30 November 2022 – The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) is amplifying its presence in the Visayas and Mindanao regions as it jumpstarted the Better Regulations Roadshow in Iloilo City and Zamboanga City.

It was led by ARTA’s Better Regulation Office (BRO) which is primarily responsible for capacitating government instrumentalities on streamlining, and assisting in the review and re-engineering of their policies and regulations to ensure that they will not impose an undue burden to the public.

The roadshow seeks to improve the regional implementation of Republic Act 11032, also known as the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018, through the rollout of ARTA’s programs in support of President Ferdinand R. Marcos’ Jr.’s directive on streamlining and digitalization of government processes.

In Iloilo City, almost 200 representatives from the public and private sector attended the event.

Among those who have expressed support to ARTA’s initiatives were key offices like the City Government of Iloilo and the Provincial Government of Iloilo.

In Zamboanga City, several members of the private sector and non-government organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the ARTA Western Mindanao Regional Field Office to signify their commitment to help the Authority promote its ease of doing business campaign in the region.

Prior to this, ARTA officials and personnel paid a courtesy visit to Zamboanga City Mayor John M. Dalipe. He vowed the city’s cooperation with ARTA’s goal of reducing red tape and improving the ease of doing business.

“I’m very supportive of ARTA… para mawala na ‘yung mga lagay-lagay sa mga government offices. We are for digitalization,” Dalipe said.

Secretary Ernesto V. Perez, Director General of ARTA, emphasized the importance of the localized approach in promoting ease of doing business and anti-red tape measures.

“We see how important ARTA’s presence is in the regions. We recognize also that LGUs and NGAs in the localities are initiating their streamlining initiatives. In fact, ARTA is ready to assist and help them capacitate”, the ARTA chief stated.

“We acknowledge that there is much room for improvement in our bureaucracy, but we are confident that we are already making progress. With everyone’s help, we’ll be able to finish more tasks and reach the goals set by the Marcos administration to streamline and digitalize government services,” Perez added.