Valenzuela City Rep. Rex Gatchalian has cited the crucial role of business permit and licensing officers (BPLO) in municipalities and cities after the House committee on local government’s approval of their inclusion as mandatory positions common to all local government units.
“By institutionalizing the position of the BPLO officer, we are also creating efficiency in local government in the delivery of frontline services, like the issuance of business permits and licenses, as well as ensures and promotes ease of doing business,” he said.
Gatchalian, House committee on local government chairperson, authored House Bill 3831 that was consolidated in the substitute bill that his panel recently approved.
The appointment of a BPLO officer would subsequently “institutionalize the Business Permit and Licensing Office as a revenue generating office that will further capacitate LGUs,” the measure stated.
Under the HB 3831, there would be an intensified effort from both national and local governments to reduce red tape and expedite business and non-business transactions in government, resulting in a “more vibrant and thriving economic atmosphere conducive to growth and confidence.”
“The growth at every level of government shall ultimately translate into an increase in decent employment opportunities for all, and efficient delivery of government services which will benefit the nation as a whole,” Gatchalian said. Rio N. Araja
Meanwhile, PBA party-list Rep. Margarita Ignacia Nograles, who authored HB 4296, said the absence of the human resource management officer (HRMO) has resulted in a highly politicized situation, wherein at present the accountability for human resources is lodged in the local chief executive.
“This bill seeks to reform the inadequacy. This measure is also being endorsed by the Civil Service Commission in recognition of the urgent need for HRMOs in LGUs,” she said.
Under the proposed measure, the HRMO shall be responsible for the formulation of a resource development plan that would enhance personal management processes in the local government, institutionalize central records of personnel development documents and conduct continuing human resource development programs and other capacity building interventions to enhance the competency of officials and employees.