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How to register a business name

Attending business summits and conferences is a big help to those who belong to the quite "techy" (technological or technical) industry. Being a graduate of one, I had less knowledge in the field of entrepreneurship. Enrolling myself in business administration gave me quite the knowledge to be a part of the business world and thus improve my entrepreneurial skills. I now would like to share this information that I got familiar with (and I managed to get a copy of the entire process from the 6th Mindanao ICT Congress): How to Register a Business Name (in the Philippines)


Applicant must secure 2 copies of registration form and pay Php 300.00 (rate may change) for single proprietorship registration processing fee. The registration shall be valid for five (5) years. A surcharge of Php 100.00 is imposed if renewal is filed beyond the three (3) month grace period, counted from the date of expiration of certificate previously issued.

The duly accomplished application form must be filed with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Provincial Office, where the business is located, or the DTI-NCR Office or its satellite offices in case of Metro Manila based businesses.

  1. The applicant must be of legal age(18 years or over)
  2. Two (2) passport size pictures taken not more than one (1) year upon filing of application
  3. If an alien, the applicant must submit the following:
    1. Php 5,000.00 payment for Registration fee
    2. Php 500.00 payment for filing fee
    3. Alien Certificate of Registration (if any)
    4. Accomplished DTI Form No. 16A for single proprietorship or 16B for juridical person. & No. 17 under R.A. No. 7042;
    5. A written appointment of Filipino Resident Agent;
    6. Authority to verify Bank Accounts
    7. Proof of inward remittance of foreign currency (with peso conversion) for non-resident alien and Bank Certificate of Deposit for Resident Alien
    8. Copy of valuation report from Central Bank if investment includes assets other than foreign exchange
    9. Clearance from other involved agencies as Department of Science and Technology, Philippine National Police, etc.
    10. In case of alien retailer, latest permit to engage in retail business per R.A. 1180 without the need to submit the requirements under number 3, except Alien Certificate of Registration
  4. If the applicant has acquired Filipino citizenship by naturalization, election or by any other means provided by law, he must submit proof of Filipino Citizenship
  5. Filipinos whose name are suggestive of alien nationality must submit proof of Filipino Citizenship (e.g. Birth Certificate, Voter's I.D., PRC, I.D.)(


A juridical person already registered with the concerned government agency (i.e. Securities and Exchange Commission - SEC or Cooperative Development Authority - CDA, etc), and using only such registered name may no longer register with DTI under the Business Name Law.

However, if the juridical person chooses to adopt business name in practice of its business other than its corporate/partnership name, the adopted Business Name shall be registered with DTI.

  1. Applicant must secure two (2) copies of registration form and pay Php 500.00 for the registration processing fee.
  2. Accomplished DTI Form No. 16B
  3. If the Corporation or Partnership is fully owned by an alien or the capital of which is more than 40% owned by aliens, the SEC Certificate must specify that it is in accordance with the Foreign Investment Act of 1991
  4. In case there is an increase of capital, submit certificate issued by the SEC
Corporation, partnership, cooperatives using only its registered corporate, partnership, or cooperative names may no longer register under the Business Name Law.

An applicant who maintains a business with branches must register the main business and every branch thereof.



Businesses may reserve their business name online by accessing the Business Name Registration System (BNRS) site through

  1. Register your Business Name by completing the business applicant profile registration
  2. When completing your application for registration online, there are certain items of information that are mandatory. If these items are left blank, you will receive an error message prompting you to complete them. Among these items are:
    1. Tax Identification Number (TIN)
    2. Email Address
    3. Zip Code
  3. In addition, if the business you are registering is a branch, a franchise or was acquired from a previous business, additional items such as exact business name of the franchise, main office and/or certificate number and date of registration of the acquired business are also required.
  4. After you submit this application, a DTI business Name examiner will review it for completeness. Registration is not complete until a signed copy of the Transaction Reference Number (TRN) acknowledgment form is returned to DTI.
  5. The completed application and correct fee can be paid at the DTI office indicated in your Transaction Reference Number (TRN) acknowledgment form.
Source: Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Philippines


Web Design

One of the many factors that would make your website stand out is the Photos. Photos add color and life to your website. There are stock photos readily available for your use. Some are royalty free, and some for a small fee. Just as there are talents behind designing websites, there would also be talents behind these photos. It's good to know that I know someone of this caliber. I would personally recommend her works. She posts some of her works here.

MICT Congress 07

The 6th Mindanao Information and Communications Technology Congress will be held on 23 & 24 October 2007, at NCCC Mall (4th floor). To all players in the industry, let us all support this event, and show that Mindanao can be the IT hub of the Philippines. :D

I'm joining the Mindanao Bloggers Summit

I'm considering joining this event. Interesting!

