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Capitol, MLGUs open one-stop-shop

ALABEL, Sarangani (January 12, 2021) - The provincial local government unit of Sarangani has opened its annual one-stop-shop.

It was established on January 4 at the Provincial Treasurer’s Office (PTO) to streamline and fast-track processes involved in the renewal and application of governor’s permit as well as for the collection of the provincial local tax impositions.

With this initiative, clients would no longer need to start the year with the stress of going to different offices to work on and go over their professional and business requisites.

Amelia Catolico, acting revenue generation division chief, said that the one-stop-shop is facilitated by the PTO and the Provincial Administrator’s Office (PAdO)- Permits and Licensing Division.

“We have our one-stop-shop dito sa labas ng PTO where our clients can comfortably transact their permits and taxes,” Catolico added.

Catolico said that the one-stop-shop is conducted annually but this year with the COVID-19 pandemic, “we made it in a more secured way to ensure the safety of the clients as well as the staff through following the minimum health protocols.”

Provincial local tax impositions, according to Catolico, are composed of tax on transfer of real property ownership; business of printing and publication tax; franchise tax; tax on sand and gravel; amusement tax; annual fixed tax for every delivery truck or van/vehicle; and professional tax.

For the past years, around 2,300 renewals and applicants were regularly catered to by the one-stop-shop but due to the pandemic which resulted in strict border checkpoints, Catolico explained, “delivery vans and trucks have encountered difficulties in passing through borders entering the premises of the province and this has affected our regular operation kaya we are expecting na medyo may decrease talaga sa number this year.”

Catolico disclosed, for this year, they are expecting to cater to "more or less 2,000 renewals and applications."

She also encouraged clients to go to the one-stop-shop as early as possible to avoid the crowd of applicants during the last week of the renewal.

Catolico said all taxpayers are advised to pay their taxes on time to evade incurring penalties since there will be a surcharge of 25% and an additional 2% penalty per month due to delay.

Meanwhile, municipal LGUs are also holding their respective one-stop-shops where business owners can process permits needed for the operation of their businesses.

Marlon Unajan, Alabel License Inspector, said “as anticipated, few clients went to our one-stop-shop venue on the first day, but we are expecting that bulk of business operators will flock at the venue starting next week.”

Seven offices under the MLGU have personnel assigned at the Alabel municipal gym to accommodate clients: office of the municipal mayor; municipal engineering; planning and development; health; treasury; administrator; and environment and natural resources offices.

National line agencies involved in business licensing are also present at the venue including the Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police and the Department of Trade and Industry.

The on-going one-stop shops are operational from 8 am to 5 pm and will last until January 20. (Joshua John S. Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

Photo by Martin Fernando Bernad Jr.

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