Sitting Pretty Campaign sa Baliwag, Sa Ikalawang Taon Nito

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Sitting Pretty – parirala o idyomang nangangahulugan sa wikang Ingles na in a very pleasant position, living in comfort, living in a good situation. Pinili nga ang dalawang salitang ito upang hubugin  ang pagbibigay ng serbisyo ng Pamahalaang Bayan ng Baliwag na may kaugnayan sa pagpapadali ng pag-aaplay ng business permit at kaagapay na aktibidad nito.

 

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Ang paglagda ni Mayor Ferdie Estrella sa Executive No. 31 Series of 2016 o Institutionalizing the Sitting Pretty Campaign ay pagtalima sa inilabas na Joint Memorandum Circular 01, Series of 2016 sa pagitan ng DICT, DTI at DILG patungkol sa streamlining process sa pag-aplay ng business permit . Ito ay nagbigay daan upang tumugon sa repormang inaasahan o higit pa sa Business Permit and Licensing System na kinabibilangan ng processing time, number of steps, form used and number of signatories kasama na rin ang iba pang complementary reforms  tulad ng setting-up of a Business One-Stop-Shop (BOSS), conducting Joint Inspection at automating business permit application processes.

 

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Nasa ikalawang taon na ng implementasyon ang Sitting Pretty Campaign na talaga namang malaki ang nagiging magandang dulot sa mamamayan. Sa unang taon nito, napabilis at napagaan ang proseso ng pagkuha ng business permit new or renewal man. Napatunayang nakatulong ito sa pagdagdag ng mga bilang ng mga negosyong rehistrado na merong 3,473 taong 2017 mula sa 2,529 noong  2016 na may 37.33 porsiyento na pagtaas ng bilang. Ito ay nagresulta rin sa pag-akyat ng koleksiyon ng lokal na buwis at pagkakaroon ng magandang  feedback mula sa mga negosyante maliit man o malaki.

Kaya naman  sa mga negosyante at nagnanais mapabilang sa mga namumuhunan sa Baliwag, isang tunay na kapakinabangan ang pagkakaroon ng Sitting Pretty Campaign. Ito ay kabahagi  pa rin sa mga repormang isinusulong  ng serbisyong may malasakit ni Mayor FVE.

All About Business

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FAQ  (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1:         What  is a Mayor’s Clearance?

It is a document needed by an applicant who intends to work local or abroad.  Business establishments in Baliwag, Bulacan usually require this document before hiring an applicant.  The document is valid only for 6 months from the date of its issuance.

Q2:         How to secure for a Mayor’s Clearance?

  1. Client presents the documentary requirements to BPLO;
  2. Payment of taxes, fees and charges to treasurer’s office;
  3. Processing of the clearance at the BPLO;
  4. Recording (barcode) in the office of the Municipal Mayor.

Q3:         What are the requirements in processing the Mayor’s Clearance?

  1. Community Tax Certificate (CEDULA)
  2. Police Clearance (where the applicant resides)
  3. Health Card (Municipal Health Office)

Q4:         What is a business permit?

All business enterprises are required to secure business permit before the commencement of business operations.  All other requirements  required by law, ordinance and rules are subject to “post-audit” process, in which after the client has secured the permit, the business establishment is subject  for inspection by the relevant offices of the municipality.

Q5:         How do I process my business permit (new)?

  1. Submit accomplished application form with attached documentary requirements for one-time assessment;
  2. Pay taxes, fees and charges and claim official receipt (O.R.) with your business permit.

Q6:         What are the requirements in processing business permit (new)?

  1. Proof of business registration, incorporation, or legal personality;
  2. Basis for computing taxes, fees and charges;
  3. Occupancy permit, if required by national (Building Code) and local laws;
  4. Contract of lease (if Lessee); and
  5. Barangay clearance (for business applicants who does not need occupancy permits).

Q7:         How do I renew my business permit?  Will I be penalized if I will not renew my permit on time?

All registered businesses are required to renew business permit annually.   The Business permit must be renewed annually, within the period of January 1-20.  The following steps are to be followed in renewing a business:

  1. Submit accomplished application form with attached documentary requirements for one-time assessment;
  2. Pay taxes, fees and charges and claim official receipt (O.R.) with your business permit.

