April 21, 2024

To enhance the ease of doing business and improve government service delivery. Councilor Leandro Yangot Jr. and Liga ng mga Barangay President Rocky Aliping proposed an ordinance aimed at integrating the collection of barangay clearance fees into the city’s business permits and licensing system.

The proposed ordinance seeks to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of operations of the city government, particularly in the processing of business transactions.

It is in response to Republic Act 11032, also known as the “Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018” which mandates the adoption of simplified requirements and procedures to reduce red tape and expedite business and non-business-related transactions in government.

The initiative aligns with the broader goal of providing better services to the residents and businesses of Baguio by computerizing its revenue collection and management systems, business permits and licensing systems, real property tax systems, and financial management systems, resulting in a more seamless and centralized process for businesses and individuals.

The proposed ordinance will allow the city government to collect barangay clearance fees for business-related transactions.

Despite the centralized collection by the city government, the ordinance will ensure that the share of barangay clearance fees collected will be remitted to the respective barangays.

“The ordinance will make sure barangays receive their fair share of the revenue generated from business transactions within their jurisdictions,” Yangot said.

He said the decision to collect barangay clearance fees at the city level was made after consultation with the barangay officials.

The proposed was referred to the committee on appropriations and finance (cluster B) for review. – Jordan G. Habbiling