Archive for May, 2011

Accreditation for Green Buildings: LEED

By Yves De-Luis

There is increasing awareness and support to saving the planet. This makes LEED certification increasingly meaningful. LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system,  providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built, using strategies aimed at improving performance; across energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
To be able to be LEED certified, the building must adhere to a set of specific energy principles and features.  These include:

by: Kathleen Yu

Virtual offices are now gaining in popularity as ideal office space options for start up companies doing business in cities like Makati, Manila and Fort Bonifacio. But what are they, exactly? And what differentiates them from ordinary commercial office space? This article will give you an overview of virtual offices, their advantages and disadvantages, as well as the monthly rental rates for virtual offices in major Metro-Manila locations. Virtual offices, or “executive suites” are advantageous in that they combine off-site communication and address services with the more traditional elements of regular office space.

According to Michael McCullough of Philippines real estate brokerage firm KMC MAG Group, “Virtual offices provide companies with the benefits of a regular office location, minus the employee and rental costs. Many companies setting up business in Metro-Manila are now availing of this option, which enables a business to set up operations outside an office setting, and cut down on other expenses in the process.”

PEZA vs. BOI Registration: Tax Incentives for Philippine BPO Companies

by: Austin Shi

Foreign BPOs, call centers, and IT companies setting up business operations in the Philippines can opt for either PEZA or BOI registration. Registering with PEZA or BOI enables your company to avail of numerous tax incentives and exemptions, including but not limited to easier visa processing for expat employees, tax holidays of up to 4 years and other payment exemptions. In order to become eligible for these benefits, foreign companies must first comply with their respective registration agreements.