Gov’t aims for 3-day business permits processing
Government hopes to improve business permit processes by 2013
MANILA, Philippines – A survey of 763 businesses in 185 local government units (LGUs) found that, although 60% of respondents were satisfied with LGU services for securing business permits, many still think the process is tedious. 
In response the government hopes to improve a number of business processes for 2013, including:
  1. Cutting down to under 3 days the time it takes to process a business permit. Of those surveyed, 70% said their permit was processed in under 3 days but 30% said theirs took 4 to 5 days to process
  2. Trimming down to 4 or less the number of steps required to apply for a business permit. About 38% of respondents said it took 4 steps or more to have their permits processed
  3. Reducing to just 2 the number of signatures needed to get a permit approved. The survey found that 50% of respondents had to secure 4 signatures or more for their permits
Still, the 60% approval for LGU-offered permit processes could be seen as a sign that government efforts are paying off. 
In August of 2010, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) launched the Business Permits and Licensing System (BPLS) to reduce the steps it takes to get business permits and licenses from city and municipal governments. Before the BPLS was in place, it could take as many as 10 signatures to have a permit approved. 
Trade Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya expressed hope that the next phase of BPLS, computerization will speed up the time it takes to pay and process fees online.
With clamor from business to keep improving processes, the government is on its toes. –

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