- Written by LGOO II Freda Mae L. Sorsano
- Category: News and Updates
- Published: 21 July 2017
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ILOILO City – Taking steps even further than it did with the streamlining of the Business Permits and Licensing System (BPLS), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is now continuously pushing for the automation or computerization of the BPLS.
The DILG Regional Office 6 welcomed BPLS advocates from DILG Regions 7, 8 and the Negros Island Region (NIR) as it hosted the recently-concluded Coaches’ Training on the Automation of BPLS for Visayas.
The participants embarked on a 5-day learning event on July 10-14, 2017 at SmallVille21 Hotel, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, which aimed to enhance their knowledge and skills on the automation of the BPLS.
BPLS is a strategy that reduced the number of steps, application forms, signatures and number of days required to process business permits. The automation of BPLS aims to further simplify the business licensing process by enabling business owners and enthusiasts to conveniently process their business permits at any place, as long as they have access to the internet.
The coaches’ training was attended by BPLS Focal Persons from the DILG and DICT Regions 6, 7, 8 and NIR, as well as representatives from the academe, private sector, and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP). The activity produced 40 coaches trained on the BPLS Automation and they were expected to mentor target LGUs in their region.
BPLS experts from the central offices of the Bureau of Local Government Development (BLGD) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) travelled to the Visayas to coach the participants on the automation.
To further facilitate their learning, the participants were oriented on a wide-range of BPLS-related topics: from basic BPLS concepts to the actual use of the BPLS software. The last 3 days of the orientation were dedicated to expose the coaches to the actual BPLS software and on how to process sample business transactions. Armed with their laptops, the participants were guided on the step-by-step method of navigating the software, including its platform and features.
At the end of the activity, the participants came up with their Action Plans on how to go about the championing and implementation of the BPLS Automation in their respective regions. As coaches, they are expected to share their learnings to LGUs in their area of responsibility and encourage them to implement the automation of the BPLS program.
The DILG advocates BPLS with the hope of improving the business climate in the Visayas, said Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, Regional Director of DILG Region 6.
“We have noted that there was a significant improvement in the business climate here in Western Visayas because of the numerous advocacies supporting ease of doing business. With the BPLS Automation, we are looking forward to attracting even more people to venture into business or maintain those they already own,” shared Nuyda. (LGOO II Freda Mae L. Sorsano, DILG6)