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Davao adds 5 more offsite locations for tax payment

October 23, 2020 - Friday 8:10 PM by Davao City Information Office

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Owners of some 45,000 businesses can expect more convenient processing of business permit renewals in January 2021 as the City Government of Davao added five more offsite locations to also comply with the health safety protocol of social distancing amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

Business Bureau officer-in-charge Maribel Paguican, in an interview with the City Information Office (CIO), said the process has not changed but the additional processing centers will help regulate the daily influx of clients in these areas, which is necessary to manage the movement of people to help control the spread of the virus.

In the past, the Business Bureau at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Building and the Almendras Gym along Quimpo Boulevard were the only ones used for business permit renewal. In 2021, new venues will include the Buhangin Gym, the Bunawan Gym, the Toril CTO District Office, the Tugbok CTO District Office, and the Calinan Gym.

She said the SP Building will accommodate about 13,215 business permits in the Poblacion District; the Almendras Gym will cater to 13,149 business owners in Agdao (3,550) and Talomo (9,599) districts; the Buhangin Gym will accommodate 7,053 in Buhangin District; the Bunawan Gym will host 2,180 in Bunawan (1,906) and Paquibato (274) districts; the Toril CTO District Office will tend to 2,599 in Toril District;  the Tugbok CTO District Office will cater to 1,691 establishments in Tugbok District; and the Calinan Gym will accommodate 1,979 business owners in Calinan District (1,503), Marilog District (277), and Baguio District (199).

“Business owners can now just process their permits at the nearest designated centers. They all don’t have to go to the SP Building or the Almendras Gym anymore,” she said.

Paguican said they have also considered going online with the business permit renewal but it is not yet feasible at this time. She said that with expected 45,000 business permits renewals, their system might bog down.

By June 2021 though, she said they have to comply with online processing as part of the ease of doing business in the city.

She added, “Priority numbers will still be given but we will have to discuss the possibility of doing the processing by appointment.”

She remained optimistic that Covid-19 will not affect their target next year. While some businesses closed due to the crisis, she said some businesses opened, particularly online shops and online riders.

Paguican urged Davao City entrepreneurs to refrain from last-minute processing, which would only be stressful.

“We encourage you to prepare your documents and payment early so when you process your permits, it will be quick and you don’t have to keep coming back,” she said in the vernacular.

In 2020, the city generated about P200 million from business permit renewals. The City Treasurer’s Office, however, has the record of the total income posted this year from business permits and tax payments.

The 2021 business permit renewal will be a coordination between the Business Bureau, the CTO, and the City Information Office.