ARTA tells LGUs to fully implement business one-stop shops

Published January 3, 2021, 11:27 AM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) called on local government units (LGUs) that it will be conducting surprise inspections to see if they are fully implementing their Business One-Stop Shops (BOSS) for this year’s business registration and business license renewals. 

Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) Director-General Jeremiah Belgica

In a Viber message, ARTA Director-General Jeremiah Belgica said that the compliance of LGUs will be based on the requirements of the Ease of Doing Business Act and other existing policies of ARTA and the departments of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Trade and Industry (DTI), and Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on BOSS. 

“We are calling on all LGUs to fully implement their Business One-Stop Shops (BOSS) for this year’s business registration and business license renewals,” Belgica said. 

“ARTA shall be conducting a series of on the spot surprise inspections starting [the] first working week of January, especially to NCR Cities and other Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs),” he added. 

According to Belgica, some of the important requirements and features that are expected from the BOSS of LGUs are:

  • A single window for submission of all requirements
  • A Unified Application Form containing all required questions by all the offices involved in the processing of permits
  • Three Simple Step Process of Submission, Assessment/Payment, and Release
  • Presence of a clear and complete citizen’s charter
  • Integration of Barangay Clearance in the BOSS
  • Integration of Fire Safety Inspection/Evaluation Clearance in the BOSS.
  • The processing of applications of not more than three days

Belgica said that deficient LGUs shall receive Notice of Deficiencies and may be subjected to a formal investigation which may result to an administrative case. 

The ARTA chief likewise reminded LGUs that the statutory deadline for the creation of their Electronic BOSS (EBOSS) is only until June 17, 2021, which is three years from the effectivity of the Ease of Doing Business Act. 

He said that the implementation of the EBOSS is in line with  President Duterte’s directive to bring government transactions and services online. 

LGUs who have no EBOSS may use the DICT developed Electronic Business Permitting and Licensing System (EBPLS) which is already available for free.