The Anti-Red Tape Authority has commended the city government of Parañaque for complying with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to reduce red tape and expedite the processing of permits and licenses at the local level.
Lawyer Jeremiah Belgica, ARTA director general, also lauded the administration of Mayor Edwin Olivarez for bringing together several innovative IT solutions into their pioneering concierge system and for their “exemplary service and support in the implementation of the Ease of Doing Business Law.”
Belgica together with Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, and Interior and Local Government Jonathan Malaya witnessed the recent formal launching of Project: Express Lane Operation 2.0 to serve as the benchmark in business regulatory simplification across the country.
Parañaque has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Information and Communications Technology for interconnectivity for faster and more efficient government transactions in the city.
Parañaque also has a Zero Contact Policy, where application, payment, and issuance of permits are made available at the Project ELO Concierge using Smart Kiosks located at the newly renovated Taxpayers Lounge of the BPLO of city hall.
Earlier, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año also lauded the local government unit and city business permit and licensing office chief Melanie Malaya for introducing the country’s first-ever computerized Occupational Permit system which is part of its ongoing automation program.
Malaya said ELO 2.0 also consolidates the workers’ work permit, sanitary or health permit, and police clearance.
Once done, the worker will be given the Parañaque HELP card, an identification card that unifies the occupational permit, health certificate, and the police clearance.
Año added that faster application process means more investments and more business, more government services for the people and the local will also achieve prosperity.