CEBU CITY, Philippines – In order to give an ample time and space for the city’s partners in progress and development, the City Government of Cebu thru its Mayor’s Office and the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) will hold the processing for renewal and new application of Mayor’s Business Permit for the year 2018 in the Ground Floor of Robinsons Galleria Cebu which will start on January 3 and will last until January 26.
The processing of the Mayor's Business Permit will start at 9 o’clock in the morning until 6 o’clock in the evening from Monday to Saturday except on January 20 which is a Vesperas for the 453rd Fiesta Señor celebration.
In an interview with the Public Information Office, acting city treasurer Veronica Morelos encouraged the businessmen to renew their business permits within the scheduled date to avoid the two percent (2%) interest and Twenty-five percent (25%) surcharge and penalties.
Morelos shared that clients will be catered on a first come first served basis following a computerized queuing management system.
The CTO chief also underscored that there are only three steps in the renewal of Mayor's Business Permit such as (1) Evaluation and Assessment; (2) Payment; and (3) Verification and Release.
For the Step 1 which is Evaluation and Assessment, the requirements are the following, (1) Filled-up Application Form; (2) Financial Documents such as but not limited to: Sales Journal; Certificate of Gross Sales issued by the Lessor (for Mall Tenants); Monthly/Quarterly VAT / Percentage Returns; Annual Income Tax Return and Comparative Financial Statement of preceding year; (3) Old Business Permit; (4) Original Barangay Clearance w/ Official Receipt; (5) Certificate of Property Holdings, if Lessor; (6) Real Property Tax Clearance, if Owned; (7) Contract of Lease, if Renting.
For the Step 2 which is Payment, the only required is the official receipt of payment of Taxes and the Fees due.
For the Step 3 which is the Verification and Release, the requirements are, (1) All requirements in Steps 1 and 2; (2) CTC of Business and Employees; (3) Sanitary Permit; (4) Fire Safety Inspection Certificate; (5) Occupational Permit; (6) CCENRO Certificate; and (7) Other requirements as may be required by the Verifier depending on the nature of the business
The CTO will conduct tax mapping and will send notices to business establishments who will not renew their Mayor’s Business Permits especially the delinquent ones.
To recall, this year, the city closed some business establishments who do not have Mayor's Business Permit and did not pay their taxes well, among other violations.
Meanwhile, aside from the renewal of Mayor's Business Permit, the services at the Robinson's Galleria also include the new application for New Mayor’s Business Permit, Retirement of Business Operations, Application for Special and Delivery Permits, and also Cedula issuance for business permit purposes only, however Cedula issuance for other purposes will be available at the Cebu City Hall.
City Hall employees will be deployed to accommodate the operators, owners or representatives of the more than Thirty thousand business establishments from the city’s eighty (80) Barangays. They will be on a shifting duty and will observe a no lunch break policy in a one-stop services at Robinsons Galleria Cebu.
Robinsons Galleria Cebu is located along General Maxilom Avenue Extension in the Cebu City North Reclamation Area just a few meters away from SM City Cebu. This is also the 2nd time that the venue of the processing of new application and renewal of Mayor's Business Permit will be held at Robinsons Galleria.
Moreover, from January 3-26 there will be no processing of Mayor’s Business Permit in Cebu City Hall but those who wanted to renew or apply for Mayor’s business permit after the said scheduled date at Robinsons Galleria are advised to transact only at the City Treasurer’s Office in Cebu City Hall. (By: Greggy P. Senados / City of Cebu, Public Information Office)
CEBU CITY, Philippines – Thousands of Cebuanos join the Osmeña Family in commemorating the 101st Birth Anniversary of former Senator Sergio "Serging" Veloso Osmeña Jr. this Monday morning December 4 in his brass statue at Plaza Sugbo fronting Cebu City Hall.
Members of the Osmeña Family, Cebu City Government Officials and employees, officials and representatives from different government agencies, civic organizations and barangay officials and workers and various supporters attended the Holy Mass which kicked off the celebration.
Cebu City Mayor Tomas “Tommy” Osmeña together with other members of the Osmeña Family led everyone in the Floral Offering at the monument of former Senator Sergio "Serging" Veloso Osmeña Jr. right after the Mass. It was followed by other Cebu City Officials and the general public.
Secretary Adelino B. Sitoy of the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) shared the history and highlighted the astonishing accomplishments of former Senator Sergio "Serging" Veloso Osmeña Jr. who also served as Cebu Provincial Governor, Congressman and Cebu City Mayor.
