Anti-red tape body eases 'burdensome' permit processes of mall stores

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 10 2020 07:23 PM

Stall owners entertain last minute shoppers as stores pack up their goods during the final day of Harrison Plaza in Manila on new year’s eve, December 31, 2019. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA – The country’s anti-red tape body on Friday said it ordered local government units to remove locational clearance as a requirement in business permits for commercial establishments inside malls and central business district to "simplify and expedite" the process.

Under the Memorandum Circular 2020-01 dated Jan. 8, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) ordered LGU's to exempt businesses located inside malls and CBD’s from submitting location clearance and zoning permit when renewing and applying business permits, it said in a statement.

The order was issued "to further simplify and expedite the processing, approval of initial and/or renewal of business permits for commercial establishments located in shopping malls and central business districts, thereby reducing the unnecessary regulatory burden to applicants," ARTA said.
 
Consultations were made with top mall representatives and other stakeholders with experiences in business permit processing before the issuance of the order, ARTA said.

ARTA said it would continue monitoring the LGU’s to ensure compliance to the ease of doing business law.