10 July 2020 – The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) reminds all government agencies covered by R.A. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018 to submit to the Authority their Compliance Report, duly signed and approved by the head of agency not later than 25 July 2020 to avoid administrative sanctions.

“With less than two weeks prior to the deadline, we would like to reiterate the importance for you to submit the Compliance Report as the failure to comply with AO 23 shall result in the filing of appropriate administrative cases pursuant to the Civil Service Commission Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service, and other relevant laws, rules and regulations”, Director General Jeremiah Belgica reminds government agencies.

On 8 June 2020, ARTA issued Memorandum Circular 2020-04 (MC 2020-04), detailing the guidelines for compliance to Administrative Order 23, s. 2020 (AO 23) titled “Eliminating Overregulation to Promote Efficiency of Government Processes”. AO 23 mandates all national government agencies covered by R.A. 11032 to hasten the reform of their processes in order to eliminate overregulation.

Under AO 23, covered government agencies will conduct a self-assessment of their existing regulation by retaining only such steps, procedures and requirements as may be necessary to fulfill their legal mandates and policy objectives while all processes which are in excess thereof, including those which are redundant or burdensome to the public, should be removed by said agency.

The by-product of this self-assessment is the Compliance Report which shall be submitted to ARTA, together with their updated Citizen’s Charter, copy furnished to the Office of the President (OP). ARTA will then be evaluating the reports and shall submit its findings and recommendations to the OP not later than 25 January 2021, six months from the deadline of the submission.

In its MC 2020-04, ARTA first announced the extension of the submission of the Compliance Report until July 25, as opposed to the initial deadline of 60 working days upon the effectivity of AO 23 on 21 February 2020. The extension was made pursuant to a memorandum from the Office of the Executive Secretary which allows for consideration in view of the then-continuing implementation of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and Modified ECQ in NCR and other high-risk geographical areas in the Philippines.

The government agencies may refer to MC 2020-04 for the guidelines for compliance in the official ARTA website via this link: ARTA Memorandum Circular No. 2020-04