4 May 2022– The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) unveiled its Eastern Mindanao regional office at the National Food Authority (NFA) Region XI at Sta. Ana Avenue in Davao City on Wednesday.

New ARTA personnel also took their oath during the launch.

With the new ARTA office and personnel, the Authority can further widen its reach and cater to more red tape concerns across the country.

This came a few days after the agency opened its Northern Luzon regional office in Baguio City.

Secretary Jeremiah B. Belgica, ARTA Director General, led the launching of the office, along with his top management Undersecretary Carlos F. Quita, Chief of Staff and Deputy Director General for Administration, Finance, and Special Programs; Undersecretary Eduardo V. Bringas, Deputy Director General for Legal; and Undersecretary Ernesto V. Perez, Deputy Director General for Operations.

They were also joined by Davao City Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte and NFA Administrator Atty. Judy Dansal.

Duterte congratulated the Authority for the launch of its new office and pledged the local government unit’s commitment to ensuring the full implementation of Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.

“We applaud the directorship of ARTA for its strong commitment to upholding its mandate of ensuring the efficient delivery of government services to the public,” he said.

“The opening of the Anti-Red Tape Authority’s office highlights the administration’s relentless efforts to streamline government processes,” he added.

ARTA Sec. Belgica thanked the Davao City LGU for the warm welcome and encouraged the public to study and make full use of R.A. 11032.

“I realized that we have this wonderful, magnificent law… ang batas ay maganda lamang kung ating mai-implement.

“Ito po ay magiging isang bagay na pwede nating ipamana sa ating mga anak… We made things better, we never gave up. In these times, streamlining and automation, wala po ‘yang kulay, walang pinipiling edad, walang pinipiling tao dahil lahat tayo ay makikinabang,” he added.

As the problem of red tape is widespread in the country, ARTA requires the help of both the public and private sector to mitigate it, said Usec. Quita.

“This is the sustainment of our commitment to really perform our mandate of empowerment and enforcement. And we believe that only through our collaboration, our partnership with the public and private sector, that we can really eliminate red tape,” he said during his speech.

Usec. Bringas said the public can play their part by reporting their red tape concerns to ARTA.

“Mayroon na po tayong e-ARTA Complaints Management System na pwedeng magamit para magdulog ng inyong mga red tape concerns… kami rin po sa Legal office ay laging handang tumanggap ng inyong mga issues at concerns,” he said.

ARTA’s various initiatives are a sign of its commitment to the Filipino public, said Usec. Perez.

“Tayo po rito, not just the physical or the symbolic inauguration of the office, but it’s actually our deliberation of our commitment to our country and to our people,” he said.

Earlier that day, officials of the Authority paid a courtesy visit to Davao City Administrator Atty. Zuleika Lopez at the City Hall, where they discussed streamlining and anti-red tape initiatives that they can do.

It was agreed that the Davao City LGU can be a premier partner for the pilot run of the e-ARTA Complaints Management System (CMS) outside the National Capital Region (NCR).

Davao could also be a model city for the adoption of national policies, particularly the Philippine Good Regulatory Principles (PGRP), Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) for local ordinances, and Whole-of-Government (WOG) Reengineering Manual, at the local level.

ARTA was also offered the chance to open a satellite desk in the Davao City Hall.