Duterte orders gov’t agencies, LGUs to issue rules on payment deadlines, document filing under ECQ

Published April 22, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Genalyn Kabiling

President Duterte has directed all government agencies and local government units (LGUs) to issue guidelines on the interruption of periods for the filing of documents, payment of taxes, and other fees during the community quarantine period.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte addresses the nation on the government's efforts against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on April 16, 2020. (KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO/MANILA BULLETIN)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte addresses the nation on the government’s efforts against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on April 16, 2020. (KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO/MANILA BULLETIN)

A new set of guidelines must also be issued on the cancellation of proceedings before the government offices as well as movement of timelines for the release of benefits.

The latest directive related to the movement of government timelines is contained in Administrative Order No. 30 signed by the President last April 21. It will be applied “in areas under community quarantine or to individuals coming from such areas” in a bid to ease social and burden of the quarantine period until it is lifted.

Under Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, the President is empowered to move statutory deadlines and timelines for the filing and submission of any document, the payment of taxes, fees, and other charges required by law. The law also authorized the President to grant any benefit as a temporary emergency measure to respond to the pandemic to ease the burden on the public under community quarantine.

The latest AO covers all heads of government departments, agencies, offices including government-owned or -controlled corporations, government financial institutions, state universities and colleges and local government units. The President also enjoined heads of other branches of government and independent constitutional bodies to issue appropriate guidelines as well.

Under AO 30, the President said guidelines must be “immediately” formulated and issued on the following:

1. Interruption of reglementary periods for the commencement of actions and claims; the filing of pleadings, appearances, motions, notices, and all other papers; and rendition of judgment, resolution and orders for the duration of the quarantine;

2. Cancellation of proceedings and its rescheduling after the lifting of community quarantine;

3. Acceptable justification for the failure of litigants or their counsel as well as their claimants to comply with reglementary periods or to appear at legal proceedings if coming from quarantined areas;

4. Suspension of deadlines for the payment of monetary obligations and/or submission of documents for the duration of community quarantine; and,

5. Movement of timelines for grant of any benefit, to allow the release of benefits to persons during community quarantine

Exemption from any interruption or cancellation are proceedings for urgent cases “necessary to enable the government to act expeditiously on matters affected the current public health emergency.”

The new guidelines must be consistent with the directives of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) and the Office of the President and must comply with existing laws, rules, and regulations. The heads of government offices are also encouraged to provide relevant and timely recommendations to the IATF on the implementation on the matter.

AO 30 will take effect upon publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper.

 
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