by: Robelyn M. Yambao
I am happy this year because at last I already registered my small business in the Philippines on the 3rd day of January.
I have this room for rent at home and we call it a nice small income coming to sustain our family’s needs. Our boarding house started long time ago from one room until it reaches 10 rooms today. Actually, we did not have any plan to register it as a business because we only get small income from it just to pay our monthly bills and food but, we also consider to be working legally in order for us to have peace of mind. Besides, there are still benefits in registering this business.
Today, I am happy to share with you my experience on how to avail the government service in registering your business through a one stop shop in the municipality every year.
This service of the municipality is a one way of giving citizens a fast processing of the papers by giving them 20 day-service. The service will start January 1 until the 20th of the month every year where people can go to a one spot to register or renew their businesses. In this service, all of the departments or government offices which are needed in participating in the processing of the documents will be available in one place. Just choose which date you are comfortable and available in your schedule to do it.
Steps in Getting Business Permit
One Stop Shop January 1 - 20 in Surigao City
*BRGY. BUSINESS CLEARANCE
SINGLE PROPRIETOR – DTI CERTIFICATE
CORPORATION – ARTICLES OF CORPORATION
COOPERATIVE – CDA CERTIFICATE
*2X2 ID PICTURE
• GO TO THE CITY GYM IN SURIGAO CITY
• GO TO THE DTI SECTION INSIDE THE GYM TO GET CERTIFICATE
•GO TO THE CORNER WHERE YOUR BARANGAY TABLE IS SPOTTED TO GET YOUR CEDULA AND BRGY. BUSINESS CLEARANCE
•GO TO THE STEP 1 CORNER TO GET THE BUSINESS APPLICATION FORM
•PHOTO COPY THE APPLICATION FORM AFTER FILLING IT OUT WITH THE CORRECT INFORMATION(2 COPIES)
GO BACK TO STEP 1 CORNER TO SUBMIT THE DTI CERTIFICATE, BRGY. BUSINESS CLEARANCE, CEDULA AND THE APPLICATION FORM WITH ITS XEROX
•AFTER SUBMITTING THE REQUIREMENTS, WAIT FOR YOUR NAME CALL ON THE SECOND TABLE
•IN YOUR TURN, THEY WILL ASK YOU YOUR MONTHLY EARNINGS OR CAPITAL IN THE BUSINESS
•THEY WILL ENCODE THAT AMOUNT IN YOUR FORM AND SUBMIT TO THE HEAD FOR SIGNATURE
•AFTER THE HEAD’S SIGNATURE, THE STAFF WILL PRINT THE TAX DUE WORKSHEET AND GIVE BACK THE PAPERS TO YOU
•YOU BRING ALL YOUR PAPERS TO THE NEXT TABLE TO CHECK IF YOUR LAND TAX WHERE YOUR BUSINESS IS LOCATED HAS ALREADY BEEN PAID, IF NOT PAID YET THEY WILL ASK YOU TO GO TO PAY IT TO THE SAID DEPARTMENT
•AFTER THAT, PAY YOUR FIRE SAFETY INSPECTION FEE IN ANOTHER TABLE
•PAY YOUR ANNUAL ELECTRICAL INSPECTION FEE TO THE NEXT TABLE
•PAY YOUR TAX DUE WORKSHEET AT THE PAYMENT SECTION
•SHOW YOUR DOCUMENTS AFTER THE PAYMENTS TO THE TABLE NEXT TO THE PAYMENT SECTION TO WRITE DOWN YOUR NAME IN THEIR LOG BOOK
•SHOW YOUR DOCUMENTS TO THE BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION SECTION TO GET CERTIFICATE
•SHOW YOUR DOCUMENTS TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SANITARY SERVICES FOR PERMIT AND ID
•SUBMIT ALL YOUR DOCUMENTS TO THE RELEASING SECTION FOR BUSINESS PERMIT PRINTING/RELEASING
•WAIT FOR FEW MINUTES FOR THE RELEASE OF YOUR PERMIT AND BUSINESS PLATE
That’s it guys, all of the departments have their respective tables, so you won’t be confused inside of the gymnasium and there were name plates in each table.
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By: Robelyn M. Yambao
Hola Mi Amigo/Amiga,
My experience in Costa Rica was a wonderful living. No crimes or whatever disturbing activities in the country that makes travelers worry to stay longer. When traveling in a certain country, most of the travelers are worried about the trouble or wars that's happening in the world that make them scared to explore the world. What I'm gonna share with you is how to travel as a pro. So, here's an info on how to go to San Jose as soon as you arrived in Costa Rica.
HOW TO GO TO SAN JOSE FROM THE AIRPORT
There are taxis waiting outside as soon as you walked out the exit door of the airport. These taxis are expensive and mostly the vans are own by hotels. If you wanna save money or you are a loner backpacker, taking a bus is good for you. The rate of the taxi is $10 taking you to the city proper which is San Jose. A lot of cheap hostels in the city where you can stay overnight. I always take bus so, here's how to catch it.
Outside the airport, just cross the pedestrian lane as shown in the picture above and walk to the left then turn right going to the bus stop as shown in the picture below. You can wait at the waiting area with shade and seat while no bus is coming yet. Every hour, the bus will arrive. The buses will drop off passengers in the said bus stop who will take their flights in the said airport. The same spot you can stay to take your ride to San Jose because the last destination of the buses will be the said city. There are also empty buses that pick up passengers going to San Jose so, just ask the driver or read the sign board "San Jose" in front. You will pay only $1 in bus. Wow! The bus destination is mostly in Coca Cola station. A lot of bus stations in San Jose, if you happen to take the Garabito bus it will take you to the said station. If Alajuela bus it will take you to the park walking distance to the San Juan De Dios Hospital.
HOW TO GO TO THE AIRPORT FROM SAN JOSE
Usually, the bus is located across the park near San Juan De Dios Hospital. The sign board is going to Alajuela. That is the bus you will take going to the airport. This station is also walking distance from Coca Cola Station. Tell the driver of the bus "Aeropuerto" and he will nod his head as yes then pay him. The rate is 500 colones or $1, you can save here than taking a taxi. If you have luggage then better take a taxi for convenience. This is good only for backpackers/travelers acting as locals. You will feel convenient if you felt like one of the locals.
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A licensed teacher in the Philippines who shifted her career into another direction to follow her passion to be a blogger. Her blogs are related in traveling and simple living as an expat in a foreign land.