09 October 2020 – The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) and the City Government of Navotas will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) later this afternoon to signify their partnership in further streamlining the systems and procedures of eliminating bureaucratic red tape in the local government unit.

In signing said MOU, the city government also signifies its commitment to improve the quality of its government service by availing the ARTA Package which is a bundle of programs that will help the government agency be compliant to the provisions of R.A. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business Law.

The MOU specifies the roles and responsibilities of Navotas and of ARTA in the said partnership. Among others, the City Government of Navotas shall comply with the provisions of R.A 11032 to streamline the process of issuing permits, licenses, and all other government services in all barangays located within its territorial jurisdiction, which includes the establishment of a business one-stop shop that must later be developed into an electronic business one-stop shop.

The city government shall also review its local ordinances and repeal the same if deemed outdated, redundant and/or adds undue regulatory burden to the transacting public. Further, it shall form a Committee on Anti-Red Tape (CART), to be chaired by its City Mayor, which shall ensure the LGU’s strict compliance with the provisions of R.A. 11032. An office space for the Public Assistance and Complaints Handling functions of the CART shall also be designated.

The specific functions of the CART are provided in the Memorandum Circular 2020-07 issued by ARTA to government agencies last October 6.

“We thank Navotas City for their commitment for the implementation of all the ARTA programs included in the Package. We urge other LGUs to also show their commitment to raise the standards of the quality of service they are providing to their people by partnering with us. We have the necessary tools to equip you in making your LGU the best that it can be,” ARTA Director General Jeremiah Belgica said.

In order to capacitate the city government in reengineering their various processes to ensure the delivery of an efficient government service to its citizens, ARTA will be providing seminars, workshops, trainings and briefings to its officials and employees including those from the barangays within its territorial jurisdiction. It will also provide necessary assistance to the designated CART in addressing regulatory issues and complaints for violations of R.A. 11032 and all other concerns relative to its implementation.

The virtual signing of the MOU will be hosted via Facebook live by the official page of the Navotas LGU at 4pm later.