DTI, DILG urged to back law on ease of doing business

Published May 31, 2018, 2:07 PM

by iManila Developer

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Interior and Local Government have been urged to ensure the full-blown implementation of the newly-signed Ease of Doing Business Act.


Leyte Rep. Henry Ong, vice chairman of the House Committee on Banks and Financial Intermediaries, is optimistic that the enactment of Republic Act 11032, or the Ease of Doing Business Act of 2018, would generate more new jobs for the Filipinos.

“We ask the DTI and DILG to execute a full-court press implementation of the EODB Law, with emphasis on 100 percent execution by those LGUs in the top 20 of the DTI competitiveness and DILG Seal of Good Local Governance ratings by December 2018,” he said in a statement.

He noted that the Ease of Doing Business (EODB) Law is meant to generate more new and continuing direct investments in the Philippine economy down to the level of the provinces, cities, towns, and barangays.

Ong, one of the principal authors of the law, urged LGUs to follow suit to Baler, Aurora, which has online portal for the registration of new businesses.

“We need more local government units like the town of Baler in Aurora province which is able to register new businesses through an online portal. Baler ranked first in the DTI’s 2017 competitiveness rankings among 3rd to 6th class municipalities,” he noted.

He said most other LGUs just make business forms downloadable online and must still be filed in person, citing Quezon City as an example.

“Not even Quezon City, which is supposed to be the country’s role model on EODB and upon which the World Bank bases its annual global EODB rankings, has an online business registration portal.”

“Most LGU websites merely contain descriptions and pictures of landmarks, as well as government propaganda, but very rarely do any of them have actually useful data businesses need for economic and market research,” he pointed out.

He said the Philippines’ WB EODB ranking for 2018 is 113th in the world, 16th in East Asia and the Pacific, and a low 24th in Starting a Business (for East Asia and the Pacific) and way ahead of us in the region are Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Mongolia, and Indonesia.

“Merely having a new EODB Law will not significantly boost our comparative competitiveness ranking. We must be able to implement the law effectively and sustainably with real zero corruption and red tape,” Ong said.

He also asked the DTI and DILG to report to Congress their detailed action plan and implementation program for the EODB Law. “We need specific measurable and verifiable metrics to assess progress or lack thereof,”

President Duterte signed on Monday RA 11032, which seeks to enhance business competitiveness and good governance.

Under the law, agencies are mandated to process simple transactions within three days and complex transactions in seven days and highly technical transactions in 20 days. The law requires the local governments to automate their business permit and licensing systems, set up the one-stop business facilitation services and use online unified business application forms.