PH digitalization is well on its way – Lopez

Published April 27, 2021, 6:00 AM

by Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat

Digitalization is well on its way in the Philippines with both government and the private sector embracing digital destiny, according to Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez.

At the Sulong Pilipinas virtual forum, Lopez noted the game changer Central Business Portal (CBP) of the government is expected to be fully operational within the year with a fighting target to finish all government transaction in just half a day.  

Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez

The CBP ( offers a single site for all business-related information and transactions such as securing business permits, licenses, and clearances. It had been on its soft-launch phase to targeted law and accounting firms since 28 August 2020. Additional features had since been added for the nationwide launch of its Phase 1.

The creation of CBP through DICT is mandated by Republic Act 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018. By mandate of a Joint Memorandum Circular among the abovementioned agencies, along with the Department of Finance, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Interior and Local Government, and the Cooperative Development Authority, ARTA will be overseeing the implementation of the CBP and will be providing support, facilitation, and assistance to the participating agencies throughout its development and implementation.

Lopez, however, admitted it as a real challenge to all agencies to have all their processes integrated in one portal.

“Our fighting target is to do everything in less than a day, this is a challenge to all agencies concerned,” he said noting this will require the cooperation of local government units.

Already, the number of days in the processing of documents with government agencies has been trimmed down to 5 days from the previous 30 or 20 days.

In the case of the DTI, Lopez reported that its electronic processing for business name registration has been well embraced by entrepreneurs. The agency reported a record breaking P525 million in total fees collection last year.

Of this figure, Lopez reported that 68 percent were paid only as against 35 percent in 2019.

Lopez also reported the accomplishments of various government agencies in their digitalization journey.

“We are embracing our digital destiny, the key is to always move forward Sulong Pilipinas,”