Steady stream of business renewal seen with BOSS PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 January 2015 11:45

Applications for business license and permits renewal continue to pour in, with the innovation brought about by the Business One-Stop Shop (BOSS) making for a faster, more efficient, and more responsive application and renewal process.

According to Business and Licensing Chief Benjie Barredo, the office received around 700 renewal applications for processing in the four days that the BOSS has been in operation, while 160 business permits have already been released.

Barredo said that such is the is the efficiency of the one-stop shop initiative that applicants can get their business permits within a day of their application, provided that they have completed all necessary paperwork and complied with all necessary requirements for renewal.

“As long as there is compliance to all requirements, it will take around half a day to a day for applicants to get their actual business permits,” he noted.

The BOSS concept went public last Monday, January 5, in a bid to make business renewals more efficient and more convenient for owners of business establishments to have their businesses registered and licensed by bringing together under one venue all agencies involved in the renewal of various business permits.

As early as its second day of operation, the BOSS already garnered positive responses from applicants who maximized the benefits of the set-up, complimenting it for cutting down what would have been a week-long process to a day.

For many of the applicants, especially those from far-flung barangays, the presence of all offices at the second floor of the City Hall to see to the necessary clearances for the renewal process was a welcome development as they no longer needed to run from one office to the other, and thus, were able to save time and money in the process.

Meanwhile, Barredo reminded all new applicants issued with the temporary permit to operate (TPO) that they have a month to complete the requirements for their actual business permit. This is due, in part, to the presence of the BOSS, and also in keeping with the standard timeframe set by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on business permit processing.

Barredo expects the number of applications to increase within the coming days. Towards this end, operating hours for all agencies and offices involved in the renewal and registration process are extended from 8am to 8pm Monday- Friday, and from 8am to 5pm on holidays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Deadline for all registration and renewals will be on January 20. — Jasmine Mohammadsali