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Mayor Isko Moreno directs permits bureau director Levi Facundo before going to Mindanao. (TSJ)

Mayor Isko reminds businessmen of March 31 deadline for permit renewals

OWNERS of businesses in Manila were reminded by Presidential candidate, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno that they still have until March 31, 2022 to renew their business permits or pay the necessary taxes so as to avoid penalties or surcharges.

Moreno directed Bureau of Permits chief Levi Facundo to issue another reminder to the public, particularly those operating businesses in Manila, in order to avoid the last-minute rush.

“For cashless transactions, other modes of electronic payments are also available for the convenience of the public,” the mayor said.

Facundo said that through a city ordinance swiftly passed by the Manila City Council under the stewardship of Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna as its Presiding Officer, the deadline for the payment of business permit renewals had been extended for 70 days or up to March 31, 2022. After that, penalties or surcharges will apply.

Moreno urged the business owners in the city to also apply in the comfort of their homes, saying business permit renewals are already fully automated from application to payment.

Facundo explained that from getting a statement of account up to the Receipt to Permit are already fully electronic.

“All ancillary Permits like barangay clearance and FSIC are already included, so there is no need to make a trip to these offices. All original documents including cedula and ancillary Permits will be delivered at their business address,” Moreno said.

Citing a report from Facundo, Moreno said that so far, over 6,000 have applied and submitted online , which is a little over 600 more than last year’s numbers.

“We see the uptick on evening online submission and on weekends. Meaning, taxpayers and business owners are using the system within the comfort of their homes. That’s very welcoming for us. That makes us busy first thing in the morning next day,” said Facundo.

He added that of the number, a little over 5, 000 have been processed while some were rejected due to lack of supporting documents, deficiencies in other departments or incomplete data on their application forms. (TSJ)


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