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Recognition of religion or belief in Philippines

According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Republic of the Philippines are classified restrictive.

Recognition of religion or belief in Philippines


  • Recognition and registration are amalgamated rather than ideally differentiated; a focus is placed on legal registration with few to no provisions for existential recognition.

  • Procedures for the registration of religious entities and secular corporate entities are amalgamated rather than ideally distinguished.

  • The requirement to submit annual financial statements seems appropriate although procedures surrounding this require monitoring.

  • Informational requirements for the registration procedure are intrusive.

Positive elements:

  • Horizontal recognition is in effect.


  • Establish separate procedures for religious entity registration and then for existential recognition and legal registration, all distinguished from the procedures established for secular and corporate entities.

  • To become dynamic, the Filipino government would need to establish a recognition agency that would manage the newly established recognition system independently from government.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
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