His contribution included the establishment of the Mactan Cebu International Airport, the first Cebu-Mactan Bridge, and the Cebu North Reclamation Area project, among others which helped improve the economy of Cebu.
Meanwhile, the celebrant commonly known as “Serging Osmeña” (December 4, 1916 – March 26, 1984), is the son of Sergio Osmeña, the Fourth President of the Republic of the Philippines.
In 1951, Serging was elected as a Provincial Governor of Cebu and Mayor of Cebu City for three terms in 1955, 1959 and 1963. He was also elected as representative for the second district of Cebu in 1958 and was recognized as one of the Ten Most Outstanding Congressmen of 1959 by the Congressional Press Club.
The Cebuano great leader was married to Lourdes de la Rama of Negros Occidental with whom he had five children namely, former Senator Sergio Osmeña III; María Victoria Osmeña; Esteban Osmeña; Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña; and Georgia Osmeña.
CEBU CITY, Philippines – A simple yet meaningful celebration was held Thursday morning November 30 at the city’s historical Plaza Independencia remembering Gat Andres Bonifacio’s 154th Birth anniversary.
Cebu City vice mayor Egardo Labella together with councillor Margarita “Margot” Osmeña led the Floral Offering to the monument of Gat Andres Bonifacio located inside the Plaza Independencia.
The vice mayor who is also the chairman of the Cebu City Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (CHAC) reiterated the bravery and heroism of Gat Andres Bonifacio who was known as the "Father of the Philippine Revolution" and led the revolution against the Spanish colonizers, citing that everyone should emulate in fighting the odds and evils in society in today’s generation.
Also in attendance were city councilor's Pastor Alcover, Joel Garganera and Eugenio Gabuya Jr.
Thousands of Cebuanos flocked to the Plaza Independencia offering prayers and flowers to the Supremo of KKK or the “Kataastaasan Kagalang-galang na Katipunan nang nga Anak ng Bayan” or simply known as “Katipunan”.
Aside from the Cebu City’s elected officials and department heads, the historical activity was also well attended by various representatives from the different sectors, government and non-governmental organizations, institutions and agencies, the local media and the general public, among others.
CEBU CITY, Philippines – The switching-on of the 130-foot "Tree of Hope" officially opened the month-long Christmas celebration this year in this Queen City of the South dubbed as “Pasko sa Sugbo” on the very first day of December Friday evening at the Fuente Osmeña Circle, the Heart of Cebu City.
Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña together with couple Michel and Amparito Lhuillier, and other Cebu City Government officials led the ceremonial lighting-up ceremony of the giant "Christmas Tree of Hope" which brightens up the Fuente Osmeña Circle.
What is something new this year is that Nightly Activities including food stalls and booths, among others starting on the second day December 2 onward will be transferred in the city's historical Plaza Independencia.
The Plaza Independencia is located 3.7 kilometers away from Fuente Osmeña Circle or about 10-15 minutes travel depending on the traffic. The former is a bit bigger compared to the latter and a walking distance from Cebu City Hall.
Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña said the decision was made to decongest the traffic along the rotunda, citing that the crowd witnessing the “Pasko sa Sugbo” is getting bigger each year thus it should be transferred to a bigger area.
The Nightly Activities will be sponsored by the following, Dec. 2 - Cebu City Dancesports Team; Dec. 3 - University of Cebu Dance Company; Dec. 4 - Cebu Young Talent Inc.; Dec. 5 - Nature Spring Night and KALIPI; Dec. 6 - University of the Visayas and LGBT ft. Reina Diosa; Dec. 7 - GAD Federation and Saint Paul College; Dec. 8 - CIT-University and Ulyses Productions; Dec. 9 - Golden Success College and Cebu Plus; Dec. 10 - Cebu Technological University and UKELELE; Dec. 11- Southwestern University and SSG Federation; Dec. 12 Salazar College - SIT; Dec. 13 - Office of the Senior Citizen's Affairs and Globe; Dec. 14 - Asian College of Technology; and December 15 - STI-Cebu and Pasko sa mga Call Center.
