12 October 2021- Talks are now underway for the creation of a localized Doing Business report methodology or criteria that is more tailor-fit for the Philippine setting following the World Bank’s decision to terminate its annual Doing Business Survey over 190 economies.

Undersecretary Ernesto V. Perez, Deputy Director General for Operations of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA), led a meeting with various government agencies and representatives from the private sector on 8 October 2021 to discuss the crafting of the localized DB report.

According to ARTA’s initial planning, two of its initiatives may be used to create the localized DB report: the Philippine Good Regulatory Principles (PGRP) and the Report Card Survey (RCS).

The PGRP is a set of guidelines and core principles on how to promote proportionate, consistent, accountable, and targeted regulations through effective dialogue between regulators and regulated entities. The 10 principles can be summarized as clarity, legal and empirical basis, benefit-cost, assessment, engagement, coherence, whole-of-government, continuous evaluation, competition, and risk management.

Meanwhile, the RCS is a tool that will measure the effectiveness of the Citizen’s Charter in reducing regulatory burdens and the impact of human resource systems and programs in delivering efficient government service. This is in accordance with Section 2, Rule 12 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.

While the PGRP will be more of a measurement of the agencies’ sound regulatory environment, the RCS will measure their compliance to government efficiency and the provisions of RA 11032.

The Authority said that it will prioritize agencies involved in Doing Business for its pilot implementation.

Dr. Robby Galang of the World Bank Group (WBG) also proposed that the country’s own DB report be called the Ease of Doing Business Report to stay consistent with the title of RA 11032.

In September 2021, the Ease of Doing Business and Anti-Red Tape (EODB-ART) Advisory Council approved the Authority’s motion to form a Technical Working Group (TWG) that will focus on the said task.

Usec. Perez, who was nominated to chair the TWG, proposed that the group be composed of officials from the WBG, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Deparment of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Department of Finance (DOF), Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), Office of the Presidential Adviser for the Streamlining of Government Processes (OPASGP), University of the Philippines Public Administration Research and Extension Services Foundation, Inc.-Regulatory Support Program for National Development (UPPAF-RESPOND), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and the two private sector representatives from the EODB-ART Advisory Council, Peter Wallace and Allan Wong But-Loy.

Members of the Committees on Anti-Red Tape (CART) from various government offices will also be invited as permanent representatives in the TWG.

Usec. Perez said a Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) will be drafted to formalize the agreements for the creation of the localized DB report survey.

Earlier, the World Bank announced the discontinuation of its annual DB report after finding internal data irregularities in the 2018 and 2020 results.