Mo­bile app for busi­ness regis­tra­tion in the works


The gov­ern­ment is look­ing to launch within two months a mo­bile app that would al­low in­di­vid­u­als to reg­is­ter their busi­nesses, the De­part­ment of Trade and In­dus­try (DTI) said.

In a press con­fer­ence, Trade Sec­re­tary Ra­mon Lopez said the gov­ern­ment ex­pects to launch the end-to-end busi­ness regis­tra­tion mo­bile app “within two months at the most.”

A team com­posed of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the DTI, De­part­ment of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy (DICT), Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion (SEC), Que­zon City lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit (LGU), Philip­pine Health In­sur­ance Corp., as well as the New Zealand Creative HQ have de­vel­oped a pro­to­type mo­bile app al­low­ing end-to-end busi­ness regis­tra­tion.

“We are happy to note that the pro­to­type is a vi­able con­cept. But more tests are be­ing com­pleted in or­der to fur­ther val­i­date,” said Lopez.

He said upon ini­tial tests, it took him 15 min­utes to pro­vide the in­for­ma­tion re­quired by the app to reg­is­ter a busi­ness.

Asked about the stan­dard time for in­di­vid­u­als to com­plete the busi­ness regis­tra­tion us­ing the app, he said it is ex­pected to take less than an hour.

While the pro­to­type is avail­able, he said agen­cies like the SEC, Bu­reau of In­ter­nal Rev­enue and LGUs would have to be in­te­grated and linked to the app be­fore it could be made avail­able.

“When they (agen­cies) in­te­grate, their in­ter­nal sys­tem will just have to be aligned,” he said.

In the same event, DICT Un­der­sec­re­tary De­nis Vil­lorente said the gov­ern­ment would push to make the app avail­able be­fore Fe­bru­ary so it could be taken into ac­count in up­com­ing global com­pet­i­tive­ness sur­veys.

The end-to-end busi­ness regis­tra­tion mo­bile app pro­to­type was de­vel­oped us­ing De­sign Sprint, an ap­proach from Google Ven­tures to an­swer crit­i­cal busi­ness ques­tions through de­sign, pro­to­typ­ing and

test­ing ideas with cus­tomers.

Since July, the DTI has or­ga­nized a se­ries of De­sign Sprints work­shop and suc­cess­fully de­vel­oped a pro­to­type for a por­tal on LGU in­for­ma­tion, and a frame­work for the Philip­pine Busi­ness Num­ber.

The gov­ern­ment is de­vel­op­ing the One Cen­tral Busi­ness Por­tal to make it eas­ier to set up busi­nesses in the coun­try by con­sol­i­dat­ing gov­ern­ment re­quire­ments in one ap­pli­ca­tion form and mak­ing it avail­able on­line or through the mo­bile phone.

Through the de­vel­op­ment of this por­tal, those who want to reg­is­ter their busi­ness will no longer have to visit and trans­act with sev­eral gov­ern­ment agen­cies sep­a­rately.

The One Cen­tral Busi­ness Por­tal is be­ing de­vel­oped in com­pli­ance with Sec­tion 13 of Repub­lic Act (RA) 11032 or Ease of Do­ing Busi­ness Act of 2018 which man­dates a cen­tral sys­tem to re­ceive ap­pli­ca­tions and cap­ture ap­pli­ca­tion data for busi­ness clear­ances, per­mits, cer­ti­fi­ca­tions or au­tho­riza­tions is­sued by the LGUs.

“We do not just au­to­mate the process but trans­form the way gov­ern­ment is do­ing busi­ness by of­fer­ing a fea­si­ble, vi­able and de­sir­able so­lu­tion for the cus­tomer,” Lopez said.

In ac­cor­dance with RA 11032, DTI shall turn over the pro­to­types for the One Cen­tral Busi­ness Por­tal, in­clud­ing the frame­work of the Philip­pine Busi­ness Num­ber and the end-to-end regis­tra­tion to the DICT for pos­si­ble in­te­gra­tion with other gov­ern­ment sys­tems and for­op­er­at­ing and main­tain­ing the sys­tem.

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