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.

Baliwag Investment Profile

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.

Pagbubukas ng Negosyo Center sa Baliwag, Hudyat ng Dagdag Kaunlaran sa Pamumuhunan, Kalakal at Komersyo

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Pormal nang binuksan ang Negosyo Center sa  Baliwag nitong Miyerkules, ika-28 ng Hunyo sa pamamagitan ng pagtutulungan ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)  at Pamahalaang Bayan ng Baliwag sa ilalim ng pamumuno ni Mayor Ferdie Estrella.

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Ang nasabing aktibidad ay sinimulan sa isang  pagbabasbas sa naturang establisiyemento sa pangunguna ni  Fr. Bacani at sinundan ito ng ribbon cutting at unveiling ceremony.  Isang maiksing programa ang idinaos para dito na inumpisahan sa pagbibigay ng paunang pagbati at pagkilala sa mga panauhin ni Provincial Director Zorina Aldana ng DTI-Bulacan. Nagbigay naman ng isang mensahe si Regional Director Judith Angeles ng DTI Region 3 tungkol sa pangkalahatang ideya kung ano ang Negosyo Center at kung anu-ano ang mga serbisyong  maaaring maitulong nito sa bayan at mga namumuhunan.

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Kabilang din sa mga naanyayahang magbigay ng mensahe ay sina Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Baliwag, Inc. President Bienvenido Gonzales, Bulacan Chamber of Commerce at SMED Council President Gregoria Simbulan at Cong. Gavini “Apol” Pancho ng ikalawang Distrito.  Bilang panghuling pananalita, ipinabatid ni Mayor Ferdie na isinulong niya ang pagbubukas ng nasabing Negosyo Center dahil naniniwala siya na ito ay magtataguyod sa pag-unlad ng mga maliliit na negosyante sa bayang kanyang pinamumunuan. “Ang mga Micro, Small at Medium Enterprises ang bumubuhay at bumubuo sa malaking porsiyento ng pinagkukuhanan ng kita ng pamahalaang bayan na siya namang bumabalik sa mga mamamayan bilang serbisyong pampubliko ,” dagdag pa ng batang Alkalde.

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Isa ring parte ng programa ang MOA signing sa pagitan ng Pamahalaang Bayan at DTI na nilagdaan nila Mayor Ferdie at PD Aldana kasama sila Pambayang Tagapangasiwa Enrique Tagle at RD Angeles bilang mga  saksi.

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Dumalo din sa nasabing okasyon sila Kon. Dingdong Nicolas, Kon. Joel Pascual, Mayora Jonnah Nubla-Estrella, mga miyembro ng CCIBI, mga kinatawan ng mga Kooperatiba, mga pinuno ng iba’t ibang sangay at opisina ng Pamahalaang Bayan, mga Kapitan, mga kinatawan ng mga pampublikong ahensiya ng pamahalaan at ilan pang mga imbitadong panauhin.

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Dalawang negosyo ang nagparehistro sa araw ding iyon kabilang ang negosyo nila G. at Gng. Aning Arcega.  Mga ilang minuto lamang ang at naparehistro na nila ang pangalan ng kanilang negosyo na siya namang nagpapatunay sa mabilis at magaang pagpapatala sa DTI.

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Ang kabubukas na Negosyo Center ay matatagpuan sa Farmers Trading Center, DRT Highway, Brgy. Pagala.  Ito ay ang ikawalong binuksan ng DTI sa lalawigan ng Bulacan at kasama sa mahigit limangdaan sa buong Pilipinas. Ito rin ay magsisilbing opisina ng CCIBI upang makapagsagawa ng kanilang recruitment ng mga bagong miyembro, mga pagpupulong at iba pang transaksiyon.

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Bulacan Chamber of Commerce and Industries President Gigi Simbulan: “Yes, Baliwag is on the Right Track!”

In a heartwarming message before government officials, businessmen, coop advocates and guests at the launching of the Baliwag Go Negosyo, Ms. Gigi Simbulan, President of the Bulacan Chamber of Commerce and Industries Inc. powerfully ended her inspirational message by declaring that “Baliwag is on the Right Track!”

Ms. Simbulan, as President of the Bulacan Chamber, is one of the prime movers in supporting the Micro Small Medium Enterprises in the whole province. It was also during her stint when Bulacan’s Business Chamber was able to operate the first Negosyo Center in the province.  

Affirming DTI Central Luzon Regional Director  Judith Angeles, she recognized the young dynamic and energetic officials like Congressman Apol Pancho, Mayor Ferdie Estrella and Coun. Ding Nicolas. “They made sure new things  are introduced and implemented quickly,” she added.

As Mayor Ferdie always say when he was just forming the Baliwag Chamber at the same time, negotiating for a Negosyo Center, it is quite ironic that Baliwag is the center of commerce but it does not have a Negosyo Center; a Baliwagenya President of the Bulacan Chamber but Baliwag itself doen’t have a chamber of its own. 

“This is the 8th Negosyo Center in Bulacan but I usually sent other officers to attend the launch, Baliwag is different, I cannot miss it,” she quipped. 

