[talk-ph] OSM Philippines legal entity (was OSM Philippines meet-up)

Mike Collinson mike at ayeltd.biz
Tue Feb 10 14:16:34 GMT 2009

At 12:58 PM 10/02/2009, maning sambale wrote:
>On Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 5:29 PM, Jim Morgan <jim at datalude.com> wrote:
>> Good to see everyone there as well, and put faces to email addresses!
>> maning sambale wrote, On Monday, February 09, 2009 11:17 AM:
>>> On forming an organization:
>>> We had a previous mail discussion on "should we have a formal
>>> organization representing OSM Philippines" so this was a main
>>> discussion point in Grappas.  Basically two points were raised:
>>> 1. There is a need to create a "legal personality" for OSM Philippines
>> One other alternate approach we discussed was to use the main London OSM body as a representative. Its unclear exactly how this would work though. Time zones would undoubtedly be tricky but it might be good as a stopgap.
>@ Mike Collinson - is this possible?  Or any updates on the local chapter plans?
>To all - please have a look at Andre's email:

No update that I am aware of.  Certainly we as OSM Foundation will do our best to accommodate a structure that keeps your costs to a minimum or preferably zero.  The only checkpoint that I can think of for us is that Etienne as Treasurer can see proper control if money is involved, for example local membership dues.

To help, it is important to understand the need for a "legal personality" and then do what it takes .  In the past, I've been a member of clubs around the world that had a written constitution and an Annual General Meeting but no official registration that I was aware of.  Is it a strict legal necessity in the Philippines or something gives an air of formality when dealing with such people as local government? Can you open a club bank account without SEC registration? Do you actually need/want a bank account?

For Etienne and Nick, in the Philippines it is common practice to register an organization/club with the Securities and Exchange Commission as a non-profit.  If I am paraphrasing earlier list discussions correctly, this involves a lot of paperwork and has  potentially prohibitive costs.


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