City hall braces for permits renewal PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 January 2013 14:45

Mayor Celso Lobregat has directed personnel of concerned city departments and units to extend working hours including Saturdays and Sundays starting yesterday January 2 to January 21 when businessmen are expected to flock to City Hall to renew their permits.

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.

Businessmen started flocking City Hall yesterday either to secure or renew business/ license permits which will end January 21.

Assessment tables and foldable tents have been set up at the ground floor of City Hall to accommodate clients and to ensure comfort and convenience to those processing their permits. Similar assessment tables have been set up at the City Hall second floor.

City Hall has started accepting applications for renewal of business permits for the year 2012 starting last October 1st.

Mayor Lobregat, through a directive, 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.

Mayor Lobregat 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.

Applicants for renewal of business permits are advised to bring the original copy of their 2012 business permit as basis for the renewal.

Application forms can be secured from the Permits and Licensing Division located at the ground floor of City Hall. — Sheila Covarrubias