Automation proposed in Oro's revenue collecting offices

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Friday, March 21, 2014

A GOVERNMENT bank has proposed the automation of revenue collecting departments at the Cagayan de Oro City Hall to lower transaction costs in setting up businesses and cutting red-tape and lure more local and foreign investments into the city.

The Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) said that it has presented to the city on Tuesday the automation processes and the advantages the local government as well as the transacting public, particularly tax payers, would benefit.

Shirley Serate, DBP Cagayan de Oro branch head said that the proposal is in line with the project INVEST (Investment Enabling Environment) Initiated by the United States Assistance for International Development (USAID) to encourage would be investors to locate in the city.


The INVEST project was designed to make transacting business with city hall fast and less cumbersome, especially when applying for licenses because of advance computerization technology, thus cutting red-tape, which has remained a bane for investors.

Among such reforms identified in the INVEST study are the automation of the business permit and licensing system (BPLS) and linking it with Philippine Business Registry; establishment of one-stop-shops; and streamlining of inspection systems.

Iloilo, Batangas and CdO are among the urban centers in the country as pilot cities chosen by USAID because of their demonstrated economic potential.

“It is in this context that DBP with our subsidiary, Data Center Inc., is proposing a modern and state-of-the-art computerized system for revenue generation using the eGaps (electronic government application systems).” Serate said.

She said that aside from cutting red-tape, INVEST project would make payment collection efficient, cost saving from reduced operational expenses, mitigation of cash handling risks, reduction in coin sourcing requirements and the automated report generation.

“The eGaps would be a source of convenience for the tax paying public since they can now transact business with city hall from the comfort of their homes.

Taxpayors would have options from the mode, convenience and ease of payment where they can pay online.

The eGaps system is the same system installed and currently in use in Valenzuela City and Metro Manila, model areas in terms of automated systems.

Serate said that initially, among the available modules, their proposal only focused on the eGaps revenue generating systems that concentrates on the BPLS and Real Property Tax collections.

“The DBP’s Payment Gateway is pre-integrated into the eGaps to facilitate on-line payment of taxes to comply with the USAID INVEST project.” Serate said.

DBP said it would present their proposal before the city council on Monday.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 21, 2014.

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