Business owners in the municipality of Alfonso Lista, Ifugao can now enjoy faster and easier business permits and licensing applications with the launch of the Electronic Business Permits and Licensing System (eBPLS) on November 20, 2020.

The eBPLS is a cloud-based software developed by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) that allows end-users to file applications for new and renewal of business permits online.

The eBPLS is a welcome development for the municipality, which expects to see increased revenue generation with the automation of its business licensing. With the increase in revenue, more projects can be implemented for its constituents.

Mayor Edralin Alipio said that this has been “a long-time dream for Alfonso Lista and now it is a reality.”

The automation is a joint undertaking of the DICT along with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to reduce the processing time and requirements of government transactions through the Ease of Doing Business Law or Republic Act No. 11032.

“The road towards the implementation of eBPLS here has been challenging knowing the struggles in connectivity in the Cordillera and the lack of needed ICT resources. Nonetheless, we persevered. With our collaboration with the LGU, DTI and DILG, we are able to make it happen.” DICT Ifugao Provincial Officer Donald Trinidad said.

Alfonso Lista is the first municipality in the Cordillera Administrative Region to adopt the eBPLS to promote a more competitive business environment in the area.

The adoption of the eBPLS in the municipalities of Tinoc and Lamut is also in the pipeline, with IT officers, Business Permits and Licensing Officers, and Treasury personnel having already undergone Users’ Training and Data Build-up early December 2020.

“Your DICT will continue to implement the eBPLS to institute streamlined and more convenient permit processing. But our support to local governments and remote communities will not end there, and through our coordination with other concerned agencies, we shall intensify our e-governance programs to drive digital transformation forward,” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said.