The CALABARZON Regional Development Council-Sectoral Committee on Macroeconomy and Development Administration discussed the status of Local Government Units (LGUs) readiness to shift to digital transactions during its meeting on May 12, 2021 via videoconference.
The Ease of Doing Business (EODB) Law in 2018 mandated all cities and municipalities to automate their business permitting and licensing system (BPLS) or set up an electronic Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) until June 2021, three years after the effectivity of the law. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic intensified the need to establish online systems and shift to digital automation to ensure efficient and effective delivery of government services.
As of May 5, 2021, DILG Region IV-A reported that 89 LGUs (62%) have automated or computerized their BPLS. It was highlighted that all LGUs in Rizal Province already shifted to eBPLS, thus, the Province is the top implementer of digital transactions in the region. Related to this, Antipolo City shared its best practice on automation and the impact of its initiative to the community and the government which include improved customer satisfaction, and increased number of new business applications despite of the pandemic.
The DILG, DICT and DTI will continue to guide and provide support to LGUs on the full implementation of EODB Law and the shift to digital transaction by June 2021 through conduct of various webinars, system improvement, and infrastructure development.
Currently, concerned agencies will have online roll-out of integration of barangay clearance, promotion of eBPLS/iBPLS, and streamline building permits and certificates of occupancy processes.
Laurece Francia R. Tanyag, NEDA Region IV-A | May 17, 2021