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The Provincial Government of Davao del Norte, thru the Provincial Administrator’s Office – Cooperative and Investment Development Division, conducted a consultation meeting with Davao del Norte’s Business Permits and Licensing Officers (BPLOs), Information and Communications Technology Officers, as well as the Municipal and City Treasurers from various LGUs of Davao del Norte on the implementation of E-BOSS or the Electronic Business One-Stop Shop (e-BOSS) last September 01, 2023 at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, Provincial Capitol, Mankilam, Tagum City.

The EBoss refers to an online portal, or a website, including the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s i-BPLS, the ARTA Platform, and other similar online business permitting systems, or platforms of local government units, which accepts and processes applications for business permits, issues tax bills, receives payments and releases permits, clearances and other related documents, or where the applicant can print the same.

E-BOSS is consistent with Republic Act 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007, as amended by Republic Act 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018. The initiative is further reinforced by Joint Memorandum Circular No. 01 Series of 2021 of the DILG, DTI, DICT, and the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) which is the Guidelines for Processing Business Permits, Related Clearances and Licenses in all Cities and Municipalities.

The meeting delineated the role and support functions of the concerned government agencies such as the DILG and the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA). Mr. Virgil Fuentes of the DICT also highlighted the DICT’s vital role and function in the implementation of the E-BOSS. The provincial government of Davao del Norte now intensifies the implementation of the Joint Memorandum Circular No.1 Series of 2021, encouraging and converging all LGUs of the province to migrate their business permitting system from the BPLS to E-BOSS.

Other officers from the national government agencies who also gave their inputs were Mr. Christian Derecho of the DILG, Engr. Octavio Guibelondo, Provincial Head Officer of the DICT – Davao del Norte, Engr. Rhuelo J. Aradanas, Chief Administrative Officer of the ARTA – Eastern Mindanao Regional Office, Atty. Lord Anthony Pusod, Attorney III of ARTA, and Ms. Marie Jay Kamille Dayhon, also of ARTA Eastern Mindanao Regional Field Office.

Meanwhile, series of follow-up meetings and group discussions were scheduled after the activity, in order to put in place the issues raised during the meeting. Mr. Fuentes of the DICT has expressed his support to the future endeavors of the group.

The meeting was presided over by Ms. Joevynar M. Miedes, Provincial LEDIPO. She was assisted by Maria Margarita Pilegro of PADO-CIDD.

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