Easier business permit processing in Las Pinas
To fast track the issuance of business permits and encourage more new businesses to register this year, the Las Piñas City government implemented new system which would simplify the process of securing business permit.
Mayor Vergel Aguilar said this was made possible through the completion and the modernization of its facilities to provide first class accommodation.
“The simplified procedures in the renewal of business permit will further encourage individuals or groups to invest or put up a business,” Aguilar said. The local chief executive is optimistic that new business registrants will come within the year because of the new system and improved facilities.
Mr. Rizal Y. Del Rosario, city treasurer, explained that with the new system, applicants only need to fill up a business renewal application form, pay the corresponding fees at the city treasurer, and proceed to the Business Permit and Licensing Office for the release of permit. All the steps are located in one office so the system is faster.”
Del Rosario further explained that under the new system applicants for the renewal of business license and permit need not to submit the necessary requirements/clearances during the renewal period until January 20,2011.
The city treasurer’s office however clarified that the deferment of requirements for business renewal is only for purposes of expediting the release of necessary permits and licenses. All the necessary requirements and all annual inspections shall be done within the year citing that other documentary requirements take time to process, like location clearance, sanitary permit, fire and safety inspection certification.
“We want business establishments to start operations adding that requirements can be done later,” he said
On top of this, the city government also offers a No requirements, No Audit policy as long as applicants are willing to pay 20% higher over and above their 2010 business tax payment. He said applicants of business permit renewal under this policy will be given priority and provided a priority lane for faster processing. This is also to assure the transacting public of less red tape.
The revitalized office also offers other freebies like express lane for the elderly, unlimited access to free wi-fi and while waiting enjoy a free cup of coffee at the lounge for the public.
All business establishments are mandated to renew their Business Permits for the year 2011. The period for the renewal of the Business Permits at the Business Permits and License Office took effect last January 1 and will last till March 31, 2011.
The city treasurer’s office likewise reminded residents that the period of paying the taxes and fees at the City Treasurer’s Office is effective January 1 until January 20, 2011, which can be extended only through an act of the City Council.
“The issuance of the permit shall not relieve business establishment owners from complying other necessary documents required by other departments in connection with the operation of business or conduct of any activity under the Code,” Del Rosario explained.
Renewal of the business permit as well as compliance with, and submission of all requirements is the responsibility of business establishment owners, and not of national or local offices concerned. (END)