23 November 2022 – The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) is lauding the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) drive for localities to fully comply with Republic Act 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery of Act, and utilize digitalization for local economic recovery. 

“Sa ating mga kasama sa local government units (LGUs), mga mayors, now is the time to maximize the emerging technology solutions to enable local government to digitally transform their services to cope up with the tow of bureaucratic efficiency,” DILG Secretary Benhur Abalos urged local chiefs during his keynote speech in the agency’s recently held forum on ease of doing business.

LGUs are among the government institutions that ARTA monitors for mandatory compliance with the Ease of Doing Business Law.

“Digital transformation will facilitate: one, streamlining of processes; two, efficiency; and number three, improving productivity and quality of service”, the DILG secretary added.

The DILG also sought collaboration with ARTA to further improve the Business Processing and Licensing System (BPLS) and streamline the permitting and licensing processes in the construction and telco sectors in the localities. 

ARTA, together with the DILG and key government agencies, issued several Joint Memorandum Circulars (JMCs), including the guidelines for the shared telco towers, which significantly reduced delays and streamlined the processes to secure permits, licenses, and authorizations of Passive Telecommunication Tower Infastructure (PTTIs), whether shared or exclusive.

This has been credited by DILG and the private sector to have accelerated the rollout of telecommunications infrastructure and service projects. 

Other issuances also standardized the documentary requirements, steps, and processing time related to business registration and construction-related permits, leading to increased revenues for LGUs.

For ARTA’s part, Secretary Ernesto Perez shared the agency’ initiatives, including those that are currently in the pipeline as President Ferdinand R. Marcos’, Jr. directed the government to hasten bureaucratic efficiency. 

“We, at ARTA, have been laying the groundwork for digitalization through capacity building, helping LGUs and national government agencies streamline processes and re-engineer operations. We will support DILG in its endeavors and strengthen our collaboration through the very capable leadership of Sec. Abalos,” ARTA Sec. Ernesto Perez said. 

Likewise, Marinduque representative, Cong. Dakila Cua, who is concurrently the chairman of the Union Authorities in the Philippines, signified its support for forthcoming dialogues and programs.

Key government agencies, such as Department of Information and Communications Technology, Land Bank of the Philippines, Development Bank of the Philippines, and e-commerce providers from the private sector also participated in the event.