City Hall extends work hours for permits renewal PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 January 2014 12:50

Mayor Beng Climaco has directed personnel of concerned city departments and divisions in City Hall to extend working hours including Saturdays and Sundays starting yesterday January 2 to January 20 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. These offices will be opened from 8am to 8pm during weekdays and from 8am to 5pm during Saturdays and Sundays.

Based on Executive Order No. BC 28-2013, Mayor Climaco mandates the streamlining of internal regulatory system on the business permit and licensing process. The same order directs all departments and divisions concerned to submit regular progress report to the local chief executive and for other related purposes.

Specifically, the EO directs the implementation of the Business Permit Registration Process with specific guidelines.    The said process is expected to shorten the processing time with the release of the temporary/conditional permit to operate.

A temporary/conditional permit to operate shall be issued to the applicant upon full payment of the necessary fees, taxes and or assessments made to the City Treasurer’s Office. Benjie Barredo, Chief licensing officer is authorized to sign and issue the temporary/conditional permit to operate pursuant to ordinance 92-008, as amended.

Non-compliance to the conditions stated in the temporary/conditional permit to operate will automatically revoke the said permit after the expiration of the period stipulated therein without need of notice. With the automatic revocation of the temporary or conditional permit, the establishment shall be immediately issued a Notice of Closure and shall be immediately closed down.

The EO also provides that the business/mayor’s permit signed by the mayor will be released when all requirements and clearances are complied with. And the temporary/conditional permit to operate shall be surrendered to the business permits and licensing office (BPLO) and shall cease to operate as a permit/license.

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

Under the law, January 20, 2014 is the deadline set for the payment of business taxes. Late payments will mean a surcharge of 25 percent and 2 percent additional penalty for every month of delay.

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.

City Hall has started accepting applications for renewal of business permits for the year 2012 starting last November 5. — Sheila Covarrubias