Over 19,000 businesses have renewed permits

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014


BUSINESS permit renewals in Davao City reached a total of 19,665 on Tuesday since it started processing of applications and renewals on January 2, 2014.

Business Bureau officer-in-charge Lawrence D. Bantiding, in an interview, said that they posted a higher number of renewals this year as compared to 2013 with only 18,172 renewals.

The increase, he said, was a result of the agency's intensified information drive for businesses to renew their permits on time.

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The bureau is expecting to cater to around 35,000 business establishments in its one-stop-shop at NCCC Mall and, at the same time, at the City Hall.

"Despite the higher number of renewals this year, we expect that not all the 35,000 businesses will be applying for renewals this year," Bantiding said, adding that one of the reasons is that some of these businesses have closed down already.

Other factors that may cause for some businesses to not be able to renew their permits are; they do not have money to pay; the owner, or the authorized representative to process the permit, is not in the city; and some of their documents are not yet complete or some of their contracts, like a lease contract, have not been renewed.

Bantiding said owners will be meted out with penalties should they fail to renew their permits on or before January 20.

Schedules for renewals in both NCCC Mall and SP lobby for the remaining days will be: from January 15 to 17 will be from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. While the schedule for Saturdays and Sundays will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On January 20, they can process their renewals from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at NCCC Mall and from 8 a.m. to 12 midnight at the SP Lobby.

The requirements for permit renewal are: (a) original 2013 business permit, (b) original 2013 computerized official receipts and if it is manual, secure certificate of tax payment from City Treasurer Office, (c) original barangay clearance, (d) certified list of employees and their corresponding positions, (e) secure market clearance or certificate for public market from CTO and City Administrator and DCOTT stall holders, (f) if the taxpayer is represented; special power attorney for individual secretary certificate for corporation to transact with the bureau together with the valid ID's of all signatories, (g) community tax certificate, (h) gross sales certification form from CTO, and (i) fire safety inspection certificate 2013.

Also, the bureau reported a total of 176 new business applications this year. In 2013, the agency recorded 299 new businesses.

Earlier, Bantiding said most of the new business players will apply for permits after the renewal period.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 16, 2014.

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