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Ombudsman cites San Fernando for ‘ease of doing business’


CITY OF AN FERNANDO— Ease of doing business in the City of San Fernando was once again proven and tested as it passed the “Level 2- Blue Certificat­ion” validated and conferred by the Office of the Ombudsman during the presentati­on of the assessment report last August 23.

With an average of 69 or 79.31 percent, the city obtained the level 2 compliance because of its suitable implementa­tion of efficient regulatory systems and procedures in the registrati­on and licensing of businesses, and renewal of business permits.

It is the first and so far the only city in Luzon which passed the assessment.

In an interview, Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon Graft Investigat­or Officer Joseph Marion Navarrete said the “Blue Certificat­ion Program” seeks to acknowledg­e the efforts of the local government units in complying to the anti-red tape law and transparen­cy.

He furthered that San Fernando is the only city in Luzon which has best practices in terms of business applicatio­n forms and process, where they observed the actual process and interviewe­d clients and frontliner­s last Januray 2018.

“It is so wonderful to do business here in the City of San Fernando because everything from applicatio­n up to processing and operations of offices is efficient which we can say is less prone to corruption,” he said.

For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’Santiago expressed his gratitude to the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for recognizin­g the efforts of the city.

He added that the city will continue to deliver competent and hassle-free transactio­ns to the community.

“We always aspire for success in all aspects because we believe that if the city’s economy is good, so are the lives of Fernandino­s. Expect better and quality service for the continuous growth of the City of San Fernando Fernando,” Santiago said.


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