To ensure ease of doing business in the city, the Navotas City Government launched a Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) Tuesday (Nov. 21).
Created through City Ordinance No. 2017-05, the BOSS aims to offer fast, easy, effective and efficient business registration and licensing procedures in Navotas City.
The facility also intends to ensure smooth delivery of services to constituents on a long-term basis.
Mayor John Rey Tiangco said through the BOSS, he hopes the city government will be able to enhance its services to business owners and prospective investors in the city.
“We want the business sector and other stakeholders to enjoy ease of doing business here and we intend to give them fast, effective, and efficient services,” Tiangco said.
The BOSS is designed to accommodate three sections needed for business application, including pre-registration, assessment and evaluation, and payment and releasing of business permits.
From seven steps, business owners will now have to complete only three steps to secure a permit. These include receiving and assessment of requirements, payment of fees, and releasing of the permit.
The Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) will conduct a post-audit a month after a business application has been approved to ensure that the establishment continues to comply with all regulatory measures and requirements.
In addition, from 12-14, business application will now require only 10 documents. Processing of the permit will also last 20-30 minutes, compared to the previous duration of more than two days.
The BOSS will also house the Department of Trade and Industry-Negosyo Center, which will offer business name registration, business consultancy, and other services.
“Behind this endeavor is the desire to effect an improvement not just in our work processes but in how we deliver public services,” Tiangco said.
“We aim to promote cultural transformation in the workplace. Part of this is ensuring that employees care about their work and clients, and they understand and actively do their part in achieving the city government’s vision,” he added. (Navotas PIO/RJB/SDL/PIA-NCR)
CCCI GMM and Annual Election
The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry will hold its General Membership Meeting and Annual Election on February 23 at 11:00 am at the Ballroom B & C, Summit Galleria Hotel, Cebu City.
This event is in partnership with UnionPay International (UPI), a global payment network with a wide range of world-class payment products and services. UPI is committed to providing access to value and secure payment solutions that are tailored to the needs of the local market, to enable choice and ease of payment for consumers and businesses alike.
With over 7 billion UnionPay cards issued in 48 countries and regions, over 51 million merchants and 2.57 million ATMs accepting UnionPay cards in 168 countries and regions, UnionPay serves the world’s largest cardholder base and is one of the fastest growing payment networks in the world.
Bannering the theme “Land & Air Transport Updates for Cebu”, this month’s GMM will be graced by the presence of Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Director Ador Canlas and GMR Megawide Chief Executive Advisor Andrew Harrison as esteemed speakers of the event.
For this year’s CCCI Annual Board of Trustees Election, there are eleven (11) positions to be filled. In the service sector, there are four (4) open positions; three (3) for industry; two (2) for trade; one (1) for sectoral and one (1) for the ICT.
All CCCI members are enjoined to actively participate in this coming General Membership Meeting and Annual Election. CCCI members are further encouraged to cast their votes by submitting their filled out and signed ballots on or before 12NN of February 23.
For more inquiries, one may call CCCI at 232 1421 local no. 111 and look for CCCI Membership Development Division Head Joy Lorena Amador.
CCCI, DOST holds Training on Industrial Calibration on March
With an aim to leverage the capabalities not just of its members but also the business community in Cebu, CCCI holds a training program dubbed as Training on Industrial Calibration on March 7 to 9 at Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Office 7, Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City.
In partnership with DOST, the training program aims to introduce its participants the Laws on Metrology in the Philippines and the method on the calibration of the common measuring instruments for mas, temperature, pressure and length.
It further seeks to equip the participants with better understanding of calibration system and the advantages in their production systems.
Registration fee costs Php 6, 000 for CCCI Members while Php 6,500 for Non-CCCI Members, which includes training/ seminar kits, certificate of attendance and meals. Interested participants are required to bring their own laptop for the exercises.
For further inquiries, one may call CCCI at 232-1421 to 24 local no. 109 and look for Ms. Jessa Mae L. Abapo of CCCI’s Business Development and Management Services Divison.
Join CCCI’s two-day HACCP Training!
CCCI is set to conduct a two-day Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Training on March 14-15, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, at Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Office 7 located in Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City.
This training intends to provide businesses in the food industry sector the necessary knowledge and skills on the fundamentals of HACCP.
