Twenty-three out of 61 barangays in Bacolod City have participated in the first day of the Business-One-Stop-Shop (BOSS) for the renewal of business permits and registration of new businesses at the Bacolod City Government Center yesterday, executive assistant Samuel Montoyo Sr. said.
Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia had issued an executive order requiring all barangays to set up desks at the BCGC so business owners can just get their barangay clearances at the BOSS.
As of yesterday, the 23 barangays that have set up their assistance desks at the second floor of the BCGC are barangays 7, 11, 12, 17, 18, 23, 29, 38, 40, 41, Alangilan, Alijis, Bata, Cabug, Estefania, Mandalagan, Mansilingan, Montevista, Punta Taytay, Pahanocoy, Singcang-Airport, Taculing, and Villamonte.
Assistant City Treasurer Arlene Memoria said the BOSS is open Mondays to Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with no noon break.
Business owners, who pay their taxes in full, within the period of January 2 to 20 can avail of a 10-percent discount, she added.
Leonardia said the objective of setting up a BOSS is to make the renewal or registration of business permits easier, faster, and more convenient. The mayor said the BOSS is in line with their vision of making Bacolod very business-friendly.
Montoyo, a member of the Ease of Doing Business Core Team, said they will monitor strictly the attendance of the barangays in the BOSS.
Under Section 63 of the Local Government Code, the mayor has the power to suspend barangay officials for not more than 60 days for failure to comply with his lawful order to participate in the BOSS in compliance with the law on Ease of Doing Business.
He said he will file cases against barangay officials who fail to participate in the BOSS.
All government agencies and City Hall offices whose heads are needed to sign the business permits are required to set up their booths at the Government Center premises.
Offices such as the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Office of the Building Official set up booths at the Annex Building yesterday.
Agencies and offices, such as the Permits and Licensing Division, City Treasurer’s Office, Bacolod Traffic Authority Office, Environment and Natural Resources Office, and Zoning of the City Planning and Development Office are in the lobby.
Permits and Licensing Division head Stela Rose Rayos said that through the BOSS, business owners can fast-track their permits and save time and money in going to these offices.
Rayos said business establishments are required to secure business permits before they can operate, or they will be considered operating illegally and will be ordered closed.
They will inspect business establishments that are operating without business permits because their system can determine those who have secured permits and those who have paid, but have not yet complied, she said.
The city government had temporarily closed 14 establishments in the city last month for failure to comply with the requirements to operate their businesses. Out of the 14 establishments, only 11 have complied with the requirements and were able to resume operations.
Meanwhile, Montoyo is appealing to the barangay officials to monitor or check business establishments operating within their area and to encourage them to secure business permits. The barangay needs funds to implement projects for the good of the city.*
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