The DTI-5 and DILG-5 gave awards to Bicol’s most business-friendly Local Government Units (LGUs). Six (6) cities and four (4) municipalities out of the sixty five (65) LGUs enrolled so far in the Business Permits & Licensing System (BPLS) Streamlining Program (spearheaded by DTI and DILG) were awarded trophies as “Best LGU Practicing BPLS Reforms” under City & Municipality levels. Moreover, all the LGUs enrolled in the Program received Certificates of Appreciation, in recognition of their active BPLS improvement efforts.
The awarding was the highlight of the event, ‘Promoting Business-Friendly Bicol LGUs’ held last December 12, 2011 at Hotel St. Ellis in Legazpi City. As a culminating activity of the BPLS Streamlining Program for 2011, the event also served as a regional gathering of Municipal/City Mayors, Treasurers and Business Permits & Licensing Officers. The event was witnessed by various provincial Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CCIs) Provincial Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council (PSMEDC) heads and representatives from the media. A representative of AECID, Mr. Gonzalo Serrano from Spain also joined the event. DTI-5 Assistant Regional Director Rodrigo M. Aguilar welcomed the 133 participants of the assembly.
DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo graced the event as the Keynote Speaker. He delivered an inspiring message, emphasizing his LGU experiences, mentioned best practices and BPLS reforms worthy of emulation by the LGUs. He committed to support reforms and address pressing concerns on the issuance of fire clearance. He enjoined the local chief executives to give premium on “total customer satisfaction” as the real and true measure of BPLS upscaling. DILG-5 Regional Director Blandino Maceda, on his part, updated the participants on the Program’s achievements, to date. He promised continuing partnership with DTI-5 to further the BPLS Streamlining Program to benefit 28 more LGUs targeted for enrollment in 2012.
The awards were based on this criteria: (1) Increase in revenues Jan-Sept 2010 and Jan-Sept 2011; (2) Compliance with BPLS Standards, i.e., use of unified form, reduction of processing time and reduction in number of signatories; (3) Percent increase in the number of business registrants and (4) Functionality of the Joint Inspection Team (JIT) as evidenced by the EO issued by the mayor.
The awardees: City Level — Legazpi, Ligao & Tabaco (all Rank 1); Iriga (Rank 2); Sorsogon & Masbate (Rank 3). Municipality Level — Daet (Rank 1); Pili & San Andres (Rank 2); Daraga (Rank 3).