Aquino leads launching of Philippines Business Registry System

January 27, 2012 10:54 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 27 — President Benigno S. Aquino III led the launching Friday of the Philippines Business Registry System (PBRS) in Makati City which is aimed at streamlining business registrations in the country and eliminating red tape.

The PBRS is a web-based system that will serve as a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs who want to transact or register their businesses. The computerized registration systems will link several agencies so that applicants can register businesses even without their presence.

Interlinked government agencies under the PBR system include the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG), Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), Social Security System (SSS) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Through the PBRS, sole proprietors can now register their business names, generate or validate their tax identification number (TIN) and get employer registration numbers from the SSS, PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG Fund.

One of the local government units (LGU) connected with the system is Quezon City. Caloocan and Mandaluyong are expected to connect to the system in the coming months.

The launching ceremony is the first phase of the PBR program. This year, more LGUs and other regulatory offices will connect to the system.

The PBR is one of the government’s priority projects to streamline business registration process and eliminate red tape. Through the PBRS, the Aquino administration hopes that the country will be more attractive to investors and will improve its ranking in the global business competitiveness.

During the launching rites, the President had a briefing on the actual client applications. He also witnessed the awarding of citation certificates to the five heads of participating agencies that include SEC Chairperson Teresita Herbosa, Pag-IBIG Fund Chief Executive Officer Darlene Berberabe, BIR Deputy Commissioner Lilia Guillermo, SSS president and Chief Executive Officer Emilio de Quiros Jr.

Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo and Trade Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya also joined the President during the event. (PNA) scs/PCOO/ssc

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