22 LGUs adopt biz processing system

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Thursday, March 27, 2014


OUT of the 49 local government units (LGUs), 22 have already adopted the business permit and licensing system (BPLS) as of December 2013.

In an e-mail from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Davao, the LGUs who have adopted the BPLS are: Davao City, Tagum City, Panabo City, Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos), Mati City, Digos City, and the municpalities of Braulio E. Dujali, New Corella, San Isidro, Banaybanay, Caraga, Cateel, Gov. Generoso, Lupon, Manay, San Isidro, Bansalan, Hagonoy, Magsaysay, Malita, Compostela, and Nabunturan.

The BPLS is an initiative of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and DTI to improve the business climate in the country by streamlining the processing of business permits and licensing through the adaptation of one or unified form and reducing the number of steps, days, and signatories.

DTI-Davao Acting Director Ma. Belenda Ambi, during the Davao Business Forum on Tuesday at Dermpath, SM City Davao, in coordination with San Miguel Foods Inc., said the BPLS includes two signatories at most while the processes have been cut short to five steps or less.

The processing day for new applications should only be one day while renewals are five days.

She said they are hoping that the remaining 27 LGUs will be able to adopt the BPLS this year.

Ambi also said they are pushing for the mandatory adaptation of the system in all LGUs in the region.

She said the proposal to make the BPLS mandatory has already been discussed in the Regional Competitiveness Council and will now be endorsed to the Regional Development Council.

"We want to make it mandatory because with the current one they are only encouraged to apply the system. If we are serious in being competitive we should implement the system in all the LGUs in the region," she said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 28, 2014.

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