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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, January 13, 2018
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Barangay captains not taking
part in BOSS may face raps

Executive assistant Samuel Montoyo said yesterday that they will give priority to barangays that fail to participate in the Business One-Stop-Shop (BOSS) of Bacolod City, when the Department of Interior and Local Government creates a joint inspection team to inspect business permits of establishments in the city.

Montoyo said that, as of noon yesterday, only 39 barangays out of 61 have participated in the BOSS.

The mayor issued Executive Order No. 37 dated Dec. 19, 2017, enjoining all barangays to participate in the BOSS. This should be non-political since it is the obligation of the barangay to participate in the project, he said.

After January 20, he will file complaints for disobedience against the barangay captains, who did not participate in the BOSS, before the Office of the President for not complying with his directive, Montoyo said.

He will also furnish the DILG their names since he believes they should be sanctioned, he said.

Montoyo said he wants to go deeper into the matter because there were issues before that some business establishments did not pay their business permits to the city because the barangay captains are the ones facilitating them.

An estimate of the City Treasurer shows that about 50 percent of businesses do not pay their permits to the city, he said.

Montoyo said Mayor Evelio Leonardia had also issued an executive order creating the ARTA (Anti-Red Tape) Core Team of which he is a member, so he could monitor the participation of the different departments and barangays in the BOSS.

A taxpayer cannot process his or her business permit without a barangay clearance, he said.

Leonardia appealed to the barangays in Bacolod to participate in the BOSS at the Bacolod Government Center that runs from January 2 to 20.

“We believe that they should take this as one of their obligations, not just a moral one, but as a legal obligation on their part to be cooperating, participating, and being supportive of a project like this because this is for the good of the city. And their participation is a major factor,” he said.

Leonardia said this should not be tainted with politics. This is all about making Bacolod business-friendly.

“Politicking will always counter whatever moves we do that are meant for the betterment of the city,” he said.*CGS


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