The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is giving real estate companies more time to assess implementation issues amid the COVID-19 pandemic by further deferring the application of certain accounting rules until 2023.

The Commission said it decided to defer the application of Philippine Interpretation Committee Question and Answer (PIC Q&A) No. 2018-12 with respect to the accounting for significant financing component and the exclusion of land in the calculation of the percentage of completion.

The real estate industry will likewise have three more years to comply with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Interpretations Committee’s Agenda Decision on over time transfers of constructed goods under Philippine Accounting Standards (PAS) 23-Borrowing Cost. 

SEC Chairperson Emilio B. Aquino (Photo credit:

“The real estate industry has suffered from the COVID-19 pandemic as well as other sectors. With the deferral of the accounting rules, the real estate industry will have enough time to further evaluate and resolve the remaining implementation issues,” SEC Chairperson Emilio B. Aquino said. 

But real estate companies may comply in full with the requirements of PIC Q&A 2018-12 and IFRIC Agenda Decision beginning January 1, 2021.

Those opting for the deferral will have to disclose in the Notes to the Financial Statements the accounting policies applied, a discussion of the deferral of the subject implementation issues, and a qualitative discussion of the impact in the financial statement had the concerned application guidelines been adopted. 

The regulatory reliefs are not considered in accordance with the Philippine Financial Reporting Standards (PFRS).

As such, real estate companies who adopt and record them for financial reporting purposes must specify in the “Basis of Preparation of the Financial Statements” section of their financial statements that they were prepared in accordance with PFRS, as modified by the application of the above financial reporting reliefs. 

The external auditor must also state in the opinion paragraph that the financial statements were prepared in accordance with the compliance framework described in the notes to the financial statements.

Source: Manila Bulletin (