PARAÑAQUE CITY – The Parañaque City government rolled out a simple yet integrated scheme for issuing business permits in a move to attract more investors in the city, the Manila Bulletin reported.
Dubbed as the Project Express Lane Operation (Project ELO), the city council is seeking to improve investor confidence as well as service delivery to local and foreign investors.
Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez explained that one of the highlights of Project ELO is the removal of securing permits from various barangays, previously a prerequisite before a Mayor’s permit is given.
Hence, business owners need not go to barangay hall to apply for a barangay clearance under the one-stop shop which, according to the city mayor, is a first in the Philippines.
This clearance will now be applied, paid and issued at the Parañaque City Hall as well as fire safety inspection certificate, sanitary permit, certificate of conformance, from planning office, and the mayor’s permit to run a business.
Olivarez is hoping that more entities will operate their businesses or establish their shops in the city with the streamlined process for securing business permits and other related documents.
“This integrated and simplified process eliminate days of back and forth from the barangay and to other department of the city which the time and resources of business permit applicants. This is part of our commitment to be one of the most business-friendly local government units in the country under the Bagong Paranaque program of governance,” he added.
The inception of Project ELO, located at the newly renovated Taxpayers Lounge of the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO), is in line with Republic Act 11032 or Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in May 2017.