Creation Of One-Stop-Shop-Office

The present administration seems bent on pursuing its mandate to push the country's competitiveness. The House Committee on trade & Industry is now deliberating on four measures to promote ease in doing business in the Philippines.

In its deliberations to promote ease in doing business in the country, the House Committee on trade and industry wants to establish a national policy and crease a commission to carry it would through one-stop-shop offices. These offices are seen to act with speed on applications for business permits, licenses and clearances.

Four congressmen have filed separate bills addressing the issue of ease of doing business in the country. These are Bohol Representative Arthur Yap, Batangas representative Vilma Santos, Misamis Oriental representative Peter Unabia and Iloilo representative Ferjenel Biron. Congressman Biron chairs the committee and decided to consolidate all four bills into one.

According to Congressman Biron, the delay in the issuance of business permits, licenses and clearances needed by businesses is causing investors to set up business in the Philippines. He also commented on the urgent need to stop corruption involving local government units and national government offices handling these licenses and permits.

Congressmen Biron and Arthur Yap filed House Bills no. 5031 and 5093 to establish a national policy on ease of doing business in the country. Should these bills be passed, the Ease of Doing Business Commission will be created to carry it out through one-stop shop offices. House Bill no. 2171 filed by representativeVilma Santos, meanwhile, mandates the automatic approval of business permit applications within 30 days. It also extends the validity period of permits.

There is also House Bill no.4838 authored by Rep. Unabia that seeks to expand the functions of Negosyo Center and requires local government units to link with the Dept. of Trade & Industry for the Philippine Registry Data Bank. Laguna representative Arlene Arcillas and Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, for their part, shared significant improvements in their respective areas with the streamlining of the processes. Issuance of business permits, licenses and clearances now take a shorter time to accomplish in Laguna and Quezon City.

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