28 July 2022 – Fourteen priority government agencies completed their three-month-long Phase II Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) Manual Training provided by the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA).

The training was conducted by ARTA’s Regulatory Management and Training Division (RMTD) with the agency’s developmental partners, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), University of the Philippines Public Administration Research and Extension Services Foundation, Inc.-Regulatory Support Program for National Development (UPPAF-RESPOND) and the UP National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP NCPAG).

It aimed to capacitate personnel on the different tools mentioned on the RIA Manual such as Benefit Cost Analysis, Standard Cost Model, and Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis.

Participants were also trained on different lenses of analysis on areas such as Gender and Social Inclusion, Environment, Disaster Risk, and Competition which can help produce a more well-rounded evaluation of policy options

With the completion of the training program, more government agencies are expected to design and evaluate policies and regulations in a systematic process that will enhance the quality of existing and proposed regulations.

This will prevent overlapping regulations and ensure that regulations do not cause undue burden or cost to the agencies and transacting public.

The said training was conducted from April to July 2022. This was done after the successful Pilot Testing of the RIA Manual in 2021.

The RIA Manual is a reference document that provides the tools, process, and procedures of undertaking a RIA to ensure that regulations are subjected to proper consultations and evidence-based analysis before its issuance.

In sum, it will help government agencies, local government units, and other government instrumentalities to enact sound and effective regulations that provide the most benefit for citizens and stakeholders without causing any undue burden or cost.

RIA is a systematic process that helps to ensure that existing and proposed government regulations are of good quality. It helps policymakers examine the impacts and the consequences of different policy options.

All these are in line with Section 5 of Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018, which states that ARTA should coordinate with all government agencies that are mandated to regularly undertake cost compliance analysis, time and motion studies, undergo evaluation and improvement of their transaction systems and procedures and reengineer its processes if these are deemed necessary to reduce bureaucratic red tape and processing time.

Among the government agencies that completed the training are the following:

1. Cagayan Economic Zone Authority
2. Commission on Higher Education
3. Local Water Utilities Administration
4. Maritime Industry Authority
5. Movie and Television Review and Classification Board
6. National Telecommunications Commission
7. National Water Resources Board
8. Optical Media Board
9. Philippine Coast Guard
10. Philippine Economic Zone Authority
11. Philippine Guarantee Corporation
12. Philippine Mining Development Corporation
13. Social Housing Finance Corporation
14. Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority

The said government agencies are expected to submit their Preliminary Impact Statement (PIS) and Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) as part of their three-month-long workshop.

The RMTD is set to conduct another training titled the Capability Development on RIA for Additional Priority Agencies, in partnership with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), for a different set of priority agencies in August.