In her speech she shared how her husband, Mr. Rene Simbulan, started the Simbulan Industries Philippines with a borrowed capital from his parents amounting 5,000 pesos. The couple built a company for 18 years until it was redounded to a mere ash when its factory in Baliwag burned while, manufacturing lot contract of furniture for then refurbishing Dusit Hotel Makati. 

It was after the fire when they founded the construction company, RGSP Inc., As the saying, when people are resilient, there is no way but to go up. Like a phoenix rising frim the ashes, The Simbulan Group of Companies was able to stand and fly again meeting all of its obligations to customers. Even stronger, it is now employing close to 3,000 workforce deployed all over Metro Manila for their various projects.  The group bagged contracts for Shangrila Boracay, Edsa and Fort; Andrew Tan’s Resorts World Manila; and Renaissance New World. 

Baliwag DTI Go Negosyo Center will soft launch on June 28. 

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%

Taking the road-less traveled, Baliwag welcomes today Seal of Good Local Governance Evaluators

The Municipal Government of Baliwag welcomes evaluators from the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Inc. for the scheduled Seal of Good Local Governance validation today. The Local government will be assessed on four core sectoral areas such as Financial Administration, Disaster Preparedness, Social Protection and Public Order and Public Safety. The LGU must pass all four core areas, not missing even a criterion under those four sectors. Meanwhile, there are three essential areas that must be met including environment, business friendliness and competitiveness and tourism, arts & culture.

Baliwag failed to receive the most coveted seal of good local governance for the past years. Last year, DRT, Plaridel, Guiguinto, Calumpit and San Rafael received the Seal. 

Baliwag Mayor Ferdie Estrella encourages all employees and Baliwagenyos to support the bid. 

The seal will be one of the measures that will be used to ensure that a higher level of service standard is in place, translated to serbisyong may malasakit.

May the odds be ever in your favor, Team Serbisyong may Malasakit.

SM Group of Companies Took 6 Spots in the Top 15 Taxpayers of Baliwag 2017

In the recently concluded awards night for Top 15 Taxpayers for the year 2017,  6 spots  were occupied by SM Group of Companies on which  The SM Mercantile Stores Group Inc. (The SM Store) ranked first, Super Shopping Market, Inc. ( SM Hypermarket) second, SM Primeholdings Inc. third, Star Appliance Inc. (SM Appliance) sixth, Ace Hardware Philippines Inc. ninth, and Sanford Marketing Corporation (Savemore) fifteenth.

Baliwag Municipal Mayor Ferdinand V. Estrella  handed the Plaque of Appreciation and Recognition to the SM Group of Companies  along with nine other corporations during the Gabi ng Parangal at Pagkilala sa mga Kabalikat sa Paglilingkod at Star Arena, May 25. The said event was attended by the officials and representatives of the 15 Corporations.

Other businesses which placed in the Top 15 were: Wilcon Builder’s Depot, Inc. fourth, Cargill Philippines Inc. fifth, L.P.T. Marketing Inc. (L.P.T. Marketing Inc. – UltraMega Multi-Sales) seventh, Puregold Price Club, Inc. eight, Super 8 Retail System, Inc. (Super 8 Grocery Warehouse) tenth,  Joey’s Food Corporation (Jollibee located in Bayan) eleventh, The Philippine American Life and Gen. Insurance Co. twelfth, Communities Bulacan, Inc. (Camella) thirteenth, and Baliuag Foods Corporation (Jollibee Junction) fourteenth in ranking.

Mayor FVE encouraged the business taxpayers to continue to honestly and concisely pay their taxes on time because this act is a huge catalyst of maintaining and sustaining the economy and will be given back to the people in the form of public service.

In a report disclosed by BPLO, the taxes collected from the SM Group of Companies in 2016 is 28.4% of the total taxes collected while the total taxes generated from the Top 15 is 46.6% of the total taxes collected which vividly denotes that these 15 businesses are truly big contributors to our town’s progress and development.

DTI’s GO Negosyo to situate in Baliwag

With a bustling trade and commerce dating back during the Spanish era, Baliuag evolved to be not just a center of commerce but also a hub for education, servicing a wide-base of market covering (12) twelve Bulacan towns and (5) five from Pampanga. 

Until now, Baliuag stands side by side with the City of Malolos as recognized priority centers under the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022. It means Baliuag is a recognized hub where commerce expected to explode exponentially. 

Unfortunately, these strengths were totally disregarded for so long. The market is growing only naturally, without any effort to flex its muscles. 

HOSTING DTI GO NEGOSYO

With DTI GO NEGOSYO here in Baliuag, applying for a trade name will be an arms reach. Our SME’s will have the chance to benefit from various technical assistance on developing local products. Baliwagenyos will be given the chance to improve their packaging and create premium for their products following national and export-quality products.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Mr. Bienvenido Gonzales was recently elected to lead the Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Baliwag after Mayor Ferdie moved to organize a group that will represent the best interest of the business community.  The chamber will co-locate with DTI and the newly-created Baliwag Investment Protection Unit.