Surigao Norte towns adopt BPLS for LGUs

Four (4) local government units (LGUs) of this province will adopt the newly introduced streamlining of Business Permits & Licensing System (BPLS).

These 4 LGUs are the city of Surigao with three (3) neighboring municipalities namely: Claver, Mainit and Tubod.

The BPLS, as presented during the MOA signing at the provincial convention center recently, aimed at unifying numerous forms, confusing steps, long waiting time and assorted signatories to "provide efficient delivery of services to the public by reducing bureaucratic red tape and preventing graft and corruptions."

Some of the benefits of BPLS streamlining include an improved revenue generation, reduced time and resources spent by LGUs in the BPLS process, more complete information base on business enterprises in their localities for more informed policy and decision-making and better image for the LGU in the area of good governance.

DILG Prov'l Director Domingo Bulabug said the direct beneficiary of a streamlined BPLS is the businessman. "Less corruption and reduced time spent in registering their business redound to financial savings," he said.

It may be recalled that during the first SONA of President Benigno S. Aquino III, he emphasized that on top of the agenda for development of his Administration is job generation.

"While we look for more ways to streamline our processes to make business start-ups easier, I hope the LGUs can also find ways to implement reforms that will be consistent with the ones we have already started," Aquino said.

With this, the DILG and DTI responded to this pronouncement through the BPLS. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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