MALACAĂ‘ANG
Manila

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

Executive Order No. 52

TEMPORARY WAIVER OF THE RECIPROCAL TARIFF TREATMENT ON CERTAIN ARTICLES TO IMPLEMENT THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES AND THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA ON THE COMPENSATORY MEASURE IN RELATION TO THE DELAYED IMPLEMENTATION OF PHILIPPINE TARIFF CONCESSIONS UNDER THE FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT ON COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC COOPERATION AMONG THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE MEMBER COUNTRIES OF THE ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS AND THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA

WHEREAS, Paragraph 5 (b) (ii) of Annex 1 of the Agreement on Trade in Goods under the Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation among the Governments of the Member Countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Republic of Korea (AKFTA TIG Agreement) stipulates that ASEAN 6, which includes the Philippines, shall eliminate tariffs for at least 90% of the tariff lines placed in the Normal Track not later than 1 January 2009. Executive Order (EO) No. 812 (s.2009), which implements the said provision, took effect six (6) months behind schedule or on 07 July 2009;

WHEREAS, EO No.638 (s. 2007) grants reciprocal tariff treatment to products in the Sensitive Track of Parties to the AKFTA TIG Agreement;

WHEREAS, during its meeting on 17 May 2011, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board approved the temporary waiver of reciprocal tariff treatment on certain articles as compensatory measure to the Republic of Korea;

WHEREAS, Note Verbale number 11 1953 dated 08 July 2011 issued by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs and Note Verbale Number KPH 2011-093-P dated 14 July 2011 issued by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea shall be regarded as constituting an agreement between the two Governments to implement the compensation package; and,

WHEREAS, Section 402 of Presidential Decree No. 1464 or the Tariff and Customs Code of 1978, as amended, authorizes the President, upon the recommendation of NEDA, to modify import duties (including any necessary change in classification) and other import restrictions as are required or appropriate to carry out and promote foreign trade with other countries;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO SIMEON AQUINO III, President of the Republic of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby order:

SECTION 1. Rates of Import Duty. The articles specifically listed in the Annex hereof, as classified under Section 104 of the Tariff and Customs Code of 1978, as amended, shall be imposed the AKFTA rate in accordance with the schedule indicated opposite each article for a period of twelve (12) months. The AKFTA rates so indicated shall be accorded to imports coming from parties to the AKFTA TIG agreement subject to qualification under the Rules of Origin as provided for in the said Agreement.

The nomenclature and the rates of import duty on tariff headings not enumerated and those listed but replaced by the symbol "X X X" shall remain in force and effect.

SECTION 2. Levy on Articles. Upon the effectivity of this Executive Order, all articles listed in the Annex which are entered and withdrawn from warehouses in the Philippines for consumption shall be levied the AKFTA rates of duty for twelve (12) months, thereafter, the reciprocal tariff treatment provided under EO No. 638 shall apply.

SECTION 3. Separability Clause. If any provision of this Executive Order is declared invalid or unconstitutional, the other provisions not affected thereby shall remain valid and subsisting.

SECTION 4. Repealing Clause. All orders, rules, regulations, and issuances, or parts thereof, which are inconsistent with this Executive Order, are hereby repealed, amended, or modified accordingly.

SECTION 5. Effectivity. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately upon publication in a newspaper of general circulation.

DONE, in the City of Manila, this 5th day of August, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Eleven.


By the President:


RUBEN D. TORRES
Executive Secretary


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