17 June 2021 – The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) lauded the Quezon City local government unit for its expanded and more efficient electronic Business One-Stop Shop (eBOSS).
Secretary Jeremiah Belgica, along with other key officials of ARTA, paid a courtesy visit to Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte before inspecting LGU’s compliance with the eBOSS directive at the city hall on Thursday.
The eBOSS is a free online platform that ensures end-to-end business registration for those who wish to establish their own businesses.
The visit to Quezon City was done on the last day for LGUs to comply with the eBOSS directive as provided for in Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.
Local government units were given three years to comply with the law before the full implementation of the law.
Quezon City was able to set up its eBOSS platform as early as October 2020.
The highlight of the QC LGU’s eBOSS was the inclusion of the e-payment system for the new business registration, wherein the process is made fully automated and more convenient for clients. In this way, those who must pay fees for government services will be encouraged to pay online.
Currently, the system is only at its beta launch but it will be fully deployed approximately within the next two days.
They have also made their platform user-friendly for the convenience of clients.
The LGU also streamlined their services first before fully automating it as to prevent bringing red tape to the digital space.
They have also made digital back ups of their files as to not disrupt their operations if ever their systems break down.
Through their fully automated system, the Quezon City government aims to eliminate corruption and make their services faster and more efficient.
Belgica commended the LGU’s effort and encouraged other city governments to emulate Quezon City.
“ARTA has been a witness since two years ago. It was really an uphill climb talaga for Quezon City… We’ve seen the strides that were made in these two years,” he said.
“Much of the accomplishments of Quezon City will be reflected in the global rankings of the Philippines in the doing business study of the World Bank,” he added. “I believe that their hard efforts is really paying dividends today.”
The ARTA director general also reminded other LGUs and national government agencies that the Authority will make rounds to ensure that they have complied with the eBOSS directive.
LGUs will be required to submit compliance reports or letters of explanation by 14 July 2021 or 20 days after the deadline to comply with the eBOSS directive.
Non-compliant LGUs who will submit unsatisfactory explanations will receive administrative sanctions.