Bacolod City villages not in BOSS warned

BACOLOD City – The operations of the Business One-Stop Shop (BOSS) at the Bacolod City Government Center started yesterday with only 26 out of 61 barangays participating.

The “noncompliant” villages – who were given until today to participate – may face complaint, warned Executive Assistant Samuel Montoyo Sr.

“The barangay officials must comply with the law or else they will be facing complaint,” said Montoyo, a member of the city’s Anti-Red Tape Act Core Team.

The BOSS is a scheme to make “easier and faster” the processing of business permits by having local government departments and agencies that issue documents – including barangay clearance – required of business permit applicants in one place.

Its operations will end Jan. 20.

Montoyo said he will file complaint against nonparticipating barangays for violation of Republic Act (RA) 11032, the law that amended The Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 to further “promote ease of doing business and efficient delivery of government services.”

The complaint will be filed at the Department of Interior and Local Government, Civil Service Commission and the Office of the President, he added.

Montoyo said public officials who are found guilty of violating RA 11032 will be fined from P500,000 to P2 million with imprisonment of at least six months and at most six years.

Meanwhile, Stela Rose Rayos – head of the city’s Permits and Licensing Division – said taxpayers who would pay their dues from Jan. 3 to Jan. 20 at BOSS will avail themselves of a 10-percent discount.

That is unless the Sangguniang Panlungsod passes a resolution extending BOSS operations, she added.

Rayos also said BOSS was now made more efficient with automated procedures.

“We have simplified the processing of business permits. Taxpayers only have to present their 2018 business permit and barangay business clearance now,” she added./PN


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