I was again on another encounter with government offices. It’s the time to renew business permits. I am renewing mine for Chimes Concepts, my event management and consultancy company.
The one-stop shop for business permit renewals and applications is in the lobby of the City Hall until January 20. From what I know, last year’s one-stop shop was at the Oval Plaza covered basketball court.
I would say my experience was short and fortunately not bad. Eerything you would need is practically there but it also felt like you are packed like flowers in a bouquet! It was hot, stuffy and hot! I also wished that some of the other city hall employees were more helpful, knowledgeable and complacent. I think they are forgetting that the people they are bitching to are the city’s taxpayers. But anyway, I guess they know that. It’s just that maybe the work seems endless and there are just more people than their airconditioning units can handle.
However, I am happy that most of the city hall employees I encountered did their best to help.
TIP: ASK!!! If you do not know where to go next or what to do, there is an information desk at the entrance and you can ask any employee in the lobby. BRING ALL YOUR DOCUMENTS! Saves you time and effort. Bring all the past year’s receipts and documents (from the city hall). The application starts with getting purok clearance, cedula and barangay clearance from the barangay your business is or will be located. So get those first.
Also, if you are planning to get a new business permit, get it in this period, January 1 to 20 of every year. I applied for a new business permit in May. I had to travel to every office. It will be more convenient to apply now since all those offices will be in one place.