Here are the steps I’ve taken so far in registering my business to the Philippine government:
*This is for single proprietorship only
1. Get DTI PERMIT – To secure your business name
-Go to the BNRS Web Site and follow the procedures in registering your name online.
-You will receive a reply from DTI-BNRS (Max. of 3 days) telling you to print a form and go to the DTI office nearest to your business establishment.
-Go there along with your Birth Certificate, about 500 PHP (To be sure) and the form they told you to print.
-Wait a few moments and voila! Your DTI Permit shall be presented to you.
2. Get BARANGAY BUSINESS PERMIT – To partly secure your business and location
-Go to the Barangay Hall of the city where your business is located.
-Get a Cedula first, then you must have brought your DTI permit as well as a Homeowner’s Clearance which can be acquired through the homeowner’s association of the place where your business is.
-Submit the necessary requirements and pay the bill (I paid 275 PHP.)
-Wait a few moments and your Barangay Business Permit will be given to you.
That’s it. But take note that there are a few more steps to take if you really want to register your business OFFICIALLY. That includes getting a Mayor’s Permit as well as from BIR, in which they require a hell of a number of certain papers such as sanitary permits, fire, building and fencing, etc. There are lots of forums about it so don’t worry. Google won’t let you down.