By Mayor Isko Moreno
Giving the public and employees what they deserve
During our regular department heads meeting last Monday at the Manila City Hall, I gave specific orders for the strict implementation of the ARTA law, or the Anti-Red Tape Act, which mandates government offices to produce results on pending papers without any delay whatsoever.
So as to put teeth to this order, I also issued a warning that those who will not comply will have to be replaced by someone who can do the job.
What I am asking for is clearly provided for in the ARTA law. I hate signing documents that have been acted upon only after a long period of time. I want the ARTA law to be fully enforced in the city government and I want all transactions to be finished at the soonest time possible.
It’s not asking for too much. It should be the case with or without ARTA. It is also mere compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to all government agencies to eliminate red tape, as well as corruption, which have been a major source of complaints from the transacting public.
It will be recalled that the City of Manila launched last year the ‘Bagong Maynila’ business one-stop shop which effectively cut business permit applications to just one day and the transaction in just one window, instead of eight. The new one-stop shop was created pursuant to Executive Order No. 8 which promotes ease of doing business in the City of Manila.
Modesty aside, the Manila city government inadvertently jumped the gun on everyone else since the city government’s launch of the one-stop shop served as the model with the creation of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) under the leadership of Atty. Jeremiah Belgica and the issuance of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Ease of Doing Business Law, which are aimed at eliminating delays in the processes and corruption involved when doing business anywhere in the country.
Just like giving the transacting public the kind of service it deserves, I have also given orders to the City Treasurer’s office to give the city employees whatever is due them.
I am not for the old system where employees were made to beg for what is actually due them. I’ve seen this happen with my own two eyes which is why I have vowed na “hinding-hindi ko sila gagawing timawa.”
They don’t have to look or beg for it. I will give what they deserve wholeheartedly and willingly, not a single cent less, because I believe that charity must begin at home. If you cannot give this within the confines of your own home, how can you be charitable to others?
With our shoestring budget, we in theCity Hall will see to it that the city funds will be used very wisely and I will never put the employees in a situation where they will have to ask for something that is actually theirs to begin with.
In return, all I ask for from the city employees is for them to render service with a smile and be proud that they are in a position where they can change lives and to use their position to help others.
If it’s not asking for too much, I also implore the employees to include me in their prayers, along with the city officials I have appointed, so that we may all succeed in implementing all the programs we have lined up for the benefit of the entire city and its citizens.
The city of Manila is facing such a tall order. Reversing six years of total neglect is a formidable task that can only be achieved with the full cooperation and support, not only of the city officials, but more so of the employees and the residents themselves.
Walang magmamalasakit sa Maynila kundi tayo ding mga Batang Maynila. Manila, God first!
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