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Passage of ‘Ease of Doing Business Act’ hailed
« on: March 08, 2018, 02:30:47 AM »
Passage of ‘Ease of Doing Business Act’ hailed
posted March 02, 2018 at 09:06 pm
by  Maricel Cruz

http://manilastandard.net/news/national/260002/passage-of-ease-of-doing-business-act-hailed.html

The chairman of the House committee on appropriations on Friday hailed the passage of the bicameral conference committee’s approval of a measure that will relax rules that will govern the conduct of business transactions in the country.

Senators and congressmen consolidated House Bill 6579 and Senate Bill 1311, now titled “The Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.”

 The measure seeks to amend Republic Act 9485, otherwise known as the “Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007.”

“Nothing attracts foreign investors to a country like having the government’s assurance that the processing and release of licenses and permits would be fast, hassle-free, and efficient. Even local businesses are bound to thrive with this new law in place,” said Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles, the panel chairman.

Nograles was part of the House contingent in the bicameral conference committee that approved the consolidated version. He was also the principal author of HB 6579, which was approved on third and final reading by the House in November 2017.

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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2018, 09:19:17 PM »
Bicam OKs bill on ease of doing business
By Concept Central - February 21, 2018 2:51 PM25

http://conceptnewscentral.com/index.php/2018/02/21/bicam-oks-bill-on-ease-of-doing-business/

THE bicameral conference committee composed of congressmen and senators concluded their discussions on disagreeing provisions of House Bill 6579 and Senate Bill 1311, entitled the “Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018” last February 14, 2018.

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DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez was also in attendance in the sessions and hailed the passage of the bills as critical for raising the Philippines position in the Competitiveness rankings.

The reconciled version of the bill effectively amends and expands the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007.

Once passed into law, processing time for simple permits will be reduced to 3 working days; complex transactions to 7 working days; and highly technical application to 20 working days.

The measure also reduces the number of signatories from five to three signatures; and will recognize electronic signatures or pre-signed permit/license/certification in case the authorized signatory is on official leave.

However, cases that pose danger to public health, public safety, public morals or to public policy, and for highly technical application such as natural resource extraction activities, will be given more time for consideration but still, with specific time deadlines.

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The Law will also streamline procedures for the issuance of local business permits by using a single or unified business application for local tax and clearances; building clearances; fire safety inspection certificates, etc., which shall also be available online; and creating a one-stop business facilitation service on site and/or online in all cities and municipalities.

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For that reason, that reason, moving forward, all LGUs are mandated to automate their business permitting and licensing systems with the help of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) as the thrust will be online transactions.

Another feature of the law is the issuance of local clearances such as sanitary permits, environmental and agricultural clearances be done together with the business permit, with said business permits having a validity of one year, which may be renewed within the first month of the year or anniversary date of the issuance of permit, unlike now when the validity is only until the end of the calendar year.

It will also streamline procedures for securing the Fire Safety Inspection Certificate by:

a) limiting the processing time to 10 working days; and
b) disallowing the Bureau of Fire personnel from selling or recommending any brand of fire extinguishers or equipment.

The bill also mandates the DICT to create the Central Business Portal, which shall serve as the central system to receive application and capture application data involving business-related transactions; and the Philippine Business Databank containing all data and information of registered business entities.

The Law also creates the Anti-Red Tape Authority (referred to as the Authority), under the Office of the President which will plan, implement and oversee national policy on anti-red tape and ease of doing business; receive complaints, initiate investigations, and assist in filing of administrative and criminal cases related to anti-red tape.

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