In addition, there are three churches established by local religious leaders: the Philippine Independent Church or "Aglipayan," the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ), and the Ang Dating Daan (an offshoot of Iglesia ni Cristo).

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To be registered as a nonstock, nonprofit organization, they must meet the basic requirements for corporate registration and must request tax exemption from the BIR law division.

The SEC requires existing religious corporations to submit annual financial statements.

Large Muslim communities are also located in the Mindanao provinces of Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte, Sultan Kudarat, Lanao del Norte, and North Cotabato.

Sizable Muslim neighborhoods also can be found in metropolitan Manila on the northern island of Luzon and on the western island of Palawan.

Estimates of nominal members of the largest group, Roman Catholics, range from 60 to 65 percent of the total population.

These estimates are based on regular church attendance.Other Christian denominations together comprise 11.6 percent of the population.Muslims total 5 percent of the population and Buddhists 0.08 percent.At the end of the period covered by this report, the Government and the MILF maintained a cease-fire and continued their peace dialogue, brokered by the Government of Malaysia.An eventual settlement could include special recognition of Islamic education and Shari'a law, among other provisions sought by some Muslims.For SEC registration, religious groups must submit their articles of faith and existing bylaws.