Yes.  A business not renewed on time will be penalized.

Q8:         What are the requirements for the renewal of business permit?

  1. Basis for computing taxes, fees and charges (e.g. income Tax Returns); and
  2. Barangay Clearance

Q9:         Where am I going to secure application forms for a business permit?

Application forms are available at the Business Permit and Licensing Office.

Q10:       Can the business permit be applied online?

Yes. One can log on to bpls.baliwag.gov.ph for online application.  The Municipality aims for 100% online application of all businesses by 2018.

Q11:       After submission of my papers and all requirements to the Business Permit and Licensing Office, when can I get my approved business permit?

The approved business permit can be claimed within the day upon submission of all requirements.  It can be claimed at the Municipal Treasurer’s Office upon payment fee.

Q12:       How much am I going to pay if I apply for a new business permit and for a renewal of my business permit?  Where should I pay the amount?

The amount to be paid for a new business permit  and renewal depends on the business classification.

The payment of the business permit can be done at the Municipal Treasurer’s Office.

Q13:       Where can I report or file my complaint against a business establishment operating without a business permit or to a business establishment with violations relative to the operation of the business?

The Public Assistance and Complaints Center (PACC) is the mechanism of the LGU of Baliwag to ensure feedbacks are relayed to proper offices.  However, one can also directly report to Business Permit and Licensing Office and Mayor’s Office.

Q14:       Where do I secure my Community Tax Certificate or CEDULA?

The Community Tax Certificate or CEDULA are issued at the Municipal Treasurer’s Office.

Q15:       What is a Certificate of Closure of Business?

Cessation of business operations is also needed to be applied and registered.   For this purpose, a positive act from the operator is needed.  This will save the operator from possible taxes, fees and charges as a penalty for non-registration of a non-operating business.

Q16:       How can I apply for a Certificate of Closure of Business?

  1. The client presents the documentary requirements (BPLO);
  2. Inspection of the business establishment (BPLO);
  3. Payment of taxes, fees and charges (Treasurer’s Office);
  4. Processing of the certificate (BPLO);
  5. Recording (barcode) in the Office of the Municipal Mayor.

Q17:       What are the requirements in applying for a Certificate of Closure of Business?

  1. Affidavit of closure (for sole proprietorship) or Secretary’s certificate (for Corporation);
  2. Closure certificate from the Office of the Barangay where the business is located;
  3. Latest original Business permit and Business Registration Plate last year; and
  4. Sworn statement of Gross sales of previous operation.

Q18:       How about a Certificate of No Business, what is it?

It is a proof that an individual did not own or possess a business, or that there is no record of a particular business entity.

Q19:       How can I apply for a Certificate of No Business?

  1. The client presents the documentary requirements (BPLO);
  2. Payment of taxes, fees and charges (Treasurer’s Office);
  3. Processing of the certificate (BPLO);
  4. Recording (barcode) in the Office of the Municipal Mayor.

Q20:       What are the requirements in applying for a Certificate of No Business?

  1. Certificate of Indigency from the Barangay Captain (where the applicant resides).
  2. Clearance from MSWD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honoring Partners: Living Angels Christian Academy’s Way of Giving Back

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November 29, 2017– The Living Angels Christian Academy had marked their 20th Founding Anniversary with a special event  called Honoring Partners  which was held at the Legend Villas, Mandaluyong City.  LACA is situated at Sto. Cristo, Baliwag, Bulacan.

Honoring Partners was a celebration of LACA’s giving gratitude to their business partners, organizations, and various people who had helped them build the educational institution from a small community until registering more than 1500 students  for the current school year.

As a partner from the LGU, Mayor Ferdie V. Estrella was given a plaque of recognition for his commendable leadership and unwavering support to his constituents most especially the students of Baliwag community.  The plaque was received by Municipal Treasurer Martiniano Javier together with Investment Promotions Officer Karen Joy Rivera  representing Mayor FVE since the latter attended the Seal of Good Local Governance  awarding ceremony at the Tent City, Manila Hotel.

