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Cebu City Mayor Tomas Omeña is look­ing at re­plac­ing the busi­ness per­mit with a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the Trea­surer’’s Of­fice, which would state that the busi­ness en­tity has paid its taxes as it ini­tial re­quire­ment to com­mence busi­ness op­er­a­tions. Os­meña tells busi­ness own­ers that the City won’t run af­ter them if they pay their busi­ness taxes. This is so be­cause the City un­der­stands the long, ar­du­ous process of se­cur­ing a busi­ness per­mit, which re­quires get­ting clear­ances from a num­ber of gov­ern­ment agen­cies, caus­ing de­lay in the busi­ness op­er­a­tions.

Os­meña wants trea­surer's of­fice to is­sue tax pay­ment cer­tifi­cates to es­tab­lish­ments in­stead of a busi­ness per­mit so own­ers can im­me­di­ately start their busi­nesses.

Cebu City Mayor Os­meña plans to re­place the busi­ness per­mit is­sued to es­tab­lish­ments with a cer­tifi­cate from the City Trea­surer’s Of­fice stat­ing that they have paid their taxes.

It will be an ini­tial re­quire­ment in or­der for es­tab­lish­ments to op­er­ate, con­sid­er­ing the long process of ob­tain­ing the busi­ness per­mits.

In the present set-up, busi­ness own­ers are re­quired to ob­tain clear­ances from sev­eral of­fices and agen­cies, which de­lays the start of their op­er­a­tion.

Os­meña told busi­ness own­ers that the City Gov­ern­ment will not run af­ter them as long as they pay taxes.

“We are not scrap­ping busi­ness per­mits. All we are say­ing is that the trea­surer’s of­fice will not run af­ter you as long as you pay your taxes. You are not the pri­or­ity,” said Os­meña.

“We can­not is­sue a busi­ness per­mit to you be­cause you’ll have to pro­duce all the other clear­ances. All we want you to do is to pay your taxes. So we’ll just give you a cer­tifi­cate (that states) ‘tax- es paid’ so that you can op­er­ate your busi­ness al­ready,” he added.

But the mayor said that busi­ness own­ers may still face sanc­tions for their other vi­o­la­tions.

Asked when the new pol­icy will be im­ple­mented, Os­meña said he is yet to talk to the city trea­surer, but added that it will be im­ple­mented im­me­di­ately.

“We’re do­ing this so that peo­ple can do busi­ness right away. Our peo­ple in City Hall have to fo­cus on their func­tions and the trea­surer’s func­tion is to raise money,” he said. /

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