Parañaque City launches permit express lane system

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THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Parañaque has launched an express lane to expedite dealings with companies doing business with the city.

Project Express Lane Operation (ELO) 2.0 will help ensure that new applications and renewals for business permits take three days or less, Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año in a statement Sunday.

Mr. Año also added that the new process requires a maximum of two signatories.

“We are pleased to partner with the City Government of Parañaque led by Mayor Edwin L. Olivarez on this project and we hope that other LGUs will follow and replicate this system. It brings together several innovative IT solutions into their pioneering Concierge system, effectively redefining what it means to be business-friendly,” said Mr. Año.

He added, “Mas mabilis na proseso, mas maraming investments sa LGUs. At mas maraming investments, mas maraming government services para sa mga tao at mas uunlad rin ang ating mga lokalidad. (The faster the processes, the more investments LGUs will take in. And with higher investments, LGUs can offer more services and ensure more development.”

The DILG noted that Project ELO 2.0 will also feature the first computerized Occupational Permit system which shortens the process of applying for occupational or work permits to four steps as opposed to the previous 10 steps.

Parañaque City also installed Smart Kiosks, a self-service system that prints out application forms for business permit renewals and statements of account for quarterly payments of business taxes and fees.

“The DILG will continuously capacitate our LGUs to be partners in national development by helping them become more business-friendly and competitive. The remaining 20% of LGUs who have yet to establish their BOSS (Business One-Stop Shop) and streamline their process should, therefore, be up to the task of simplifying their business permit application process in order to encourage more investments in their areas,” Mr. Año said. — Vince Angelo C. Ferreras