23 March 2022 – Secretary Jeremiah B. Belgica, Director General of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA), was given foyer honors during his courtesy visit to the newly appointed chief of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).
During the meeting on 18 March 2022, ARTA Sec. Belgica and Admiral Artemio M. Abu, PCG commandant, discussed anti-red tape and streamlining solutions that the two agencies could work on together, particularly in the logistics and transportation sector.
The said sector is one of the five priority sectors in ARTA’s flagship National Effort for the Harmonization of Efficient Measures of Inter-related Agencies (NEHEMIA) Program.
ARTA Sec. Belgica expressed hopes that the meeting would lead to a stronger working relationship between the Authority and the PCG.
“Lagi kong nababanggit ang tren ng reporma. Pero ngayon, barko na siya ng pagbabago dahil kasama na natin ang Philippine Coast Guard sa ating misyon na alisin ang red tape sa bansa. Ang sinumang humarang sa amin ay tiyak na masasagasaan,” he said.
The Authority worked closely with the PCG, along with other agencies, during their visit and inspections at Matnog Port in Sorsogon.
ARTA. Sec. Belgica noted that since the PCG took a more prominent role in combatting red tape at Matnog Port, fixing incidents in the area were “greatly mitigated.”
Meanwhile, Admiral Abu vowed to cooperate with the Authority in enforcing the provisions of Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.
“We in the PCG are committed to adhering with the requirements of R.A. 11032 so that we can improve our processes in our office and the services that we deliver. We share ARTA’s vision of streamlining government processes and improving the quality of our services for the Filipino public,” he said in his speech.