22 July 2022– The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) is crafting an issuance on the National Policy on Regulatory Management System (NPRMS).

This will provide a common framework on good regulatory practice for regulators at all stages of the regulatory life cycle, from the inception, implementation, and eventual repeal of regulations.

The Regulatory Management System (RMS) is the set of policies, institutions, processes, and tools employed by the government as a whole to pursue and maintain good quality regulation as stated in a study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published in 2007.

The NPRMS will also lay down the implementing guidelines and procedures for the implementation of the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) requirement pursuant to Sections 5 and 17 of Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.

This is in line with ARTA’s goal to ensure that all proposed and existing regulations are rational, fit-for-purpose, and do not add undue regulatory burden and cost to stakeholders.

An improved, competitive, and integrated regulatory environment will eventually lead to more inclusive, economic growth for all Filipinos, ARTA said.

A Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) study in 2015 stated that there was no formal regulatory management system (RMS) in the Philippines. ARTA became the national regulatory management body with the signing of R.A. 11032.

ARTA Officer-in-Charge and Undersecretary Ernesto V. Perez presented the NPRMS while delivering the State of the ARTA Address on 29 June 2022.

The University of the Philippines Public Administration Research and Extension Services Foundation, Inc.-Regulatory Support Program for National Development (UPPAF-RESPOND), one of the Authority’s constant developmental partners, was onboarded as a consultant in the drafting of the memorandum circular on the NPRMS.

“We are hoping that with the NPRMS, along with ARTA’s various efforts to improve the country’s RMS, the Philippines will eventually graduate from the ‘starter’ to the ‘enabled’ stage in terms of RMS,” ARTA Usec. Perez said, citing a 2016 study by Derek Gill and Ponciano Intal Jr.

This will assure investors of a more attractive business enabling environment which will prevent overlapping and restrictive regulations.