HACCP is a systematic preventive approach to food safety and pharmaceutical safety that addresses physical, chemical, and biological hazards as a means of prevention rather than finished product inspection. HACCP is also used in the food industry to identify potential food safety hazards, so the key actions, known as Critical Control Points (CCPs) can be taken to reduce or eliminate the potential risks of the identified hazards.
Moreover, the system is used at all stages of food production and handling processes including packaging, distribution, among others.
Registration fee costs Php 5,000 for CCCI Members while Php 6,000 for Non-CCCI Members, which includes training kits, Certificate of Attendance and meals.
For further inquiries, one may call CCCI at 232-1421 to 24 local no. 109 and look for Ms. Jessa Mae L. Abapo of CCCI’s Business Development and Management Services Division.
South Star Drug Now Accepts GCash in Metro Manila Outlets
South Star Drug, one of the biggest drugstore chains in the Philippines, becomes the first drugstore in Metro Manila that allows customers to purchase medicines and other items using GCash scan to pay mode of payment.
The medicine retailer has over 450 stores nationwide and still growing. The use of GCash in South Star Drug’s Metro Manila outlets is being piloted in six branches – two in Pasig (C. Raymundo cor. F. Legaspi, Dr. Sixto Ave.), two in Makati (Herrera, Guadalupe Unimec), one in Pasay (Balabag Merville), and one in Las Pinas (Philamlife). By end of the year, all South Star Drug outlets are expected to accept GCash scan to pay.
GCash is being operated by Mynt which is owned by Globe Telecom, Ant Financial and Ayala Corp. “Mynt’s partnership with South Star Drug is part of our company’s efforts to make payments more convenient, safer and easier. This brings us another step closer to our goal of making the Philippines a cashless country,” says Anthony Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of Mynt.
Christine Tueres, General Manager of South Star Drug said: “South Star is always working to improve customer experience and find ways of doing things better – that includes giving our customers more payment options. With GCash QR code feature, even without cash or credit card, our customers can make a purchase in any of our stores with just a few taps on their smart phones”.
Using GCash is easy. A customer with an iPhone or an Android smartphone only needs to download or update to the latest version of the GCash App, register for an account, and fund their GCash wallet at any of over 12,000 GCash Partner Outlets nationwide. This includes Robinsons Business Centers. Once done, the customer just has to tap on Scan QR, point a phone’s camera at the partner’s QR code, and key in the amount to be paid.
Manila Water to expand in Thailand
Ayala-led Manila Water Company Inc. is venturing into the water industry of Thailand as part of its ongoing expansion in Southeast Asia.
In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Manila Water said it signed Monday a share purchase agreement with Electricity Generating Public Company Limited (EGCO) to acquire its 18.72-percent equity in Thailand-based Eastern Water Resources Development and Management Public Company Limited.
The company intends to finance the transaction through internally generated funds and bank debt.
It said the closing of the acquisition is still subject to the “fulfillment of certain conditions precedent.”
“We recognize the opportunities this new market presents for us, and we are eager to share the technical expertise and service quality which Manila Water has developed over the last 20 years. From the conglomerate perspective, Ayala sees this development as a strategic entry point into Thailand. With Manila Water leading the way, we hope to leverage our various capabilities to enlarge our footprint in the country,” said Ayala President and Chief Operating Officer and Manila Water Board Chairman Fernando Zobel de Ayala.
East Water’s operations are strategically located along the Eastern Economic Corridor which is targeted to be a leading economic zone in the Southeast Asian region.
East Water, a publicly listed company whose shares are traded in the Stock Exchange of Thailand, is engaged in the provision of raw and tap water supply services in the eastern region of Thailand and home to a number of heavy industries, including automotive, electronics and petrochemicals.
“Our entry into the Thailand water space aligns squarely with our internationalization strategy, with focus in Southeast Asia. East Water presents great potential, as its future growth will mainly come from the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), the Thai government’s initiative to further develop the country’s eastern seaboard into a leading economic zone in ASEAN,” said Manila Water President and Chief Executive Officer Ferdz dela Cruz.
Manila Water’s entry into Thailand comes after its foray into bulk water and concession projects in Vietnam.
It has also completed pilot projects in Bandung, Indonesia for a non-revenue water reduction program; and in Yangon, Myanmar for leakage reduction.
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