Task Force on biz permits to continue operations in 2019
CEBU, Philippines — Cebu City’s Task Force on the Inspection and Investigation of Business Permits (TFIIBP) will continue its function to check business establishments in the city next year.
This after Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña has extended their operation of randomly visiting firms in the city to determine if businesses are complying with the necessary permits and documents.
“Of course (continue). No, it’s moving up, but I am not satisfied,” Osmeña said.
Supposedly, the TFIIBP’s term of service will end this December. But with the current order of the mayor, they will still perform their function.
TFIIBP was created to inspect business establishments which will help the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) of the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) in cracking down violators of the revised omnibus tax ordinance and other existing laws.
Osmeña has been very vocal that he will run after those firms who are not duly paying their taxes and those who failed to secure permits from the city government.
TFIIBP Head Melvin Bacalso told reporters that they will abide by the order of the mayor.
“Ang sa akoa nga side mag-agad rako sa mando sa mayor sa pag-continue sa operation sa task force nga mo-investigate and mo-inspect sa business establishments sa city,” he said.
Since August this year, they had inspected 70 percent of the business establishments in the 80 barangays in the city, tallying about 12,545 businesses already.
From that number, about 4,115 businesses have received show cause order from the City Legal Office.
Of the 4,115 establishments, there are 1,185 business owners who are not paying taxes and 2,930 firms failed to process and to secure business permits.
The TFIIBP has targeted to visit 17,000 establishments. One factor that affected their productivity was lack of manpower.
Bacalso said he only has 18 staff members that randomly inspect and investigate firms situated in all barangays.
“Sa tinood lang gyud, kuwang mi og tawo kay sa kadako sa barangays. Pero unsa’y gimando ni mayor, atong buhaton,” Bacalso said.
He added he will not request for additional personnel. He will let the mayor give it to him voluntarily.
However, their operation next year will resume after the one-stop business permit renewal at Robinson’s Galleria Cebu because his personnel will be utilized for that activity.
“Dili pako kapadayon sa month of January 2019 kay akong mga staff gamiton sa BPLO for the renewal of business permits,” Bacalso said.
The schedule of business permit renewal is from January 4 to 25, wherein at least 35,000 business establishments are expected to process. — GAN (FREEMAN)