On February 24, 2020, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) and the Center for Strategic Reforms of the Philippines (CSR Philippines) in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), will be holding the Ease of Doing Business Forum at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, Rockwell, Makati.

The EODB Forum aims to promote the ongoing regulatory reform initiatives of different government agencies to adhere to the Ease of Doing Business & Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018 (RA 11032). This will also help boost ARTA among the business community as the main government agency mandated to administer and implement the EODB Act. The event will be composed of two parts.
The first one in the afternoon is the presentation of the Doing Business Agencies on reforms implemented or being developed to ease doing business based on the following indicators:

  1. Protecting Minority Investors
  2. Enforcing Contracts
  3. Starting a Business
  4. Dealing with Construction Permits
  5. Getting Electricity
  6. Registering Property
  7. Getting Credit
  8. Paying Taxes
  9. Trading Across Borders

An overview of the World Bank 2020 Doing Business Report will be given by ARTA led by its Director General, Atty. Jeremiah B. Belgica, to start off the program. This session serves as a preparation for the Doing Business Survey this year which will determine the rankings among 190 economies. Currently, the Philippines is ranked 95th.

In the evening program, Director General Belgica will also give the keynote message to highlight the importance of forging public and private partnership to ease doing business, and to expound on the value of the score over the ranking and the significant reforms that is key to achieving it. He will also be discussing ARTA Memo Circular 2020-02 released last 14 February 2020 which is an issuance of order of automatic approval or automatic extension for pending transactions beyond the prescribed processing time of 3-7-20
working days. It serves as the first step in ensuring that reforms will be “paspas” and that through the continuous efforts of ARTA, with a goal of inter-agency cooperation through a whole of government approach, we will be able to implement sustainable regulatory reform.

The keynote message will be followed by a panel discussion to be joined by ARTA Director General Belgica, DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez I, and BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay. This will be moderated by CSR Philippines’ Trustees, Philippine Tax Whiz Mon Abrea and ANC On The Money Host Salve Duplito. Representatives from different business organizations and other stakeholders of the business community will be given the chance to react and give their recommendations as well as pledge of support in achieving
the objectives set by the EODB Act.

To cap off the night, the DTI and the BIR will each sign a Memorandum of Agreement with CSR Philippines, a non-profit non-government organization, as renewal of commitment to support each other’s programs & activities on common advocacies. Moreover, CSR Philippines will also sign a Memorandum of

Understanding with ARTA as its new advocacy partner. These three key government agencies will help strengthen and further catapult the organization’s advocacy on Education & Reform focused on the pillars of financial literacy, ease of doing business & taxation, and youth entrepreneurship.