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Philippine Business Hub launched in Quezon City

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The Anti-Red Tape Authority and other government agencies on Monday launched the newly-revamped Philippine Business Hub, a single online platform for registering businesses.

The launch was held at the Quezon City Hall, with the city government hosting the event.

The Philippine Business Hub, which could be accessed through business.gov.ph, reduces the length for registering businesses from 13 steps and 33 days to just one step and seven days.

The hub, formally known as the Central Business Portal, was first launched in January 2021 and has facilitated the registration of at least 703 corporations and 6,729 sole proprietorships.

The new Philippine Business Hub features an updated design, with the Philippine Business Regulations Information System (PBRIS) integrated into the platform.

The PBRIS is an online platform that provides accessible information on the Philippine Regulatory Management System and the laws and regulations that are relevant to the public.

ARTA Officer-in-Charge and Undersecretary Ernesto Perez said the new hub was made possible through the cooperation of several agencies, which worked to streamline the process for business registration.

Perez said he hoped the business registration process would be reduced to one day and one step in the future.

“I don’t think it’s impossible because we have laid down the groundwork and we are doing things right. It’s not an impossible dream,” he said.

“And for our beloved Filipinos, we are doing what we can to really fulfill the mandate to make doing business in the country easy and provide efficient services for all. All we seek is your support and, of course, utilize the services that we provide, because this is all for your advantage and convenience,” he added.

Department of Information and Communications Technology Acting Secretary Manny Caintic said the goal for the PBH is not just to be a website for registering businesses, but to be the sole platform that people go to for the whole life cycle of a business.

“The dream is the for the Philippine Business Hub to be the only place you go to as a business to register, pay taxes, pay your social services for your employees, and the like. So, nandoon palang tayo sa phase 1… So, it’s not just from registration, it will be from the birth to death of any business,” Caintic said.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said up to 95 percent of the city’s business owners secured their business permits through the city’s online platform, and she is looking forward to more of them accessing the services online.

Belmonte also promised to do her part to eliminate red tape.

“Quezon City will continue to strive to be the epicenter of innovative reforms and game-changing improvements to programs and services that are more efficient, convenient, and time and resource-saving, not only to QCitizens, but to all our constituents,” she said.