For entrepreneur Allan Corpuz, it was a pleasant surprise to learn that he was able to register his business in less than an hour.
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At 8:30 a.m., he approached the Quezon City Business One Stop Shop, filled up a two-page Philippine Business Registry
application form and submitted it to the teller for processing. Then, he proceeded to the verification counter to present his requirements. Upon checking if his documents were complete, he was advised to go to the cashier for the payment.
By 9:10 a.m., he received his DTI Business Name Registration, Mayor’s Permit to Operate Business, and the QC Business License Plate. He can now start his business. “Very quick and very easy,” says Corpuz, owner of Power Six Refrigeration and Industrial Automation, to the new process implemented by Quezon City Government for its business permit and licensing system (BPLS).
Corpuz was one of the first walk-in applicants in the city to experience the new registration and licensing procedures for single proprietorship. He did not expect that the process would be better and faster. He compared it to the old system, which resulted to long queues and waiting time, and when applicants had to go to each office just to register their businesses.
The Q.C. government, together with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently launched the Philippine Business Registry at Quezon City Hall to offer new entrepreneurs a faster and more convenient method of listing their businesses and getting their permits. Quezon City is the first local government unit (LGU) to be connected with the PBR.
Philippine Business Registry is an integration of registration processes of six government agencies, namely the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Home Mutual Development Fund (Pag-Ibig), Philippine Health and Insurance Corp (PhilHealth), and Social Security System (SSS).
Applicants do not need to go to each of these agencies. Instead, they can get their DTI business name registration, taxpayer identification number (TIN) from BIR, and employer registration numbers (ERNs) from Pag-ibig, SSS, and Philhealth in just one place.