BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO.758
PRESCRIBING GUIDELINES FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A SPECIAL VISA TO NON-IMMIGRANTS FOR EMPLOYMENT GENERATION
WHEREAS, there are foreigners who want to maintain a lawful presence in the Philippines by actually, directly or exclusively engaging in lawful, viable, and sustainable trade, business, industry, or activity offering local employment;
WHEREAS, according to the April 2008 survey of the National Statistics Office (NSO), there are 2.9 million Filipinos who are currently unemployed;
WHEREAS, creation of job opportunities for the Filipino is one of the advocacies of the Arroyo Administration under its 10-point Agenda;
WHEREAS, Commonwealth Act (CA) No. 613, otherwise known as the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940, as amended, authorizes the President, when public interest so warrants, to admit as non immigrants, foreigners not otherwise provided for by the Act, who are coming for a temporary period only, under such conditions as may prescribed;
WHEREAS, public interest, particularly on an aspect of employment generation for Filipinos warrants the admission of these foreigners as special non-immigrants under Section 47 (a)(2) of CA No. 613, as amended;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO, President of the Republic of the Philippines, by virtue of the power vested in me by law, do hereby order:
SECTION 1. Special Visa for Employment Generation (SVEG) – The SVEG is a special visa issued to a qualified non-immigrant foreigner who shall actually employ at least ten (10) Filipinos in a lawful and sustainable enterprise, trade, or industry. Qualified foreigners who are granted the SVEG shall be considered special non-immigrants with multiple entry privileges and conditional extended stay, without need of prior departure from the Philippines.
The privileges of this Executive Order may extend to the qualified foreigner’s spouse and dependent unmarried child/children below eighteen (18) years of age whether legitimate, illegitimate or adopted.
SECTION 2. Who may avail – Non-immigrant foreigners who wish to avail of the SVEG should comply with the following conditions:
a. The foreigner shall actually, directly or exclusively engage in a viable and sustainable commercial investment/enterprise in the Philippines, exercises/performs management acts or has the authority to hire, promote and dismiss employees;
b. He evinces a genuine intention to indefinitely remain in the Philippines;
c. He is not a risk to national security; and
d. The foreigner’s commercial investment/enterprise must provide actual employment to at least ten (10) Filipinos in accordance with Philippine labor laws and other applicable special laws.
The above mentioned requirements must be continually satisfied by the foreigner for him/her to continue to be a holder of the SVEG.
SECTION 3. Application for SVEG – (a) Upon payment of regulatory fees, the Commissioner of Immigration shall receive and resolve SVEG applications within fifteen (15) days from the date of filing. Documentary proofs required by the Commissioner of Immigration shall be evaluated and reviewed without strict observance to the technicalities of evidence and procedure.
(b) Upon favorable review, the Commissioner of Immigration shall issue a Notice of Approval directing the foreigner-applicant to report for registration and documentation at the Bureau of Immigration. An Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) I-Card and an Identification Certification (IC) shall be issued upon payment of appropriate fees. The ACR I-Card and the IC shall indicate among others, the following:
“Status Adjusted without Departure as a Special Non-immigrant with Multiple Entry Privileges and Conditional Extended Stay in the Philippines under (this Executive Order)”
(c) Otherwise, the Commission shall issue a Notice of Disapproval informing the foreigner applicant of the denial of his application. Within fifteen (15) days from receipt of such, disapproval, the foreigner-applicant may file a Motion for Reconsideration (MR) for the review of his application. Only one (1) such Motion shall be entertained.
(d) The Commissioner of Immigration shall monitor the continued compliance by the foreigners of the requirements of the SVEG.
(e) All fees collected by the Bureau of Immigration shall be acknowledged by bonded collecting officers via issuance of official receipts. These collections shall be accounted for as government funds and subject to strict auditing procedures.
Section 4. Revocation of the SVEG – (a) The Commissioner of Immigration shall revoke the SVEG granted: (i) If the SVEG holder fails to maintain compliance of any of the conditions set forth in Section 2 hereof; (ii) If it was obtained through fraud or willful misrepresentation of material facts; (iii) Upon conviction of the foreigner by final judgment for a crime or offense in the Philippines; or (iv) A final determination by competent authority that the foreigner poses a risk to national security.
(b) A foreigner whose special non-immigrant status is revoked under Sections 4(a)(i), 4(a)(ii) or 4(a)(iv) hereof shall be deported via summary proceedings. In the case of revocation under Section 4(a)(iii), the foreigner shall be deported after the service of sentence.
(c) A foreigner deported by the BI Board of Commissioners under this Section shall be transported to the country whence he came, or to the foreign port where he embarked for the Philippines, or to the country of his nationality of or of which he is a citizen or subject, or to the country in which he resided prior to his coming to the Philippines.
Section 5. Implementing Rules and Regulations and the One-Stop-SVEG Facility – Within thirty (30) days from the signing of this Executive Order, the Commissioner of Immigration, together with representatives from the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Finance (DOF), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), The National Intelligence Coordination Agency (NICA) as well as other concerned government agencies, local or foreign chambers of commerce, and stakeholders as determined by the Commissioner of Immigration, shall promulgate the necessary Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) to ensure the orderly issuance of the SVEG.
Such IRR shall provided for the establishment of a One-Stop-SVEG Facility within the Bureau of Immigration with the participation of the departments and agencies abovementioned, to assist interested foreigners in the processing of documentary requirements to support their SVEG application (i.e. Alien Employment Permit from the DOLE, etc.)
The IRR shall take effect fifteen (15) days after the completion of its publication in at least two (2) newspapers of general circulation. Copies of the IRR shall be sent to the Office of the President, the Secretary of Justice, and the National Administrative Register at the U.P. Law Center.
SECTION 6. Reportorial Requirements. – The Commissioner of Immigration shall submit regular monthly reports on the implementation of this executive order to the Office of the President and the Secretary of Justice.
Certified copies of the SVEG issued by the Commissioner of Immigration pursuant to this Executive Order, including the supporting documents thereon, shall likewise be furnished to the Secretary of Justice for proper department recording and review.
Section 7. Construction – Nothing in this Executive Order shall be construed to diminish or otherwise preclude the President as Chief Executive, and the Secretary of Justice as Department Head, from exercising their respective powers and authorities over the Bureau of Immigration, pursuant to the provisions of the Revised Administrative Code and other existing laws, executive issuances, rules, and regulations.
Section 8. Separability Clause – If any provision of this Executive Order is declared invalid or unconstitutional, the provisions not affected thereby shall continue in force and effect.
Section 9. Repealing Clause – The provisions of other executive issuances, departmental/administrative orders, circulars, instructions, directives and memoranda incostinent herewith are hereby repeal or modified accordingly.
Section 10. Effectivity – This Executive Order shall take effect fifteen (15) days after completion of its publication in at least two (2) newspapers of general circulation.
Manila, 20 October 2008
By the President:
EDUARDO R. ERMITA