The Articles of Incorporation is a document needed to form and register a corporation with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the Philippines. The Articles of Incorporation acts as the charter of the corporation and contains its most basic details (i.e. name, address, purpose).
Once the Articles of Incorporation and the required supporting documents are submitted to the SEC, the SEC will issue the Certificate of Incorporation formally recognizing the corporation as an artificial person created by law (i.e. given legal personality).
Please note that the SEC may require additional supporting documents to register the corporation such as; (a) cover sheet (available here); (b) name verification slip (may be secured online from the SEC or at the SEC’s Name Verification Unit); (c) by-laws; (d) treasurer’s affidavit; and, if necessary (e) endorsement from other government agencies. Please check here for more information regarding these requirements that may apply to your business.