San Simon bags 4 top awards

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Monday, April 21, 2014


CLARK FREEPORT -- Once again the Municipality of San Simon bested other towns in Pampanga and Central Luzon, bagging four of the top awards in the implementation of the Streamlining Program in the issuance of Mayor's Permit during Monday's 8th Recognition of Outstanding Central Luzon Local Government Units.

San Simon received the two first place awards in the regional and provincial level as the Most Outstanding LGU Implementing the Streamlining Program in the Issuance of Mayor's Permit; the first place position in the provincial level as the Most Outstanding LGU for I.T. innovations; and another first place award in the on-line business permit application.

Mayor Leonora Capule–Wong and Vice-Mayor Keko Almario received the awards from Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Assistant Secretary Blesila Lantayona, The Central Luzon Growth Corridor Foundation, Inc. president Tarlac Governor Wilhelmino Yap, co-chairman Rene Romero, and regional directors Judith Angeles of DTI and Florida Dijan of the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Wong said that the local government of San Simon "is very much elated for winning four major awards," saying that they are dedicated to the hard working men and women of the LGU and the people of her home town.

Wong said that there has been a lot of improvement in the issuance of business permits, noting that in the past, it took three weeks for the issuance of a business permit. Now, she said, because of the LGU’s computerization program, it only takes less than 30 minutes to issue the mayor’s permit.

She furthered that this year, the LGU is targeting the one-time payment scheme, which means even the Bureau of Fire Protection permit will be processed by the municipal government.

Wong said another innovation that will be implemented soon is the on-line payment, where a taxpayer can pay on-line and will no longer need to go to the Mayor’s Office to have his or her business permit processed.

Wong said that before her term, everything was done manually, and as soon as she took over as mayor she initiated a total electronic program in the issuance of business permits, real property taxes and collection.

“We did this (computerization) to promote the anti-red tape act and to assure efficient, transparent and reliable service to the people of San Simon. This will also eliminate fixers and remove graft and corruption in the LGU,” Wong said. (Chris Navarro)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 22, 2014.

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