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ARTA targets 200 LGUs for one-stop shop compliance

THE ANTI-RED Tape Authority (ARTA) said it hopes to bring 200 local government units (LGUs) to compliance this year with the electronic Business One-Stop Shop (eBOSS) program.

ARTA Secretary Ernesto V. Perez said only 35 LGUs are fully compliant with eBOSS, with Baras, Rizal the most recent addition to the list.

Republic Act No. 11032 of 2018, or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act had required LGUs to fully comply with eBOSS by June 17, 2021.

“We really have to step up… (LGUs) should have complied (in 2021) we just extended the deadline,” Mr. Perez told reporters on the sidelines of a forum late Wednesday.

The eBOSS system streamlines procedures for obtaining local business licenses and permits via a single digital portal accessible on demand. It is one of ARTA’s flagship programs.

“It’s really an effective way to fight against red tape and also (a) mode of increasing revenue for the LGUs,” he said.

He added that LGUs which have complied and incorporated the ARTA system have seen revenue growth.

“With a little more push from us, the Department of Information and Communications Technology, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government we can do it… we still have six (or) seven months,” Mr. Perez said. 

He added that the President has set a goal of reducing registration times for local business to about 10 minutes. — Adrian H. Halili