Frequently Asked Questions: PCNC

Q: What is PCNC?

The PCNC is the Philippine Council for NGO Certification. It certifies NGOs/NPOs “that meet the established criteria for financial management and accountability.” The PCNC was established by several NGO networks including the Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO), Association of Foundations (AF), and the National Council for Social Development Foundation (NCSD).

Most NGOs that are at least two years old can apply for accreditation.

Q: Are NGOs required to be accredited/certified?

An NGO with SEC registration can still operate without being accredited. However, while some organizations do not need to apply for accreditation (e.g. sports clubs, transport drivers’ organizations, vendors’ associations), other NGOs are highly recommended to be accredited.

Q: How can I apply for accreditation?

The accreditation process goes like this:

1. The organization inquires with PCNC for the requirements.

2. PCNC sends the following forms to be filled-up by the applicant NGO: (a) letter of intent (1 copy) and (b) an application for Accreditation for Donee Institution Status and checklist of requirements (1 copy).

3. The applicant NGO submits the Letter of Intent and Application Form together with their latest Audited Financial Statement and the initial payment of Php 1,000.00.

4. PCNC sends applicant NGO a survey form to be accomplished in four (4) copies.

5. The applicant NGO submits the survey form with complete attachments, and the balance of the application fee according to the socialized fee scheme based on Total Assets, as follows:

A. Organizations with total assets of Php5M and below          – Php 10,000
B. Organizations with total assets from Php5M – Php15M      – Php 15,000
C. Organizations with total assets from Php15M – Php50M   – Php 15,000
D. Organizations with total assets above Php50M                     – Php 15,000

6. The secretariat forms the evaluation team line-up.

7. The evaluators confirm their availability; PCNC secretariat makes arrangements for the visit.

8. The evaluation team conducts the evaluation visit.

9. The PCNC Board deliberates on the evaluation team’s recommendation.

10. NGO is then notified on the PCNC Board’s decision.

11. For certified NGO, the PCNC Secretariat submits certification results to the BIR.

12. The BIR issues Certificate of Donee Institution Status to NGO.

*Applicants are given 1 (one) year to complete the application process (submission of all required documents & payment of Balance of application fee); otherwise, their down payment of 1,000.00 will be forfeited.

Q: What do I need to be accredited?

To apply for accreditation, your organization has to be:

1. A non-stock, non-profit domestic corporation*, or association, organized under Philippine laws

2. Operated exclusively for religious, scientific, cultural, educational, or social welfare purposes, youth and sports development, or for the rehabilitation of veterans

3. Formally operating for at least one (1) year

*Definition of a “non-stock, non-profit corporation or organization” is based on the BIR Revenue Regulations No. 13-98.

Q: Is the PCNC accreditation a one-time certification only? Does it expire?

Yes, the certification expires after a certain period. An NGO can obtain a certification that lasts from one (1), three (3), or five (5) years — depending on its years of existence and ratings from the evaluation. When an organization’s certification expires, it needs to apply for renewal.