17 February 2020 – In furtherance of the President’s continuing directive to government offices to hasten the processing and movement of services, the 3-7-20 day has been established. AntiRed Tape Authority (ARTA) Director General Jeremiah Belgica signed ARTA Memorandum
Circular No. 2020-02 directing all National Government Agencies (NGA) and Local Government Units (LGU) to conduct inventory of all pending transactions that are beyond their processing times.

Government agencies are now required to act upon all aging pending applications and to automatically approve them, if the application is complete, before March 7, 2020 or the 3-7-20 day. The compliance of all government offices in this Memo is seen to be a game changer and unprecedented in the national battle against red-tape.

“We need to make our government agencies realize that the law is here and there are no more excuses for their slow processes and inefficiencies. We have given them time and options and now, we can no longer tolerate sub-par service,” the ARTA chief said.

ARTA and the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission will be conducting joint random compliance audits of all government offices, national and local, starting March 7, 2020, to ensure that there would be no aging applications within each agency pending beyond the prescribed
processing time of 3, 7 or 20 days.

It is important to note that RA 11032 or the “Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Services Delivery Act of 2018” has required all services in government to be classified as Simple, Complex, or Highly Technical and should be delivered or acted upon within the prescribed period of 3, 7 or 20 days respectively. Failing to act on applications within the prescribed processing times will render applications to be automatically deemed approved or automatically extended, as the case may be, by operation of law and may expose the government officer handling the
application as well as the head of the office or agency to possible administrative sanctions or even
criminal liability.

Through ARTA’s Order 2020-02, signed on heart’s day, all government offices are expected to comply to the 3-7-20 rule before March 7, 2020.