The streamlined business permits application will start January 2 until January 20, 2020. According to Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) Head Samuel Belderol, no extension will be provided to the registrants. Tagbilaran City businessmen showed prompt and responsible demeanor towards the ruling. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap who has been very supportive in the establishment of business-friendly environment in the City is thankful to the support and cooperation of business owners, “The proactive partnership between the business sector and the City Government is a synergy which would greatly contribute to the development of Tagbilaran. The increase in business income would translate to more services and programs, intended to capacitate and empower the Tagbilaranons,” said Mayor Yap.
The business permitting system which was streamlined from 14 to 3 steps requires the business owners to complete the pre-business registration which means complying with all the documentary requirements before actually starting the business permit application. For new businesses, the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) will look for the certificate of registration from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), certificate of occupancy or lessor’s permit for rented buildings or contract of lease for market occupants, whichever is applicable, and barangay clearance. The City Health Office (CHO) will require the Mayor’s Permit, billing statement from the City Treasurer’s Office and laboratory results of both x-ray and stool. The City Assessor’s will look for the photocopy of the lot where the business is located and tax declaration of the building, the City Treasurer on one hand, will look for the Property identification Number (PIN) and tax clearance. The Office of the Building Official (OBO) will require the certificate of occupancy, but for old buildings (those which existed since 1978 and below), submission of a certification from licensed structural experts are needed. For the Bureau of Fire, new businesses need to fill out the unified application form with the assessment of fees, official receipt of real property tax and certificate of occupancy from OBO.
While the pre-registration requirements for renewal of business permits, the submission of barangay clearance, latest income tax return, Mayor’s Permit, sanitary permit, latest tax declaration of the building, tax clearance, OBO clearance and Fire Safety Inspection Certificate (FSIC) are required. If applicants for business permits comply with the pre-business registration procedures, the release of permits would only take a day or two. The BPLO with the assistance from the USAID-SURGE would also undertake an assessment through on-the-spot surveys to evaluate the effectiveness of the streamlined process, the results of which, will be integrated to continuously improve Tagbilaran City’s business registration system.