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.