Louella Desiderio (The Philippine Star) – July 3, 2021 – 00h00
MANILA, Philippines – More than 35,000 permits were issued by the government in June as part of efforts to streamline processes, according to the Anti-Red Topic Authority (ARTA).
In a statement released yesterday, ARTA said the issuance of at least 35,146 permits had been expedited through the fight against bureaucracy in government processes.
ARTA said that figure includes 8,510 permits, licenses, authorizations and certifications automatically approved or issued by different government agencies from July 2019 to June of this year.
By streamlining government processes, ARTA Director General Jeremiah Belgica said the country would be able to cut red tape and reduce corruption.
ARTA has launched the National Effort to Harmonize Effective Measures of Interdependent Agencies program that targets a 52% reduction in processes, requirements and processing time in five priority areas.
With the telecommunications sector identified as a priority sector, a joint circular memorandum was issued by ARTA and other agencies in July last year to streamline the licensing process for telecommunications towers.
This resulted in the release of 26,636 pending licenses in the telecommunications sector in June of this year.
Of the total licenses issued in the telecommunications sector, in bulk or 21,689 are for PLDT Inc. or Smart Communications, 3,090 for Dito Telecommunity Corp. and 1,857 for Globe Telecom.
ARTA said it also took action on at least 1,178 complaints regarding violations of Republic Law 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Act for the period of December 2019. to June of this year.
Of the complaints, 235 are under investigation, 537 have been resolved and the rest are under investigation.
ARTA also forwarded 5,630 non-bureaucratic complaints to the appropriate agencies.
Additionally, ARTA said at least 528 cases were filed against people who broke the Ease of Doing Business Act as of June this year.
Since the Ease of Doing Business Act also requires the creation of a One Stop Shop for Electronic Commerce (e-BOSS), ARTA has asked all Local Government Units (LGUs) to set up their online platform for business registration.
In June, at least 580 LGUs had an e-BOSS.