9 December 2019 – The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) expects all government agencies to submit their list of pending government contracts today, December 9, in adherence to the directive of President Duterte to act upon them on or before December 15.

In a memorandum circular issued last November 26, ARTA requires all government agencies to submit the consolidated list of all pending contracts and government services, including their respective status, and the recommended action on all of them. The memorandum applies to all government offices and agencies covered by R.A. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.

President Duterte, on November 20, set the directive in his speech during the 80th anniversary of the Department of National Defense.

Commenting on the matter, ARTA czar, Jeremiah Belgica said, “We need to stop dilly dallying in carrying out our jobs, especially the government whose decisions and actions entail significant consequences. The more an application sits, the bigger is the opportunity for corruption. To all government agencies, act upon the submissions. Accept if it’s okay or deny if it’s not, it’s as simple as that.”

ARTA will monitor government agencies’ compliance on the deadline set by the President on all pending government contracts.

“I believe that our government agencies are with us in enacting positive change through our collaborative effort to streamline our processes and reengineer our services to better cater to the Filipino people,” Director General Belgica added.

Just last Friday, December 6, ARTA received the updated and revised citizen’s charter of all government agencies nationwide in compliance with R.A. 11032. ARTA will subject the submissions to an intensive review to determine its compliance with the law.

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