LOKAL BALITA (UBAY)
Eight towns try to streamline
“Unfriendly licensing process”
TRAINING PARTICIPANTS during the recent Streamlining
Business Permits and Licensing System pose for posterity.
business process to make them investor friendly, Bohol
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (MSMED)
Council has accomplished with a partner the forging of
agreements in trainings for eight towns here, a highlight in
the first Bohol MSME Xperience held at the Island City Mall,
Thursday, November 27, 2008.
Early surveys pointed out that cumbersome business processes
here have become turn-offs for investors wanting to sow
capital in the country.
Cumbersome process here comes in lengthy registration and in
unreasonable licensing steps.
These have been identified as major discouraging factors of
investors’ while the country loses capital that could have
been important in perking up local economies.
Here, Bohol tapped the support of the German Development
Foundation (GTZ) through its Small and Medium Enterprise
Development for Sustainable Enterprise Promotion
Now 8 towns have undergone two training workshop modules,
sources at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
The GTZ, in their belief in the promise of putting up the
needed vigor in small and medium enterprises in the
countryside would jumpstart local developments has been kind
enough to fund the pioneering activity, DTI said.
The training workshops on Business Process and Licensing
System attempts to simplify the seemingly endless paperwork
needed before one investor can establish his business in the
place, DTI said.
The towns of Jagna, Talibon, Ubay, Tubigon, Antequera,
Balilihan, Cortes, Maribojoc have passed the first workshop
on November 14-16, the source added.
Moreover, the same towns have also done the second workshop
last Tuesday and Thursday, all to the goal of making the
crucial business registration processes streamlined to cut
red-tape and straighten the bureaucratic snags.
The development also forms part of the report during the
highlights and accomplishments reported by the SMED Council.
That same day, DTI regional Director Asteria Caberte
presented the winners of the Pambansang Pamilihan after an
extensive search for Bohol’s most customer friendly public
and private markets.
At the gathering in Tagbilaran City’s biggest Mall, HNU
Consumer Group was also presented and the event also
featured a talk show billed as Pagpalambo sa atong negosyo.
The show host Blair Panong elicited business tips from
Bohol’s major entrepreneurs including JJ’s food and
restaurant chain great Jun Caturza, farmer entrepreneur
Nador Tadena who is the province’s leading supplier of
Japonica rice variety, Arnold Labunog of Jojie's Bakeshop
fame, Frank Montero of the Alona Tropical Resort, Mayor
Roberto Salinas for the Abatan River Development Management
Council and Aster Caberte for the DTI-Regional Office.
The day’s activity also included a press conference aired
live over local radio stations under the Bohol Tri-Media
Moreover, the day also featured a financing forum where four
financing institutions presented their programs for SMEs.
Another highlight was speed networking, a venue for business
matching among entrepreneurs and marketing contacts.
featured during the day was techno-preneurship, the sharing
venue for Bohol's successful IT practitioners. (PIA/rachiu)