Board of Investments releases draft rules for Investment Priorities Plan
THE BOARD of Investments (BoI) has released the draft guidelines for implementing the 2017 Investments Priorities Plan (IPP) which serves as the blueprint for activities entitled to incentives from the government.
The BoI said in a statement that it completed the proposed general policies and specific guidelines to implement the 2017 IPP this year anchored on the government’s 10-point socioeconomic agenda as well as on the AmbisyonNatin 2040, which essentially point to two sets of goals that the government plans to take on to achieve inclusive growth.
President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed the plan on Feb. 28 under Memorandum Order No. 12 which directed all agencies to issue the necessary regulations to ensure the IPP’s implementation in a “synchronized and integrated manner.” The BoI opened the IPP draft for comment from stakeholders until April 21.
Under the draft guidelines the 2017 IPP is a rolling three-year plan to ensure policy continuity and consistency for both domestic and foreign investors.
While the IPP would be valid for three years, according to the BoI, it will be reviewed annually.
The proposed general policies and specific guidelines for implementing the
2017 IPP list the following as preferred activities: • all qualified manufacturing activities
including agri-processing; • agriculture, fishery, and forestry; • strategic services; • telecommunications; • health care services including drug rehabilitation centers; • mass housing; • infrastructure and logistics including
local government unit public-private partnerships; • innovation drivers; • inclusive business models; • environment or climate change-related projects; • energy. Also deemed priorities are:
• export activities including production and manufacture of export products; services exports; and activities in support of exporters;
• activities based on special laws that grant incentives like industrial tree plantations under the Industrial Forest Plantation (IFP) based on DENR Administrative Order No. 1999-53; exploration, mining, quarrying
and processing of minerals under Republic Act (RA) No. 7942 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995; publication or printing of books/ textbooks (RA 8047); refining, storage,
marketing, and distribution of petroleum products (RA 8479); RA 9513 or the Renewable Energy Act of 2008 and RA 9593 or the Tourism Act of 2009, among others.
The final guidelines will be submitted for consideration and approval by the BoI Board of Governors on April 26.
In the IPP 2014-2016 guidelines, the preferred businesses were manufacturing, agribusiness and fishery, services, economic and low-cost housing, hospitals, energy, public infrastructure and logistics, and publicprivate partnership projects.
The draft rules reduce the price ceiling for BoI-registered mass housing units to P2 million from P3 million previously. And — except for in-city low-cost housing for lease — only projects located outside Metro Manila may qualify for investment perks.
“Based on the theme “Scaling Up and Dispersing Opportunities,” this IPP will serve as a blueprint in guiding Filipino and foreign investors in matching their entrepreneurial and financial capacities with the opportunities identified herewith to steer the country’s economic growth to a broader and sustainable path,” the prefatory statement of the draft read.
BoI noted that the 2017 IPP brings forth ‘significant additions and changes,’ following the President’s thrust on zero+10-point Socioeconomic Agenda, the aspirations embodied in AmBisyonNatin 2040, and the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022.