Rep. Daza pushes for full funding for Anti-Red Tape Authority

Published September 30, 2019, 4:45 PM

by Rica Arevalo

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

Lamenting that bureaucratic red tape negatively impacts the economy, Northern Samar Rep. Paul Daza asked Congress on Monday to ensure that the implementation of the law that created the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA), is fully funded.

Northern Samar First District Congressman Paul Daza (FACEBOOK /  FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Northern Samar First District Congressman Paul Daza (FACEBOOK / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

The vice-chairperson of the House Committee on Appropriations expressed concern that under the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020, ARTA is given P72 million only.

He explained that Section 29 of Republic Act 11302, otherwise known as the Ease of Doing Business Act of 2018, prescribes a budget of P300-million as ARTA’s initial funding.

“Granted that it currently works on a P110-million budget, the 2020 budget is still short by P118-million as it was given P72-million budget only for next year. This runs contrary to what was stipulated in RA 11032,” Daza said in a statement.

The House leader has been actively campaigning for the rationalization of the ARTA’s 2020 budget.

“The government is already reaping benefits from the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act (RA 11032), which aims to improve and streamline systems and procedures of government services,” Daza pointed out.

Citing recent reports, he said the Philippines has improved its ranking in the World Competitiveness Yearbook 2019, placing 46th in terms of competitiveness from last year’s 50th spot.

The country’s ranking climbed to 38th (from 50th) in terms of economic performance; 41st from 44th in terms of government efficiency; 32nd from 38th in terms of business efficiency, and 59th from 60th in terms of infrastructure, he added.

“These improvements certainly attract more economic activities, leading to increase in employment and ultimately inclusive growth but we can do more if ARTA will be given more support. The law is a game-changer. We need to support it,” Daza said.

RA 11032 amends the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 (RA 9485). It mandates all government agencies, national or local, Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations, and government instrumentalities located in the Philippines or abroad to comply with prescribed processing time, namely, three working days for simple transactions; seven working days for complex transactions, and 20 working days for highly technical applications.

The law is complemented by the Office of the President’s Memorandum Circular 44 series of 2018. The circular requires all government offices to respond to all public requests and concerns within 15 working days.