BPLD reports upsurge in Business Registration
TACLOBAN CITY – The Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLD) this City reported an upsurge in new business registrations this year; proving once more that Tacloban remains the premier business hub in Eastern Visayas.
As of March 20, the BPLD issued permits and licenses to 333 new businesses mostly comprising of Retailing or General Merchandise with a total capitalization of more than 200 Million pesos. The entry of this new businesses to the lone Highly Urbanized City in Region 8 created employment opportunities for 700 City residents.
Meanwhile, around 12, 255 have renewed their businesses for this year, compared to 9,857 for 2016. The most number of Business Permits by the office are: General Merchandise Establishments, Construction and Services, Small Businesses like Sari-sari Stores, Eatery and Canteen, Lending and other Financial Establishments and Manufacturing. Notably, other businesses sprouting in the City are Hotels and Shopping Centers.
Since 2015, 2,474 businesses have opened in the City, resulting to 6,722 jobs for Tacloban residents.
BPLD Officer-in-Charge Edgardo Cadavis, meantime said his office will be implementing processes that will provide ease to local business operators as part of the thrust of Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez to bring quality and fast on businesses applying and renewing their permits.
Cadavis disclosed that as part of its effort to streamline business application and renewal they are planning to implement within the year an online system for business application and renewal.
He said that once the plan is realized, business operators would not have to go to the Kanhuraw Business Center to get their permits but instead get a printout right in the convenience of their offices. Others can also opt to have their permits delivered right at their doorstep, he added
As disclosed by Cadavis this is the “challenge” given to him by Mayor Romualdez whose main thrust is to create a business friendly and client-oriented permit and licensing office.
BPLD likewise plans to maintain a list of “compliant” and “non-compliant business” to institutional requirements in an effort to hasten the business renewal process. -HENRY JAMES G. ROCA/CIO