05 October 2020 – The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) lauds the Quezon City Local Government Unit (LGU) for recently launching its QC Biz Easy Online Unified Business Permit Application System (OUBPAS), the city’s electronic business one-stop shop (E-BOSS).

“We could not have orchestrated this in a better way than to do it right now and make a statement: ‘COVID or not COVID, pwede natin itong gawin’”, Director General Jeremiah Belgica said in a message during the system’s launch last Friday as the event’s keynote speaker. He performed the ribbon cutting to officially launch the system alongside Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte.

The ARTA czar urged other Local Government Units who are yet to automate their systems to follow suit, noting that if the largest city in the country with the most number of business can do it, there is no reason for other LGUs to not to be able to do the same.

ARTA sees the Quezon City LGU’s recently launched system as a welcome development in promoting business activities in the country and in improving its competitiveness ranking. “Ito pong nagawa natin ngayon sa QC signals a new dawn, not only in Quezon City but in the country dahil ang QC ho ang siyang sinusukat ng World Bank sa kanilang pag-aaral sa EODB ranking ng Pilipinas”, said the ARTA chief. The Philippines is currently 95th out of 190 economies in the Ease of Doing Business Survey of the World Bank.

ARTA adds that under the Ease of Doing Business Law, all LGUs are required to set up their business permit and licensing systems or E-BOSS by June 2021. Further, for LGUs to be able to comply with said provision of the law, ARTA recommends the adoption of the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s (DICT) Electronic Business Permits and Licensing System (eBPLS) and Integrated Business Permits and Licensing System Software (iBPLS).

The eBPLS software involves permitting system for securing Business Permits and soon, Barangay Clearance as well, while the iBPLS allows for the electronic processing of applications for Building Permits and Occupancy Permits.

The ARTA, DICT, Department of Interior and Local Government, and the Department of Finance are currently working on a Joint Memorandum Circular that will be requiring LGUs with no existing automated business permitting system to adopt DICT’s iBPLS.