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Gov’t eyes easing business processes to inclusive businesses

MANILA, (PNA) -- The government targets to grow inclusive business models in the country through easing process of doing business here, Board of Investments (BOI) Managing Head Adrian S. Cristobal Jr. said.

Cristobal, who is also Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Undersecretary for Industry Development and Trade Policy, said in a forum Monday that the BOI is still looking at other sectors which are relevant to inclusive business models.

He said the department will soon develop guidelines for accreditation in which inclusive businesses can be provided with business process facilitation and other assistance from the government.

Inclusive business, as defined by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), is commercially viable profit-making private companies whose core business solutions are designed to address social issues for the poor and vulnerable by engaging them as a producer, employee, distributor or consumer of goods and services.

Inclusive businesses are different from corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship. This business model aims to provide decent jobs and income that are relevant and accessible to the poor -- promoting inclusive growth, which is the focus of the Aquino administration.

The pilot sectors for the inclusive business models include housing, agribusiness, and tourism.

“Aside from incentives, we’re looking at ease of doing business services. We can open a window in BOI where they can offer faster servicing if you have that business model, if you are an accredited inclusive business. We’ll also linking this now to the other programs and services of the DTI,” Cristobal said citing DTI programs like training and technical assistance.

The accredited inclusive businesses can also take advantage of the cooperation of BOI with other government agencies which target to simplify business processes.

Recently, BOI has inked memoranda of agreements with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to simplify process of acquiring clearances of BOI investors from these government agencies.

With the same goal of simplifying business processes, BOI targets to ink agreements with Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), Department of Agriculture (DA), Securities and Exchange (SEC), and Bureau of Customs (BOC) within the year while the IPA will also deal with Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Tourism (DOT), and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) by next year. (PNA)