Various government agencies have chosen Quezon City to pilot a single online platform for business registration called the Philippine Business Hub to be the epicenter of innovative reforms and game-changing improvements to programs and services that are more efficient, convenient, and time and resource-saving.
At a media briefing, Mayor Joy Belmonte introduced officials from the Anti-Red Tape Authority, Department of Information and Communications Technology, Department of Trade and Industry, and Securities Exchange Commission to launch PBH’s new look with the integration of the Philippine Business Regulations Information System (PBRIS) into the platform.
The PBRIS, an ARTA-led initiative, is an online platform that provides accessible information on the Philippine Regulatory Management System and the laws and regulations that are relevant to the public.
More information on the PBH and the different types of businesses are also available on the PBH website, the mayor said.
The PBH, formerly known as the Central Business Portal, can reduce the length of days for registering businesses from 33 days and 13 steps to only seven days with only one step.
The portal can be accessed through business.gov.ph.
Since its launch in January 2021, at least 703 corporations and 6,729 sole proprietorships have registered into the PBH.
According to Belmonte, 95 percent of the city’s business owners have already secured their business permits through online platform.
She said she is optimistic that 100 percent of the city’s business owners would embrace online business permit and licensing system by the end of the year.
ARTA officer in charge and Undersecretary Ernesto urged other government agencies to continue working together to further reduce the number of days and steps for registering businesses into one day and one step.
“I don’t think it’s impossible because we have laid down the groundwork and we are doing things right. It’s not an impossible dream,” he said.
Trade Undersecretary Ireneo Vizmonte expressed DTI’s commitment to support initiatives in line with Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.
DICT Secretary Manny Caintic, for his part, thanked ARTA for breaking down silo systems between government agencies to work on the PBH.