5 July 2022 – The developmental partners of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) were given the spotlight at the fourth State of the ARTA Address on 29 June 2022, where the agency culminated its month-long fourth anniversary celebration.

During the event, ARTA honored the various partnerships that it has forged throughout the years in the government and the private and public sector.

As of writing, the Authority has 16 ARTA Champions, or members of the private sector that can receive and forward red tape complaints to the agency; 35 ARTA Volunteers composed of various multi-sectoral groups; and several members of the ARTA Auxiliary Group, a new breed of ARTA volunteers which is mostly composed of public officials.

ARTA Officer-in-Charge and Undersecretary Ernesto V. Perez (Deputy Director General for Operations) credited the success of ARTA’s projects, programs, and initiatives to the support and assistance that it receives from its partners.

“I hope that as we move forward, we will have the support of all of our stakeholders, which include government agencies, local government units, development partners, foreign counterparts, and private sectors. It is our wish that you will stay with us as we continue to make the country a better place to do business and provide government services, and we look forward to working with you on this journey together,” he added.

Undersecretary Carlos F. Quita, Deputy Director General for Administration, Finance, and Special Programs, echoed this sentiment.

“Many of our accomplishments were made through your support, commitment, and action… We would not have achieved what we have today without the support of our partners,” he said.

Representatives from ARTA’s various developmental partners also shared during the event their testimonials on how their collaboration with the agency has been.

Christoper Calamba, Aboitiz’s First Vice President for Corporate External Relations, called ARTA “one of the most critical institutions created under the Office of the President.”

“Conducting business in both the public and private sector has never been easier and the processes of government service have never been smoother,” Calamba said.

“In our experience, they (ARTA) were able to swiftly expedite the implementation of many projects that are crucial to nation building and economic development. They have cleared the path more directly to social progress by making sure that the Filipino people get what they need when they need it,” he added.

Meanwhile, AYALA Corporation Associate Director Guillermo “Bill” Luz lauded the Authority for continuing to do its “difficult” job of fighting red tape and corruption in the country.

“Your job at ARTA is a difficult one. You need to work with your customers, the ordinary citizens and businesses while at the same time having to convince agencies to change their mind set and processes… and strive you must because that is the way forward towards progress in the country,” he said.

Among the achievements that Usec. Perez highlighted in his speech are the flagship National Effort for the Harmonization of Efficient Measures of Inter-related Agencies (NEHEMIA) Program, creation of the National Policy on Regulatory Management System (NPRMS), Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) trainings conducted for other government agencies, automation initiatives and references made, implementation of the automatic approval of Republic Act No. 11032, and compliance monitoring.

The Authority also recognized its officials and employees as crucial players in the fight against red tape.

Usec. Perez said ARTA was initially staffed with only one official and 49 employees, 44 of which were under contracts of service.

Now, the Authority has grown into an agency with 144 plantilla personnel and 68 contract of service personnel. It has also set up eight regional field offices in a bid to address more red tape problems across the country.

As the country welcomes the administration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr., Usec. Perez vowed that ARTA will continue to push for the continuity of the reforms that it started in the past four years.

“Despite the changes that we are going through, we in ARTA will continue to ride the momentum that we have established in our pioneer years,” he said.

“We are hoping for the support of our fellow public servants and developmental partners in our fight against bureaucratic red tape,” he added.