Quezon City (QC) Mayor Josefina “Joy” Belmonte on Thursday said the city government had met the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) “5-to-8-minute” requirement in obtaining occupancy permit.
Belmonte said an occupancy permit could be released within five to eight minutes as part of the city’s improved processes, in accordance with Republic Act (RA) 11032 or the “Ease of Doing Business Act.”
The DTI designated Quezon City as a “pilot city” for the implementation of RA 11032 or commonly known as the “Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA).”
Recently, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez had a “Good Governance Lecture” with various Quezon City officials regarding the implementation of ARTA, which Belmonte dubbed as a crucial piece in her effort to strengthen good governance.
“ARTA is important for me because I am fighting for good governance,” said Belmonte.
As part of her 14-point executive agenda, the mayor aims to make Quezon City the preferred destination for businesses by improving business processes.
Belmonte said she intends to release business permits for low-risk businesses in one to two days and one week for high-risk businesses, which need thorough scrutiny.