‘Single window’ approach to ease business permit processing in PH: Pernia


Posted at Nov 02 2017 09:29 PM

MANILA - The government is pushing for the “single window” approach to fast-track business permit processing in the country, after the Philippines slipped to 113th from 99th out of 130 countries in the recent World Bank’s “Ease of Doing Business 2018” report, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said Thursday.

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said the “single-window” approach will accelerate business permit processing compared to the original one-stop shop program. 

"We are not satisfied with a single stop-shop approach. We want to have a single-window approach so that the processing of permits and business applications will be faster," Pernia said in a press briefing.

Under the new scheme, all documents and processes related to business permit processing will be handled by one government office or representative.

The Anti-Red Tape Act, expected to be passed early 2018, will help improve business permit processing in the country. 

Pernia said the government also plans to amend some economic provisions of the Constitution to ease foreign ownership in order to attract more investors.