QC backs busi­ness regis­tra­tion via smart­phones

Manila Times - - Sunday Business & I.t. -

IN or­der to im­prove the ease of do­ing busi­ness in Que­zon City, Vice Mayor Joy Bel­monte has an­nounced plans for the city to pi­lot the de­vel­op­ment of a busi­ness regis­tra­tion ap­pli­ca­tion on smart­phones in part­ner­ship with the gov­ern­ment of New Zealand.

“The am­bas­sador of New Zealand is in­ter­ested in help­ing to spon­sor the de­vel­op­ment of an app that will al­low the regis­tra­tion of busi­nesses us­ing smart­phones. This will speed up the process of busi­ness regis­tra­tion in Que­zon City and, if suc­cess­ful, will be rolled out na­tion­wide,” Bel­monte said in an in­ter­view.

The in­no­va­tion, Bel­monte said,

De­part­ment and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy & Kasper­sky Lab inks MoU. Present at the sign­ing were (from left) Al­lan S. Ca­ban­long, as­sis­tant se­c­etary, DICT; Eliseo M. Rio Jr., act­ing sec­re­tary, DICT; Stephan Neumeier, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Kasper­sky Lab APAC; and Yeo Siang Tiong, gen­eral man­ager, Kasper­sky Lab South­east Asia will also re­duce face-to-face in­ter­ac­tion and mid­dle­man trans­ac­tions that could po­ten­tially erad­i­cate cor­rup­tion in the regis­tra­tion of new busi­nesses in all lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGUs).

The vice mayor thanked New Zealand Am­bas­sador to the Philip­pines David Stra­chan, New Zealand Trade Com­mis­sioner to the Philip­pines Her­nando Ba­nal II, and Na­tional Com­pet­i­tive­ness Coun­cil ( NCC) co- Chair­man Guillermo “Bill” Luz, who also serves as hon­orary ad­viser to the Asia New Zealand Foun­da­tion (ANZF), for se­lect­ing Que­zon City

“We were se­lected as the pi­lot for this par­tic­u­lar project be­cause of the pop­u­la­tion and size of Que­zon City. As of 2018, we have nearly 75,000 reg­is­tered busi­nesses and that num­ber is rapidly in­creas­ing,” Bel­monte pointed out.

“We also aim to be the bench­mark for ease of do­ing busi­ness,” she said.

The busi­ness regis­tra­tion app is set to be im­ple­mented in three phases, with the last phase ded­i­cated to the ac­tual de­vel­op­ment of the ap­pli­ca­tion. Busi­ness Per­mit

Garry Domingo and Que­zon City In­vest­ments Pro­mo­tions Of­fice head Regina Samson will lead the

in the de­vel­op­ment, which to hap­pen in Novem­ber.

“If the pro­to­type works in Que­zon City, then the app will be de­vel­oped for the rest of the coun­try to use,” the vice mayor said, adding, “It is high time we lever­age this tech­nol­ogy be­cause so many Filipinos are us­ing the in­ter­net and smart­phones to get things done. LGUs need to catch up.”

is set

in the coun­try to launch the Phil- ip­pine Busi­ness Registry (PBR), an in­te­grated busi­ness regis­tra­tion process cov­er­ing ap­pli­ca­tions to the De­part­ment of Trade and In­dus­try (DTI), Bu­reau of In­ter­nal Rev­enue ( BIR), So­cial Se­cu­rity Sys­tem (SSS), Home De­vel­op­ment Had­nout photo

Mu­tual Fund (Pag-ibig), and Philip­pine Health In­sur­ance Corp. (PhilHealth).

The PBR is uti­lized by the Que­zon City Busi­ness One Stop Shop (BOSS) in the city hall to pro­vide a sin­gle lo­ca­tion for all trans­ac­tions.

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