Online processing of building, occupancy permits pushed
The Anti-Red Tape Authority (Arta) is encouraging local government units (LGUs) to adopt a software developed by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) that would enable the online application and processing of building and occupancy permits.
Called the Integrated Business Permits and Licensing System (iBPLS), it also allows for the electronic processing of business permits being covered by the previous Electronic Business Permits and Licensing System or eBPLS of DICT.
In a meeting with Arta last Sept. 4, the DICT reported a six-step process flow from the application up to the issuance of the business permit using the iBPLS, Arta said in a recent statement.
“As part of our strong push toward e-governance, we want to remind all LGUs that [Republic Act No.] 11032 requires them to automate their Business Permitting Systems until 2021. Those who are not yet automated may already use the iBPLS software and system of DICT that incorporates the Business Permits and the Building Permits Registration Systems,” Arta Director General Jeremiah Belgica said.
“However, for LGUs who have already automated their permits systems, they should now work toward linking their systems with the Central Business Portal that Arta and DICT will be rolling out by November this year. Rest assured that Arta will help you in this transition—from streamlining to automation—to ensure a red tape-free and more convenient service to the public,” he added.
LGUs need to submit a letter of intent to and enter into a memorandum of agreement with the DICT to be able to use the iBPLS. As for the implementation, the LGUs need only a stable internet connection and an information technology office or staff. An official website or Facebook page is also required to host the software.
Prior to launch and implementation, the LGUs will undergo capacity-building through a series of training from the DICT.
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