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
- Register with the SEC, BIR, SSS, PhilHealth, and Pag-IBIG through the Integrated Business Registry System (IBRS);
- Obtain barangay clearance and mayor’s permit in just one or two days; and
- 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:
- 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.)
- number of signatories (ARTA limits this to 5, City/Mun. Administrator are authorized by Mayor to sign)
- 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)
- 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.