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Dumaguete City, Philippines Thursday, January 5, 2017
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Dumaguete business
one-stop-shop on
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE

Dumaguete City is implementing the Business One Stop Shop or BOSS with national government agencies that have participation in the renewal and application of new permits being housed and distributed in local government offices in the city, for the convenience of clients.

Provided with a table inside the City Administrator's Office are personnel from the Bureau of Internal Revenue, and the Social Security System for requirements in the processing of permits.

City Administrator Ricardo Gonzales said requiring the SSS and other national government agencies to establish desks inside City Hall will ensure SSS, PhilHealth or Pag-IBIG enrolment of workers in private establishments.

This is one way of helping these agencies increase their collection efforts by requiring their presence during the renewal of business and mayor's permits.

Expected to be renewed are the permits of more than 7,500 to 8,000 business establishments in Dumaguete City, Gonzales said as he urged businessmen not to wait for the deadline to avoid inconvenience.

He said the city is urging the city engineer's office and the fire department to immediately act on the applications for clearances to avoid delays.

He, however stressed the concern of the city engineer's office is to make sure the public is safe when entering public establishments and that certification issued by the Bureau of Fire Protection will also depend on the building clearance issued by the building official.

This is where the processing of permits is clogged because of strict regulations of the fire and building codes.

To facilitate the issuance of these clearances, Gonzales said the city may allow undertakings for minor deficiencies, giving establishments up to 90 days within which to comply with all the requirements provided the safety of the public is not sacrificed.

Another concern being raised is on the requirement of internet cafés and computer shops to be registered with the Optical Media Board in the absence of a local branch in Dumaguete.

Gonzales said these establishments may also submit undertakings so that the processing of their permits can be fast-tracked. There are about 100 or so internet cafes and computer shops in the city.*JG

 

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