Quezon City’s Business Permits and Licensing Department (BPLD) and Department of Building Official (DBO) bagged awards during the Ease of Doing Business Summit organized by the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) on Thursday.

The summit was attended by various national government agencies, local government units, and private corporations who have streamlined the current systems and procedures to provide efficient and competitive government services.

“We are very thankful to ARTA led by Director General Atty. Jeremiah Belgica. These are attestations that the city’s initiatives have been effective in streamlining government services and making it more accessible, convenient, and efficient,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

The QC Government received the “Doing Business Competitiveness Mover” recognition for providing efficient and fast services to business owners, especially for those who are starting their business in the city.

In October, QC has reported that 95 percent of business permit applications were all submitted online. Aspiring business owners and business renewals can file their application through the city’s automated e-services, thus shortening their waiting time, eliminating the hassle of going physically to City Hall, and reducing their exposure and risks to COVID-19.

Upon approval of their business application, BPLD also sends an electronic copy of the owner’s permit. The physical copy of the business permit is also delivered right at the applicant’s address for free via the department’s Automated Document Delivery System (ADDS).

Tax payers and business owners in QC can also pay their real property dues and new business permit applications and soon, even business taxes for existing businesses through QC Pay Easy, the City’s electronic payment facility.

Recently, the QC E-Services kiosks were also put up in the city’s District Action Offices, business centers in malls and in barangays. Through the kiosks, QCitizens can now access the City’s online services under Business One Stop Shop, register for the QCitizen ID, QC Vax Easy, apply for Occupational Permit, Health and Sanitary Permit, apply for Pangkabuhayang QC and Kalingang QC (for business), pay for Real Property Tax, and apply for Persons with Disability Affairs Office ID and Office of Senior Citizens Affairs ID.

Meanwhile, the DBO was also given a special citation as the 3rd Big Impact Indicator for their effort in line with the “Dealing with Construction Permits” part in the Doing Business 2020 report.

Amongst the building officials throughout the country, only QC DBO has been recognized during the ARTA summit because of its continuous efforts in streamlining and automation of processes for construction and other related building permits through the QC Build Easy program.

In addition, DBO has been a constant partner of ARTA in the crafting and enforcement of policies related to Dealing with Construction Permits.

“From 2019 malaki na ang nagawa ng QC on Ease of Doing Business, at kung nagawa ng Quezon City within a short period of time, walang dahilan ang ibang lungsod na hindi magawa ito. Quezon City is truly a benchmark and standard on how the country is doing in terms of Ease of Doing Business,” Belgica expressed during the launch of the e-services kiosks in November.

“Hindi tayo titigil dito. We will further strengthen and improve our business processes to attract more investors as we move towards making QC the preferred business destination,” Mayor Joy Belmonte added.