ARTA sees 500 LGUs equipped with 'electronic business one-stop shop' this Q1

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 14) — About 500 local government units are expected to boost their processing systems with 'electronic business one-stop shops' or e-BOSS within the first quarter of 2021, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) said on Thursday.

ARTA Director General Jeremiah Belgica said the e-BOSS will allow the public to do government transactions online, as part of the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Delivery of Government Services Act.

"By Q1 (first quarter), we estimate almost 500 LGUs will have electronic business one-stop shops," he told CNN Philippines' Newsroom Ngayon.

The official said highly urbanized cities have been advised to ramp up their implementation to meet the June 17 deadline.

If LGUs fail to conform, they may be subjected to a formal investigation, the ARTA official warned.

Efforts to streamline business processing online was not only meant to limit human interactions to lessen the spread of COVID-19, but also to curb corruption, he added.

Belgica said the ARTA has begun inspecting LGUs' business one-stop shops in Metro Manila, the physical version of the electronic one where businessmen can easily renew their licenses and permits "in less than two days."

He also said the ARTA on January 28 will launch the Central Business Portal, allowing one-person and two to four-person corporations to acquire SEC registration, generate BIR Taxpayer Identification Number, and register Social Security System, Pag-IBIG, and PhilHealth numbers.