DTI DEVELOPS BIZ REGISTRATION APP PROTOTYPE
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’.
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.