Parañaque City’s BPLO on skeleton force under ECQ

Published March 29, 2021, 1:23 PM

by Jean Fernando

The Parañaque City Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) will operate on a skeleton workforce during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).


Atty. Melanie Malaya, head of the city’s BPLO, said they will continue to serve the taxpayers and operate starting March 29 until further notice and all transactions should be made via online.

Malaya said to ensure everyone’s safety and security in this time of pandemic, all business-related transactions such as new or renewal of applications, appointment and payment shall be processed online through or

She said all business establishments in the city are required to register and use the government’s contact tracing application through app which is in compliance with Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution No.85, series of 2020, issued on November 20, 2020.

She said is a digital contact tracing app. Any applicant who will open a business, need not sign any application forms anymore since they will be using a digital logbook.

The BPLO chief added that the use of a contact tracing app will also complement the city’s precautionary and preventive measures to identify and monitor “heat areas” and immediately address possible cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

On March 28, Mayor Edwin Olivarez issued an order to all department heads that due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, the city government will be enforcing a skeleton workforce as an alternative work arrangement.

Olivarez said only those involved in health and emergency response such as the Health Office, Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Office (DRRMO), Ospital ng Parañaque 1 and 2, Traffic Parking and Management Office (TPMO), and City Environment and Natural Resource Office (CENRO) must work at 100 percent capacity.