Taking up a notch in guiding local government units in Western Visayas to be more business friendly and competitive, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in partnership with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) now trains another batch of selected LGUs  to continuously push for the automation of the Business Permit Licensing System (BPLS) in the region using the eBPLS software
developed by DICT.
The DILG Regional Office 6 welcomed LGU functionaries from eleven (11) cities and three (3) municipalities in the region, as it hosted a BPLS Automation and eBPLS Users’ Training.
The participants from the LGUs composed of BPLOs, IT/MIS Staff and Assessment Officers were on board in a 3-day coaching and mentoring activity held on Oct. 24, to end on Oct. 26 at SmallVille21 Hotel, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, which aimed to enhance their knowledge on the revised BPLS standards and develop the technical skills on BPLS automation using the eBPLS software. They were welcomed by Finance and Administrative Division (FAD) Chief Maria Eleanor Antiquera.

BPLS refers to the procedures followed by cities and municipalities in processing business permits. The automation of BPLS aims to further simplify the business licensing process by providing end-users with direct access to conveniently process their business permits anywhere using the internet,
The eBPLS) which offers end-users with innovative features to make the business permit process more accurate and speedy, has become a useful tool that greatly contributed to the improved performance and competitiveness of the LGU’s business permit and licensing process. The unique features of the system, such as the assignment of unique code to business permit for tracking purposes and the generation of customized reports, make information management efficient and effective. Through the software, time and effort in business registration and renewal is expected to be trimmed down.
The members of the pool of BPLS coaches coming from the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) are Mr. Jimuel Espanola, Ricky Hernandez, John Ver Gonzales and James Emmanuel Santiago, guided the participants in the familiarization of the technical aspects, actual functioning and efficiency of the eBPLS software. The participants were also re-oriented with the revised BPLS Standards, complementary reforms, and roles and responsibilities of the LGUs in streamlining issuance of business permits, as reflected in the JMC 01 series of 2016 on Revised Standards in Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) in all Cities 
and Municipalities.
At the end of the activity, the participants are expected to come up with their Action Plans for a smooth implementation of the BPLS Automation in their respective LGUs.
“In this project, DILG partnered with DICT for capacity building and compliance monitoring. The action plan of each LGU will be closely monitored by both departments.” said LGOO IV Josephus Zotico Deysolong, Regional BPLS Focal Person.
To date, sixteen (16) LGUs have already been oriented and attended the Users’ Training on the eBPLS software. (LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato, DILG6)