Celso extend City Hall work hours for biz permit process PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 January 2011 16:30

Mayor Celso Lobregat has ordered the extension of work hours of offices involved in the business permit renewal to accommodate more clients effective Monday, January 3 to January 20, the deadline set for the renewal of permits.

Based on the mayor’s order, work hours on weekdays from Mondays through Fridays are from 8 a.m.-12noon and from 1pm-8 p.m. and from 8a.m. to 12noon and 1-5 p.m. during Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. On January 19 and 20, office hours will be extended from 5pm to 10pm.

Businessmen have started crowding City Hall January 3, either to secure or renew business license permits, a process that will end January 20, based on the law.

Mayor Lobregat Monday instructed the setting up of more facilities such as additional assessment tables and chairs both at the ground floor and second floor of the City Hall building to accommodate more clients as well as to ensure comfort and convenience.

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

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.

Mayor Lobregat has reiterated his appeal to all local businessmen to process applications for new permits or 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 mayor, it is recalled, 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. -- Sheila Covarrubias