City Hall adopts One-Stop-Shop

LAOAG CITY, Jan. 02 – Various business establishments in this booming city of the North will now have speedy and more convenient business licensing application process, City Hall officials reported.

Today, Jan. 2 is the first day of Business One-stop-shop conducted by the local government of Laoag, a perennial system adopted by the administration of City Mayor Michael V. Farinas as national agencies, which conduct the necessary inspection needed for licensing, sit in one place to serve the volume of business applicants.

This is to ensure the faster transaction in applying and renewing business permits through an integrated system called Business Permit License System (BPLS) introduced by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the City Hall officials said.

This is in line with DTI’s program where business applicants can have their new application and renewal papers for their licenses are swiftly processed, said Chona Gantala of the licensing division under the Office of City Mayor Farinas.

Aside from making the system easier for the applicants, it also ensures complete and strict compliance of the required documents for the issuance of their licenses.
National agencies such as the Philhealth, Secial Security System, and Bureau of Internal Revenue are there on the spot for the One-Stop-Shop licensing scheme.

Local agencies namely, the city health office, fire department, governor’s office and others for the validation and issuance of clearances are also present there.

“Business owners should come and apply or renew their licenses now to avoid paying the penalty, because after this One-Stop-Shop, we will be imposing a penalty for the late applicants,” Gantala also added.

The Business One-Stop-Shop will continue until the 20th of this month. (ANL/CJD-PIA 1 Ilocos Norte)