DICT launches initiative to cut red tape for business


Business registration in the Philippines can now be completed in nine steps within seven and a half days from the current 13 steps in 33 days through the National Business One Stop Shop (NBOSS), the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) yesterday announced.

The NBOSS, a joint initiative of the DICT and the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA), is the physical co-location where applicants can register their business and employees, submit documents, and avail of its online services.

It hosts key agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Social Security System (SSS), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) and the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG).

“With NBOSS, there's no wasted time, no complicated process,no fixers," according to DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II.

The first NBOSS location was launched last February 28 at the SEC office located at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.

The NBOSS partnership of DICT and ARTA is provided for in Republic Act 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.

ARTA Director General Jeremiah B. Belgica commended the DICT for linking various government agencies through ICT, allowing an inter-agency system and a whole of government approach to streamlining business registrations.