13 November 2022 – Senate President Juan Miguel F. Zubiri has invited the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) and the Office of the Ombudsman to discuss the harmonization of their mandates in improving government service delivery.

The meeting is set to happen next week during the Office of the Ombudman’s budget deliberation at the Senate of the Philipines.

“ARTA’s primary role is to improve government services. The Ombudsman and ARTA compliment each other’s functions, hence, both should be working together which I totally agree as well,” the Senate President said in his statement of support to ARTA during plenary budget deliberations last Friday.

ARTA was established by the Section 17 of the Republic Act 11032 or Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018. The agency, under the Office of the President, serves as its prime implementor and monitors the government institutions’ compliance to the law.

Zubiri was the law’s primary sponsor in 2017.

The senate leader also lauded ARTA’s accomplishments such as the 95 percent compliance of local government units and national government agencies to the Citizen’s Charter. A Citizen’s Charter is an information billboard containing the agencies’ services, processing time, and assigned personnel.

“I’m very proud of you. You guys are my baby, it is my baby,  that agency. I will try to make sure that we are able to work well with the Ombudsman,” he added.

Senators Risa Hontiveros and Joel Villanueva likewise manifested their support to the ARTA. Senator Risa acted as ARTA’s sponsor during the Senate Plenary while Senator Joel was one of the principal authors of the original Anti- Red Tape Act of 2007(RA 9485) which has been amended by RA 11032 of 2018.

At the end of the hearing, the senators approved ARTA’s proposed 2023 budget without any objection. It will be included in the 2023 General Appropriations Bill (GAB) to be reviewed by the bicameral conference with the Senate and Congress.

The final version of the  Bill will be reviewed, approved, and signed into law through the General Appropriations Act by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr.

“We are thankful and honoured for the support of Senate President Zubiri and our senators to the ARTA. We look forward to meeting the Office Ombudsman so that we may work together to realize the directive of PBBM and that is to efficiently deliver government services for the benefit of the Filipino people,” OIC Perez said.

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Senate President Zubiri, ARTA, Ombudsman to meet, discuss harmonization of mandates

13 November 2022 – Senate President Juan Miguel F. Zubiri has invited the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) and the Office of the Ombudsman to discuss the harmonization of their mandates in improving government service delivery.

The meeting is set to happen next week during the Office of the Ombudman’s budget deliberation at the Senate of the Philipines.

“ARTA’s primary role is to improve government services. The Ombudsman and ARTA compliment each other’s functions, hence, both should be working together which I totally agree as well,” the Senate President said in his statement of support to ARTA during plenary budget deliberations last Friday.

ARTA was established by the Section 17 of the Republic Act 11032 or Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018. The agency, under the Office of the President, serves as its prime implementor and monitors the government institutions’ compliance to the law.

Zubiri was the law’s primary sponsor in 2017.

The senate leader also lauded ARTA’s accomplishments such as the 95 percent compliance of local government units and national government agencies to the Citizen’s Charter. A Citizen’s Charter is an information billboard containing the agencies’ services, processing time, and assigned personnel.

“I’m very proud of you. You guys are my baby, it is my baby,  that agency. I will try to make sure that we are able to work well with the Ombudsman,” he added.

Senators Risa Hontiveros and Joel Villanueva likewise manifested their support to the ARTA. Senator Risa acted as ARTA’s sponsor during the Senate Plenary while Senator Joel was one of the principal authors of the original Anti- Red Tape Act of 2007(RA 9485) which has been amended by RA 11032 of 2018.

At the end of the hearing, the senators approved ARTA’s proposed 2023 budget without any objection. It will be included in the 2023 General Appropriations Bill (GAB) to be reviewed by the bicameral conference with the Senate and Congress.

The final version of the  Bill will be reviewed, approved, and signed into law through the General Appropriations Act by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr.

“We are thankful and honoured for the support of Senate President Zubiri and our senators to the ARTA. We look forward to meeting the Office Ombudsman so that we may work together to realize the directive of PBBM and that is to efficiently deliver government services for the benefit of the Filipino people,” OIC Perez said.

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