Further improvements in EODB eyed

S/ASC stressed the need to reduce the stress and cost of doing business to raise Philippine competitiveness.

  • 2015: 16 steps in 29 days
  • 2016: 6 steps in 8 days
  • 2017: 3 steps in 3 days

Steps:

  1. Register with the SEC, BIR, SSS, PhilHealth, and Pag-IBIG through the Integrated Business Registry System (IBRS);
  2. Obtain barangay clearance and mayor’s permit in just one or two days; and
  3. Review documents and pay fees.

As of December 2015, 1,456 out of 1,634 LGUs have completed streamlining while a total of 1,403 (92%) out of 1,518 were able to comply with BPLS standards.

These standards include:

  • use of a unified form
  • only 2 signatories: the City Mayor or City Administrator and/or Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) Head

BPLS Standards, per DILG-DTI JMC (2010) pertains to:

  1. unified form (2-page; 1st page – signed by the owner, basic info of the business; 2nd page – filled up by LGUs, consists of the taxes, fees, charges and the required regulatory clearances e.g. barangay, zoning, sanitary, fire & safety, etc.)
  2. number of signatories (ARTA limits this to 5, City/Mun. Administrator are authorized by Mayor to sign)
  3. steps (JMC requires only 5: 1) securing form; 2) filing accomplished form with required documents; 3) assessment of taxes, fees, charges; 4) payment of taxes, fees, charges; and 5) securing the Mayor’s Permit)
  4. processing time

To speed up inspection, a Joint Inspection Team headed by the Business Permit and Licensing Officer (BPLO) is instituted. The Team is composed of inspectors from the Zoning, Sanitation, Sanitary, and Fire departments.

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