House passes amended REIT law

March 28, 2023 Jester P. Manalastas 144 views

A measure that provides for a reinvestment framework for Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) sponsors or promoters has been approved on third and final reading.

House Bill 7525 intends to amend Republic Act 9856 or the “The Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Act of 2009.”

The measure seeks to promote reinvestment of the proceeds made by a sponsor or a promoter from the sale of REIT shares and other related securities to enable the real estate industry in the Philippines to thrive.

It also aims to encourage sponsors and promoters to build, sell and reinvest their proceeds or gains from the growth of more infrastructure projects benefiting Filipinos.

House Committee on Economic Affairs chair Negros Occidental Rep. Gerardo Valmayor Jr. said
the main purpose of the REIT Law is to allow both small and large investors to participate in the direct ownership of real estate.

“It is an alternative investment instrument to foreign investors as well as OFWs. It also provides real estate companies a cheaper source of capital while promoting economic development, growth in tourism and liquidity in the capital markets,” Valmayor said.