Baliwag gov’t implements hassle-free processing of business permits, licensing

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Baliwag, Bulacan—Business permits and licenses can now be processed in just few hours to a maximum of 2 days, thanks to a policy that seeks to implement a hassle-free system in the renewal and registration of new businesses.

Baliwag Mayor Ferdie Estrella said on Monday that traders and entrepreneurs who wish to register or renew their business permits in their municipality will no longer be asked to fulfill a long list of requirements, and go through complicated procedures previously spanning 3 to 5 days.

“We are one with the current administration in bringing change to every part of the country. Here in Baliwag, we are all set to put our best foot forward to attract investors that will lead to increased local revenue and jobs for us.”

Through an executive order that he signed, Mayor Estrella adopts the revised BPLS standards proposed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

Under which, the following will now be done to streamline transactions with the municipal government: adoption of a unified form and new performance standards for processing business permits and licenses; establishment of a Business One-Stop Shop; development of automated systems, online and mobile options to quickly process transactions; and implementation of a customer relationship management program.

This move is also expected to significantly eliminate red tapes in the local government unit, as it will reduce personal interaction and require only two 2 signatories, with alternate approving signatories.

“We are trying to promote and develop an easy-to-do-business kind of system to make our town more competitive,” Mayor Estrella adds. “We see entrepreneurs in our town as partners for growth and we hope that they will appreciate this move of the local government by doing their part—paying their tax dues and employing more locals.”

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