Quezon City is future-ready, ready for investors, and ready to build a better and more prosperous city so that residents will be able to enjoy the resulting benefits, a ranking official of the city government on Monday said.
Margarita Santos, Business Permits and Licensing Department chief, said apart from its strategic location, Quezon City also has the homegrown QC E-Services platform that makes business processes, such as permit and license applications, easy for investors.
“The LGU has automated and digitized 95 percent of the city’s services through its QC E-Services platform. This means potential investors can apply for business permits online,” she said, adding that the “permit will even be delivered to the applicant’s business or home address free of charge.”
As a matter of principle, the local government unit constantly consults and coordinates with the business sector, enabling both sectors to build a relationship of mutual respect and support.
“This continued dialogue with the private sector helps all stakeholders to address various challenges and issues, and to think up ways to create a free, fair and fertile business environment,” Local Economic Investment Promotions Office head Perry Dominguez said.
The city government is known as an ardent supporter of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), providing them with incentives from tax breaks, tax payment extensions to changing the validity of business permits and licenses to help businesses, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Soon, Quezon City will launch its Start-Up QC program to further strengthen and develop the city’s start-up business ecosystem.
Mayor Joy Belmonte said the city will conduct the highly anticipated “Quezon City Investors Summit: Future Ready” to promote Quezon City as an ideal destination for investors and businesses as they continue to recover from the effects of the pandemic.
“The summit will put the spotlight on Quezon City as top business destination for local and international investors. We hope to attract many investors who can help further stimulate the economy and provide employment for QCitizens,” she said.
Scheduled on Oct. 7 at Novotel Manila at the Araneta City, the event will engage investors, business leaders, business associations, chambers of commerce, foreign dignitaries, and Quezon City government officials in discussions on key areas for investments, public-private partnerships and opportunities for expansion and growth.