‘Bacolod’s BOSS is fixer-free’

BACOLOD City – There are no fixers in the ongoing operation of the Business One-Stop Shop (BOSS) at city hall, assured Permits and Licensing Division head Stela Rose Rayos.

Rayos stressed that the city government strictly prohibits fixers in any of its transactions.

A fixer refers to “any individual whether or not officially involved in the operation of a government office or agency who has access to people working therein, and whether or not in collusion with them, facilitates speedy completion of transactions for pecuniary gain or any other advantage or consideration,” according to Republic Act 9485, or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007.

BOSS started operating Jan. 3 to make “easier and faster” the business permit and tax payment process by having all concerned local government departments and agencies in one place.

Its operation will end Jan. 20.

According to Rayos, several accounting firms have sent 50 to 100 representatives to process their business permits at the Bacolod City Government Center.

As of Jan. 7, BOSS already catered to around 3,400 business permit applicants.

This number is “so far good,” according to Rayos, adding that accommodating more than 3,000 clients in three days means BOSS is performing well.

The Permits and Licensing Division head added that they are targeting to surpass this year the 16,000 business registrations from Jan. 3 to Jan. 20 in 2018.

Rayos also encouraged taxpayers to pay their dues at BOSS on or before Jan. 20 to avail themselves of a 10-percent discount./PN


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