THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is now working with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in implementing the “Ease of Doing Business Law” to address complaints from the business sector that local government units (LGU) are delaying the issuance of their business permits.
DILG 7 Assistant Director Maria Loisella Lucina said that with DTI, they gathered local officials for comments of the draft implementing rules and regulations (IRR). Lucino informed Dante Jimenez, chairman of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), who was in Cebu, that all local officials in Central Visayas have been informed about the law.
Jimenez told Lucino that the DILG 7 can call local chief executives anytime to make them aware of the law, because despite this being the election period, the government continues to operate 24 hours daily.
Jimenez told the DILG to immediately file administrative and criminal charges against mayors who violate the Ease of Doing Business Law by delaying the issuance of business permits.
“I remind the mayors and the barangay captains that they can even be charged for not complying with the environmental law. This time, they have to implement this Ease of Doing Business Law,” Jimenez said.
For her part, DTI 7 Director Asteria Caberte said they can monitor the progress of the issuance of permits through the Negosyo Centers in the region.
“When we get a business name registration, we measure the processing time of business permit by the mayor because the business must have a business permit. The ideal time is for the mayor to issue a business permit upon the issuance of business name by DTI,” Caberte said. (EOB)