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Making ARTA findings on suggested changes in the different agencies’ processes mandatory for implementation will definitely solve a lot of red tape problems

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Vital recommendations made by Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) will be endorsed to Congress by the Ease of Doing Business and Anti-Red Tape Advisory Council regarding its expanded anti-red tape powers.

Pursuant to its mandate as stated in Section 8(f) of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 11032 to “propose legislation, amendments or modifications to Philippine laws related to anti-red tape and ease of doing business,” the council approved the proposed amendments to the said law which include an expanded power to the ARTA empowerment and enforcement functions. This, following the Senate Budget Hearing last 17 September where certain limitations of ARTA were raised.

In order to solidify its empowerment function, ARTA proposes that its streamlining and reengineering recommendations be imposed in a compulsory basis to government agencies as compared to its policies being merely recommendatory under the law.

According to director general Jeremiah B. Belgica, “making ARTA findings on suggested changes in the different agencies’ processes mandatory for implementation will definitely solve a lot of red tape problems. The real lasting solution is enforced streamlining and not just a mere recommendation. Our recommendation is for the EODB-ART Advisory Council to stand as an approving body for the recommendations of ARTA on certain streamlining measures that a particular agency or agencies refuse to implement. If the Council approves it then the agency should be compelled to follow.”

Under the proposal of ARTA, all covered agencies be required to allot a certain percentage of its budget for an EODB or ease of doing business plan and program similar to how agencies are required to allot five percent of its budget for the Gender and Development Program.

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