QAU Memo 2017-02: SEC Updates

SEC Notice: The Cashier’s Office at SEC Ortigas Branch will be Closed

The Cashier’s Office at SEC Ortigas Branch will be closed effective January 3, 2017 (Tuesday). In case of payments, kindly proceed to SEC PICC Head Office-CASHIER or SEC Satellite Offices.

SEC Opinion No. 16-29: Election of Foreign Stockholder as President of a Renewable Energy Company



The SEC was requested to provide an opinion on whether or not a foreign stockholder can be elected as President of a Renewable Energy Company, 60% of which is Filipino owned.


Austworks Corporation:

  • venturing into renewable energy, engaged in the exploration, development and utilization of natural resources, which is a partially nationalized activity;
  • 88% currently owned by Australian stockholders.
  • fully aware that Department of Energy Circular No. DC2009-07-0011 requires a Renewable Energy Company to be a Filipino corporation at least 60% being owned by Filipinos.

Austworks will restructure its capitalization to comply with the 60% Filipino-ownership requirement after that it plans to elect, as its President, one of its Australian stockholders.


The Commission states that this intention of Austworks to elect an Australian Stockholder as its President is governed by Section 2-A of the Anti-Dummy Law which prohibits aliens from being appointed to management positions as president, vice-president, etc. of corporations engaged in wholly or partially nationalized activities.

Consequently, it cannot elect one of its Australian stockholders as its President.







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Editorial Board   
  • Rosario S. Bernaldo

Managing Partner/

Technical Partner

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  • Anthony D. Paño

Assist. Quality Assurance Manager/

Quality Assurance Leader

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  • Jofet G. Alejandro

Quality Assurance Associate/

Learning and Training Leader

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Quality Assurance Associate/

Quality Control Review Leader

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Quality Assurance Associate/

Consultation Leader

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  • Jonalyn C. Salo

Quality Assurance Associate/

Ethics Leader

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