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Level up! Edwin Olivarez launches hi-tech renewal system for biz permits

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Taxpayers in Parañaque City will no longer find paying their dues an unnecessary burden with the launch of the first integrated business permit renewal system in the country.

Under the Project Express Lane Operation (Project ELO), taxpayers no longer need to secure permits from various barangays to get a permit from the Office of the Mayor. The barangay clearance is applied, paid and issued at the Parañaque City Hall along with the Fire Safety Inspection Certificate (FSIC), Sanitary Permit, Certificate of Conformance from the Planning Office and the Mayor’s Permit.

Project ELO was launched on January 3, the first working day of the year in government offices.

“With the launching of Project ELO, we hope to encourage more businesses to register and set up shop in Parañaque by simplifying and integrating the steps in securing business and other permits,” Olivarez said.

Lawyer Melanie Malaya, the city’s Business Permits and Licensing Office chief, said the launch of Project ELO caused assessments to reach P81 million compared to P46 million generated in the first working day of 2018.

Likewise, she said payments ballooned to P5.5 million on the first day, up from P3.2 million last year.