ANGELES CITY—Mayor Carmelo Lazatin, Jr. is strongly urging the city council to extend the business tax payment for the permits renewal of existing business establishments without penalties from January 21 until March 31, 2022.
In his letter to the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod led by Vice Mayor Vicenta Vega-Cabigting, he is asking to pass a Resolution for the two-month extension, also mentioning the temporary lockdown of some city government offices involved in the payment due to the pandemic.
Lazatin said this initiative is to also help local businesses recover in the new normal setting, as they are one of the hardest-hit sectors because of the pandemic. Butch Gunio
Katlen Gozum of the Business Permit and Licensing Division, and Business One-Stop Coordinator, said there are already 2,000 applicants for business permits in just three days.
The number is higher compared to the first week of renewal last year,” Gozum said.
The Business Permit and Licensing Division led by Evangeline Malonzo has been regularly inspecting business establishments in the city, in order to ensure that safety and health protocols are being observed.
Malonzo stressed the importance of conducting these regular inspections, as instructed by Lazatin.
“We have designated teams to conduct regular inspections in various business establishments around the city,” she added.