DAET, Camarines Norte - The One-Stop-Shop program of Daet municipal government is now on its second year of implementation.
The municipal hall lobby as venue of this month-long activity is a beehive of activity of municipal offices involve in the issuance of permits and licenses.
Counters for satellite offices of all coordinating agencies involved in the registration of business establishments are provided at the taxpayers' lounge.
The taxpayers do not have to go out of the municipal hall premises to satisfy the requirement necessary in the registration and renewal of their business permits and licenses.
They can avail of the services being provided directly with the representatives of concerned offices like community tax certificate and inspection of weights and measure (treasury office); zoning/locational clearance (planning and development office); annual inspection clearance (engineering office); fire safety clearance (bureau of fire protection);
medical and sanitary permit (health office and rural health unit); food and drug permit (provincial health office); registration/photocopy of business name (DTI) provincial permit (PTO); BIR clearance, SSS clearance and PhilHealth certificate.
The only requirement to be secured outside is the barangay business clearance from the barangay where the business is located.
The One-Stop-Shop program, first implemented in 2002 by the administration of Mayor Tito Sarion, aims to promote simplification of transaction in the local government unit (LGU) particularly in the renewal and issuance of business permits and licenses providing transparency and accessibility in the process.
Aside from simplification, the inconvenience of going to government offices physically located in the different parts of this capital town is eliminated discouraging the taxpayers from engaging the services of fixers who, in turn, swindles them of their hard-earned money.
On the other hand, the Tricycle Regulatory Unit (TRU) has its own simplification process called "Express Lane". This is similar to One-Stop-Shop operation, where the tricycle operators can renew their franchises at the shortest possible time. The TRU counters are manned by personnel solely attending to specific needs of the taxpayers. Policemen are also assigned to inspect the tricycle units undergoing renewal for compliance of specific requirements for motorized vehicles.
Mayor Tito Sarion said this is part of the concrete steps of the local government to make transactions simple, transparent and accountable.