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  1. Does the Philippines have a sanctions regime in place?

No.

  1. Does the Philippines implement UN sanctions?

Yes.

  1. Does the Philippines implement an autonomous sanctions regime?

No, however a regime is being developed.

  1. What is the nature of the sanctions regime in the Philippines?

The sanctions regime in the Philippines is now an ad hoc regime with implementation on a case-by-case basis. The Draft Strategic Trade Management Act (“STMA”) has been under consideration for several years. Under the STMA, traders will register with appropriate regulatory agencies who will publish a control list (military and dual use goods). The Philippines will most likely follow the EU list.

  1. Does the Philippines maintain a list of sanctioned individuals and entities?

Yes. The government maintains a list of individuals on whom a hold entry/departure order has been imposed, as well as a list of known terrorist organisations.

  1. Are there any other lists related to sanctions?

Yes. The Export Trade Facilitation Division of the Export Marketing Bureau (part of the Department of Trade and Industry) maintains the Consolidated List of Prohibited and Regulated Products for Export which is available online.

  1. Does the Philippines have a licensing or authorisation system in place?

There is no comprehensive licensing structure for strategic items (in practice, dual use goods). There are domestic laws regulating the import and export of certain strategic items (i.e. chemicals).  Under the STMA, appropriate regulatory agencies will issue licences according to the control list.

  1. What are the consequences for a breach of sanctions in the Philippines?

Possible penalties are imprisonment, fines and loss of export privileges.

  1. Who are the relevant regulators in the Philippines and what are their contact details?

There is currently no official governing body for strategic trade management (military and dual use goods). A Technical Working Group was established in 2007. There are proposals for a new Strategic Trade Management Authority, with a Strategic Trade Management Board and Strategic Trade Management Office likely to be the implementing authorities for export control.

The Department of Trade and Industry is responsible for the country’s trade matters.

361 Trade and Industry Building,
Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue,
Makati City, 1200, Philippines.

T: (+632) 751 0384.
http://www.dti.gov.ph

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