BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
Executive Order No. 209
GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES FOR THE AVAILMENT BY COMMERCIAL FISHERS OF THE TAX AND DUTY EXEMPT IMPORTATION OF FISHING VESSELS, EQUIPMENT AND PARAPHERNALIA AND TAX AND DUTY REBATES ON FUEL CONSUMPTION PROVIDED FOR UNDER SECTION 35 OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8550, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE PHILIPPINE FISHERIES CODE OF 1998
WHEREAS, paragraphs b) and c) thereof provide:
"b) commercial fishing vessel operators of Philippine registry shall enjoy a limited period of tax and duty exemptions on the importation of fishing vessels not more than five (5) years old, equipment and paraphernalia, xxx
c) commercial fishing operator of Philippine registry engaged in fisheries in the high seas shall be entitled to duty and tax rebates on fuel consumption for commercial fisheries operations. xxx"
WHEREAS, in order to encourage fishing vessel operators to fish farther in the EEZ and beyond, these new incentives shall be granted in addition to incentives already available from the Board of Investments (BOI) under the Omnibus Investment Code of 1987. Such incentives shall be granted subject to exhaustive evaluation of resource and exploitation conditions in the specified areas of fishing operations;
WHEREAS, Sections 104 and 401 of the Tariff and Customs Code of 1978 (Presidential Decree. No. 1464), as amended, empower the President of the Republic of the Philippines, upon the recommendation of the National Economic and Development Authority, to increase, reduce, or remove existing protective rates of import duty, as well as to modify the form of duty.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH EJERCITO ESTRADA, President of the Republic of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby order:
SECTION 1. The rules and regulations for (a) tax and duty exemption on the importation of fishing vessels/boats, equipment, and paraphernalia and (b) tax and duty rebates on fuel consumption shall be in accordance with and as outlined in, ANNEX "A" hereof.
SECTION 2. The importation of articles specifically listed in ANNEX "B" hereof, classified under Section 104 of the Tariff and Customs Code of 1978, as amended, shall be accorded zero percent (0%) tax and duty for a period of five (5) years from the effectivity of this Executive Order. Provided that the importation of said articles shall be accompanied by an Authority to Import (ATI) issued by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and/or Certificate of Eligibility (CE) issued by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).
SECTION 3. The importation of articles specifically listed in ANNEX "C" hereof, classified under Section 104 of the Tariff and Customs Code of 1978, as amended, shall be accorded zero percent (0%) tax and duty for a period of five (5) Years from the effectivity of this Executive Order. Provided that such articles are not locally available of comparable quality, quantity and price as determined by the Board of Investments through the issuance of a Certificate of Non-Availability (CNA).
SECTION 4. The Department of Agriculture, Department of Finance and Board of Investments, in consultation with concerned private sector and other government institutions shall conduct an annual review of the attached ANNEXES "A, B & C" and shall report the findings of said review and recommend possible amendments to the President.
SECTION 5. All presidential issuances, administrative rules and regulations, or parts thereof, which are inconsistent with this Executive Order are hereby revoked or modified accordingly.
SECTION 6. This Executive Order shall take effect thirty (30) days following its complete publication in two (2) newspapers of general circulation in the Philippines.
DONE in the City of Manila, this 9th day of February in the year of our Lord, Two Thousand.
By the President:
RONALDO B. ZAMORA
Acting Executive Secretary