BOSS hailed as biz listup, permit renewal go smoothly PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 13:31

What used to be days or even weeks-long of having a new business establishment registered with or a permit renewed by the city government is now a thing of the past in Zamboanga City during this time of each year.

Business owners, especially those from as far as Vitali in the west coast and Labuan in the west coast appeared surprised but elated after their applications for business registration or permit renewal were approved and released earlier or later in a day.

“I left home about 6 a.m. this morning and arrived in City Hall few minutes before the offices opened at 8 a.m. I queued with the rest who arrived before me and submitted, one after the other, our applications for business renewal with all the requirements attached thereto,” narrated Lydia Macrohon, a businesswoman from Vitali.

Macrohon said she knew by her own experience in the previous years that the process would take her at least three days to complete and that she would be coming back and forth to City Hall for the same number of days as well.

Little did she know that the city government through the Business and Permits Licensing Office (BPLO) had implemented since Monday an innovation dubbed Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) designed to cut-short the time of processing business registration and permit renewals—in a manner that is relatively hassle-free and more convenient to the transacting public.

To Macrohon’s surprise, her application was approved and released past 3 p.m.

“Bien alegre gayod yo kay de mio licencia de sari-sari store yan release ya este tarde mismo, nohay gayod yo cansa man bira-bira kay todo concierne oficina taki lang na un lugar na City Hall. Ohala ancina todo año,” said Macrohon, who was just one among the many that hailed the BOSS system.

City Licensing Officer Benjie Barredo said the BOSS system was getting positive comments from the public and that the outcome or actual number processed licensed was very encouraging.

He said on the first day of the innovation at least 300 applications were submitted in a day, but only 10 were actually approved and released before closing time because most papers were lacking in certain requirements.

Yesterday, the second day of BOSS, Barredo said a good number of forms were received, processed and released within the day. But he declined to give actual figures as assessment had yet to be done after the extended office hours at 8 p.m.

Barredo was optimistic that the BOSS system would encourage more owners of business establishments, big or small and far or near City Hall, to have their businesses registered and licensed, thus an increased local revenues for the city government.

With the BOSS, applicants need not rush from one office to another to finish their transactions as all offices concerned are set up in one place in City Hall, thus saving time and efforts for the transacting public.

This, as permits renewal and registration went full blast starting Monday, January 5, to 20. Late filers will be meted with 25% surcharge per quarter and 2% additional surcharge per month.

Under the BOSS concept, all agencies and offices involved in the renewal of licenses of different kinds of businesses will be established at the second floor of City Hall. These include the Social Security System (SSS), PAG-IBIG Mutual Fund, Philippine Health Insurance (PHILHEALTH), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), City Agriculturist Office (CAO), Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (OCENR), City Planning and Development Office (CPDO), City Engineer’s Office (CEO), City Health Office (CHO), City Veterinarian Office and City Tourism Office.

The City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) and the Business and Permits Licensing Office (BPLO) are both located at the City Hall ground floor.

The BOSS initiative signifies the city’s firm commitment to provide improved and better services in a bid to create a more vibrant and competitive business climate in Zamboanga City.

Business renewal under the BOSS system will have 4 steps- first, presentation of 2014 business permit at the BPLO, second secure clearances (different agencies at the City Hall second floor), third, assessment and payment at the CTO and fourth, get the 2015 permit at the BPLO. Businessmen are advised to secure a barangay clearance before starting with step 1. They are also advised to bring all available clearances/permits of previous year for faster processing.

For new business registration, applicants will undergo 3 steps- first is the application with BPLO where they will be asked to fill up and submit the application form, second, assessment and payment at the CTO and third, get the temporary permit to operate (TPO). With the TPO, the business operations can start but the requirements and clearances are to be complied within the prescribed 30-day period for the issuance of the actual business permit.

Pre-application requirements for new applicants are Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registration or DTI registration (single proprietor), valid identification card, 2x2 pictures, proof of ownership/lease contract and other pertinent documents.

Office hours for all agencies and offices involved in the renewal and registration process will be extended from 8am to 8pm Monday- Friday and from 8am to 5pm on holidays, Saturdays and Sundays starting today, Jan. 5 to Jan. 20, to accommodate applicants. — Vic Larato