23 September 2020 – In line with its continuing efforts to enforce the President’s directive to implement e-governance, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) has launched a series of webinars with different countries excelling on e-governance to feature their best practices.

In partnership with the World Bank Philippines, ARTA launched the series on September 15 in its Facebook live with the E-Governance Agency of Moldova and conducted its second webinar with the Embassy of New Zealand last September 18.

The webinars served as the platform for the partner countries to share their experience and practices in terms of e-governance and regulatory management. Being one at the forefront of these endeavor even prior to the pandemic, ARTA seeks for the Philippines to learn and adopt practices from its partner countries who are each in a reputable stage when it comes to e-governance and regulatory management.

According to Director General Jeremiah Belgica, “Because of the national crisis, there has been an accelerated united effort of the administration towards e-governance. This series of webinars will help us learn from the efficient and automated processes of other countries”.

“The letter ‘e’ in e-governance does not only stand for ‘electronic’ but also for ‘efficient’. Thus, streamlining and automation are the one-two punch towards e-governance. As I always say, we need to eliminate unnecessary requirements and processes first to ensure that the automated processes will not just be fast but efficient too”, added the ARTA chief.

For its third session, ARTA will be featuring the best practices of the Republic of Serbia this afternoon on its Facebook live. Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, who is also the author of Senate Bill No. 1738 or the E-Governance Act of 2020, will be delivering a special message for the event.

Senate Bill No. 1738 mandates the government to “establish an integrated, interconnected and interoperable information and resource-sharing and communications network spanning the entirety of the national and local governments; internal records management information system; information database; and digital portals for the delivery of public services”.