17 June 2021 – Secretary Jeremiah Belgica, director general of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA), called on barangays to integrate with the electronic business one-stop shops (eBOSS) being set up by their respective local government units.

He issued the reminder on the last day set to establish eBOSS platforms in LGUs as provided for  in Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.

The eBOSS is a free online platform where end-to-end transactions can be processed for registration of new businesses.

Belgica said that, although most LGUs have complied with the eBOSS directive, their “common challenge” is to integrate their barangays in their platforms.

Integrating barangays in eBOSS platforms would mean there would be uniformed fees and requirements for clients to follow.

The ARTA czar told LGUs to give them a list of non-compliant barangays so they can investigate.

“Ibigay niyo sa amin ang listahan ng mga barangay na ayaw mag-integrate. ARTA na ang susulat sakanila. Pagpapaliwanagin din natin si Mayor kasi bakit ayaw mag-integrate?” he said during the launching of Kapihan sa ARTA at the ARTA Head Office on 17 June 2021.

“Hindi po natin matatapos ang one-stop shop kung hindi papasok ang mga barangay. Medyo challenging, but this is the test of the political will talaga ng mga leaders,” he added.

Belgica said they will initially review the list because there are some barangays who want to join the government’s streamlining efforts but find the process too difficult.

“Kung mahirap lamang gawin pero mayroon silang earnest desire, tutulungan namin ‘yan dahil ‘yan din ay function ng ARTA, empowerment function,” he said.

“We understand that there are some difficulties on the online payment because of difficult matters, subalit, kung makita po namin na kayo ay nag-start na ng automation, then ang dapat sainyo ay tulungan. Pero kung kayo ay talagang walang movement, we will, by all means, crack the whip,” he added.

The ARTA director general said erring barangays will face administrative sanctions for violation of R.A. No. 11032. They may even be charged for violation of R.A. No. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and R.A. No. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

Undersecretary Ernesto V. Perez, Deputy Director General for Operations, said ARTA has provided a template to barangays to guide them in complying with the eBOSS directive.