Iloilo City streamlines business permit processing
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has signed an executive order on December 20, 2013 calling for the adoption of a new streamlined business permit and licensing system (BPLS) that allows less than 15 minutes processing for renewal of business permits and licenses.
Mabilog said that starting December 20, business permit applications will be released immediately and not wait for several days provided all documents are complete.
Mabilog said a joint memorandum circular (JMC) No. 1 Seriesof 2010 of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Interior and Local government provided the guidelines for streamlining the business permit and licensing system in cities and municipalities in accordance with the service standards consistent with Republic Act 9485 known as the Anti Red Tape Act of 2007.
Iloilo City is a recipient of the Cities Development Initiative (CDI) under the United States Agency for International Development(USAID) and is committed to improve its business licensing and permitting process in partnership with the USAID Investment Enabling Environment (INVEST)Project.
The city mayor said there are three easy steps for the renewal of business permits for the applicants to accomplish. Once accomplished, the release of permits and license is immediate and not more than 15 minutes.
Applicants may also apply on-line through the Iloilo City government websiteat www.iloilocity.gov.ph. Forfurther inquiries, the applicant may call the BPLS hotline at (033) 336-3853 office hours Monday to Friday. By Lydia Pendon