THE Business Permit and Licensing Division under the Office of the Mayor reported a 300 percent hike in the number of business permits issued with the implementation of the new streamlined process and the establishment of the Business One Stop Shop (Boss) from January 3 to 31 this year compared to same period last year.

City Permits and Licensing Officer Benjie Barredo said his office has issued a total of 10,114 business permits during the 29-day operation of the Boss at Centro Latino Convention Center in Paseo del Mar.

Barredo said they only issued 2,010 business permits during the operation of the partial implementation of the Boss in City Hall from January 2 to 31 last year.

The Boss brought together all offices and agencies involved in the business registration and renewal process to Centro Latino Convention Center.

It operated on extended hours from January 3 to 20 and by virtue of a City Council ordinance, the Boss continued operations, as payment of business tax was extended until January 31.

However, applications for business permits renewal submitted after January 20 were already subjected to surcharges and penalties.

As this developed, Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar thanked the over 10,000 business licensees for complying with the law as well as the Boss team and the different department heads for a job well done during the 29-day operation of the Boss.

Salazar expressed gratitude to the United States Agency for International Development through its Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity program for the technical assistance provided including the study tours in the cities of Valenzuela and Quezon City it sponsored. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)