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Hundreds process business permit on first day of renewal

Hundreds of business establishment owners flock to the “One-Stop-Shop” at the City Council building and at the Davao City Recreation Center (Almendras Gym) on the first day of the business permit renewal on Thursday.

Business Bureau chief Marissa Marasigan-Torentera said that her office has been receiving business renewal applications since Dec. 16. She said that at least 3,000 application forms were distributed to business owners since December 16.

“Those who already have their business permit application forms will now pay the corresponding fees,” she said.

She said that the city government has been preparing earlier for the permits renewal application. She said that early printing has been the practice of the city government for the last two years to fast-track the renewal process.

Torentera said she is expecting that the same number of businesses last year will be recorded this year.

“As of December 31, we have recorded 41,296. Hopefully, we will have the same figure,” she said. She also expects some businesses will retire this year.

Aside from the renewal of permits, Torentera said her office is also processing new business permit applications.

The Business Bureau has urged business establishments to renew their permits as early as the first working days of January.

“This is to avoid long queues,” she said late in December last year.

The city government has reminded that the requirements for renewal of business permits are: previous Mayor’s and Business Permits, previous receipts, notarized list of employees, and authority to transact the renewal of the Mayor’s Permit with the Business Bureau- a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) for sole proprietorship, Secretary Certificate for Corporations and Partnership Resolution for Partnership and service industry such as food chain, a certificate of compliance from Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency for their conduct of random drug test to their employees.

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