Biz permits renewal to go full blast Jan. 5 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 December 2014 11:25

Business permits renewal is expected to go on full blast starting January 5, the first working day for 2015.

This, even if renewal process for existing business establishments started as early as November. Deadline for the renewal process is January 20.

Business Permits Licensing Office (BPLO) Chief Benjie Barredo expects businessmen to flock City Hall to process the renewal of their permits starting January in time for the deadline.

Late filers will be meted with 25% surcharge per quarter and 2% additional surcharge per month.

Work hours for concerned departments and divisions will be extended starting January to accommodate applicants for business permits renewal.

In 2015, the BPLO is set to establish the business one stop shop (BOSS) initiative to make registration and renewal of permits more convenient for end-users.  Under this concept, all agencies and offices involved in the renewal of licenses of different kinds of businesses will be gathered in one area to make the business registration and renewal procedure. This initiative signifies the city’s dedication and commitment to provide improved and better services, all designed with the intention to create a more vibrant and competitive business climate in the City.

In 2014, the BPLO streamlined the process by reducing the procedure to a minimum with only 3 steps- apply, pay and secure temporary permit to operate (TPO). Under the streamlined procedure, the process only takes 30 minutes to complete and with the TPO, businessmen can spend more time overseeing their day-to-day tasks while complying with the 90-day deadline allotted for completion of requirements and paperwork for business permit renewal.

The streamlined procedure has led to a significant increase in business registration as well as in the collection of business-related fees and taxes in 2014 compared to the records of 2013. — Sheila Covarrubias