DTI, DILG partner to boost LGU competitiveness-A A +A
Friday, October 11, 2013
THE Department of Trade Industry (DTI) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) have initiated reforms to raise awareness among local government units (LGU) in providing efficient delivery of services particularly in reducing red tape.
One of these efforts is the creation of Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) Oversight Committee that will oversee the implementation of the BPLS streamlining reforms particularly on its service standards.
BPLS refers to the procedures followed by cities and municipalities in processing business permits which are to be secured by businessmen or investors in order for them to operate legally in the area.
In a 2008 document entitled "A win-win deal for LGUs and entrepreneurs: Streamlining the Business Permit and Licensing System," it was noted that in most LGUs, business owners are burdened and dissatisfied by the long and inefficient processes of renewing their business permit.
The practice has become a disincentive to new entrepreneurs and investors to place their investments in the country. Inefficient BPLS leads to the growth of underground enterprises in those LGUs hence loss of revenues.
The BPLS oversight committee is to be composed of DTI and DILG representatives as co-chairs, concerned government agencies such as the National Computer Center, private business groups and development partners.
The establishment of the oversight committee is contained in the DTI-DILG Joint Department Administrative Order (JDAO) 10-07.
In the JDAO, the DILG thru the Local Government Academy shall act as the overall coordinator of the nationwide streamlining of the BPLS of local government units among these functions include managing the capacity-building program for LGUs on BPLS streamlining.
It will also set-up a monitoring system for tracking the progress of target LGUs in reforming their BPLS.
The DTI together DILG shall provide policy direction in the implementation of the BPLS reform project nationwide. Also DTI will work with LGUs which have undertaken BPLS reforms in electronically their business registration processes with the Philippine Business Registry.
DTI-Davao Region Director Marizon Loreto said that the Local Chief Executive Convergence on Competitiveness held in Pinnacle Hotel Davao City today (Oct. 9) aims to raise the awareness of local government units in Davao Region in the importance of having streamlined BPLS.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 11, 2013.