QC to follow ease of doing business law
Mayor Joy Belmonte is committed in implementing a genuine Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Delivery of Government Services law in Quezon City, as part of the city’s program in attracting investors and making Quezon City a truly business-friendly city.
“We will work closely with the national government to ensure compliance with the provisions of the new Ease of Doing Business Law,” Mayor Joy promised during her inaugural address last June 30.
According to Ma. Margarita Santos, Officer-in-Charge of the Business Permits and Licensing Department, businesses in Quezon City are classified between low-risk/small scale to high-risk large scale businesses which can be considered as referring to the simple transaction and complex transaction in the EODB.
In prior years, the BPLD has the same process in the application and issuance of permits regardless of the classification. Businesses are then summarily subjected to 30 days compliance of the required regulatory clearances such as locational clearance, fire safety inspection certificates, occupancy permits, sanitary permits, environmental clearance among others. Non-compliance meant revocation of the permit.
“The EODB does not mandate government agencies to accept without question application lacking in supporting documents. Low risk business may be issued permits sans the clearances since they are small scale in nature and does not pose immediate danger to the public. But it’s a different story if the application is for a high-risk activity such as bars, hotels, factories, gasoline stations, etc.,” Santos said.
Santos further stressed that the local government is mandated to ensure first and foremost, the safety of its constituents, thus, the need to strictly adhere to national building code and fire safety regulations as well as sanitary and environmental requirement, to name a few.
The BPLD assures the public that it is continuously improving its processes to fully adhere to the EODB Law and at the same time, be strict in the implementation of its regulatory function.
The QC government also discourages business establishment owners from dealing with fixers as it only adds to the length of processing time and additional costs on top of the legal fees imposed by the city government.
“Dito sa BPLD, may sinusunod po tayong proseso. Kapag sumusunod sa proseso, hindi na madagdagdagan ang gastos niyo. Kung magkano po ang nakasaad sa inyong tax assessment bill, yun lang po talaga ang dapat ninyong bayaran. Magtulungan po tayo upang maayos natin ang proseso at maiwasan ang mga hindi tamang gawain,” Santos assured.
Signed into law in 2018, Republic Act 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Delivery of Government Services reduces processing time, cut red tape, and eliminate corrupt practices in applying for permits, licenses, and certificates.### (Abby Malvar/Cathy CruzTN)