BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
Bacolod City Permits and Licensing Division head, Stela Rose Rayos, said yesterday that 19,789 businesses have registered with the Business One-Stop-Shop (BOSS) at the Ayala Malls Capitol central mall.
The BOSS, participated in by the barangays of the city and other government agencies, started in January and ended last week.
Those who were not able to process their business registration at BOSS may do so at the BPLO office at the Bacolod Government Center instead, where both walk-in applicants and those who have pre-appointment online are catered to.
Rayos said they don’t have any limits as to how many clients they would cater to daily as long as they follow the minimum health protocols, although they will prioritize those who have set-up online appointments.
She urged business permit applicants to complete their requirements and clearances including the application forms before proceeding to the BPLO office.
Rayos added that she hopes they will reach or even surpass the number of business registration last year.
BPLO records show that business registration in Bacolod City last year totaled 23,545, or 2,092 less than its 2019 record of 25,637 registered businesses.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia said that the continuous registration this year shows that business confidence in Bacolod is still high despite the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Leonardia had projected a decrease in business registration this year by at least 20 to 30 percent.*