To make busi­ness regis­tra­tion more con­ve­nient es­pe­cially for mi­cro, small, and medium en­ter­prises in the Philip­pines, DTI and other pri­vate and pub­lic agen­cies de­velop an app pro­to­type cur­rently called ‘One Cen­tral Busi­ness Por­tal’.

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The gov­ern­ment has de­vel­oped a pro­to­type called ‘One Cen­tral Busi­ness Por­tal’ that will al­low new busi­ness reg­is­trants to ap­ply for busi­ness per­mits us­ing a mo­bile phone.

“We are pleased to re­port that busi­ness regis­tra­tion at your fin­ger­tips will soon be a re­al­ity. A mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary team has just fin­ished a pro­to­type that en­ables end-to-end busi­ness regis­tra­tion on a mo­bile de­vice. We are happy to note that the pro­to­type is a vi­able con­cept. But more tests are be­ing com­pleted in or­der to fur­ther val­i­date,” said Trade and In­dus­try Sec­re­tary Ra­mon Lopez.

The de­vel­op­ing team was com­posed of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the De­part­ment of Trade and In­dus­try (DTI), De­part­ment of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy, Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion, Que­zon City Gov­ern­ment Unit, Philhealth, and the New Zealand Creative HQ.

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

Ac­cord­ing to Lopez the last de­sign sprints, held this week, is the last and the most chal­leng­ing and timely.

The De­sign Sprints Team cre­ated a stream­lined process for busi­ness regis­tra­tion. The One Cen­tral Busi­ness Por­tal is be­ing de­vel­oped as an al­ter­na­tive regis­tra­tion chan­nel that is easy to use. This is ex­pected to re­duce the time, steps, and costs mi­nus the in­con­ve­nience of busi­ness regis­tra­tion par­tic­u­larly for mi­cro, small, and medium en­ter­prises.

By con­sol­i­dat­ing gov­ern­ment re­quire­ments in one ap­pli­ca­tion form, One Cen­tral Busi­ness por­tal is ex­pected to al­low eas­ier start­ing up of a new busi­ness in the coun­try. The on­line por­tal is also avail­able 24 hours, 7 days a week in­clud­ing hol­i­days.

Through the de­vel­op­ment of this por­tal, some­one in­ter­ested in putting a new cor­po­ra­tion will no longer have to visit and trans­act with sev­eral gov­ern­ment agen­cies sep­a­rately. It also spares the ap­pli­cant from hav­ing to con­tend with nu­mer­ous face to face in­ter­ac­tions, as well as queues to ob­tain a ser­vice.

The One Cen­tral Busi­ness Por­tal com­plies with Sec­tion 13 of RA 11032, man­dat­ing a “cen­tral sys­tem to re­ceive ap­pli­ca­tions and cap­ture ap­pli­ca­tion data in­volv­ing busi­ness-re­lated trans­ac­tions, in­clud­ing pri­mary and sec­ondary li­censes, and busi­ness clear­ances, per­mits, cer­ti­fi­ca­tions or au­tho­riza­tions is­sued by the lo­cal gov­ern­ment units.”

“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. The ex­er­cise we did this week reengi­neered the ‘start­ing a busi­ness’ process us­ing a whole of gov­ern­ment ap­proach,” said Lopez.

Some­one in­ter­ested in putting a new cor­po­ra­tion will no longer have to visit and trans­act with sev­eral gov­ern­ment agen­cies sep­a­rately.

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