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
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.