The Quezon City Government was commended by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for paving the way for smooth business registration and construction permit processing in the city.
Stressing that the restructuring of operations in Quezon City was critical as it is the local government unit (LGU) with the most number of businesses, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez described the effort of the local government as providing “reduction in the steps and requirements, and the use of automation”.
The DTI chief was referring to Executive Order 11, issued in 2017, which required the creation of one-stop shops for new businesses.
Filing and payment for business permits and certificates, which may be claimed in less than two hours, can be done at these one-stop shops which follow a 2-step procedure in issuing the said documents.
Given this, business applicants no longer need to go to different offices for permits as transactions can be accomplished in one place.
“To further develop the process, the effort of the QC shall be complemented by efforts in the national level. Together with the DICT, we are looking at developing a fully electronic registration process using smartphone app,” said Lopez.
He added that future plans for registering businesses via mobile app “is an excellent opportunity for the Philippines to become one of the first countries to adopt a business registration process that can be completed (end to end) on a smartphone”.
A one-stop shop for construction-related permits and documents is already underway and is expected to operate by the end of February this year.
This Quezon City directive has also been mentioned by the Trade secretary when he reported the reforms that the government is undertaking to improve the ‘ease of doing business’ in the Philippines following the recent ranking slip in World Bank’s“Doing Business” survey.
Quezon City is the sample city included in the said survey.
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Featured photo from Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines.