The Business One-Stop-Shop of Bacolod City for the assessment and processing of business permits started yesterday and will run until January 20.
Those who pay their taxes in full will avail of 10 percent discount. If they pay after Jan. 20, the city will impose a surcharge of 25 percent, Stela Rose Rayos, head of the Permits and License Division, yesterday said.
Rayos said Mayor Evelio Leonardia has issued an executive order enjoining all the barangays to participate in the Business One-Stop-Shop last December.
She said the offices involved in the business one-stop-shop are the City Health Office, City Administrator's Office, Environment and Natural Resources Office, Office of the Building Official, Bureau of Fire Protection, and the Pag-IBIG Fund.
Also involved, acting assistant city treasurer Arlene Memoria said, are PhilHealth and the Social Security System, aside from the barangays.
Rayos said that in 2017, they issued about 22,004 business permits and they are expecting the figures to increase this year since there are establishments being constructed, citing for example, Ayala Land Inc.
In 2016, they had issued 19,021 business permits and the difference compared to that of last year is about 2,983, or an increase of 15.68 percent. They hope to increase by 15 to 20 percent this year, she said.
Rayos said they conducted tax mapping or inspections, and with the awards garnered by the city, she believes they have restored the business confidence of businessmen.
She said the business one-stop-shop has been streamlined from five to three steps.
The first step is the application for business permit; step two is the one-time assessment and one-time payment of taxes, fees and charges, and receipt of mayor's permit and other regulatory permits and clearances; and step three is the release of business permit, she added.
Rayos said they can release the permit of new applicants in one to two days if they are compliant, and renewal of business permits can be released in one day or half day if their requirements are compete.
They encourage clients not to deal with fixers because the release of business permit is faster now. They also assure that there are no fixers in their office, she said.
Leonardia said, “We believe this is dynamic and this is a process that we can continuously try to improve. As it is, we're good, because in fact, this is one of the major considerations why we landed as one of the finalists in the Most Business-Friendly City contest of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.”
But they will try to, if not perfect, at least achieve near perfection. And these two are very vital to this, he said.
Leonardia said they have emphasized that Bacolod is being business-friendly because they believe this is the start of the dynamism of the city's economy. If business is good, then opportunities will prop up and benefit the people and also improve businesses.
If that happens, the purchasing power of Bacoleños will be enhanced and will eventually generate more taxes for the city, and if they collect more taxes, they can provide more services to the people, he added.*CGS
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