The Executive Committee (EXECOM) of the Cagayan Valley Association of Business Permits and Licensing Officers (CV ABPLO) deemed it high time to make pro-active steps towards improving the business climate in Region 2 in order to increase investments inflow and create a more dynamic economy in this part of the country.

In the EXECOM meeting held on April 24, 2018 at the Zen Hotel in Santiago City, DTI-OIC Regional Director Ruben B. Diciano pointed out that the Philippines is the best country to invest in for 2018 as cited by the US News and World Report - March 2018 issue based on its potential to drive trade, tourism, and investments. Hence, the BPLOs must take proactive steps in ensuring that their LGUs are capable and prepared for the influx of investors.

The meeting, which was also attended by representatives from Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), aimed to ensure the organization’s sustainability and to set direction for the Association in order to achieve the purpose for which it is established.  

Highlighting the meeting is the adoption of the constitution of the organization and the unanimous agreement to register the CV ABPLO to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a non-stock and non-profit organization. The EXECOM also elected its Chairpersons for the following committees:

1.    Information, Education, and Training – Mr. Edralin Baingan (BPLO, Nagtipunan, Quirino)

2.    Membership – Atty. Artemio Villaluz, Jr. (BPLO, Santiago City)

3.    Finance – Mr. Andrew Matammu (BPLO, Tuao, Cagayan)


To ensure that the plans of the association are realistic and purposive, the EXECOM discussed and approved its 2018 Work Plan which includes the feed-backing of BPLS Customer Experience Survey results to Local Chief Executives and local functionaries, and the conduct of a capacity building activity for BPLOs.

Mr. George Colebra, CV ABPLO President and Maddela, Quirino BPLO, expressed his gratitude to the EXECOM members and partners for their active participation and support. According to him, the CV ABPLO is a good avenue to discuss matters that will improve the ease of doing business in Region 02.

The CV ABPLO is a dynamic organization of empowered BPLOs championing business-friendly and competitive LGUs. As an organization, it shall recommend measures that will contribute to the improvement of the business registration process and shall facilitate the transfer of information and updates to LGUs regarding national and regional BPLS projects.