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Continued fr om page 1 from One of the attackers was also slain in the fighting that police claimed was connected to a long running feud between two families. Clan war or locally

known as “rido” is not uncommon in the restive region, especially in Muslim areas where honor, pride and dignity is valued as more important than one’s life. Police were investigat-

ing both clashes. Aside from clan war, security forces are also battling Muslim and communist rebels in different areas in the region. (Mindanao Examiner)

Business permits in just 2 hours Continued fr om page 1 from Under the new system, Zamora said the process only involves the filing and assessment, payment and the then the claiming of business permits. “Our original target was to have the business permits released in 40 minutes to one hour but since this is a new system, we (are) giving it at least two hours,” she said, adding, among the major changes was the setting of the basic requirements for application and renewal to just the barangay clearance and the unified form. Zamora said they also simplified the assessment of gross sales by allowing the immediate approval of declarations of 15 percent and above. Under the previous system, the review and assessment of gross sales of business took two to three days, she said. Aside from these, she said they also implemented

the automated or computerized transfer and sharing of documents in all city government offices involved in the issuance of business permits. She clarified that the basic clearances required in the previous system still remain, but are no longer required during the renewal and registration period. She said business owners are required to complete within 90 days the necessary clearances such as those issued by the Bureau of Fire Protection, Office of the Building Official, Pagibig Fund, Social Security System and the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. or PhilHealth. Except for PhilHealth, she said all local government and national government agencies issuing the clearances would be available in the one-stop-shop situated at the city’s Investment Center during the processing period.

The city government crafted the new BPLS with technical assistance from the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project for the initiative. The city is among the current recipients of the $47.8 million SURGE Project, which aims to further enhance economic development in various key cities in the country. The five-year project, which is a component of USAID’s Cities Development Initiative, “assists cities and adjacent areas to plan effectively, guarantee basic public services, reduce business transaction costs, promote competitiveness, support sustainable development, and reduce disaster and climate change risks while ensuring inclusive and sustainable growth.”


Jan. 8-14, 2018

Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper Jan. 8-14, 2018  

Jan. 8-14, 2018

Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper Jan. 8-14, 2018  

Jan. 8-14, 2018