THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) launched on Tuesday the Electronic Business Permits and Licensing System (e-BPLS) software as part of its initiative to embrace electronic government and provide citizens with easy access to information.
DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima said it was President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to set priorities critical to doing business.
“Part of his 10-point socioeconomic agenda is to increase competitiveness and the ease of doing business by moving towards automation,” Salalima said at the first e-BPLS Summit in the Philippines, which coincided with the launching of the e-BPLS software in Quezon City.
“Taking action on the call of the President to reduce the requirements and processing time of all government transactions, the DICT has developed a cloud-based eBPLS software that allows the taxpayers to file their application for new and renewal of business permits online, enabling the LGUs [local government units]to process these applications electronically,” he added.
Salalima said this system sets a standard business process flow for the online processing of business permits as citizens can just log on to the LGU’s website and access the eBPLS to submit their applications online and the scanned copies of documentary requirements.
The department secretary said this shortens the processing time and provides up-to-date information on the status of applications to businesses.
“LGUs are directed to process business registrations within two days for new business permit applications and one day for business permit renewals, requiring two signatories, namely the Mayor (or designated representative) and the treasurer as recommending approval. With the aid of the eBPLS software, compliance to the new service standards only takes about 30 minutes,” Salalima continued.
The DICT said the system’s main features include online application for new/renewal of business permits and retirement of businesses and business lines; computerized assessment of fees, taxes and charges; online printing of Tax Order of Payment; online printing of business permit; and endorsement module for the Office of the Building Official, and other LGU concerned offices.