THE Quezon City government has launched a new portal that will enable online processing of business permits and encourage more entrepreneurs to operate in the city, Mayor Josefina “Joy” Belmonte said on Saturday.
“We are optimistic that this change in the way we process and issue permits will help us gain the trust of entrepreneurs to do business in the city,” she said.
Belmonte said QC: Biz Easy Online Unified Business Permit Application System (OUBPAS), along with the executive order she issued in 2019 creating the Task Force for Ease of Doing Business and Automation, was among the gains she made in the city.
The new portal also targets one of the city’s 14-point agenda, which was to make Quezon City the preferred destination for businesses, Belmonte said.
She said applicants who wish to apply for, renew, or amend their business permits are advised to go to this link to initiate the process: https://qceservices.
The submitted applications would be sent to ancillary departments in a real-time manner.
Once clearance is given by the concerned departments, the client may pay at the various business centers all over the city. Likewise, an online payment mechanism will soon be made available, the local government said.
The client may also choose to have his permit delivered to him via a courier service of his choice.
According to Business Permits and Licensing Department (BPLD) head Margie Santos, the system came at an opportune time while the city transitions to the new normal.
“We’ve been working diligently on automating our business registration system since we took office in July 2019 and this really came at an opportune time. By shifting online, not only do we make our processes quicker and easier but we also protect our citizens from the coronavirus,” Santos said.
Online application will limit face to face interactions between citizens and city hall employees while social distancing is strictly advised during this time, the BPLD chief said.
Simultaneous with the launch of QC:Biz Easy was the inauguration of the newly-improved Business-One-Stop-Shop (BOSS) which streamlines payments and other transactions for the city’s close to 86,000 businesses.