8 January 2021 – The Anti-Red Tape Authority visited the Business One-Stop Shop (BOSS) of Manila City and Navotas City today to look into its compliance with Republic Act 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business Law in relation to business registration and renewal.

In the conduct of its random inspection, ARTA checks on the important requirements and features that are expected from the BOSS. Some of which are the implementation of the following: presence of an updated and complete Citizen’s Charter at the most conspicuous place; a single window to receive all applications and accompanying requirements; a unified business application form; three simple step process of business permit application (submission, assessment/payment and release); and the integration of applications for Barangay Clearance and for Fire Safety Inspection/Evaluation Clearance.

The inspection at Manila’s BOSS located at SM Manila was led by Director General Jeremiah Belgica, who was also accompanied by ARTA’s Investigation, Enforcement and Litigation Office Director Jedrek Ng as well as representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government.

During the inspection, Director General Belgica called on the Manila City fire marshall to integrate the processes of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) into the LGU’s BOSS. This is in accordance with Section 12 (g) of R.A. 11032 which states that “the BFP shall colocate with the BOSS or in an appropriate area designated by the city/municipality within its premises to assess and collect the fire safety inspection fees”.

According to Director General Belgica, “Marami pa hong kailangang ayusin dahil talaga hong mahirap ‘no dahil napakarami hong mga barangay. Pero at the same time, napakalaki na po ng improvement from the time na nag-start talaga sila d’yan. Hopefully yung sa kanila pong Bureau of Fire, ma-integrate na po dun sa payments ng LGU”.

“Yung barangays, of course, ay ma-incorporate na din ho doon ‘no at sabi sa 11032 ay ang LGUS na, ang city halls ang maaari nang mag-issue nito. Of course it is a challenge po pero kailangan ho nating gawin”, the ARTA chief added. As per Section 11(f) of the said law, barangay clearances and permits related to doing business shall be applied, issued,
collected at the city/municipality.

The ARTA officials also conducted a virtual inspection of the BOSS of Navotas City in the afternoon. “Congratulations po sa lahat ng mga efforts na ginawa po ninyo. Yung integration po ninyo sa iba’t iba pong mga.. sa barangay at integration din po sa Bureau of Fire permit. Napakalaking bagay ho nun”, commended Director General Belgica.

Apart from the walk through of the application process for business registration and renewal processes, the ARTA team also gathered feedbacks from some applicants on site as part of its monitoring activity.

On the virtual inspection, which was aired live via ARTA’s Facebook page, Director General Belgica also reminded all LGUs of the statutory deadline for the creation of their Electronic Business One Stop Shop on June 17, 2021 which is three years from the effectivity of R.A. 11032.