Egay Uy .
THE Joint Inspection Team of the City of Cagayan de Oro which was organized through Executive Order No. 009-2018 issued on Jan. 11, 2018 has already functioned through a composite inspection team. This CIT is headed by the Business Permit and Licensing Officer, Ms. Vivian Sabugaa.
The Joint Inspection Team is a requirement of Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 01-2016 among the DILG, DIT, and DICT on the Revised Standards in Processing Business Permits and Licenses in all Cities and Municipalities.
Under this JMC, “the city, in cooperation with concerned national agencies, including the Bureau of Fire Protection, are enjoined to organize and create joint inspection teams.” Separate JITs may also be organized for inspection related to pre- and post-business permit registration processes.
In the City of Cagayan de Oro, the Joint Inspection Team was created by Mayor Oscar S. Moreno with members that include representatives not only of the local government regulatory offices, the BFP and Cocpo, but also of the other sectors in the community such as the business, religious and the youth sectors.
The actual inspection of business establishments is usually conducted by the composite inspection team represented by various regulatory offices of the city government. Their findings are reported to the head of the Integrated Regulatory Task Force (that would be me).
Subsequent actions taken by the JIT include the re-inspection of erring regulated entities. The JIT also recommends the imposition of sanctions against erring regulated entities which include fines and closure of the business through the cancellation of business permits. These recommendations are channeled through me, the JIT chair.
Like the Regulatory and Complaint Board, the JIT is not anti-business. It is proegulation. Very soon, the JIT will be conducting inspection of all business establishments yearound to check on their compliance with applicable regulations.
By doing so, the public can be assured that the government is doing its job in the promotion of the general welfare. On the side of the regulated entities, the business establishments can be assured of continued patronage by their customers because their being compliant with laws and regulations will necessarily bring goodwill to their businesses.
The government has always wanted to ensure that there is ease in doing business. It is now incumbent upon the business side to see it that they are compliant with laws and regulations.
(Lawyer Egay Uy is active in city hall’s price coordinating council, and the Regulatory and Complaints Board.)