1 June 2018
PHILIPPINES: Tardy Civil Servants Face Prosecution for Delayed Business Licence Approval
Government officials who fail to process business licence and permit applications within a specified timeframe may find themselves liable for prosecution under the terms of the recently-enacted Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018. This new legislation, designed to cut through any bureaucratic impediments to the growth of the country’s commercial sector, specifies that simple licence applications should be processed within three days, more complex ones in seven days and those of a highly-technical nature within 20 days.
The legislation also obliges local government agencies to automate their business permit and licence application/issuance systems wherever possible, while also calling for the establishment of a network of one-stop business service centres.