22 April 2021 – Over 50 priority government agencies will be pledging their commitment to the mission of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) against burdensome and corrupt-ridden processes in the bureaucracy.

According to ARTA Director General Jeremiah Belgica, he will be administering the oath of the members of Committee on Anti-Red Tape (CART) of those agencies starting with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday afternoon.

“The objective is for the ARTA to ensure the commitment and help in information dissemination of the Committee on Anti-Red Tape among the agencies,” Belgica explained during his presentation before the 12th meeting of the Ease of Doing Business – Anti-Red Tape (EODB-ART) Advisory Council yesterday.

The CART was formed following the issuance of ARTA of Memorandum Circular No. 2020-07 last 30 September 2020, which is in adherence to Sections 5 and 8 of the Ease of Doing Business law noting the role of government agencies and accountability of agency heads to reduce bureaucratic red tape and processing, respectively.

The MC states that “all government agencies including state universities and colleges (SUCs), local government units (LGUs), government-owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs) and other government instrumentalities, whether located in the Philippines or abroad” must activate their own CART.

Futhermore, the said committee, which shall be chaired by the head or at least a third highest ranking official of the agency, “requires no separate budget or the creation of new plantilla positions”.

“They would be the small committee, small ARTA within their agencies. So, we would be capacitating them to monitor also the compliance of 3-7-20, the compliance of the agency in using Regulatory Impact Assessment and so on so forth,” Belgica said.

“They would also be deputized, if needed, to investigate on red tape matters,” he added.

A mass-oath taking for all the other priority agencies is eyed by the first week of May, according to the ARTA czar.