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In a follow up to their consultative meeting with the World Bank (WB) and the Department of Interior and Local Government, the city’s Business Permits and Licensing System (BPLS) Team and Joint Inspection Team participated in a workshop aimed at further simplifying the process for opening up a business.

As facilitated by WB Consultant Glenn Ymata, the participants first assessed the current BPLS that was presented by Licensing Officer Arden Cuenco. It was during this process that the participants were able to trace as to which parts of the current BPLS where delays and long waits usually occur.

This enabled them to identify steps to ensure that the new BPLS shall consist of only a maximum of five (5) days – to involve only one (1) application form, one (1) inspection, one (1) assessment, one (1) payment, one (1) signatory and can be completed in a maximum of five (5) days – which are the conditions set in the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) issued by the DILG and the Department of Trade and Industry in 2010.

The proponents of this new design are also planning to make use of a system through a computer program that will merge certain steps to minimize the paper trail and make the procedure quicker and easier for the clients.

Also present during the workshop were Information Technology Officer Melchizedek Yap and Licensing Officer Emilio Tingson

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from the Local Government Unit of Ormoc City, to share their experiences – including the challenges and gains that they encountered in simplifying their own BPLS. Plans are now in the works to forge a partnership with LGU-Ormoc for the adoption of their system as a best practice model for the city.

To conclude the workshop, the participants created a timeline of activities– including the training of needed personnel, preparation of computers and database, issuance of legal documents and the like – that will facilitate the full implementation and institutionalization of the new BPLS.

(Article by Ms. Laiminh Mabulay and photos by Mr. Ador Hurtado, Office of the City Mayor)


The City Government’s Business Permits and Licensing (BPLS) Division sat for a consultative meeting with World Bank Consultative Glenn Ymata and City Local Government Operations Officer Jose Obrero regarding the Regulatory Simplification Program (RSP) being undertaken by said funding agency in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Local Government Academy

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The discussions focused on the set of recommendations for the improvement of the current Business Permits and Licensing System (BPLS) which is being proposed by the City Treasurer’s Office. The said proposal came as a result of a previous consultation that was conducted in December of last year.

From the ten steps involved in the current application for a business permit, the new BPLS design narrows the process to just three steps. It also incorporated the functions of the Joint Inspection Team (JIT) to maximize the collection of fees particularly of the Real Property Taxes (RPT). This shall go hand-in-hand with the newly established Business One-Stop Shop (BOSS) to equate simple and convenient process of establishing a business with increased income for the city.

It was agreed during the meeting that a follow-up workshop should be conducted on the 29th of January to gauge the applicability of the proposed new BPLS design. Expected to participate in the said workshop are the BPLS Personnel as well as members of the JIT and a representative from the City Council to orient them on possible amendments to existing legislations to compliment the new BPLS.

(Article by Ms. Lai Minh Mabulay; Photos by Ms. Claribel Claire Gallegar Lobres, Office of the City Mayor)

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