Mayor wants to ex­tend busi­ness one-stop shop

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BA­COLOD City Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia re­quested the City Coun­cil to ex­tend the Busi­ness One-stop-shop (Boss) and the dead­line of pay­ment for busi­ness per­mits from Jan­uary 20 to Fe­bru­ary 28.

This, af­ter Leonar­dia re­ceived a re­quest from the Metro Ba­colod Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (MBCCI) to ex­tend the fil­ing of per­mits and dead­line of the first quar­ter pay­ment of tax.

The mayor is hope­ful the City Coun­cil will grant the re­quest be­cause, in the pre­vi­ous years, the same re­quest by the busi­ness group was also ap­proved by the Au­gust body.

From Jan­uary 3 to 8, the Per­mits and Li­cens­ing Divi­sion al­ready reg­is­tered a to­tal of 6,281 busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments.

“I’m happy with this de­vel­op­ment be­cause it only shows that we sus­tain as a busi­ness-friendly city, and it’s very im­por­tant,” Leonar­dia said.

In 2018, Ba­colod reg­is­tered a to­tal of 23,177 busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments or with an in­crease of 5.33 per­cent com­pared to 22,004 es­tab­lish­ments reg­is­tered in 2017.

Mean­while, Leonar­dia said they will send of­fi­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion to the vil­lage chief of Barangay 10 who

failed to send their rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the Boss.

“If they fail to send a rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the Ba­colod Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter, we will re­fer this to the City Le­gal Of­fice and re­port it to the De­part­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG), but in the mean­time, we ap­peal for his sense of pa­tri­o­tism in terms of pub­lic ser­vice,” Leonar­dia said.

The Boss, which in­cludes rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the City Health Of­fice, Bureau of Fire Pro­tec­tion, Of­fice of the Build­ing Of­fi­cial, En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice, and the barangays, started on Jan­uary 3 and will run un­til Jan­uary 20.

The Boss aims to pro­vide con­ve­nience and ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the tax­pay­ers.

Ex­ec­u­tive As­sis­tant Sa­muel Mon­toyo, a mem­ber of Anti-red Tape core team, ear­lier said that the erring barangay of­fi­cials who failed to join Boss will be charged for dis­obe­di­ence or re­fus­ing the law­ful or­der.

Mon­toyo said it’s the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the barangay of­fi­cials to com­ply with the Repub­lic Act 11032 (RA) or an Act pro­mot­ing ease of do­ing busi­ness and ef­fi­cient de­liv­ery of gov­ern­ment ser­vices, amend­ing for the pur­pose of RA 9484 or the Anti-red Tape Act of 2007./MAP

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