Local bizmen reminded anew of permits renewal PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 January 2015 14:49

Business establishments owners and managers are reminded anew of the renewal process which will go on full blast from January 5 to 20.

City Hall is will implement the one-stop shop procedure as well as extend office hours from 8am to 8pm during weekdays and 8am to 5pm during holidays, Saturdays and Sundays to accommodate applicants for renewal as well as new business operations.

For renewals, businessmen are advised to bring barangay clearance along with the other documents and clearances for swift processing, according to Business Permits Licensing Office (BPLO) Chief Benjie Barredo.

New applicants however will have to undergo the procedure but they will be issued the temporary permit to operate (TPO), which allows them a 30-day period to comply with all requirements.

The business one stop shop (BOSS) is a strategy where all offices involved in the issuance of business permits will be housed at City Hall for the duration of the renewal period.

Barredo assures that actual business permits can be issued in one day’s time if all the requirements are complied with. However,  high risk establishments that include restaurants, hotels and other similar businesses, will have to go through the process to include inspections of establishments and the laboratory and medical tests for food handlers.

Under the law, January 20 is the deadline for the renewal of permits and payment of business taxes. Late filers will be meted with 25% surcharge per quarter and 2% additional surcharge per month.  — Sheila Covarrubias