Tacloban sees 19% surge in business renewals, hits P210M revenue

Tacloban sees 19% surge in business renewals, hits P210M revenue

Tacloban City reports a 19% rise in business renewals, collecting P210M by January 31. BPLD credits success to mall satellite offices and urges timely permit processing to avoid surcharges.

TACLOBAN CITY –  The Business Permits and Licenses Division (BPLD) in Tacloban City celebrated a significant milestone as business renewals surged, recording an impressive P210 million collections by January 31. This marks a remarkable 19.32% increase compared to the P176 million revenue generated during the same period last year.

Gemafiel Gaspay, the head of BPLD, attributes this success to strategically placing three satellite offices in malls across the city. These satellite offices provide convenience to business owners and alleviate congestion at the onsite Business One-Stop Shop (BOSS) in Tacloban City Hall.

In an interview with the City Information Office (CIO), Gaspay revealed that approximately 90% of businesses, totaling 7,122, have already completed their permit renewals. Transport renewals, reaching 1,351, represent a commendable 60-70% of the target. Gaspay expressed confidence in meeting or surpassing the PHP318,974,547.75 revenue target, emphasizing that renewal processing continues at the City Hall BOSS on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For businesses yet to process their permits, a crucial deadline looms. Gaspay warned that a 25% surcharge on the total amount due and an additional two percent monthly penalty awaits those who fail to settle promptly. This is in accordance with City Ordinance 99-58.

Expressing gratitude to the business community, Gaspay acknowledged their cooperation and highlighted their significant contributions to maintaining a vibrant local economy.

In a related update, Gaspay announced that the release of business plates is scheduled for February. This process is expected to streamline business operations and contribute to the overall efficiency of permit-related transactions.

On a different note, as Tacloban City enforces the Plastic and Styrofoam Regulation Ordinance, Gaspay emphasized the upcoming inspections to ensure businesses comply with the regulation. This initiative follows extensive Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) campaigns conducted by the BPLD and the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) since the ordinance's enactment in March 2023.

The BPLD urges businesses to stay informed and adhere to the Plastic and Styrofoam Regulation Ordinance to avoid penalties. Compliance with such regulations fosters environmental sustainability and contributes to the community's overall well-being. —iTacloban (with reports from CIO)

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