12 January 2021 –  As part of its continuing inspections of LGUs’ compliance with the Ease of Doing Business Law during this year’s business renewal period, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) looked into the business one stop-shop (BOSS) of Marikina City yesterday and of Makati City this morning.

ARTA’s series of inspections are being conducted with representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government. In the conduct of said inspections, ARTA checks on the important requirements and features that are expected from the BOSS.

Director General Jeremiah Belgica explained that it is not enough for LGUs to colocate all offices involved in the business registration and renewal process: “Pagdating ho sa kanilang BOSS, sila po ba ay nagtayo na ng business-one stop shop? Hindi lamang po colocated. Ibig sabihin hindi po sapat na nandun lang sa isang lugar ang lahat ng mga opisina, pero yung mga sistema po ba ay inayos na po”.

 “Ito po ba ay inintegarte na po nila para po papasok within the processing time na not more than three days according sa batas [R.A. 11032]. Pero according naman po sa Joint Memorandum Circular ng DILG at DTI ay hindi po dapat lumampas sa two days ang kanilang processing time. Kung ito po ay business renewal naman ay dapat hindi po lalampas sa isang araw”, added Director General Belgica.

Aside from the implementation of the processing time, ARTA also checks on the presence of an updated and complete Citizen’s Charter at the most conspicuous place; a single window and unified form for applications, and the integration of applications for Barangay Clearance and for Fire Safety Inspection/Evaluation Clearance, and the automation of their business processing and licensing system, among others.

ARTA will be providing the LGUs with its formal assessment and recommendations on how they could further improve their existing processes in compliance to the Ease of Doing Business Law. After its inspections of all Metro Manila LGUs, ARTA will also be tallying the individual performance of LGUs based on a set of criteria and will be ranking them in terms of their compliance with the Ease of Doing Business Law and ARTA’s other issuances.