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DTI Leyte bags 2006 award for best sub-national reform in Asia

Tacloban City (April 11) -- The Department of Trade (DTI) Leyte Provincial Office recently won the award as Best Sub-National Reform in Asia for 2006 for its streamlining of business permits and licensing procedures in the City of Ormoc.

This was the information given by the Department of Trade and Industry Regional Director Cynthia Nierras through Mr. Lemuel Montes, the information officer designate.

Director Nierras said that the awards program is known as the Excellence in Business Environment Reform which aims to highlight excellence in high-impact, sustainable and coordinated donor support for business environment reform. For the year 2006, Director Nierras said that the award was focused on best practices in Asia.

The local government of Ormoc City with the assistance of DTI Leyte and the GTZ-SMEDSEP, was able to simplify the city’s business permit and licensing procedures. This resulted to an increase of 25 percent business registrants in the year 2006 compared to that of 2005.

The improved business registration figure was attributed to the reduction of the business permit and licensing cycle from 17 to 5 steps, the reduction in processing time from 17 days to 2 days and the reduction of required documents from 12 to 6 forms.

The local government unit of Ormoc City realized an increase in tax revenue amounting to P21.16 million out of the new improved system. This increase in revenue collection was then transformed to social services that will uplift the urban poverty incidence of the city.

Director Nierras said that the experience of the local government of Ormoc is now a documented good practice in streamlining business permit and licensing process which can be replicated in other local government units. This practice, she said will be implemented by the DTI Provincial Offices in the Visayas or in the Central Philippines Region, hand in hand with the various local government units, both provincial and municipal levels. It is also targeted to be replicated in the other parts of the country.

Director Nierras added that this program is very much in consonance with the thrust of the Administration for good governance.

Director Nierras further said that the program is in line with the SME Development agenda of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo which fully supports the promotion and development of small and medium enterprises by providing an enabling business environment. (PIA 8) [top]

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