06 January 2022 – This month, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) is set to launch the Unified Logistics Pass (ULP), which will facilitate the unhampered movement of trucks for hire that delivery basic goods and necessities across the country through a unified application form.

The ULP is poised to streamline requirements for a unified Quick Response (QR) Code that will eliminate the varying and separate pass-through stickers being required by economic zones, ports, and local government units and will facilitate easier movement and ease of port-entry restrictions.

ARTA conceptualized the ULP after the successful implementation of the government’s Rapid Pass system.

During the launch, the Authority’s partner agencies and developmental partners are set to sign a Memorandum of Agreement ( MOA ) and Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) regarding the ULP.

The signatory agencies for the MOA include the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine Economic Zone and Authority (PEZA), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Clark Development Corporation (CDC), and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

Also set to sign the agreement are the Asian Terminal, Inc. (ATI), International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), Manila Harbor Center Port Services, Inc. (MHCPSI), Manila North Harbour Port, Inc. (MNHPI), University of the Philippines Public Administration Research and Extension Services-Regulatory Reform Support Program for National Development (UPPAF-RESPOND), and DevConnect Philippines, Inc. (DevCon).

The launch of the ULP is in line with ARTA’s flagship National Effort for the Harmonization of Efficiency Measures of Interrelated Agencies (NEHEMIA) Program, which aims to reduce the time, costs, and requirements or procedures of government services in five priority sectors by 52 percent in 52 weeks.

Logistics was listed among the NEHEMIA Program’s five priority sectors, along with Telco, Food and Pharma, Housing, and Energy.