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RP League of Cities launches standardization of city business registration, permit process

Tacloban City (February 15) -- The League of Cities of the Philippines will launch on February 18, 2009, the standardization of business registration and permit process, no less than President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo announced.

"The standardization of the city business registration and permit process would be launched on February 18 by the League of Cities of the Philippines to reduce red tape and the cost of doing business," the President said.

President Arroyo made the statement as she unveiled on February 9, during the multi-sectoral jobs summit, several government initiatives to assist vulnerable industries and Filipinos who would be displaced as a result of the deepening global financial crisis.

Calbayog City Mayor and League of Cities Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento confirmed this saying that under the project, all the cities will have a standard and uniform city business registration and permit process.

For a start, this standard will be adopted and implemented by all the cities in Metro Manila, Mayor Sarmiento informed. Later on, the same will also be implemented in the other cities of the Philippines, Mayor Sarmiento added.

Mayor Sarmiento informed that during the launching, the Metro Manila Mayors will sign an a memorandum of agreement and undertaking and will commit to implement the standards in their respective cities.

The implementation of the standardization will start right after the signing of the Metro Manila Mayors, Mayor Sarmiento said.

The standardization of business registration in all the cities of Metro Manila will improve the competitiveness of the country, Mayor Sarmiento said. An investor may go to any cities and he will undergo the same process and the same cost in registering his business name.

This is the League's contribution to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's thrust in increase the competitiveness of the country by reducing red tape and the cost of doing business here, Mayor Sarmiento said. (PIA 8) [top]

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