ORMOC CITY – The Business, Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) here is the only city in the region to get a Blue Certification from the Ombudsman for 2017. Mayor Richard Gomez said he is happy with the news, adding that it has always been his thrust to make Ormoc business-friendly and the process of getting permits and licenses red tape free.

Eduardo B. Kangleon, acting director of the Ombudsman regional office, said that the Blue Certification means “that the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) of Ormoc City is implementing and maintaining a system that conforms to the standard of doing business with government.”The certification was based on an assessment of the Ombudsman done in January 2017, city admin-istration Vincent Emnas added.

During their assessment, which was timed with the renewal of business permits, the Ombuds-man interviewed businessmen on the spot to ask how efficient the BPLO was in dealing with their renewals and concerns. The Ombudsman said that Ormoc passed 53 out of 87 pre-scribed standards, qualifying it for a Level I Certification.

The Ombudsman will formal-ly confer the LGU a Certificate of Award during the flag ceremony on December 11, a Monday.



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