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LACA was founded by Ms. Corazon S. Santos in 1997 together with Mr. Wyden King who is now the Chairman of the School Board. The school offers an educational curriculum that focuses both in Christian formation and academic excellence.

As part of Mr. King’s speech during the event, “Success is not all that is  important, character and integrity are also needed to be given value.  We wanted to educate children not only intellectually but also we want to educate their hearts, hearts that have compassion for the less fortunate.”

“ What our country needs today are men and women with character. Righteous leaders and people with integrity and that is our vision, to plant  to the young minds of these values.” he added.

Congratulations to LACA for their 20 years and beyond!

Baliwag Banks Schedule During the ASEAN Summit

BALIWAG, Bulacan — Banks located within the jurisdiction of the municipality announced their schedule of operations during the three-day holiday in Metro Manila, Bulacan, and Pampanga in view of the Philippines’  hosting of the Association of the South East Asian Nations’ Summit.

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Baliwag’s 2017 Number of Registered Businesses, Recorded the Highest in Five Years

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From the record captured from the E-BPLS of the Municipality, the registered businesses in Baliwag reached 3,381 already which is considered the highest within the last five years, 2013-2017.  The data was generated as of October 11, 2017 which is only the beginning of the last quarter of the year and will still increase until the last day of December.

The latest data from the Business Permit and Licensing Office revealed that the 3,381 registered businesses represents 33.69  percent increase from the 2,529 registered covering the whole period last year.

Among the registered businesses, 1,048 are newly registered which composed 31 percent of the total number and 2, 333 are renewal transactions which consisted the remaining 69% of the total number of enterprises.

The surge reflects the growing confidence of the investors and business community to the local government and the competitiveness of the town as it builds a business-friendly environment.

Moreover, the tremendous increase of number of registered businesses accounts for the intensified effort of the local government under the administration of Mayor Ferdie Estrella of promoting  inclusive growth and boost economic activities in the town.

The establishment of one-stop shop, streamlining of business registration process, opening of DTI Negosyo Center for business name registration, computerization of the BPLS and the creation of the Joint Inspection Assessment Team are just among the many campaigns that had contributed to the said growth of enrollment.

For next year, the number of business registrations are expected to set a new record since the local administration never stops to device mechanisms to have an ease of doing business.

 

 

Baliwag, Finalist in PCCI’s Most Business-Friendly LGU Awards 2017

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October  11, 2017  – Mayor Ferdinand V. Estrella led the  delegation  of Baliwag for the final judging of its entry for the Most Business-Friendly LGU Awards for Municipality Level 1 Category   held at the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Office, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

During the said event,  Mayor FVE accompanied with a visual presentation had laid to the judges the accomplishments and initiatives of the Local Government under the following criteria:  1. Trade, Investments and Tourism Promotions; 2. Public-Private Sector Partnership; 3. MSME Development; 4. Quality Management System, Innovations and Human Resources Development and 5. Quality Customer Service.

Baliwag was announced as one of the finalists for the award along with  seven other Municipalities after  passing the screening and validation processes.  Winners for each level will be recognized during the 43rd Philippine Business Conference at the Manila Hotel on October 19 and will be awarded by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte himself.

Present during the final judging with the Local Chief Executive were Chief of Staff Melanie Cruz, Treasurer Martiniano Javier, BPLO Head Henry Cruz, PIO Head Antonio Sablan, PESO OIC Jennelyn Marcelo, HRMO Head Esther Cabigao, LEIPO Karen Joy Rivera, April Ardona (MAsOffice), Elmer Alcanar (MAs Office) and to give their support  were President Bien Gonzales and Vice President William Bacani of the Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Baliwag, Inc. (CCIBI).

This is an additional achievement  in Baliwag’s history when it comes to business-friendliness and competitiveness  because last August, it was recognized as the 3rd Most Improved  Municipality for 1st-2nd class level at the National  Competitive Council, ranking from 413 last year up to 62nd this year.

Among the many initiatives undertaken by the Municipal Government to qualify being a business-friendly LGU are the amendment of the local investment code, and the establishment of the Baliwag Investment Promotions Office, opening of the Negosyo Center, organization of the MSME Council, human resource training and trade fairs.

