Mayor Amy Roa Alvarez met with a DICT representative to implement the Electronic Business Permits and Licensing System (eBPLS) in San Vicente. (Photo credit: Information and Communication Section of San Vicente, Palawan)

To speed up the processing of business permits and licenses of local businesses, the municipal government of San Vicente will implement the Electronic Business Permits and Licensing System (eBPLS).

Mayor Amy Roa Alvarez recently met with a representave of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), where she expressed interest with the technology used in business permitting as a tool for Ease of Doing Business (EoDB).

“Business Permits and Licensing System is very important to the economy of every local government unit and the eBPLS is a response to the Ease Of Doing Business (EODB) law that requires all government units to comply with the zero-contact policy with the service providers in the operation of BPLS services to eliminate corrupt practices and speed up the process,” Alvarez said.

The eBPLS already includes the Bureau of Fire Protection certificate, building and occupancy permit, community tax certificates and other endorsing agencies.

Faced with a poor internet connection in the municipality, the local government is taking action to address the connectivity problem.

The current internet speed in San Vicente does not meet the requirement of 5Mbps constant internet speed needed to run the eBPLS software without logs.

The eBPLS software is a cloud-based program developed by the DICT to cope up with the technological advancement and being at par with neighboring countries.

It is also part of the agency’s answer to address the call of the President to eliminate corruption and increase LGU efficiency through the EoDB law.

“The LGU’s setback along with other municipalities in the province is the very slow internet connection provided by Smart and Globe companies,” Alvarez added.

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