By Chito Chavez
Public convenience has been further boosted in Quezon City as four more business centers will open in the next two weeks in addition to the first two similar establishments which are now serving city hall clients.
“We will continue working to make life easier for our constituents by putting up additional business centers in different malls so they can easily access the services provided by the city government,” said Belmonte.
Belomonte inaugurated the first two QC Business Centers at Robinsons Mall in Novaliches and at Ali Mall in Cubao which will be operational starting Monday, Nov. 18.
“Quezon City residents can expect more of these Business Centers in malls near their area because this is part of our promise to bring the City Hall closer to the people,” she added.
City Treasurer Ed Villanueva said the QC Business Center provides services such as current assessment of Real Property Taxes (RPT) and collection of payment for RPT.
The Business Center is also authorized to collect Business Taxes and payment for Individual and Corporate Community Taxes and other fees.
“With Business Centers now more accessible, we expect residents and businesses to pay their taxes and other fees on time,” said Villanueva.
Business Permits and Licensing Department (BPLD) head Ma. Margarita Santos said the QC Business Center at Ali Mall, which is near the Department of Trade (DTI) Negosyo Center, can also help expedite the processing of business and occupational permits.
“Since katabi ito ng DTI, puwede na silang makakuha ng (Since it is near the DTI they can now secure the) business permit requirements form that lists down all the requirements in one document per specific business activity. Also, maglalagay rin tayo ng (we will put up) application and processing of occupational permit. But once full automation has been put in place, the centers can already issue business permits,” said Santos.
During her first State of the City Address (SOCA), Belmonte promised to bring the city government closer to the people by putting up Business Centers in various places.
Recently, the mayor entered into an agreement with Robinsons Land Corporation, one of the largest mall operators in the country, for the establishment of a Business Center in three of its malls in Quezon City.
Under the agreement, the QC government will be allowed to establish Business Centers in three Robinsons malls within the city, namely Robinsons Galleria, Magnolia, and Novaliches.
The city government is also currently in talks with Mallers Management Corporation and Ayala Corporation for the establishment of QC Business Centers in Fisher Mall and Fairview Terraces respectively.