- Three government agencies have issued a joint memorandum circular that orders all cities and municipalities to cut the processing time of business permits
- DTI, DILG, and DICT are looking forward to business permits being renewed and approved within two days only
- There are 1516 cities and municipalities to be affected with this circular
Three government agencies issued a joint memorandum circular (JMC) stating that all business permits and licenses should be done within one or two days only.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) signed into order the JMC on Tuesday, August 30.
The memorandum aims to provide an automated system for processing business permits and licenses in local government units (LGUs) and at the same time provide a standard for the online processing of both permits and licenses.
With this memorandum. LGUs must be able to cut the processing time for business registration to only two days for new applicants while it should be done within a day for those who are renewing. Both new applications and renewal require a maximum of 3 steps.
The LGUs are also advised to use a unified form with two signatories only, with the output both in print and electronic form. The signatories, on the other hand, may come from the mayor and treasurer/business permit and licensing heads with alternate approving signatories.
Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez revealed that the government’s target for all LGUs to comply with this memorandum is within the next 30 days. There are 1,516 cities and municipalities who are expected to adopt the JMC and facilitate online processing of business permits and licenses within the year.
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Meanwhile, Undersecretary Jorge Sarmiento disclosed that the DICT is already pilot-testing a computer application software in Tanay, Rizal. The software, if successful, will be used to automate the Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) in all LGUs.
In 2010, both the DTI and the DILG have issued a similar memorandum to all LGUs with 1,419 out of 1,516 LGUs completing the 2010 streamlining program as of June 2016. -Kami Media