The municipality is also an active  partner of the various local chambers which is evident as Bulacan Chamber of Commerce had nominated it to the prestigious award, also with other government agencies which include Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Mag-Food Trip Tayo sa Baliwag: Elevating Tourism through Food Service Industry

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The food service industry in Baliwag has gone a long way through the years. It has been a part of the Baliwagenyo culture to dine out with friends and relatives during work   breaks or to celebrate special occasions.  Moreover,  even just in a simple or regular day, foodies try to look for a restaurant or a place where they can satisfy their food cravings.  This is where the Mag-Food Trip Tayo sa Baliwag Campaign rooted, aiming to give information to Baliwagenyos and non-Baliwagenyos too of where to dine and what menus are offered by each food establishment located in our town.

As a part of this movement, the Municipality of Baliwag through the Investment Promotions Unit called for a meeting with restaurant owners in the community set on August 23, Wednesday.  In the said assembly, the restaurant owners were informed by Ms. Karen Rivera, Head of IPU of the objectives of the said campaign which include: 1. To put up our town as a food destination for food enthusiasts; 2. To captivate tourists and restaurant goers to visit Baliwag; 3.To elevate Baliwag Tourism through food industry; 4.To get the commitment of restaurant owners in the promotion of serving enviable and healthy food and 5.To motivate and encourage restaurant owners to produce a new menu that would be identified as Tatak Baliwag.

In addition to this, Municipal Information and Communication Technology Office Head Mr. Brainard Ardona shared to the group the Baliwag High FVE Mobile App’s  benefits and advantages to them being  restaurant owners. From this downloadable application, a business owner can advertise his promotions through coordination with the Investment Promotions Office and IT office of the Municipality. Therefore, list of food offerings and menus will be uploaded and be available at the App.  They can also access other services like E-rescue, public announcements, job postings, details of establishments in Baliwag and access to all services.

The said gathering was also attended by Municipal Administrator Enrique Tagle emphasizing the importance of the restaurant owners’ support to the said campaign.  It is through them that the success of this will rely and services rendered by the Municipality will not be enough if these establishments will not respond. He also highlighted the Citizens Charter’s use to them and the services they can avail as Baliwagenyo and also as restaurant owners or tax payers.

The participants of this meeting composed the first batch of restaurant heads, owners and employees.  There will be another gathering for the next set of attendees until all food establishments will be covered with the said campaign.

Napipintong Pagbubukas ng Baliwag Business Center, Isang Malaking Kaginhawaan sa mga Namumuhunan

 

Naimbitahan ng Pamahalaang Bayan sa pamamagitan ng Investment Promotions Unit sa isang pagpupulong ang mga iba’t ibang pampubliko at pribadong ahensiya hinggil sa planong pagbubukas ng isang Business Center sa Baliwag.  Ang nasabing dayalogo ay ginanap sa Boardroom ng Tanggapan ng  Punong Bayan, Agosto 22.

Tinalakay sa naturang miting ang konsepto ng pagkakaroon ng Baliwag Business Center na kaaaniban ng mga ahensiyang tutugon sa mga pangunahing pangangailangan ng mga negosyante sa pagbubukas man o pagpapanatili ng kanilang mga negosyo.  Ito ay isang tanggapan na magbibigay ng mga serbisyo publiko o pribado katulad ng pagkuha ng mga permit o lisensiya at pag-aplay sa mga utility companies.

Layunin ng nasabing Business Center  na mapalapit ang publiko sa  mga serbisyo ng mga ahensiya ng gobyerno at mga pribadong kumpanya.  Ito ay naglalayon ding mapagaan ang proseso sa pagkuha ng mga serbisyong nabanggit. Karagdagan pa rito, magsisilbi itong pinagsama-samang front lining services kasama ang mga utilities sector, pribado at publikong ahensiya.  Ito ay isang konsepto ng one-stop shop na kung saan sa halip na magpunta ang isang negosyante sa iba-ibang lugar upang mag-aplay ng mga permit na kailangan niya sa pagbubukas ng isang negosyo, maaari na lamang siyang magpunta sa Baliwag Business Center para sa isahang pagpoproseso.

