Villages report firms without permits

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Monday, May 26, 2014


THERE are still many business establishments in barangays that operate without the necessary permits.

This was based on the inventory submitted by the 17 barangays to Mayor Mauricio Domogan, who issued a directive on March 29 on the conduct of a census of businesses with or without business permits.

Based on the reports culled by the City Mayor’s Office from the barangays, there are 1,817 business establishments without business permits as against the 1,500 operating with permits while 52 are with pending permit applications.

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The data came from barangays Andres Bonifacio, Bakakeng Central, BGH Compound, Burnham-Legarda, Camdas Subdivision, City Camp Proper, Country Club Village, Imelda Village, Irisan, Kabayanihan, Lourdes Subd. Ext., Manuel Roxas, Middle Quirino, San Luis Village, San Roque, Sto. Tomas Proper and Upper QM.

The mayor reminded anew the other barangays to submit their reports to complete the data.

The mayor earlier gave the barangay heads 15 days to complete the inventory and submit a tabulated report on the detailed list of businesses.

The list will be forwarded to the City Licensing Office “to conduct the validation among other activities to compel such establishments to secure their respective permits…”

In its own inventory, the City Permits and Licensing Division under officer-in-charge Janet Aguirre reported they have inspected 42 barangays and found a total of 2,436 establishments are with permits while 1,587 have none.

Those found without permits have been notified to comply with the requirements to legalize their businesses.

The mayor encouraged business owners to avail of the electronic business permit and licensing system (e-BPLS) for faster issuance of permits.

The mayor said the inventory of businesses was aimed at determining the actual number of people doing business and to help the city in ironing out its investment records, which is a requirement for the local government to be considered as a qualifier for the competitive cities search under the National Competitiveness Council (NCC).

“Moreover, part of the income to be derived from the business establishments securing their licenses will accrue to your barangays as an added income,” the mayor said.(Aileen Refuerzo)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 27, 2014.

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