Roxas City, Capiz (10 October) — This capital city and municipality of Dumarao have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) for the streamlining of their Business Permit Licensing System (BPLS) to provide better services to local businesses, attract more investors and increase revenue collections.
The MOU was signed in two separate events held October 8 by Vice Mayor Querubin Pamplona for Dumarao and City Mayor Vicente Bermejo for Roxas City with DTI Regional Director Dominic Abad and GTZ Coordinator for the Visayas Dr. Volker Steigerwald. DTI Capiz Provincial Director Ermelinda Pollentes witnessed the signing.
GTZ Coordinator for Western Visayas Rhea Ledesma said currently, obtaining a business permit requires considerable amount of time before it gets processed.
By streamlining the process under the joint program, obtaining a permit will now be faster and more convenient.
Ledesma said streamlining of the BPLS is one of the major interventions in the Small and Medium Enterprise Development for Sustainable Employment Program (SMEDSEP), which is a development cooperation project between the Philippines and Germany. It aims to improve the business and investment climate for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Philippines, especially in the Visayas.
SMEDSEP contributes to the efforts of the Philippine government to improve the framework conditions for private sector development in the country. It is implemented in partnership by DTI at national, regional and provincial levels on behalf of the Philippine government and GTZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
GTZ is an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations owned by the German government. For 30 years, it has been providing forward looking contributions to political, economic, ecological and social development in partner countries.
It supports reform and change processes in an increasingly globalized world, often working under difficult conditions. GTZ’s major approach to facilitate change is promoting capacity development of people and partner projects and programs are outcome and impact oriented and contribute towards socioeconomic progress.
Abad said the streamlining system will now make it easy for businesses to come in hand in hand with whatever investment incentives a local government unit in granting.
GTZ and DTI have also introduced the Business Development Services (BDS) system in Capiz under SMEDSEP to help MSMEs enhance their operations and viability in coordination with the provincial government headed by Gov. Victor Tanco. (PIA-JSC)
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