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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, January 11, 2018
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Complaints to be filed vs. brgy officials who fail to join BOSS

A complaint for disobedience will be filed against the officials of barangays who fail to participate in the Business One-Stop-Shop (BOSS) of Bacolod City until January 20, Executive Assistant Samuel Montoyo said yesterday.

Montoyo said he will file the complaint before the Office of the President and the Department of Interior and Local Government and will also furnish a copy to the Commission on Elections.

As of yesterday, 21 out of 61 barangays in Bacolod City had participated in the BOSS at the Bacolod City Government Center.

These were barangays Alangilan, Alijis, Banago, Bata, Cabug, Estefania, Granada, Handumanan, Mandalagan, Mansilingan, Pahanocoy, Singcang, Sum-ag, Taculing, Tangub, VistaAlegre, 5, 8, 13, 23, 32 and 40.

Montoyo said the President has issued a directive to shorten the processing time for the release of business permits to eliminate red-tape. Because the more the processing is delayed, the businessman will be prone to look for a connection to hasten the processing, which will lead to corruption or red-tape.

Montoyo said Mayor EvelioLeonardia also issued an executive order creating the ARTA (Anti-Red Tape) Core Team of which he is a member, so he could monitor the participation of the different departments and barangays in the BOSS.

He is also recording the time they report because he believes they should come early and not make taxpayers wait, he said.

A taxpayer cannot process his or her business permit without a barangay clearance, Montoyo said.

So the DILG, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Office of the Building Official and the Department of Information and Communications Technology issued a joint circular to include the barangays in the BOSS, he said.

Montoyo said the mayor also issued EO No. 37 dated Dec. 19, 2017, enjoining all barangays to participate in the BOSS.If they fail to comply with this order, the joint circular memorandum and the Presidential directive, then he, as a member of the ARTA Core Team, will file a complaint against these barangay officialswho fail to comply until January 20.

This will serve as a warning to the barangays, he also said.*CGS




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