It is pleasing to know that the local government units are complying in the creation of Committee on Anti-Red Tape (CART), including the Davao City led by Mayor Sara Duterte. We welcome and look forward to collaborating with you in the ongoing fight against red tape. I would also like to thank the Mayors for setting an example to other LGUs. As of May 4, a total of 1,870 LGUs has created their CART, and the number is expected to increase. This step is especially beneficial when it comes to expediting government transactions as the committee is responsible for streamlining and reengineering the systems and procedures.

It has always been our dear President Rodrigo Duterte’s appeal to streamline processes for Filipinos and we are grateful that there are LGUs who are already heeding his call.

We earnestly urge other LGUs, national government agencies, and other government instrumentalities to end the long-standing culture of inaction. It is about time to create your own CART and start taking steps in improving the government services through elimination of bureaucratic red tape.