Biz permits renewal ends today PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 January 2014 13:05

Businessmen have only until today, January 20 to renew their business permits or licenses without the payment of surcharges and other penalties provided for under the law.

The City Licensing Office, City Treasurer’s Office, City Planning and Development Office, Computer Services Division, Tricycle Adjudication Board and other offices concerned will be opened from 8am until 8pm to accommodate applicants for permits renewal.

On orders of Mayor Beng Climaco, the city’s business permits renewal system has been streamlined to lessen processing time and to promote business activities.

As of Saturday, January 18, the Licensing Division under Benjie Barredo has processed 4,592 applications of which 327 are new applications. In terms of amount, the over 4,000 applications translates to P56  million collection for the city in terms of business taxes and other business permit-related fees.

From the previous 5 steps, processing of business permits renewal in City Hall has been cut down to 3 steps lessening processing time to only 30 minutes more or less.

Basically, the process involves the submission of renewal application form at the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) followed by the assessment and payment of taxes at the City Treasurer’s Office and consequently the issuance of a temporary permit to operate (TPO) or the so-called conditional permit by the Chief Licensing Officer.

This based on Executive Order 28 issued by Mayor Climaco that 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.

Based on the Executive Order, once issued with a TPO, the businessman concerned is to comply with the other requirements within 90 days.

Non-compliance of the requirements within the specified period would cause the automatic revocation of the TPO and eventually the issuance of notice of closure and the actual closure of the establishment, Licensing Division Chief Benjie Barredo warned.

The mayor’s executive order states that the 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. The Chief licensing officer is authorized to sign and issue the temporary/conditional permit to operate pursuant to ordinance 92-008, as amended.

Permits renewal process went full blast January 2 with City Hall offices extending work hours- 8am to 8pm Mondays through Fridays and from 8am to 5pm Saturdays and Sundays and holidays. — Sheila Covarrubias