Gov't anti-red tape committee members to take oath before ARTA

Published April 23, 2021, 9:47 AM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

At least 50 priority government agencies will be pledging their commitment against burdensome and corrupt-ridden processes in the bureaucracy, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) said.

ARTA Director-General Jeremiah Belgica made the statement as he administered the oath of the anti-red tape committee of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday afternoon, the first of the over 50 members of the Committee on Anti-Red Tape (CART) to take their oath before the agency.

According to Belgica, ARTA’s aim is to ensure the commitment and help in information dissemination of the CART among different government agencies.

The CART was formed following the issuance of ARTA of Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2020-07 on September 30, 2020, which is in adherence to Sections 5 and 8 of the Ease of Doing Business law noting the role of government agencies and accountability of agency heads to reduce bureaucratic red tape and processing, respectively.

Based on the said circular, all government agencies including state universities and colleges (SUCs), local government units (LGUs), government-owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs), and other government instrumentalities, whether located in the Philippines or abroad must activate their own CART.

The said committee, which shall be chaired by the head or at least a third-highest ranking official of the agency, “requires no separate budget or the creation of new plantilla positions,”

“They would be the small committee, small ARTA within their agencies,” Belgica said.

“We would be capacitating them to monitor also the compliance of 3-7-20, the compliance of the agency in using Regulatory Impact Assessment and so on so forth,” he added.

The Ease of Doing Business Act says government offices should process simple transactions for only three days; complex transactions, seven days; and high technical transactions, 20 days.

Meanwhile, Belgica said that the CARTs could also be deputized, if needed, to investigate red tape matters.

A mass-oath taking for all the other priority agencies is eyed by the first week of May.