The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) - Antique Provincial Office lauded the Municipality of Pandan for being the first Local Government Unit (LGU) to launch the electronic Business Permit Licensing System (eBPLS) in the Province of Antique.
“The automation of the BPLS using the eBPLS software is one of the efforts of DILG in guiding the LGUs to be more business friendly and competitive. This is in compliance to RA 11032 or Ease of Doing Business Law which will be strictly implemented, so we are encouraging all the LGUs to streamline their BPLS,” said Hennesey Gasataya, DILG Antique BPLS Focal Person during Pandan’s eBPLS Launching Ceremony on July 24 at Liberman Sports Complex, Centro Norte, Pandan, Antique.
During the launching, Gasataya briefed the participants on the eBPLS, focusing on the provisions of RA 11032 in implementing faster business permits processing time using the eBPLS software developed by the Department Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
Jimuel Espanola, DICT eBPLS Focal Person, noted that Pandan is the most ICT-ready LGU in the province, having implemented several internet-based programs including the provision of free public wifi. Next to the Municipality of Mina of the Province of Iloilo, Pandan is the second municipality to launch the program in Western Visayas.
The launching was attended by representatives from the business sector, barangay and municipal officials and functionaries who were oriented on the revised BPLS standards in processing business permits and licenses as reflected in DILG-DTI-DICT JMC 01 series of 2016 and guidelines in streamlining the processes for the issuance of building permits and certificates of occupancy stated in DILG-DTI-DICT JMC 01 series of 2018.
Following the steps of Pandan, the Municipality of Laua-an will also hold their eBPLS launching in August 2019. DILG Antique Provincial Director Cherryl P. Tacda hopes that more LGUS in the province will become more business friendly by streamlining their BPLS.