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.

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’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.

 

 

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.

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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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%

Business Permits and Licensing Office reminds Lessors and Doctor Clinics to secure separate Business Permits

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

Tita Dely of Ortega’s Frozen Foods and Mr. Tinapay, Named as One of the Most Outstanding Bulacan Businessmen 2017

Baliwag, Bulacan – When you crave for tocino, hotdog, and other meat products, where do you go to buy to satisfy your cravings?  Definitely when you are in Baliwag, first that will ring a bell is Ortega’s Best.

The person behind the successful Ortega’s Frozen Foods and also Mr. Tinapay is none other than Ms. Hedeliza DC. Mangulabnan otherwise known as Tita Dely to her relatives, friends and employees.

Being a hands-on entrepreneur and having a well-balanced skill in managing people, Mrs. Mangulabnan has been awarded as one of the Seven Most Outstanding Bulacan Businessmen, Processed Food Industry Category at this year’s awarding ceremony held at One Grand Pavilion,Bulihan ,Malolos City.  “MOBB 2017: A Celebration of the Bulakenyo’s Entrepreneurial Success” is this year’s theme for the event.

‘Dely may have never planned to be an entrepreneur when she was studying, but because this is what fate had designed for her, she might as well make it to good use.  As Filipinos love to eat, she believes that there is good business in food.’   (An excerpt from MOBB Citation)

The Bulacan Chamber of Commerce  and Industry Inc. in partnership with the Provincial Government of Bulacan   through their Screening and Selection Committees had chosen Tita Dely to be a recipient of the MOBB awards together with other six Bulacan businessmen namely Aurora F. Sumulong, Food Service Industry; Guillermo C. Simeon, Industrial Manufacturing; Gerry Lim Bon Hiong, Manufacturing-Paper Products; Maura D. De Leon, Food Processing-Health and Nutrition Supplements; Manuela T. Gonzales, Concrete Manufacturing and Virgilio Columna, Construction Category.

The MOBB awards night was graced by Mrs. Jonah Nubla-Estrella, wife of Mayor Ferdie Estrella in support of the Baliwagenya awardee.  It was also attended by the Committee Members of the Baliwag Chamber of Commerce  and Industry led by Mr. Bienvenido S. Gonzales and Ms. Karen Rivera, Investment Promotions Officer of Municipality of Baliwag.

This year’s President of the Executive Committee of the BCCI is also a Baliwagenya,  Mrs. Gregoria G.Simbulan, Co-owner of the Simbulan Industries, Phils. Inc..  Meanwhile her husband , Mr. Renato G. Simbulan, Chairman Emeritus of the BCCI and CEO of  Simbulan Industries, Phils. Inc.  was  awarded this year  by the Baliwag Municipality as Dangal ng Baliwag sa sa Larangan ng Kalakalan at Industriya.