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Sunday, August 18, 2019

BFP conducts advance fire safety inspection

THE Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)-Bacolod is conducting an advance inspection to hasten the processing of fire safety inspection certificate (FSIC) as pre-requisite for the issuance of business permit.

Superintendent Rodolfo Denaga, city fire marshal, said the advance fire safety inspection is one of their major innovations to fast track the issuance of FSIC.

The FSIC has one-year validity and every month, there are business owners whose FSIC expire thus they are required to apply for renewal.

“A month before the expiration of the FSIC, the BFP will inspect the establishment so that when the time they will renew their FSIC comes, the BFP could identify if they are compliant or not,” Denaga said.

He is hopeful that during the one-stop-shop processing of business permits at the Bacolod Government Center in January, they will not be the cause of the delay of the processing, he added.

The BFP will release the FSIC in two to three days for the compliant business owners.

Denaga said the BFP’s chief inspectors are given four hours to submit a report so they can immediately correct the violations of the business owners.

Permits and Licensing Division head Stela Rose Rayos had earlier said the one-stop-shop processing of business permits for 2017 will run from January 3 to 20.

She added that the permit will be released in one or two days upon the submission of complete required documents, adding that the standard steps in the processing of business permit have been reduced into only three from the previous five.

“Before we have five steps, but because of the streamlining it was reduced to three steps,” Rayos said.

Lilibeth Gamboa, head of License Division, said they required the tax payers, which are value-added tax (TAX) registered establishments to bring their VAT return from the previous year.

The non-VAT registered should also bring the percentage tax of the current year and the 2015 income tax return for the computation of business taxes.

Gamboa said the tax payers who will pay in full will avail of the 10 percent discount on business tax.

Each taxpayer is also required to bring a minimum of five application forms for assessment, she added.
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