Undersecretary Ernesto V. Perez, ARTA Officer-in-Charge

14 September 2022 – In light of the recent statement made by honorable Ombudsman Samuel Martires, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) hopes to clarify that in the performance of its mandate provided by Republic Act (RA) No. 11032, or the Ease of the Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018, has no intention to encroach the jurisdiction and powers of his good office. ARTA respects the Office of the Ombudsman’s (OMB) opinion and give high regard to their mandate.

With this, ARTA is reaching out to the OMB to seek clarification on the agency’s investigative function to ensure that it is aligned with the jurisdiction of Ombudsman Martires’ office.

The ARTA mandate is two-pronged. It performs an empowering or enabling function that facilitates streamlining, reengineering, improving regulatory management systems, and capacitating stakeholders to cut red tape and improve the country’s competitiveness. On the other hand, it provides an enforcement function that enables the Authority to carry out investigations on R.A. 11032 violators. By this, ARTA can only recommend to the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) and Civil Service Commission (CSC) which have the discretion and authority to file necessary cases against erring government officials.

ARTA will submit to the government’s authorities such as House of the Representatives (HoR) and the Senate of the Philippines which have the power to amend and repeal the law. We will also abide by the guidance of the
Office of the President (OP) to which ARTA is an attached agency.

Meanwhile, the Authority will continuously implement its programs to re-engineer, and automate government services in support to President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr.’s directive to streamline and digitalize the bureaucracy. In order to carry out its mission, ARTA is constantly teaming up with various sectors of the society. And, while we continue to advocate for the efficiency of government service delivery, we welcome the collaboration with the OMB to strengthen and better implement the Ease of Doing Business Law for the greater benefit of the Filipino people.