Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian. Photo courtesy of SENATE PRIB.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian expressed his disappointment over the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s (BIR) lack of a system for local businesses that would allow them to register their operations online amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gatchalian lamented that business owners still have to visit BIR offices to register their businesses physically. It’s for the same reason that the agency has extended the deadline for online businesses to register their operations until September 30.

The senator, who serves as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Economic Affairs, also pushes for the approval of the “Internet Transactions Act” to establish regulations to safeguard consumers every time they purchase goods and services that are offered online.

Meanwhile, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) revealed that a total of 73,276 businesses registered from March 16 to August 31 amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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