By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Senator Aquilino Pimentel III on Tuesday vowed to monitor the implementation of the recently-signed Republic Act 11032, or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery (EODB) Act of 2018.
“The new law should not share the fate of other excellent legislative measures that were passed by Congress but not properly implemented,” Pimentel said in a statement.
Pimentel, as the new chairperson of the Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship, will co-chair of the Congressional Oversight Committee tasked to monitor the implementation of RA 11032.
“If properly implemented, [the law] would make the country more competitive and help bring more business into the country,” he said.
Pimentel said he would work “closely” with the Department of Trade and Industry, the Civil Service Commission, and other agencies tasked to implement the law “to ensure that all components of the law are maximized so that businessmen and the public feel the full benefits of the law.”
He added that the Senate trade panel will also observe the timelines enumerated in the EODB Act, particularly on release of its implementing rules and regulations (IRR), and the review and possible repeal of outdated, redundant and unnecessary licenses, clearances, permits, and similar documents being required by government agencies, local government units and private entities.
Pimentel noted that the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA), which should be established under RA 11032, and the Department of Information and Communications Technology are primarily responsible for monitoring compliance with the said law.
President Duterte signed RA 11032 last May 28. The law is expected to reduce red tape and speed up, streamline, and modernize the processing of government-required permits and licenses necessary for setting up businesses in the country.