A business caravan organized by Peace 911 in partnership with DCIPC and attended by other government offices was held in Barangay Malabog, Paquibato on June 08 to provide support and information to business owners in the area who are having some difficulties in securing permits so they can operate legally.

The activity was conceptualized following the Peace Caravan held May 19 also in Malabog where resort owners led by Punong Barangay Jessielito Areja expressed concern on the status of their business permit applications and other regulatory permits and licenses.

Representatives from the Business Bureau, Office of the Building Official (OCBO), City Planning and Development Office (CPDO), the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), and City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) presented the requirements and processes in obtaining permits from their respective offices.

Punong Barangays and officials from different barangays in Paquibato District also attended the caravan, along with the resort owners, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders.

An open forum was also conducted to give participants opportunity to ask questions to the presentors.

Punong Barangay Areja hoped that further assistance be provided to the business owners in Paquibato, emphasizing that entrepreneurial developments and business investments in the area should be given special attention to discourage insurgents from returning to their activities.

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