Bizmen jam City Hall PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 January 2011 12:23

Businessmen started crowding City Hall yesterday either to secure or renew business license permits which will end January 20.

The number of people securing community tax certificates has also soared effective yesterday, first working day of the year.

Mayor Celso Lobregat said more facilities such as additional assessment tables and chairs have been set up at the ground floor and second floor of the City Hall building to accommodate more clients as well as to ensure comfort and convenience.

Office hours will also be extended until 8pm or even beyond during weekdays and from 8am to 5pm during weekends to accommodate more permit applicants.

The city government, it is recalled has started accepting applications for renewal of business permits for the year 2011 starting last October 1st.

Lobregat has also initiated the early inspection of establishments based on the Business Processing and Licensing System or BPLS, a program undertaken through the Transparent and Accountable Governance (TAG) project funded by the United States Assistance for International Development through the Asia Foundation.

The TAG has caused the city to undertake new innovations to improve law enforcement and revenue generation activities.

Lobrtegat has appealed to all businessmen operating in the city to process applications for renewal the earliest time possible to avoid the rush and the payment of penalties based on existing laws. Late filing would mean a 25 percent surcharge plus additional 2 percent for every month of delay.

The offices involved in the renewal process are the City Treasurer’s Office, City Licensing Division, the Tricycle Adjudication Board, the Computer Services Division, City Health Office and City Planning and Development Office among others.

License renewal applicants are advised to bring the original business permit of 2010 as basis for the renewal.

Application forms can be secured from the Permits and Licensing Division located at the ground floor of City Hall. January 20 is the deadline set under the law for the renewal of permits and payment of the business taxes. -- Sheila Covarrubias