Business one-stop shop launched in Siquijor province
By Rizalie Anding Calibo
Province of Siquijor (15 September) -- Heeding the call of President Benigno S. Aquino III to create a friendly investment environment in each province, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here, spearheads the launching of Siquijor Province Business One-Stop-Shop (SP BOSS) during the opening of Araw ng Siquijor Trade, Agro and Food Fair 2010 Monday at the Provincial Capitol Mini Park, Pulangyuta, Siquijor, Siquijor.
"The President, in his first State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) was very emphatic on giving an enabling environment for investment that allows for speedy and smooth business transactions," DTI Regional Director Asteria C. Caberte said during the launching.
She said that the President made this call as he stressed that creating a friendly investment environment would attract more foreign and local capital that would in turn generate jobs and lessen poverty.
President Aquino earlier cited the lack of infrastructure, changing government investment policies and bureaucratic red tape as major economic concerns that he will address to attract investors.
In his first briefing with the Malacanang Press Corps, the President said corporations eyeing the Philippines as an investment location often complain about tedious processing of their applications and other documentary requirements caused by bureaucratic red tape which is a bane to investments promotion.
Responding to his call, the DTI, in cooperation with other line national agencies such as the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Social Security System (SSS), Philhealth, Bureau of Fire & Protection (BFP), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Labor (DOLE) with the six local government units LGUs in the province created the B.O.S.S., an all-in-one venue that houses the mandatory government agencies in charge in the issuance of business permits, licenses and registration, among others.
"This aims to cut down the time, money and effort usually needed to secure or renew business permit. It allows enterprises to complete all business requirements at one time," the DTI said.
"The DTI is given this marching order that the team can deliver in less than 45 minutes," Caberte also said.
The six LGUs are be divided in two clusters the Siquijor, Larena and San Juan where the B.O.S.S. will be set-up in Siquijor every Tuesday; and the Enrique Villanueva, Maria and Lazi Cluster where it will be set-up in Maria every Thursday.
All business starters and expanders are now encouraged to avail the services of the Business One-Stop Shop. (PIA-Siquijor) [top]