10 September 2021 – The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) has widened its reach across the country after the Rotary International District 3810 officially joined the agency’s roster of ARTA Champions on Friday.
Secretary Jeremiah Belgica, ARTA Director General, and Rotary International District 3810 Governor Robert Koa formalized their partnership through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
The move comes a day after Belgica signed an MOU with Life Changing President Nikki Rose Esperanza of the Rotary Club of Ermita, Manila—which is under the Rotary Club District 3810—that also committed to serving as an ARTA Champion.
The Rotary International is an organization of businesses and professionals united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
The Rotary International District 3810 covers Manila, Cavite, Pasay, and Occidental Mindoro with 111 clubs
“Your participation and assistance will also enable ARTA to reach out to more Filipinos, to more businessmen, to more professionals who are being victimized by red tape, while also continuing to innovate ways to provide efficient government services and improve the ease of doing business in the country,” Belgica said during the MOU signing.
“We have high hopes that we will usher into a new beginning of our country of eradicating the old, outdated way of doing business, releasing the Filipinos from the long-standing bureaucracy and red tape that it has suffered for so long,” he added.
Among the responsibilities of an ARTA Champion are receiving complaints in relation to Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018 from professionals and those in the business sector, and promoting and raising awareness on the Authority’s ease of doing business and anti-red tape initiatives.
In turn, ARTA will provide its partners with trainings, orientations, seminars and webinars, as well as relevant materials, to capacitate them in receiving complaints.
The MOU will be effective immediately.
The Anti-Red Tape Secretary again credited the Rotary for his learnings and experiences that he was able to use when he was appointed as the first ever director general of the Authority. Belgica served as president of the Rotary Club of Ermita, Manila in 2014 and 2015.
“It helped me prepare in many of the endeavors that I am now undertaking, in many of the challnges that I am now facing as a leader, and even with the transformative and life-changing initiatives that are being done by ARTA,” he said.
Koa thanked the Authority for “trusting” the Rotary International District 3810 with the “noble task” of being one of its reform partners.
“As district general of Rotary International District 3810, I can assure you that we are one with the Anti-Red Tape Authority’s vision of creating a Philippine government that is clean, just, highly effective, technology-enabled, and people-centered,” he said.
“I would like to believe that Rotarians are the right agent to fight red tape in our government institution. Yet, I would still like to hope that this partnership will nurture and cultivate more fair and just Rotarians who will forward the cause of the Anti-Red Tape Authority,” he added.
Belgica underscored the importance of fostering partnerships with government agencies and public and private stakeholders in the fight against red tape.
“We are quite aware that we will require a lot of partnerships and assistance in order to achieve the goal of e-governance and streamlining services in the government. We need alliances, friends to join this fight because we all know that the perennial problem of red tape affects us all, especially during this pandemic,” he said.
“We have always believed that the power of collaboration across, not only government agencies, but most especially from the public to the private sector, is a needed and necessary strategy in order for us to have a whole-of-nation win against red tape,” he added.
The first two organizations to join the Authority’s roster of ARTA Champions are the the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and Guild of Real Estate Entrepreneurs and Professionals (GREENPRO).
Meanwhile, the Confederation of Filipino Workers (CFW), Junior Chamber International (JCI), Out-of-Home Advertising Association of the Philippines (OHAAP), The Manila Times, and Flash Media committed to serve as ARTA Champions in a formal signing ceremony during ARTA’s month-long celebration of its third anniversary in June 2021.
The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), Chamber of Cosmetic Industry of the Philippines (CCIP), and Health and Dietary Supplement Association of the Philippines (HADSAP) have also expressed their intention to join the ARTA Champions.