07 November 2022 – The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA and key regulatory agencies are mulling over the establishment of a Business One-Stop Shop (BOSS) to streamline the permitting process for the Philippines’ shipping line industry. 

This came after ARTA, led by Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Ernesto V. Perez, facilitated a series of consultative meetings following concerns on the lengthy accreditation and processing of permits for the initial operationalization of shipping companies. 

ARTA is targeting to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) this November to create a Technical Working Group (TWG) that will oversee the streamlining initiative. 

Earlier this August, President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. lamented the logistical challenges of transporters of agricultural products. He then directed government agencies to address these issues to lower the price of food commodities.

“The main objective is to follow the presidential directive and utilize a whole-of-nation approach to create a one-stop shop for government services,” the ARTA OIC said.

Present in the coordination meetings were the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Bureau of Immigration (BI), Bureau of Customs (BOC), and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and local government units. Private sector representatives like the Supply Chain Management of the Philippines (SCMAP), Association of International Shipping Lines (AISL), Philippine Multimodal Transport and Logistics Association Inc. (PMTLAI), Philippine Liner Association of the Philippines, and the Philippine Inter-island Shipping Association (PISA) were also in attendance. 

“This is really the policy direction of the government—to make it easier for people to deal with the government,” he added.