Headquarters Companies
SECTION 134. Registration of Non-Resident Headquarters. Companies qualifying as non-resident headquarters companies may be domiciled in the SBF and registered with the SBMA. Such headquarters companies must meet the requirements of the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
SECTION 135. Tax Privileges of Non-Resident Headquarters. Non-resident headquarters companies domiciled in the SBF shall continue to be governed by provisions of the headquarters companies' laws which extend a complete exemption on income tax for qualifying companies.
SECTION 136. Obligations of Non-Resident Headquarters. Non-resident headquarters companies domiciled within the SBF must meet all requirements and obligations for such companies as established in law, decrees, and other applicable rules and regulations.
H. Subic Bay Freeport Financial and Commodities Markets
SECTION 137. Who are Eligible to Organize. Organized markets, exchanges, clearing houses and other arrangements for effecting transactions in standardized financial instruments may be organized by SBF Enterprises, SBF OBU's, bank branches or their affiliates. Such markets may include transactions in securities, bonds, debt instruments, foreign currencies, commodities, precious metals, futures contract, or any other financial instruments as may be freely traded among parties.
SECTION 138. Mode of Organization. Such financial markets shall be organized according to principles and procedures established and agreed to by the member firms of each market or exchange, and registered with the SBMA.
I. Disputes and Litigation
SECTION 139. Amicable Settlement. In case of disputes between or among SBF Enterprises, the parties shall promptly meet and exert best efforts towards amicable settlement of the dispute in good faith. The SBMA may conciliate or mediate the disputes upon request of the parties.
SECTION 140. Arbitration or Litigation. Any dispute which is not amicably settled may be resolved by arbitration or judicial action before the competent courts in the Philippines having jurisdiction over such dispute.
J. Development Fund
SECTION 141. Establishment. There is hereby established a SBF Development Fund to be administered and managed by the SBMA, which will consist of one (1%) percent of the five (5%) percent final tax on gross income earned to be utilized for the development of the municipalities outside the City of Olongapo and the Municipality of Subic, and other municipalities contiguous to the base areas.
SECTION 142. Operating Procedures. The SBMA shall publish operating procedures for the administration and management of the SBF Development Fund which will specify, but not be limited to, the following:
a. The appropriate uses of the fund;
b. The procedures for allocating or accessing fund resources;
c. The manner of determining which municipalities are eligible to avail of the fund; and
d. Reporting requirements for fund activities. cdt
SECTION 143. Transfer of Funds. The Revenue District Officer or the accredited agent/collecting bank in the City of Olongapo shall transfer funds representing one (1%) percent of the five (5%) percent final tax on gross income earned, as herein defined, of all SBF Enterprises to the SBF Development Fund. Such transfers shall be made in accordance with standard procedures for internal revenue allotments to local government units.
K. Miscellaneous and Transitory Provisions
SECTION 144. Bankruptcy or Liquidation. The bankruptcy or liquidation of BSF Enterprises shall be carried out in accordance with the laws and regulations relating to liquidation in force in the Philippines.
SECTION 145. Lien on Property of SBF Enterprise. Any unpaid sums of money owed by an SBF Enterprise to the SBMA, or any unpaid duties, taxes, penalties or charges owed to the Bureau of Internal Revenue, or the Bureau of Customs shall constitute a lien against the property of the SBF Enterprises concerned.
SECTION 146. Liability for Damages. SBF Enterprises or Residents shall be liable for damages arising from violations of the
SECTION 147. General Authority to Dispose of Abandoned, Foreclosed, Forfeited or Unclaimed Articles. The SBMA has the authority, consistent with the Constitution and existing laws, to sell, destroy, or convert to its own use articles and merchandise that have been abandoned, left unclaimed, foreclosed, or forfeited to the SBMA in the SBF, and to establish procedures for sale, destruction, or conversion.
SECTION 148. Effect of Board Action on Vested Rights. In no case shall any Board action impair the obligation of contracts or vested rights that may have arisen by virtue of the contractual obligations of SBF Enterprises.
SECTION 149. Issuance of Memoranda and Circulars. The SBMA shall, from time to time, issue memoranda and circulars to amend, alter, modify, supplement, amplify or implement the provisions of these Rules, including but not limited to the imposition of administrative penalties or fines.
SECTION 150. Rules of Procedure for Investigations. The SBMA shall promulgate rules of procedure governing the conduct of investigations and hearings involving violations of the provisions of the
L. Amendments, Separability and Effectivity
SECTION 151. Power to Amend Rules. The SBMA may amend, alter, supplement, suspend, modify or revoke these Rules or any portion thereof as may be necessary; provided, however, that SBF Enterprises directly affected thereby shall have been properly notified and given the opportunity to present their views in a public hearing called for the purpose.
SECTION 152. Separability Clause. If any clause, sentence, provision or section of these Rules, including any appendices thereto, shall be held invalid or unconstitutional, the remaining parts thereof shall not be affected thereby. cd i
SECTION 153. Effectivity Clause. These Rules shall take effect immediately upon its publication in a newspaper of general circulation.
APPROVED by the Board of Directors of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority at its Board Meeting, on 3 November, 1992.
Published in The Philippine Star on May 28, 1995.