26 January 2022 – Two cities in the Southern metro heeded the Anti-Red Tape Authority’s (ARTA) call to extend the period for renewal of business permit amid an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

During an inspection of the city’s Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO), Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez told ARTA Secretary Jeremiah B. Belgica that they have extended their period for renewal of business permits until 28 February 2022.

On the same day, officials of the Pasay City government informed the ARTA chief that the period for renewal of business permits in their city has been extended up to 11 February 2022.

Initially, the period of renewal of business permits is from 3 to 20 January. ARTA Sec. Belgica has been calling on local chief executives to extend the said period amid the surging number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines the past few days due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

Mayor Olivarez thanked the Authority for its support in streamlining the city government’s processes and expressed their support for the agency’s vision to make living easier and more comfortable for Filipinos.

“Layunin po natin padaliin para sa taumbayan ang pagkuha ng renewal permit o ng bagong application,” he said.

“Gusto po natin mangyari na ang gobyerno ay hindi nagpapahirap sa taumbayan at dapat suportahan pa natin at tulungan, lalong lalo na ngayong pandemic na ito,” he added.

Officials from the Pasay City government also reminded the public to not wait until the last minute to have their business permits renewed to avoid clogging lines.

ARTA Sec. Belgica also renewed his call to LGUs to extend their period for renewal of business permit and payment of real property taxes.

“We are happy that the LGUs of Pasay and Parañaque have extended the period for renewal of business permits in their jurisdictions. I am hoping that more local chief executives will follow suit in view of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases,” he said.

The ARTA chief also reiterated the agency’s commitment to helping LGUs in setting up their electronic business one-stop shops (eBOSS) to make it easier for the public to transact with the government and to boost compliance with the provisions of Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.