July 23, 2019
THE Manila city government launched on Monday the Bagong Maynila Business One-Stop Shop (BOSS), which aims to reduce beginning next year the process in issuing business permits, and the time in securing them to one hour.
On the sidelines of the BOSS’ soft launch in Manila City Hall, Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso said that before, it would take the city government between eight days and a month to issue a business permit to an applicant, and that business owners had to take eight steps before securing that permit.
With BOSS, that process is cut to three: file, pay and claim. The permit could be issued within one hour to a day, as long as all requirements are met.
BOSS will begin in January, in time for the expected renewal of business permits.
Expecting a surge in the number of applicants, the Manila government signed also on Monday a memorandum of understanding with SM Prime Holdings Inc. to allow the former to use SM Manila’s activity area for the BOSS’ satellite branch for free.
This comes after Domagoso signed earlier this month Executive Order 8, or an ordinance promoting the ease of doing business in Manila. This was in compliance with Republic Act 11032 or the
Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.
RA 11032 mandates all local government units to create a BOSS facilitation service where business permitting and licensing processes can be done, and a single or unified business application form that consolidates all the applicant’s information can be used.
It also requires the automation of all business permits and licensing within three years from the passage of the law.
On June 17, the Anti-Red Tape Authority, the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Civil Service Commission finalized the implementing rules and regulations for RA 11032.
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