Mandaue moves business permits, licensing online

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THE Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) and the Mandaue City Government expect more business establishments to get licensed with the city’s new e-Business Permit and Licensing System (eBPLO).

MCCI president Steven Yu said the eBPLO will streamline the processes of Mandaue BPLO and will improve ease of doing business and lessen the red tape, all in relation to the thrust of the current Cortes administration.

“It’s free and it also helps in achieving contactless transactions. We are expecting the numbers of licensed businesses to increase with the efficiency and ease that the new system brings,” Yu told SunStar Cebu.

It would cut the process from two to three days to one day.

Mandaue-based companies can now apply for the renewal of their business permits online as well. This new system was developed in preparation for the permit processing period in January 2021.

The online licensing system is also part of the local government unit’s (LGU) effort to help in implementing ease in doing business especially in these times of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Through the system, applicants can upload their necessary documents, pay for their transactions, and review the status of their applications, making the business permit processing easier and more convenient for business owners in Mandaue.

MCCI and the Mandaue LGU are set to conduct information drives to notify businesses of this online procedure.

As of Oct. 31, 2020, Mandaue City had about 15,084 registered businesses, according to Lizer August Malate, BPLO and Emergency Operations Center head.

Under the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Services Delivery Act of 2018, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (Arta) is the body that will improve the quality of government services, promote transparency and cut red tape.

Arta implemented the prescribed processing time for business transactions.

The agency should finish simple transactions in three working days, seven days for complex ones and 20 days for highly technical transactions. Failure of an agency to finish within the prescribed days will mean automatic approval of the request.

Reminder

Meanwhile, the MCCI sent out a reminder to its member companies, other business establishments and their respective employees to adhere to strict safety protocols to prevent the increase of Covid-19-related incidents in Mandaue City.

This reminder was issued on Nov. 16, 2020 through MCCI’s Facebook page.

“This call for adherence to strict health safety protocols was prompted by the local government of Cebu City’s pronouncement to implement stricter border control following the recent spike in Covid-19 cases,” the chamber said. (JOB)