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House consolidating 4 bills on ease of doing business


The House committee on trade and industry has begun deliberations on four measures to promote ease in doing business in the country through the establishment of a national policy and the creation of a commission to carry it out through one-stop-shop offices to act speedily on applications for business permits, licenses, and clearances.

Iloilo Rep. Ferjenel G. Biron, committee chairman, said it  has decided to consolidate four measures filed by him, Bohol Rep. Arthur Yap,  Batangas  Rep. Vilma Santos Recto, and Misamis Oriental  Rep. Peter Unabia and created a technical  working group for the purpose.

Congressman  Biron said the delayed issuances of business permits, licenses, and clearances requested by businesses discourages investors from setting  up businesses in the country. “We should put an end to corruption involving local government units and national government offices  in the  building  up of new local and foreign businesses in the country,”  he said.

House Bills No. 5031 and 5093  filed by Congressmen Biron and Yap seek to establish a national policy on ease of doing business, creating for the purpose the Ease of Doing Business Commission.  House Bill No. 2171 of Congresswoman Recto  mandates  the automatic approval of business permit applications within 30 days and extends the validity period of permits. House Bill No. 4838 of  Congressman Unabia seeks to expand the functions of Negosyo Centers and requires LGUs to link  up with the Department of Trade and  Industry  for the Philippine Registry Data Bank.

Laguna Rep. Arlene Arcillas and Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista shared significant improvements in their respective areas in streamlining the issuance of business permits, licenses, and clearances.

A number of government agencies and private sector  groups expressed their support for the enactment of a law that  would  facilitate the conduct of business in the country.

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