7 January 2021–  In time for the renewal season of business permits and licenses this year, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) conducted on-the-spot inspections of the Business-One Stop Shop (BOSS) of Quezon City and Pasig City earlier today. The said inspection aims to monitor the LGUs’ compliance with the provisions of the Ease of Doing Business Law in relation to business permit application and renewal.

The ARTA team, led by Director General Jeremiah Belgica and Deputy Director General Eduardo Bringas, was walked through the process of business registration and renewal at the QZ Biz Easy, the Quezon City LGU’s BOSS, by Business Permits and Licensing Department Head Ma. Margarita Santos. Also present in the inspection was Ms. Louie de la Peña from the Department of Interior and Local Government. 

Laki ng improvement nila physically. Tapos nag-online na rin sila”, remarked Director General Belgica during the inspection which was also aired live at ARTA’s official Facebook page.

Makikita mo yung trajectory talaga ng Quezon City. Ito ay also compliance din sa [directive ng] ating Pangulo to put everything online. Tamang tama yung kanilang motto na QC Biz Easy. Very soon sana makita natin pati yung online payment”, expressed the ARTA chief.

The ARTA team also inspected the business permit application and renewal process at the business one-stop shops of Pasig City located at the City Hall and at the Ayala Mall the 30th.

“I do hope that the initiatives of Pasig City will also be replicated by other LGUs and I believe that they would be fully automating within the next few months before June 17, which is the deadline. These are very exciting times for everyone lalo na kung ikaw ay isang Pasigueño”, Director General Belgica remarked of Pasig City’s newly launched BOSS at the Ayala Mall.

Following these inspections, ARTA will be sending the LGUs its formal assessment and recommendations on how they could further improve their existing processes in compliance to the EODB Law. It will also be conducting the same inspection with other LGUs’ BOSS in the days to come.

Deputy Director General Ernesto Perez was also able to take part in today’s inspections virtually via teleconferencing platform Zoom. Yesterday, the ARTA officials also looked into the business registration process at the BOSS of Malabon City in the same manner, in coordination with ARTA’s intelligence officers on the field, and will be doing the same with select LGUS in view of the pandemic.

LGUs who will be found to be non-compliant with the requirements of the law shall receive Notice of Deficiencies and may be subjected to a formal investigation which may result to an administrative case.

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