DICT offers LGUs e-system to streamline business permit processing

THE REGION
By PIA
December 14, 2020

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The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in Lanao del Norte renewed its call to local government units (LGUs) to implement the Electronic Business Permit and Licensing System (eBPLS) to fast track processing of business permit applications.

"The eBPLS is a cloud-based software developed by the DICT that enables LGUs to process applications for new and renewal of business permits electronically," said DICT Provincial Officer Engr Oweida Smith during the Kapehan sa Iligan Chamber Thursday, December 11.

He said the system will be a big boost to the ease of doing business as it will help both LGUs and business owners during applications for a business permit.

Nideliza Nacilla, eBPLS focal person in Northern Mindanao, added that the software is funded by DICT thus it is available for free to LGUs who want to use it.

She said the system will also provide convenience to clients or business owners as it will allow them to submit and monitor online their business permit applications.

"For the clients, mahibal-an nila kung asa na ang papel, kung kinsa nay ga process, for assessment na ba siya or for payment, or for  issuance  of permit na ba.  Pwede pud niya ma view iyang tax order payment or assessment sa iyang bayronon," she explained.

[For the clients, they will know  the status of their applications, who is processing it, whether it is for assessment, for payment or for issuance of a permit already. He can also view his tax order payment or the assessment of his payable.]

She further said that the eBPLS is also easier to connect to other systems used by the government.

LGUs who want to avail of the free software just need to send a letter of intent to the DICT and provide computers or laptops and IT personnel exclusively for the implementation of the eBPLS.

According to her, DICT will install the software and train the IT personnel on how to use the system.

"DICT will provide support during the entire implementation of the system. Dili namo buhian ang LGU unless wala na gyud silay problema sa system (we will not leave the LGU unless they have no more problem with the system)," Nacilla assured.

Rosalina Mamacang, officer-in-charge of the Iligan City Mayor Office Permits and Licenses Division, said they are happy to hear about the eBPLS adding that the implementation of the system is timely for the new normal.

In the meantime,  the city government of Iligan will implement a one-stop-shop for business permit applications to unclog the City Hall from volume of applicants in observance of the minimum health protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

"Duha ka business one-stop shop ang mahitabo karong January ,ang isa sa City Hall lobby ug ang usa dinhi sa Robinson's Place Iligan. Ang renewal mahitabo dinhi sa Robinsons while ang applications sa new business ug closure kay sa City Hall," she added.

[Two business one-stop-shop will take place this January, one at the City Hall lobby and another at the Robinson's Place Iligan.The renewal will take place here at Robinson's while the applications for new business or closure will be at the City Hall.]

The Kapehan sa Iligan Chamber is a monthly talk show program of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation of Iligan Inc. and Philippine Information Agency Iligan Information Center to discuss pressing issues concerning the business community and the local economy. (APB/PIA-ICIC)


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