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30 minutes lang! Estrada streamlines Manila’s business permit, licensing system

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Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada introduced a new registration and licensing system wherein business owners and new investors could process their mayor’s permit in 30 minutes -guaranteed.

Estrada introduced the new scheme at the start of the annual business permit application and renewal this January, which resulted to increased collection of business taxes and fees by the city government.

“There is no reason to make business owners and investors line up before they could do business here in Manila. They would be discouraged if they find it difficult to start a business here,” Estrada said.

Estrada pointed out he wants to come up with more programs and policies to attract more investors.

Under the new scheme, business owners and new investors could process and get their mayor’s permit in 30 minutes or less because the Bureau of Permit has integrated the payment of Fire Safety Inspection Certificate, Zoning Permit, Sanitary Permit, garbage fees, and others, in one window.