Standards pushed for processing of business permits and licenses

THE REGIONAL office of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has proposed a new set of standards to further hasten the period of processing business permits and licenses for local government units (LGUs).

Maria Belenda Q. Ambi, regional director of DTI XI, said the proposal intends to provide speedy process through streamlining the steps, days and number of required signatures when processing business permits and licenses.

Based on the proposal, she said it should be cut down to three steps, three days, one signature and one unified form from the present which have five steps, five days and one to two signatures as part of the implementation of business process licensing system (BPLS) program.

“We are advocating that this shall be implemented by all LGUs in the region,” she said.

Data from the DTI XI showed that at present, there are 48 LGUs in the region that have adopted the BPLS. The localized BPLS database software was installed to 21 LGUs of Davao del Sur and Compostela Valley.

The BPLS is intended to hasten the process when securing business permits and licenses from the LGUs. This was implemented following the signing of the joint memorandum circular between DTI and Department of Interior and Local Government in 2010.

The program was also pursuant to Anti-Red Tape Act.

“In compliance with this act, the government set standards for processing business permits and licenses issued by cities and municipalities aimed at improving efficiency in the business registration system and reducing the cost of doing business in the country,” the joint memorandum circular cited.

The Regional Competitiveness Council, a body co-chaired by DTI, recommended the Regional Development Council to make the system mandatory to all LGUs in the region.

The business sector also pushed to have a streamlined process when securing business permits and licenses. In a survey conducted by Institute of Popular Opinion under University of Mindanao in December last year with 100 respondents, it bared that the businesses opted to have short period of time.

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