 

Naging positibo naman ang kasagutan ng mga naimbitahang mga ahensiya hinggil sa naturang usapin.  Ito ay kanilang sinasang-ayunan para na rin sa pagbuo ng isang sistema ng pagbibigay ng mga permit at pagtugon sa mga aplikasyon upang maging magaan ang prosesong susuungin ng mga namumuhunan.  Ito ay para na rin makahikayat pa ng mas maraming investors sa bayan  at kaalinsunod nito ay ang pagkakakaroon ng mas marami pang mga trabaho.

Dinaluhan ng mga sumusunod ang naturang pagpupulong bilang mga kinatawan ng kani-kanilang mga ahensiya: Ms. Amalia Tiangco, Ms. Roxane Ileto at Ms. Mary Anne Pascual para sa PAG-IBIG Fund; Ms. Angelica Garcia para sa PHILHEALTH; Ms. Ma. Theresa Ramos at Ms. Eloisa Ramos para sa Baliwag Water District; Mr. Arnaldo Punay, Mr. Noel Cruz at Mr. Alexies Feliciano para sa MERALCO; Mr. Mario Tayag at Mr. Joel Esquivel para sa PLDT; Ms. Shirley Evangelista para sa SSS; at Mr. Henry Cruz ng BPLO, Ms. Karen Rivera ng IPU at Municipal Administrator Eric Tagle bilang mga representante ng Munisipalidad.

Matatandaang ang Baliwag ay itinuturing na sentro ng kalakalan, komersiyo at industriya sa hilagang bahagi ng Bulacan.  Sa pagpapanatili nito, tinitiyak ng Pamahalaang Bayan sa ilalim ng pamumuno ni Mayor Ferdie Estrella ang kapakanan ng mga negosyante sa kanyang nasasakupan. Kabahagi nito ang pagbubukas ng Baliwag Business Center na magiging malaking tulong sa pagpapaunlad pa ng business sector ng ating bayan.

Baliwag Ranks 3rd Most Improved LGU in 1st and 2nd Class Municipalities Category at the 5th Annual Regional Competitiveness Summit and Awards

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August 16, 2017 – The National Competitiveness Council recognized LGUs with exemplary performance in the four pillars of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) namely Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure and Resiliency.  The highlights of the event included the promotion of competitiveness in the country and also the announcement of the results of the 2017 index.  This year’s Summit theme is Government Automation:  Key to Ph Competitiveness.

Baliwag secured its position as the 3rd most improved LGU in 1st and 2nd Class Municipalities Category.  The Most Improved LGU award is conferred to a city and municipality which had the most number of leaps from the previous ranking.  Last year, Baliwag ranked 413th for 1st and 2nd  Class Municipalities up to 62nd  spot this year and  ranked 960th  for All Municipalities from 2016 up to 47th position this 2017.   Topping the said recognition category is Bongabon, Nueva Ecija and Paranas, Samar at second place.

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Mayor Ferdie V. Estrella walked up the stage of the Philippine International Convention Center  to receive  the said award in behalf of the Municipality of  Baliwag.

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Baliwag is the only Municipality from the Province of Bulacan which was included in the roster of awardees for this year.

Moreover, notable achievement of Baliwag in the CMCI ranking for this year among the four pillars  is being in the 7th place in the Infrastructure and 11th place in newest pillar Resiliency among All Municipalities. Also, Baliwag earned the 12th spot in the Infrastructure and 10th spot in the Resiliency among the 1st and 2nd Class Municipalities.

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This year’s CMCI surpassed the number of participants last year with 1487 LGUs, 145 of which are cities and 1342 are municipalities. These numbers were far behind 2013’s statistics when CMCI started  with only 285 or 17% of the LGUs in the country. Data used for the ranking were gathered with the Regional Competitive Committees which are composed of public and private sectors and the academe.

The CMCI is an annual ranking developed by NCC to encourage LGUs  in formulating programs to improve competitiveness and engage in investment promotions activities to attract investors and generate more jobs. It is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Globe Telecom.