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Thursday, 12 May 2011
Aiming to expand the coverage of electronic-Business Permit and Licensing System (e-BPLS) implementation, the provincial technical team from DTI and DILG in partnership with the Provincial Cooperative & Enterprise Development Office and League of Licensing Officers in Bulacan, Inc. (LLOBI) started selling and rolling-out the program.

After rolling-out e-BPLS in four pilot cities of Malolos, San Jose Del Monte, Meycauayan and municipality of Marilao in 2010, the team has conducted an offsite orientation in Baliuag, Calumpit, Santa. Maria and to the members of LLOBI in the first quarter of 2011.

The team is hoping to complete the advocacy by year 2014 as stated in their action plan. But as of this writing, DILG Secretary Jessie Robredo ordered to finish the roll-out before the SONA of Pres. Aquino on June 2011.

Aware of the benefits of computerized BPLS, 3 cities and 11 towns of Bulacan have been adopting the BPLS even before the roll-out. Majority of them commissioned private system providers while the other requested the assistance of the National Computer Center or the Bulacan State University thru DILG.

The team of DTI’s Orestes Bautista, DILG’s Benjamin Lastrollo, Arman Cruz of LLOBI and the by-liner always explained to the participants each time they conduct orientation in LGUs that streamlining reform program does not only involve computerization of business permit process.

Reform process also includes simplification and standardization of the procedure for new businesses and renewals, improvement in customer relations and institutionalization of the reforms.

Towns of Santa Maria, Guiguinto, Bocaue and Marilao exemplify genuine reform on their respective systems and procedures. They were not only recognized by the Central Luzon Growth Corridor Foundation as Best LGU Practitioners in the issuance of business permit for 5 years but also benefit from significant increase in tax revenue.

All LGUs who undertook the orientation were asked to institutionalize any specific reforms in licensing process thru appropriate policy support mechanisms like administrative or executive order.###

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