DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental, Oct. 14 (PIA) -- Application for business permits and other licenses at the City Hall will soon be automated following city government’s adoption of the Integrated Business Permits and Licensing Systems (IBPLS) software which was developed by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
The IBPLS software will be integrated at the website of the Local Government Unit (LGU) so that business owners and taxpayers can file their application for permits and licenses and even renewal of these documents electronically, making the process easier, more efficient and convenient for them.
An article from the DICT website said that IBPLS system also features computerized assessment of fees, taxes and charges, online printing of tax order of payment, and endorsement module for the office of the building official and other concerned offices of the LGU.
Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo led the launching of the IBPLS today at the Business One-Stop Shop Center inside the city hall.
Special guests during the event were the officials of DICT7 led by Regional Director Frederick Amores.
Other DICT officials present were Project Manager of IBPLS-Integrated Business Permit and Licensing System Delia Basada and Officer in Charge of the DICT Digital Transformation Project Management Team Rachel Grabador.
Amores lauded the city government for transitioning from manual processes of permitting to digital which is now the trend for government offices.
“Digital transformation is the buzzword for today’s world. We would like to congratulate the city for adopting this technology and (for being) very progressive. It’s very good to hear cities like Dumaguete that are adapting to the technology,” Amores said.
He also noted that Dumaguete City is the first LGU in Negros Oriental to adopt the IBPLS.
The IBPLS also enhances the LGU competitiveness and promotes ease of doing business by shifting towards automation.
Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo said the move of the city government to automate its permit and licensing processing will provide benefits to the local business community.
“That will streamline and expedite the processing and the issuance of the permits and collection of taxes. It will also minimize corruption kay ang mga businesses, ang mga gustong mobayad sa gobyerno eventually pwede naman online. Wala nay negotiation na mahitabo (It will also minimize corruption because the businesses and other individuals who want to pay their dues to the government can make the transaction online eventually. There will be no need to negotiate with someone),” Remollo said.
He also added that this undertaking would make tax collection faster and more efficient and will result to better tax collection for the city.
The local chief executive noted that he will push for automation of other LGU services and functions when he and other LGU officials, including the members of the City Council, conduct their Executive-Legislative Agenda (ELA) on the last week of November to the first week of December.
Once the system has been fully operationalize, clients will have to log on to the LGU website and submit an online form together with the scanned copies of the documentary requirements for permits and licenses and wait for the confirmation from the city government. (RAL/PIA7 Negros Oriental)