The head of the Permits and License Division in Bacolod City is optimistic that it can surpass the total number of business registration for the whole of 2017.
Stela Rose Rayos said yesterday that for the whole of 2017, the total business registration was about 22,004.
As of January, it has reached more than 14,114 already, which is a positive indication that they may reach the total number of last year or even surpass it, she said.
Rayos said they have received many positive reactions that the processing of permits is easier and faster, especially because the barangays have personnel in the second floor of the Bacolod City Government Center to process barangay clearances, which is the first thing required before taxpayers can have their business permit encoded.
After February 28, they will form a joint inspection team composed of the City Health Office, Office of the Building Official, Bureau of Fire Protection, and City Treasurer's Office, to inspect compliance with business permits and verify if the line of business is the same as the one that taxpayers have declared in their application, she said.
“If there is a violation, we sometimes hold their permit pending verification, Rayos said.
After the deadline of the business renewal on Feb. 28, taxpayers will be imposed a 25 percent surcharge and they cannot avail of the 10 percent discount even if they want to pay in full, she said.
Rayos is requesting those who have not yet processed their business permits and want to pay in full to process now while they can still avail ofthe 10 percent discount until Feb. 28, and while there is aBusiness One-Stop-Shop at the government center for their convenience, and for faster and easier processing.
The BOSS for the assessment and processing of business permits started on January 3 and its run was extended to February 28.
In 2016, the Permits and Licensing Division Office had issued 19,021 business permits and the difference compared to that of 2017 is about 2,983 or an increase of 15.68 percent.*CGS
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