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Business permit application in the Philippines goes online

Adrian M. Reodique | Aug. 1, 2017
In line with the recent launch of eBPLS software that will computerise application and renewal business permits, and licensing system in the country.

DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima
DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima. Credit: DICT 

Applications or renewal of business permits may soon be done online.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) recently launched a cloud-based eBPLS software that will computerise the application and renewal business permits, and licensing system in the Philippines.

The software is compliant with the revised service standards of the joint memorandum circular signed by DICT, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Department of Local Government (DILG) in 2016.

The circular requires local government units (LGUs) to cut the processing time for new business registration to two days and one day for renewal. The LGUs were also directed to use a unified print and electronic form, and only two signatories are needed for business permits (Mayor and Treasurer/Business Permits and Licensing Head).

In line, the DICT has conducted an e-Readiness survey to measure the preparedness of LGUs that uses ICT to deliver public service for the new system. The department identified the top 10 cities and top 10 municipalities that would be prioritised in the training programmes for the eBPLS software including:  


Top 10 Municipalities:

  1.        San Simon, Pampanga
  2.        Lubao, Pampanga
  3.        Cainta, Rizal
  4.        Guiguinto, Bulacan
  5.        Kalibo, Aklan
  6.        Baler, Aurora
  7.        Loboc, Bohol
  8.        Sampaloc, Quezon
  9.        Loon, Bohol
  10.        Carmona Cavite


Top 10 Cities:

  1.        Pasig City
  2.        Valencia, Bukidnon
  3.        Cebu City
  4.        San Fernando, Pampanga
  5.        Zamboanga City
  6.        Ormoc, Leyte
  7.        Iriga, Camarines Sur
  8.        Valenzuela City
  9.        Panabo, Davao Del Norte
  10.        Marikina City

"The sooner we move all LGUs online with their business permits and licensing system, the better public service the Filipino people get," said DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima.


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