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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nagsimula na ngang sumailalim sa proseso ng sertipikasyon ang Pamahalaang Bayan ng Baliwag isang taon matapos na maihanda ang kawanihan.
Sa pamamagitan ng sertipikasyon ay nasisiguro na ang mga sistema at pakikipagtransaksyon sa mga tanggapan ay naayon sa pamantayan ng ISO. Sa huling circular ng DBM sa pagpapalabas ng Performance Based Bonus, kasama ang pagkakaroon ng ISO upang makapaglabas ng pondo laan para dito.
Ang unang batch nga buhat sa iba’t-ibang tanggapan ay pinadalo sa Familiarization upang malaman ng bawat kawani kung ano nga ba ang ISO. Dalawa ang layunin nito, mapakita ang pagkapareparehas at pagkaparehas ng sistema at ikalawa, mapataas ang antas ng kaaiyahan ng mga kliyente sa mga produkto at serbisyo ng mga tanggapan.
Ngayon darating na Lingo, ang ikalawa at huling grupo ang sasabak nga sa familiarization kasabay ng isang management committee upang matalakay ng ISO Team ang mga gawain ng bawat isa.
The Management Committee of the Local Government Unit of Baliwag will meet early today, July 7, Friday to finalize its Annual Investment Plan.
Some major additions are to be expected due to the expected partial reorganization with old plantilla positions to be dissolved and new ones to be created.
Reforms in the Social Protection programs such as Hatid Kalinga, Anti Rabies Vaccines, New Baliwag ECCD Program, the Expanded Services of the Baliwag Malasakit Center and Baliwag Polytechnic College operations will be the major highlights in this sector
Infrastructure projects will be the Baliwag Bayanihan Pavillon and People’s Hall and the Baliwag Public Library and eResource Center.
Environmental Protection will be facing challenging implementation of the Barangay MRF and complete segregation processes.
Disaster Management is expected to increase its capacity by increasing certified trainors from its own pool. Attempts to convert it to a full department was junked by the Commission this year hence, it is however expected to be under the Office of the Mayor. While, Public Order and Public Safety will be put into order intensifying intelligence on the drug trade and complex police presence.
Administratively, computerization will continue as significant systems are to be procured for better streamlined service. Local Revenues are expected to increase as efficiency in collection due to computerization and system integration shud begin to feel the effect.
The Arts and Culture Council will be focused on rallying patrons of the arts as Baliwag intends to realize this long sought dream of a genuine museum reflective of the rich history, fine crafts, rich culture and heritage.
Sports Promotion and development is also seen to accelerate presence with a sports tourism program underway.
With a strong desire to make Baliwag truly business friendly and competitive, Mayor Ferdie Estrella invited the Department of Trade and Industry Go Negosyo Center to open in Baliwag after he allowed and provided space for the construction of the Go Negosyo Center.
The Baliwag Chamber of Commerce and Industries Inc. will be co-locating and will use it as their office to facilitate transactions of the business group. Sometime last year, Mayor Ferdie organized the chamber to make sure that the business community will have a sphere of influence in tracking the future development of Baliwag.
“By the end of the year, I will push more attempts to present to the community a new concept of governance advancing the quality and level of service as ANY FRONTLINING SERVICE FOR THE INVESTORS WILL BE CONDUCTED at our new ONE STOP SHOP Center dubbed as THE BALIWAG BUSINESS CENTER. The BBC will have a wireless center concept with business counselors attending to the various needs of Investors on a one to one scheme.” Mayor Ferdie explained.
By next year, we will begin constructing airconditioned restrooms and the business lounge with pocket rooms for meetings and a waiting lounge for clients.
The Local Government of Baliwag and the Department of Trade and Industry jointly agreed to soft launch the center on June 28 even if the ViP Restrooms are still being constructed to be able to begin the service for the benefit of the business community. While the Business Permits and Licensing Office upgrades its list of business establishments with delinquency, the opening will benefit them as application of new DTI Registration will be done in Baliwag, saving them material time to go to Malolos. The Negosyo Center will also be home to the Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Baliwag, Inc, the recognized main business group recognized by the local government.
DTI postponed the scheduled visit of Sen. Bam Aquino as it anticipates the launch of Baliwag’s BOSS Center in line with its Seating Pretty ang Tax Payer sa Baliwag Program which was created thru an Executive Order signed by Mayor Ferdie Estrella. The EO is similar to the JMC issued by DILG, DTI and DoF aimed at streamlining the application and release of Business Permit.
Baliwag was rated this year by the Central Luzon Corridor Foundation with a 91% score from its previous rating of 79%
In a move to implement the rulings of the Bureau of Local Government Finance regarding the separate application of Business Permits for Doctor’s Clinic, the Business Permits and Licensing Office quickly planned out the sending of material information and notices to affected groups. In the BLGF resolution, doctor clinics were expressedly identified as materially non-exempted from securing business permit as the LGU must also be able to recoup its investments to serve the people well.
In the latest filing submitted to the National Competitiveness Council, around 428 Private Doctors are active in the hospitals as consultants and hospitalists. Consultants usually have a clinic where they meet patients for their appointment.
Meanwhile, ALL LESSORS OF PROPERTIES such as lots, buildings, stalls, franchised public market and space rentals are NOT exempted as well from securing the business permit. With the computerization system, it now unravel over a thousand of unregistered businesses,as many of the owners deliberately snobbed any efforts to get a business permit. It is estimated that about 30 to 50million conservatively are wasted for non collection in the absence of a system and drive to improve its revenue programs. If not complied, violators may be ordered close and pay the fine
Revenue programs are regulary considered by the National Competitiveness Council as an indicator of the local economy’s robustness. Because of this, Baliwag Ranked 1040 out of 1245 municipalities because of its poor NCC data submission.
BANCASSURANCE, THIRD PARTY INSURANCE
Cognizant of the fact that bancassurance are exempted from securing permit, still, the Business Permits and License Office sent notices to insurance firms to shake them into what’s been a long period of status quo. Commercial Banks were invited by Mayor Ferdie Estrella to remind them of their obligations to pay taxes observing the rule of the Bureau of Internal Revenue that earnings from loans negotiated in the branch even if it requires approval from a higher or senior manager must