The total businesses registered in Bacolod City this year from January to February is 19,007 compared to 17,154 last year covering the same period, showing an increase of 1,853, or 10.80 percent, Stela Rose Rayos, head of the Permits and License Division, said yesterday.
Rayos said they have issued more than 8,000 business permits for 2018.
For the whole of last year, the total business registration in Bacolod was 22,004. As of February 28, the total business registration was already 19,007, or a difference of 2,997, she said.
They have 10 months left to reach the total number of business registration last year and she said she believes that they may even exceed it.
Rayos also said a 25 percent surcharge will be imposed on payments made starting yesterday, since the Business One-Stop-Shop for processing the business permit ended on Wednesday. But this will only be applicable to renewal, and not for new applicants.
Rayos thanked businessmen who have cooperated and participated in the BOSS and reminded those who have not yet processed their business permits, especially for renewal, that they could no longer avail of the 10 percent discount but will be imposed a surcharge of 25 percent.
After a meeting of the joint inspection team, they will start their inspection of business establishments, probably by the middle of March. So those who have not yet processed their business permits should start processing them now, she said.
Rayos said the JIT is composed of representatives from the City Health Office, Office of the Building Official, Bureau of Fire Protection, Environment and Natural Resources Office, and the City Tourism Office.*CGS
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