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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, July 5, 2016
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3 NIR growth centers to back
federalism thrust, Carbon says

The three proposed growth centers in Bacolod, Dumaguete and Kabankalan will not only be economic advantages, but will also support the thrust of President Rodrigo Duterte for federalism, Frank Carbon, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Visayas/NIR regional governor, said yesterday.

The three proposed growth centers — Metro Bacolod, Metro Dumaguete and Metro Kabankalan presented by the Development Administration Committee in the 3 rd Regional Development Council Meeting on June 29 are expected to bring a collective economic progress to nearby towns and cities in Negros Island Region, Carbon said.

The National Economic Development Authority and the Department of Interior and Local Government are expecting progress through the growth centers, he said.

Each growth center will be composed of nearby towns and cities following a basic framework of development, he said.

Each LGU in a growth center has its own role in the development framework; they will not compete but complement each other, he said.

The proposal will integrate the water and electricity system, road arteries, airports, seaport, electricity, major infrastructures connected in all LGUs to create complementing functions for each town or city.

MBCCI and NOCCI are supporting the plan in line with the Asia Foundation Inc.-supported Coordinating Roads and Infrastructure Development Project.

The business chambers funded by Australian Aid-Australian Government since 2014, are sponsored and provided with technology and training that will hasten the development, he said.

One component of the project is the integration of the development goals of the public sector and government line agencies to identify and propose access roads, he also said.

Meanwhile, Carbon said the business sector is glad the burden of documents processing in government agencies was brought up by Duterte during his inaugural speech last week.

“Since Duterte came from a local government unit, he sees this problem locally,” Carbon said. “He feels how burdensome this is because he had been meeting with local and foreign investors as mayor before.”

Carbon said the reduction of required documents and streamlining of the process will not only save time but money as well. “If they want a business to invest and create jobs, we should streamline and trim down the requirements and reduce the time,” he added.

The slow processing and the multiple requirements just for a single permit has been a setback in most government agencies, he said.

Another way to streamline the process is to provide a standard checklist complete with the papers needed and the responsible agency.

Owners now spend more time figuring out which documents and agency to go to rather than just systematically procuring these requirement, he said.

He said documents of the same type must be reduced to one if possible; the transaction would be backlogged by less manpower in offices.

Service backlogs have also caused corruption in government offices, businesses would resort to paying under the table to fast track the processing.*KBC



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