REGIONAL-NEWS

DILG CAR urges LGUs in Cordillera to automate business registration

May 21, 2021

BAGUIO CITY— The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) - Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) urges all local government units (LGUs) in the region to establish an electronic Business One-Stop Shop (eBOSS) following the issuance of a Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) by the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) in line with the President’s directive to bring government transactions and services online.

"LGUs must install their eBOSS or automate their business licensing and processing system (BPLS) before June 17, 2021, and the eBOSS includes online submission of business permit applications, digital payment options, and issuance of electronic versions of permits, licenses, or clearances," said DILG OIC-Regional Director (RD) Araceli San Jose.

She also underscored that the eBOSS will reduce person-to-person contact and promote strict adherence to health protocols during the pandemic.

According to the Circular, LGUs are encouraged to adopt a partly manual, partly electronic, or online system that reduces the number of steps for processing business permits and standardizes the documentary requirements, steps, and processing time associated with business registration.

OIC-RD San Jose said that some of the important requirements and features that are expected from the BOSS of LGUs are as follows: single point of contact for the submission of all requirements, unified application form with all required questions for all offices involved in the permit process, including a three-step process of submission, assessment or payment, and release.

“The presence of a clear and comprehensive citizen's charter and the integration of Barangay Clearance in LGU permitting process and Fire Safety Inspection/Evaluation Clearance in the BOSS, as well as application processing in no more than three days, are required,” she said.

She also reminded LGUs that if they do not comply with the directive, they will be subjected to a formal investigation, which may result in an administrative case.

Further, she said that cities and municipalities are required to develop and/or update their online systems or web services in order to integrate them with the Central Business Portal and coordinate with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to avail of the Electronic Business Permit and Licensing System (eBPLS) and Integrated Business Permits and Licensing System (iBPLS).