By Lady Jean L. Kabagani

MARAWI CITY, July 18 (PIA ICCC)- The Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) has conducted orientations on Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) for the local government units (LGUs) to ensure the ease of doing business in Marawi City and the entire province of Lanao del Sur.

The DICT aims to support the LGUs in enhancing business permitting system while addressing a faster government transaction and delivering an abrupt service to the people.

DICT also introduces the eReadiness survey to the LGUs to evaluate and assess their capabilities to implement the BPLS in their communities.

With the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Interior and Local Government Unit (DILG), the DICT sought to conduct electronic training and provide technical assistance for the LGUs on digitalized business permitting process.

Engr. Virgil Fuentes, DICT’s BPLS focal person has urged the LGUs to participate in automating its systems and processes to improve the region’s government services standing.

“We orient them what to do, how to do it and where to get information so that we will be able to fill the needs of the LGUs when it comes to improving their services to the public,” Fuentes said.

DICT is currently using an integrated system to assess and evaluate the needs of the LGUs.

Fuentes shared that this kind of project implementation will help hasten government services.

Meanwhile, Piagapo Vice Mayor Ali Sumandar sees the program to be a better way of serving his people, as it gives the local government employees a chance to gain advanced knowledge.

“This could sustain a better and easier service for our constituents; it could greatly help us and people. It will lessen the transaction time,” Sumandar said.

Piagapo’s economy was adversely affected by the Marawi siege, as traders from Piagapo lost their market, forcing the growing agricultural exchange between Marawi-Piagapo market to stop.

“Our economy in Piagapo has been affected since most of the goods were coming from Marawi City, since the siege happened, traders tend to look all the crops we cannot produce at Iligan City or in other neighboring municipalities,” he added.

Further, Engr. Abdul-Mohaimin Ismael emphasizes the significance of applying and adapting digitized business permits and licensing system for each localities saying, “this will surely boost the livelihood of the Maranao people especially those who were rising from the devastation wrought by the Marawi siege.

DICT slated to introduce more of its digitalized projects and programs to support the physical rehabilitation of Marawi City. (LJKabagani/PIA ICCC)