23 July 2023 – The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) has recognized two local government units (LGUs) for setting up their own electronic Business One-Stop Shops (eBOSS) in compliance with the mandate of Republic Act 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business (EODB) Law.
On July 20, 2023, ARTA Secretary Ernesto V. Perez presented a Certificate of Commendation to Pasay City Mayor Imelda G. Calixto-Rubiano for the city’s fully streamlined and digitalized eBOSS. Pasay City is the 10th LGU to receive this recognition from ARTA.
On the next day, July 21, 2023, ARTA presented a similar commendation to Batangas City Mayor Beverly Rose A. Dimacuha, making the Batangas City the 11th LGU to receive the same recognition from ARTA.
The eBOSS is an online platform that allows businesses to apply for and renew business permits and licenses in a more efficient and convenient manner. It is a key requirement under the EODB Law, which aims to simplify and streamline government processes to make it easier for businesses to operate in the Philippines.
In his remarks, Secretary Perez said that the recognition of Pasay City and Batangas City is a testament to the Authorithy’s commitment to streamlining and digitalizing permitting and licensing systems to make it easier for the transacting public and stakeholders to operate their businesses efficiently. He added that this will help to improve the ease of doing business in their respective localities, and will also make it more attractive for businesses to invest in the Philippines.
“Bureaucratic efficiency is one of the socioeconomic agenda of the President [Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.] and to start doing that we need to start off with the local government units,” Secretary Perez said.
“It also serves as a testament to the dedication and hard work of the officials and employees of these two LGUs in enhancing their processes to achieve greater efficiency and economic recovery,” the ARTA Chief said.
Mayor Calixto-Rubiano and Mayor Dimacuha both expressed their gratitude to ARTA for the recognition. They said that the commendation will serve as an inspiration for them to continue doing good. They also said that they are committed to continuously improving and streamlining their services to make it easier for businesses to operate in their cities.
ARTA’s recognition of Pasay City and Batangas City is a positive step towards improving the ease of doing business in the Philippines. It is hoped that other LGUs will follow suit, and that this will help to make the Philippines a more attractive destination for businesses.
“As we have witnessed the notable increase in the business tax revenue of eBOSS-compliant LGUs, we are very hopeful that these numbers should encourage all other LGUs to expedite their compliance with the eBOSS requirement to promote ease of doing business and economic progress nationwide,” Secretary Perez reiterated.