Catbalogan attends DILG Orientation on Enhanced BPLS Program

On October 24, 2013 at Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall, representatives of various National Government Agencies and several departments under The City Government of Catbalogan attended the orientation on Enhanced Business Permit and Licensing System Program.Representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Samar, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue District Office No. 87, Social Security System (SSS), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) were present. From LGU-Catbalogan City, the offices of the City Treasurer, City Assessor, City Planning and Development Coordinator, City Engineering, City Local Government Operations Office, and the Office of the City Mayor were present.

BPLS Program Officer Mr. Marlon Camilon from DILG Samar discussed the salient features of the program, which basically aims to regulate business activity in compliance to RA 9482 or the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) of the Philippines and the Joint Memorandum Circular of DILG and DTI to streamline and unify business registration. As shared by Mr. Camilon, the purpose of the program is to ensure that there should only be one (1) assessment, one (1) payment, maximum of two (2) signatories and maximum of five (5) steps in registering a business.

The simplification program is good for the private sector, good for the LGUs and for the society in general. It is aimed at helping businesses start, grow, thrive and expand by ensuring that the procedure is simple, predictable and transparent.

Should the current administration signify its commitment to participate in the program, it will be second to Calbayog City in the Province of Samar to participate and comply with the enhanced program.

This new program is being received warmly by the administration of City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan, which is set to submit its intent as part of Mayor Step’s commitment to support the business sector through a transparent, participate and empowering form of governance to create a business-friendly environment.

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during the said orientation was to reorganise the inter-agency Joint Inspection Team (JIT) whose task is to inspect establishments as to compliance to established standards set by various agencies as well as to business registry with the LGU.

(Article and Photos by Mr. Ador L. Hurtado, Office of the City Mayor)


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