A warm welcome or, “Mabuhay” as we say, to the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (DCCP). We were established in 2018 as a Chamber and were active as a Business Council before that. Our vision is “to be the gateway to the Philippines and to serve as a platform for the Philippines-Netherlands business community with the goal of facilitating easy access for our members”.
According to the World Bank, the Philippines is one of the most dynamic economies in the East Asia Pacific region. With increasing urbanization, a growing middle class, and a large and young population, the Philippines’ economic dynamism is rooted in strong consumer demand supported by a vibrant labor market and robust remittances. Business activities are buoyant with notable performance in the services sector including the business process outsourcing, real estate, and finance and insurance industries. Sound economic fundamentals and a globally recognized competitive workforce reinforce the growth momentum.
Having sustained average annual growth of 6.4% between 2010-2019, the Philippines has outperformed most of the countries in the region despite the Covid pandemic causing a contraction in 2020.
According to DCCP-member Oxford Business Report, the economy is expected to rebound as the fastest growing in ASEAN next year as pent-up demand is unleashed. This will bring along many opportunities and a fertile ground for new businesses and ideas. The Philippines is also a steady riser on the World’s Bank ease of doing business index (2020: 94th up from 124th out of 190 countries) but despite this positive trend, establishing and running a business in the Philippines is not without its challenges and a good orientation is a must.
With this we can help you on your way through our Philippines-doing business section which provides you with useful resource materials to orientate yourself. We also work closely together with the Dutch Embassy in the Philippines and trusted third parties in providing services to companies and individual investors. A total overview of our services you can find in our About Us-Services section. In Holland we work together with NL.in.business and RVO in Brussels with the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) which provide good platforms for investing abroad. In Asia, DCCP is a member of the Asian Dutch Chamber Network (ADCN) which provides DCCP members access to events organized by other ADCN Chambers.
If you are a local investor interested in investing in the Netherlands please check our Netherlands-doing business section where you find access to government agencies and other sources.
THE DUTCH CHAMBER DURING THE PANDEMIC
No need to say that many of our members have been hard hit by the effects of the pandemic and the work of the chamber shifted focus to keeping our members abreast of business and Covid related developments and assisting foreign resident members to return to the country to be able to attend to their business. In collaboration with other chambers we have been able to offer a wide variety of business related webinars and even managed to throw in two social on line events.
We hope that the present challenges will not keep you from pursuing your dreams or ambitions in the Philippines and looking forward to the day we can welcome you as a DCCP member. Whether you are an individual, SME or a large multinational we have different level memberships each with different level benefits to cater for your needs. For more information please feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you well in your endeavours and remember, it’s more fun in the Philippines!