(Metro News) Traders ask QC gov’t to lower barangay clearance fees

August 12, 2010 7:38 am 

MANILA, Aug. 11 –- Quezon City businessmen are asking the city government to lower the clearance fees being charged by local barangay officials.

This was disclosed on Wednesday by former councilor and now consultant of the city government on legislative and revenue matters Alberto Galarpe, who said he has received numerous complaints of inconvenience from businessmen in the payment of barangay clearance fees.

With this, Galarpe asked Mayor Herbert Bautista to convince the 26-member City Council on the merits of amending the Quezon City Revenue Code to do away with the payment of the barangay clearance fees during the renewal of business permits.

Bautista has already endorsed the recommendation to majority floor leader Jesus Suntay for consideration by the City Council.

“While it is true that the Local Government Code provides that no city or municipality may issue any license or permit for any business unless a clearance is first obtained from the barangay where such business is located, this requirement no longer applies to already existing businesses,” Galarpe said. (PNA) scs/JCA


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