Bizmen request to extend BOSS granted

(Photo Courtesy of Bacolod City PIO)

By Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The Business One-Stop-Shop here will be extended until Feb 29, 2020, as requested by the business sector here.

Bacolod City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said an ordinance extending the deadline of the 2020 Business One-Stop-Shop (BOSS) from Jan 20 to Feb 29 at the Bacolod City Government Center was unanimously approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod during a special session Friday.

Familiaran said the extension was requested by the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) through Mayor Evelio Leonardia.

“This will give businessmen ample time to comply with all the required documents and surcharges of 25 percent will not be imposed on them,” Familiaran said.

There will be no more extension after Feb 29.

He also said that the Licensing and Permits Division, together with the enforcement team, will inspect all business establishments to ensure that they have secured business permits.

Familiaran said they will also determine if there are new establishments that have not registered during the BOSS and if there are still those that have not complied with the requirements for the renewal of business permits.

Several businesses were temporarily closed late last year for lack of business permits, the vice mayor said.

“This will serve as a warning to other establishments that fail to comply,” he said.

Stela Rose Rayos, head of the Permits and Licensing Division said that the business registration in 2019 reached 25,627 compared to 23,187 in 2018, or an increase of 18.73 percent.