About 25 barangays in Bacolod City have participated in the Business One-Stop-Shop (BOSS) that started yesterday and will run until January 20 at the Bacolod City Government Center.
These are barangays 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, 22, 23, 31, 33, 37, Alangilan, Bata, Estefania, Handumanan, Mandalagan, Pahanoocoy, Sum-ag, Taculing, and Villamonte.
Executive assistant to the mayor, Samuel Montoyo Sr., yesterday said their participation in the BOSS of the Bacolod City government is required under Republic Act 11032, or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018. Barangay 11 was the first to report.
Montoyo said Section 32 of the Local Government Code provides that the mayor should exercise general supervision and control over all the barangays. So he is giving the barangays until today to participate in the BOSS.
He said he will report non-compliant barangays to the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Civil Service Commission, and the Office of the President, and file a complaint against them for violation of RA 11032.
For violation of the law, they will be liable for a fine of not less than P500,000 but not more than P2 million, and an imprisonment of not less than six months but not more than six years, Montoyo said.
The barangay captains and officials of the barangays who do not comply will be included in the case because they are elected officials and are mandated by the people to serve their barangays, and they should know the law, he said.
Montoyo said the barangay captain of Barangay 4, the lone nonparticipant in the BOSS last year, was defeated in the barangay election.
Meanwhile, Permits and Licensing Division head, Stela Rose Rayos, said taxpayers who pay in full within this period can avail of a 10-percent discount.
If the renewal period is not extended after Jan. 20, the taxpayers will be charged 25 percent as penalty, she added.
The BOSS is aimed at providing convenience and accessibility to the taxpayers.
Rayos said the offices of the City Environment and Natural Resources, Zoning, Assessment, and Permits and Licensing will be at the lobby of the BCGC, while the Bureau of Fire Protection, City Health Office, and the Office of the Building Official will be at the Annex Building.
They have also invited national agencies, such as Pag-IBIG, PhilHealth, Social Security System, Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Department of Trade and Industry, which are positioned in front of the City Assessor’s Office at the ground floor.
Moreover, the processing of business permits this year will be faster because they are now fully automated and have made the procedure easier, she said.*
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