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Integration of the Issuance of Barangay Clearance in the Permitting Processes in Baliwag

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BALIWAG, BULACAN. Last December 17, 2019, LGU Baliwag Mayor Ferdinand V. Estrella signed Executive Order (EO) No. 058, s. 2019 entitled Guidelines in the Integration of the Issuance of Barangay Clearance in the Permitting Processes in the Municipality of Baliwag, Province of Bulacan.

This is in line with Section 11 (f) of Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Delivery of Government Services Act (RA 11032), which states that barangay clearances  and permits related to doing business shall be applied, issued and collected at the city/municipality in accordance with the prescribed processing time of this Act: Provided, that the share in the collections shall be remitted to the respective barangays; and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum Circular No. 2019-177 issued on October 17, 2019 providing guidelines and standard processes in compliance with the above cited provision of RA 11032.

Section 2 of EO 058, s. 2019 states that ALL Barangays shall observe the following standards in the issuance of Barangay Clearance in Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) and Building Permit and Certificate of Occupancy (BPCO) Processes in the Municipality.

1. Business Permit

 a. New Application of Business Permit

 i. Application with Certificate of Occupancy. For new structure intended for business purposes, a barangay clearance is no longer required if it was already provided by the applicant to the Municipal Engineer Office or Office of the Building Official (OBO) for securing Building Permit and Certificate of Occupancy.

ii. Application which DO NOT require Occupancy Permit. The BPLO shall notify the concerned barangay immediately for the issuance of barangay clearance for new application for Business Permit.

Likewise, the concerned barangay shall issue the Barangay Clearance for new application immediately to conform to the standard time of issuance of business permit under Sec. 6.1.4 of DILG-DTI-DICT JMC 2016-01.

The Barangay Clearance will be issued and submitted by the barangay to the BPLO and shall be released to applicants together with the business permits.

b. Renewal of Business Permit (Pre-audit)

Barangay Clearance is a requirement for the renewal of Business Permit. It shall be issued prior to renewal of Business Permit provided that the business is compliant to applicable laws and regulatory bodies such as Fire Safety Inspection Clearance (FSIC), occupational and safety standards and other similar requirements that will ensure public safety, health and welfare in all workplaces based on the findings conducted by the Joint Inspection/Assessment Team (JIAT), or by the Municipality.

2. Locational Clearance

The payment for the Barangay Clearance Fee is integrated in the Order of Payment for Business Permit and Building Permit, together with the other authorized fees and charges.

The authorized Municipal Treasurer shall collect payment and issue the corresponding Official Receipt upon receipt of the payment from the applicant.

The payment for the Barangay Clearance Fee is integrated in the Order of Payment for Business Permit and Building Permit under the Treasury Management Information System (TMIS) of the Municipality, together with other authorized fees and charges.

The Municipal Treasurer shall collect payment and issue the corresponding Official Receipt upon receipt of the payment from the applicant.

With EO 058, s. 2019 (and EO 057, s. 2019), the Citizens Charter of the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) has been impliedly amended. The required documents for application of Business Permits, both for new and renewal, have been reduced.

For New Business Permit Application, together with the application form, it is required to submit proof of registration of business like DTI Certificate of Registration (for Sole Proprietorship), SEC Certificate of Registration (for Corporation) and CDA Certificate of Registration (for Cooperative).

For Business Permit Renewal, it is a requirement to submit a basis for computation of tax, fees and other charges like duly notarized Certificate of Gross Sales, or ITR issued by the BIR. For those leasing in the Public Market, it is an additional requirement to submit a certification from its administrator.

END. By Digong Baliwag.

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