In a recent meeting conducted at the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) conference room, city officials and representatives from the Local Government Unit (LGU) and the DICT discussed the current process of the city’s Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) and identified areas for improvement.

The BPLS is a vital component in the city’s efforts to attract investments and promote economic growth. It is responsible for issuing business permits and licenses to entrepreneurs and ensuring that their operations comply with the city’s regulations and standards.

During the meeting, the officials recognized the need to streamline the process of the BPLS and make it more efficient for both the city government and the business community. They discussed the challenges that businesses face when applying for permits and licenses and how these can be addressed through the use of digital technology.

One of the main issues identified was the length of time it takes to process applications. The current system involves a manual process that can be time-consuming and prone to errors. By transitioning to a digital system, the officials believe that they can reduce the processing time and eliminate the need for physical submissions of documents.

Another challenge that was discussed was the lack of transparency in the process. The officials recognized the need to provide businesses with real-time updates on the status of their applications and to make the process more accessible to the public.

To address these issues, the city government is planning to adopt a digital BPLS system that will allow for online applications, payments, and processing. This system will also provide real-time updates to applicants and improve the transparency of the process.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Iligan City Director Maria Maida Daniot emphasized that the activity has served as an important springboard and a positive step towards improving the BPLS in Iligan City.

β€œThere is still work to be done to ensure that the digital system is implemented smoothly and that it meets the needs of the business community. However, they remain optimistic that the new system will ultimately make the process of obtaining permits and licenses more efficient, transparent, and business-friendly,” she highlighted.

The activity was conducted pursuant to the DILG and the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 2019-01, which provides guidelines to improve the delivery of government services in the country by reviewing business and nonbusiness-related local ordinances, issuances, and resolutions then recommend the repeal, amendment, consolidation, or retention, as may deemed necessary, to eliminate unnecessary burden to business and non-business-related transactions. (π˜‹π˜π˜“π˜Ž 𝘐𝘭π˜ͺ𝘨𝘒𝘯 𝘊π˜ͺ𝘡𝘺 | π˜”. π˜™π˜’π˜°π˜±π˜’π˜―)