Central business portal to help boost PH rank

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    A single site for all business-related information and transactions will help push the Philippines’ ranking in the starting a business indicator  to the 7th rank, according to the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA).

    ARTA, the  Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Social Security System (SSS), Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth), Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG Fund, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and 18 pilot local government units (LGUs) will be launching the first phase of the central business portal (CBP), an online one-stop shop for registering business in the Philippines, today, January 28.

    The CBP (business.gov.ph) offers a single site for all business-related information and transactions such as securing business permits, licenses, and clearances. It had been on its soft-launch phase to targeted law and accounting firms since August 2020. Additional features had since been added for the nationwide launch of its Phase 1 at today’s launch.

    The creation of CBP through DICT is mandated by Republic Act 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.

    The implementation of the CBP is projected to improve the country’s performance in the Starting a Business indicator under the World Bank’s Doing Business Report.

    Through the CBP, business applicants can now register their business in just one step in less than a day, as compared to the previous manual process with 13 steps that could be completed in 33 days.

    The CBP Phase 1 will allow for the registration of one person corporations, corporations with two to four incorporators, and regular corporations whose incorporators are juridical entities and/or the capital structure is not covered by the 25 percent-25 percent rule. The portal provides a Unified Application Form for all agencies involved in the business registration process, thus eliminating the undue burden on applicants of having to fill up redundant entry forms with different agencies.

    Through the portal, applicants can now complete their business registration with SEC and BIR, generate BIR tax identification number, pay for BIR filing and registration fees, and register employer numbers for SSS, Philhealth, and Pag-IBIG. The CBP now also features a Unified Employee Reporting Module for SSS, Philhealth, and Pag-IBIG, and process applications for secondary license featuring FDA’s License to Operate for Center for Drugs.

    The integration of FDA’s LTO into the portal is also part of the implementation of ARTA’s National Effort for the Harmonization of Efficient Measures of Inter-related Agencies or NEHEMIA Program – Food and Pharmaceutical Sector. This move reduces the number of steps from 28 to nine, the number of requirements from 41 to 12, and the number of days from 63 to 21 in acquiring the LTO.

    Further, the CBP now also links to the online business permitting system of the local government of Quezon City, Paranaque City, Ilagan City, Baler, Dipaculao, Limay, Macabebe, Paete, Santa Cruz in Marinduque, Labo, Santa Barbara in Iloilo, Mandaue City, Dumingag, Catarman, and Kabacan.

    The online business permitting systems of other LGUs are also being targeted for integration in the portal in the future. Additional features will also  be developed and incorporated in the CBP.