1st Mindanao Bloggers Summit Sponsors:


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Recent Event

The best things in this world are free

At our company, Trimaran Solutions Inc., we have been doing our best efforts in keeping our applications licensed. This included using Free and Open Source Software. Among these include:

-Firebird database
-.Net Framework

What I am eying now is the use of free Software Development IDEs for Linux (Mono for the use of .net in Linux). It will not be long when the majority of the Philippine IT industry embraces the use of FOSS. "It's just a matter of marketing for non-marketers."

Software Freedom Day

Guys you might be interested in joining this event:

Some prank

I read a post at Th3zone about shutting down a remote computer using the windows management console... but here's an easier and less complicated way:

Shutting down a computer using a UI:
1. Start -> run -> shutdown -i
2. Add the ip address or the hostname of the computer you want to shutdown , restart or log off. (You can also specify the time interval in seconds, and an optional message)
3. Click Ok.

Shutting down a computer at command prompt:
1. Start -> run -> cmd
2. to shutdown a remote computer:
shutdown -s -m \\

*To view the command line options for the shutdown command, type shutdown /?

Personal Website vs. Blogsite

Blogging has become phenomenal these days. A lot of blog sites have been created. Contents in a blog site is similar to the contents of a personal website, but how do we decide which one to choose? Do we create a personal website or do we just create an account in a blog site? Here are some points that may help:

Personal Website:
A number of people create personal websites to put their personal thoughts into. Some place in their personal information. People pay a minimal amount for a domain name and hosting. Although there are some sites that allow individuals to place in their personal pages like Geocities,, and other, many still prefer having their own domain name. Here are some advantages of owning a personal site:
  • Personal Domain Name (e.g. - this adds to your own prestige.
  • Site Customization - you can arbitrarily place html pages as you please.
  • File upload - you can upload files to your site for its readers to download.
  • SEO / Search Engine Optimization - you can modify your site to be more Search Engine friendly, and thus easily located by people who might have peripheral interest on your site.
  • Express yourself

Blog Site
People create or sign up for blog sites to provide commentary or news on a particular subject. There is a lot of similarities with the purpose of creating a personal website and a blog site. Here are some advantages of signing up for a blog site:
  • Free - you don't have to pay any.
  • Site Customization - you can still customize the appearance of your blog site through CSS.
  • Express yourself

The Decision
As we can see, there are many differences to both. Being in both the IT and business industry, I have a few factors to consider before having any of both. Here are some questions that might help:
  • For what purpose are you creating your site?
    • What contents are you going to put? Are those contents just commentaries or will they provide specific information of a particular subject?
  • Do you need many audience for that site?
    • Do you need many people accessing your site? If you create a personal website, do you have a marketing plan to make your site known? Will you be optimizing your site for major search engines?
  • How often will you be updating your site?
    • Are you that enthusiastic in posting contents to your site or will you just leave your site idle for a long time?
  • Will your site provide cash inflow or outflow?
    • Will your website give or take away your financial resources?

What are ERPs and CRMs?

Now for my first formal post, here are terms that business entities may encounter with IT
(just google them up and you'll find tons of info) :

CRM - Customer Relationship Management
ERP - Enterprise Resource Planning

What is a CRM?
A CRM is a system that puts importance to the philosophy of putting
the customer in the center of the business operations. Most of the
time when asked about CRM, "software" comes into mind. This is because
often times a CRM is implemented through the use of software, and it
is better implemented that way.

Aspects of CRM:
1. Operational CRM: automation or support of customer processes that
include a company’s sales or service representatives
2. Collaborative CRM: direct communication with customers that does
not include a company’s sales or service representatives (“self service”)
3. Analytical CRM: analysis of customer data for a broad range of purposes

What is an ERP?
The acronym ERP originally came from the manufacturing environment. It
implies systems designed to make use of enterprise-wide resources
including product planning, parts purchasing, maintaining inventories,
interacting with suppliers, providing customer service, and tracking
orders. In IT, the term ERP is still similar to original definition,
only that it is being implemented in enterprise-wide software
solutions. ERP systems typically attempt to cover all basic functions
of an organization, regardless of the organization's business or
charter. Business, non-profit organizations, non governmental
organizations, governments, and other large entities utilize ERP systems.

The goal of ERP is to deliver a single database that contains all data
for the software modules, which would include:
1. Manufacturing System
2. Supply Chain Management System
3. Financial System
4. Project Management System
5. Human Resources Management System
6. Customer Relationship Management System

"Cruising IT with business"