An anti-red tape forum was held by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) District 36 as part of its efforts to comply with Republic Act 11032 on Thursday, January 24.

Lorenzo Delos Santos, revenue district officer, said the event aims to make registration and licensing easy for small and big businesses.

“Emphasis ‘yan ng government ngayon. We are doing this para ‘yong mga nagnenegosyo ay ma-enlighten about the processes to attain the purpose of the republic act (This is the emphasis of the government now. We are doing this for our businessmen and entrepreneurs to be enlightened about the processes to attain the purpose of the republic act),” Delos Santos said.

The forum entitled “Ease of Doing Business for Every Juan and Juana” was conducted under the Gender Awareness and Development (GAD).

Republic Act 11032 or the “The Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Delivery of Government Service Act of 2018” seeks to diminish if not totally wipe out “red tape.”

It also aims to help both large and small businesses in terms of making licensing easier.

BIR, together with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the City Licensing Office (CLO), explained that they streamlined the requirements and procedures to come up with a fast yet efficient licensing system.

Delos Santos said the department hopes that with this kind of forums, they can further increase their collection as the public becomes more aware of the requirements and procedures for taxpayers.

“I would like to appeal na ma-collect natin ang target kasi maraming projects na kailangang gawin sa Palawan (…because there are so many projects that we need to do in Palawan),” stated Delos Reyes.

Meanwhile, Ma. Teresa Rodriguez of the CLO reported an 11% increase in the number of processed permits for 2019 as compared to 2018.

As of January 21, 2019, a total of 7,835 businesses had secured their permits from the city government.

Other speakers at this forum include Rosenda Fortunato of the DTI and Revenue District 32 group supervisor Andy B. Estares, who explained the details of current business registration at the BIR, and assistant regional director Josephine S. Virtucio.