Other sponsors are Barangay Affairs Unit on Dec. 16; Cebu Cover Gayo Awards and JMorning KBand on Dec. 17; University of Southern Philippines Foundation on Dec. 18; CCTN on Dec. 19; YADZ Orgabnization on Dec. 20; Valenzuela Dance Art School on Dec. 21; Jake Productions and Minute Burger on Dec. 22; Gimik sa Cebu and San Miguel Corporation on Dec. 23; TFYD on Dec. 26; Ricky Lopez Production and KAYPA on Dec. 27; PASUGA on Dec. 27; and Zumba Party on Dec. 29.
There will be no schedules for Christmas Eve on Dec. 24, Christmas Day on Dec. 25, and New Year's Eve on Dec. 31, while the month-long celebration will be culminated on December 30.
Meanwhile, the Christmas Tree of Hope which is sponsored by the M. Lhuillier Family annually has become an icon in the city during the Yuletide Season and will stand up until January with the Sinulog Festivity.
For his part Michel Lhuillier stressed that the giant "Christmas Tree" symbolizes the "Hope of the Cebuanos" as they face economic challenges and have shown resilience in the face of calamities.
He further said, as the centerpiece of the “Pasko sa Sugbo” celebration every year the structure also symbolizes a strong partnership between the M. Lhuillier Group of Companies and the City of Cebu, and establishes that their company is truly Cebuano.
The "Christmas Tree of Hope" which brightens up the Heart of Cebu City featured the images of the Holy Child Jesus Señor Sto. Niño as Cebu’s Patron Saint on its base. It is adorned with colorful ornaments such as lanterns and blinking lights, among others.
Thousands of guests and spectators alike flocked to the Fuente Osmeña Circle and its vicinity taking part of the annual celebration during its grand launching day.
Now on its 12th year, the annual event this year is spearheaded by the Cebu City Local Youth Development Office and the Cebu City Tourism Office in collaboration with various stakeholders. (By: Greggy P. Senados/ City of Cebu, Public Information Office)
CEBU CITY, Philippines - The Queen City of the South emerged thriumphant in the recently concluded 6th e-Governance Awards held on November 17, 2017 in Cagayan de Oro City.
The City of Cebu bagged at least three major prizes in three different categories.
These include the following: 1) First Prize in the Data Driven Governance (D2G) Category for its "Cebu City GeoHealth, Save Lives - GIS Dengue Mapping System"; 2.) Second Place in the Best in Government Inter-Operability (G2G) Category for its "Electronic Remittance System"; and 3.) Third Place for Best in Customer Empowerment (G2C) category for its "Cebu City Travel Lines".
Cebu City Health Department and the Geographic Information System (GIS) Center of the Management Information and Computer Services (MICS) Department spearheaded the first prize winning project.
City Health officer Dr. Alma Corpin shared, "The project is a coordinated mapping program that locates, records, collates, clusters and analyzes dengue cases index at the barangays to determine whether the barangay or sitio is a dengue hor spot or already a dengue outbreak site."
"Having identified the high risk areas, solution strategies as 'Pulong-Pulong', community-based dengue lectures, spraying, misting, larviciding, curtain impregnation, dengue search and destroy activities, drainage declogging, dengue vaccination, sanitation or clean-up drive were conducted in cooperation with the barangay offices," Corpin pointed out, citing that it has brought about decrease incidence of dengue cases thus saving lives.
At least Twenty-six (26) Local Government Units nationwide submitted a total of Thirty-nine (39) projects in Five (5) Categories.
The overall winner were Cebu City for Best in Data Driven Governance (D2G), Baliwag, Bulacan for Best in Customer Empowerment (G2C), Quezon City for Best in Government Inter-Operability (GG), Iloilo City for Business Empowerment (G2B), and Cagayan De Oro City for Best in Digital Payment (P2G).
Th award was received by the Team from Cebu City Government headed by MICS Department head Engr. William Cris V. Artajo.
Artajo underscored that Cebu City hauled the most number of major awards from single location in the said competition and the shower of wins came after a 3 year drought.
For Wilfredo Sa-a Jr., managing director of CIB-O (formerly CEDF-IT), he enthuses that, "We have seen to continue the increasing awareness among LGUs to embrace the digital technology with the growing number of entries and LGUs participating each year and the competition to improve has been getting stiffer every year."
"We have seen how small and remote places are competing and beating their bigger counterparts. ICT and Internet has level up the playing field for all players," he said.
The annual eGov Award was started during the time of the late DILG secretary Jesse Robredo with the aim to recognize benchmark practices of LGUs in the use of ICT tools and solutions to improve efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of government services. (By: Greggy P. Senados/ City of Cebu, Public Information Office)