09 September 2021 – The Rotary Club of Ermita, Manila officially joined the Anti-Red Tape Authority’s (ARTA) roster of ARTA Champions that will complement the agency’s efforts in monitoring and eradicating red tape in the government and private companies.
Secretary Jeremiah Belgica, ARTA Director General, and Rotary Club of Ermita, Manila Life Changing President Nikki Rose Esperanza signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize their partnership on Thursday.
The Rotary Club 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 Authority’s partnership with the Rotary Club of Ermita, Manila is seen to open up opportunities to partner with more clubs across the country, widening ARTA’s reach.
As an ARTA Champion, the Rotary Club of Ermita, Manila will be authorized to receive complaints in relation to Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018 from the business sector and professionals, which will be endorsed to the agency.
It will also be given the responsibility to promote and raise awareness on ARTA’s ease of doing business and anti-red tape initiatives.
In return, the Authority will provide trainings, orientations, seminars and webinars, as well as relevant materials, to the Rotary Club of Ermita, Manila to capacitate them in receiving complaints.
The MOU will take effect immediately.
Belgica, who served as a president of the Rotary Club of Ermita, Manila in 2014 and 2015, credited the club for his learnings and experience that he used in serving as ARTA’s first director general.
“One of the great things that I could remember and pass on that helped me prepare in my journey as the first ever director general of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) are my experiences and trainings that I received as a Rotarian,” he said during the MOU signing.
“I was thrust and placed in a position that I really learned how to lead a club in a way that is unfamiliar to me, but that in itself is a great blessing because now that I’m leading, not just a club, but a transformative government agency, I would say that all of my learnings and all of my experiences really came, not just handy, but impacts my service today in our government,” he added.
Esperanza thanked the Authority for partnering with the Rotary Club of Ermita, Manila and vowed to support the agency in its mission to curb red tape in the country even during the pandemic.
“Being an ARTA Champion in this crucial time of pandemic, we must be stern advocates and stewards of providing help and assistance to our people in the most immediate and effective way,” she said.
“This pandemic should not be an excuse for us to be complacent and pessimistic in asserting our rights toward having transparency and efficient government, public, and private offices and agencies. Instead, let us unite and uplift everyone’s spirit, well-being, and condition,” she added.
“I am confident that, despite the concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, our partnership will remain strong, relevant, and helpful in promoting good and effective governance in the coming years,” Esperanza said, addressing ARTA.
The ARTA chief said that he remains hopeful that the agency will be able to continuously carry out its mandate because of its partners both in the government and private sectors.
“We are very hopeful because of the collaborations and the support that is coming from different private institutions that has committed to become ARTA Champions,” he said.
“Tunay nga pong laban sa red tape ay hindi ho tapos, tayo ay nagsisimula pa lamang. But we have unshakeable hope that with our partners, we are getting closer to our goal,” he added.
Some of the first 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).
During ARTA’s month-long celebration of it’s third anniversary in June 2021, 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.
The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), Rotary International District 3810, 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.