In 2019, the city’s Permits andLicensing Division recorded a total of 25,627 businesses registered. BACOLOD City – Mayor Evelio Leonardiais pushing for an extension of the city government’s Business One-Stop Shop(BOSS) for the convenient renewal of business permits and registration of newbusinesses for 2020. Leonardia said he will request forBOSS’ extension before the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP), noting that this hadbeen repeatedly done in the previous years. Mayor Evelio Leonardia of Bacolod City. The city mayor said he had alreadysigned an endorsement letter to the SP in relation to his request for theextension of the BOSS. Once the SP grants his request, BOSSoperations will operate until Feb. 29. According to Memoria, they areexpecting an increase for this year’s business registration./PN For his part, Vice Mayor El CidFamiliaran said the request shall be approved through an ordinance. “Definitely, we are going to approveit,” Familiaran disclosed, saying the move is reasonable as to give applicantsample time to secure the needed requirements in processing of their businesspermits. BOSS is important to the citygovernment’s “ease of doing business” goal or making Bacolod Citybusiness-friendly, stressed Memoria. Business owners who pay their taxes infull within the period of Jan. 2 to 20 can avail of a 10-percent discount, sheadded. Assistant City Treasurer ArleneMemoria said the BOSS is open from Mondays to Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with no noon break. The program provides easier and fasterbusiness permit issuances and real property tax payments. BOSS kicked off on Jan. 2 at the NewGovernment Center here and will run until Jan. 20.