MAKING CITY HALL MORE BUSINESS-FRIENDLY
Government bureaucracy. These two words are guaranteed to give a businessman stress. Especially when it might take a full year to get hold of a mayor’s permit if one’s business is in Quezon City. Or when a mayor’s permit can cost fuel station owners in Manila and Navotas between P65,000.00 and P90,000.00 because these cities include fuel sales in their tax assessments, despite an explicit prohibition in IRR 232 of the Local Government Code.
While obtaining a local business permit is not a nuisance for the majority of petroleum dealers, it is an annual chore that can be made into a pleasant experience for retailers and their representatives, if the transaction were simplified and processing time reduced.
The Federation of Petroleum Dealers of the Philippines was therefore happy to convene, together with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Conference on Simplification of Procedures in the Issuance of Business Permits, which was held April 24-25, 2003, at the Century Park Hotel, Manila. The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), and League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LCMP) were also co-convenors .
Among the topics covered were:
"We are just beginning," Bureau of Local Government Supervision Director Rolando Acosta reminded the Convenors. "We must meet again to assess whether the issues raised have been satisfactorily addressed."
The Federation will do its share in prodding the DILG to ensure that the time and resources poured into the project are not wasted. But true bureaucratic reform goes beyond the One-Stop Shop approach. It is hoped that the business sector, with the Federation’s support, will push for more Government initiatives that result an efficient responsive bureaucracy.
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