By Dhel Nazario
Entrepreneurs and business owners in Taguig City will once again enjoy the convenience of having access to a Business One –Stop Shop (BOSS) program, which will ease the renewal of business licenses and registrations.
The program began last January 3 and will be available up to January 20, without weekend breaks. The BOSS program allows for renewal of business licenses and registrations clustered in one place.
For added convenience, business owners have the option of two venues, either at the Taguig City Hall Auditorium or the Kalayaan Hall and People’s Hall in its Satellite Office in SM Aura Tower which would be open from 8 am. to 5 pm.
BOSS is a way for Taguig to showcase its business-friendly culture. While the program already allows faster processing of business permits and licenses, the City further intends to make the process comfortable and memorable for business representatives who are treated to candies, biscuits and refreshments during the wait.
“Taxes are the lifeblood of the city’s programs and social services,” Business Permit and Licensing Office officer-in-charge Atty. Fanella Joy Panga-Cruz explained. She also highlighted that taxes translate to social services that include the door-to-door delivery of medicines and scholarship assistance, among others.
“The more taxes we collect from the business community, the more we can provide services to Taguigeños,” she said.
Because of its efficient services and compliance to Republic Act No. 11032, also known as the “Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018,” Taguig City collected P2 billion through its BOSS 2018.
“Transparency plays a vital role in our city’s successful conduct of BOSS. We strictly comply with the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA), especially the Zero-Contact Policy that only allows government personnel-client contact when its necessary so as to prevent fixers,” Panga-Cruz added.
Panga-Cruz also noted that BOSS played a huge role in the city government’s full payment of a P1.6-billion loan incurred by the previous administration. The excess collection during the annual BOSS, together with the collection of the city’s Real Property Tax, was allotted to debt payment. By end of 2018, Taguig is now debt-free.
The City of Taguig is currently home to top corporations, embassies and government offices. New hotels, educational institutions and shopping malls have also sprung up in recent years within the fast-growing business districts of Bonifacio Global City and ARCA South.