By Tracy Cabrera
MANILA – Business owners in Pasay City may no longer have to go to the city hall to renew their business permits or pay for the quarterly business tax once the local government unit rolls out its own online business permit billing and payment system (OBPBS).
To use the program, which will be accessible at the city government’s web site, taxpayers will first need to create an account.
Using the latest permit number or official receipt, the taxpayer can add multiple business account numbers (BAN).
An email will be sent to the user for the set of instructions how to log in.
Once logged in, the user can then manage account details, view payment history, and save and print PDF copies of account statements.
Business accounts can also be renewed by filling out the renewal form.
Taxpayers can do their quarterly payment online through their Bancnet debit cards.
Pasay City mayor Imelda ‘Emy’ Calixto-Rubiano describes the OBPBS as “a continuation of the local government’s innovations, expanding its online services (to include) business permit applicants.”
Pasay City has been automating many of its frontline services in recent years.
The lady mayor said she believes that minimizing human interaction in government transactions is one of the best ways to eliminate bureaucratic red tape and avert graft and corruption practices as well as prevent the spread of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Pasay health officer Dr. Cesar Encinares reminded Pasayeños to follow the minimum health safety protocols being implemented by the government and to be always reminded by them in the acronym representing Mayor Calixto’s first name ‘EMI’, which means E – ensuring to always wash your hands; M – wearing a mask is a must; and I – to implement physical distancing.
As of December 6, 2020, there has been a total of 6,381 confirmed cases of Covid-19 tallied in the city, with 6,111 or 95.37 percent recoveries.
From the said statistics, 125 have been tagged as active cases while 27 of them are newly diagnosed by the city’s health authorities as positive carriers of the disease. (AI/MTVN)