Zamboanga City hastens business permits processing

THE Zamboanga City Government, for the second year, has rolled out on Monday the Business One Stop Shop (Boss) initiative for more convenient and efficient registration and renewal of business permits.

At the same time, the office hours of all agencies and office involved in the renewal and registration process has been extended by three hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from January 4 to 20 to accommodate the applicants.

City Hall Information Officer Belen Sheila Covarrubias said all agencies and offices involved in the renewal of licenses of different kinds of businesses are set up at the second floor of City Hall under the Boss concept.

The agencies and offices include the Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police, Department of Trade and Industry, Securities and Exchange Commission, Social Security System, Pag-ibig Mutual Fund, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, City Veterinarian Office, City Agriculturist Office, City Health Office, Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources, City Planning and Development Office, City Engineer’s Office, and City Tourism Office.

The City Treasurer’s Office and the Business and Permits Licensing Office are both located at the ground floor of City Hall.

Business renewal under the Boss system will have four steps: first, presentation of 2014 business permit at the BPLO, second, secure clearances (different agencies at the City Hall second floor); third, assessment and payment at the CTO; and, fourth, get the 2015 permit at the BPLO.

Covarrubias said that businessmen are advised to secure a barangay clearance before starting with first step as well as to bring all available clearances or permits of previous year for faster processing.

For new business registration, applicants will undergo three steps-first is the application with Business and Permits Licensing Office where they will be asked to fill up and submit the application form, second, assessment and payment at the City Treasurer’s office and third, get the temporary permit to operate (TPO).

With the TPO, the business operations can start but the requirements and clearances are to be complied within the prescribed 30-day period for the issuance of the actual business permit.

Pre-application requirements for new applicants are SEC registration or DTI registration (single proprietor), valid identification card, 2x2 pictures, proof of ownership/lease contract and other pertinent documents.

Covarrubias said the deadline for the renewal of business permits is January 20; and late filers will be meted with 25-percent surcharge per quarter and two-percent additional surcharge per month.
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