Starting Business in Q.C. made faster and easier

Seal of the Quezon City Local Government

Starting a business in Quezon City is made faster and more convenient with the Philippine Business Registry (PBR) now available at Quezon City Hall.

The Philippine Business Registry at Quezon City, which was inaugurated today by DTI Secretary Domingo and QC Mayor Herbert Bautista, is expected to facilitate the business registration process of applicants who want to set up business in Quezon City.

PBR is the integration of registration processes of five government line agencies (Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-ibig), Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) and Social Security System (SSS)) into a single application system, which cuts down the processing time from two weeks to 30 minutes.

To be able to get necessary permits from the city’s business permits and licensing office (BPLO), applicants must first register their business with the line agencies. PBR serves as the first step to secure business permits from the city BPLO.

Applicants in Quezon City, who wish to avail of PBR service can go to Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) Center, located at the ground floor of Civic Center Building A, Quezon City Hall Compound.

The applicant must first fill out PBR application form and submit it to the teller for encoding. The Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) is required for the process since the PBR number is based on the TIN.  For clients who do not have TIN, the PBR will generate one, but for those who have existing TIN, the PBR will validate the TIN against its records.

Then, the applicant should pay for the business name registration (BN) and the teller will submit the client’s application to SSS, Pag-ibig, and PhilHealth. Afterwards, the teller will print and hand over the Business Name (BN) Certificate, copy of BN Application Form and the official receipt and the employer’s registration numbers (ERNs) from SSS, Pag-ibig, and PhilHealth.

Next, the applicant will proceed to the Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) Counter right beside the PBR workstation to fill up a form and present the BN Certificate, PBR-generated ERNs, ID card, Barangay Clearance, Title of Property, and location map for assessment and processing.

The BOSS personnel will provide a print out to the applicant, to be presented to the cashier for payment and issuance of Mayor’s permit. This allows the owners of establishments, particularly those under Minimally Regulated classification, to immediately start their business.

Businesses classified under Minimally Regulated enterprises include law firms, consultancy firms, sari-sari stores, retail peddlers, carinderia, marketing and management consultancy, engineering and plumbing services, among others.

Business permits, such as sanitary permit, fire inspection certificate, locational clearance, and other requirements must be secured by the applicant within 90 days after the registration of his/her business.

The Quezon City is the first local government unit in the country to launch PBR. Its Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) was introduced by the QC government to provide a single location and a simplified and customer friendly transaction, with only three steps to secure a permit.

It is expected that PBR’s installation in Quezon City Hall will facilitate the entrepreneurs in setting up business in Quezon City, the top city in the Philippines in terms of number of business establishments, with 50, 426 registered businesses this year.

PBR is also vital in improving the ease of doing business in the country. One of the major factors attributed to Philippines’ low competitiveness survey rankings is the business registration process.

After Quezon City, the next launch of PBR will be at DTI Regional Office in Cebu City on March 20, and in some key cities nationwide in the following months.

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