23 April 2021 – Officials of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Streamlining of Government Process (OPASGP) discussed yesterday various ways on how they can have an effective collaboration. This was their first official meeting since the issuance of the Executive Order that formally established OPASGP.

“We will ensure that there will be harmonization, integration, and non-duplication of all government institutions on Ease of Doing Business through a whole-of-government approach,” OPASGP Secretary Leoncio “Jun” Evasco said.

ARTA Director General Jeremiah Belgica warmly welcomed this new partnership aimed at intensifying the government’s fight against red tape.

“The first and fundamental step in achieving the e-governance vision of our President is the institutionalization of a whole-of-government streamlining and simplification of processes,” the ARTA czar noted.

Among the key agreements in the meeting were OPASGP’s assistance and support to ARTA initiatives such as the National Effort for the Harmonization of Efficient Measures of Inter-related Agencies (NEHEMIA) program, Ease of Doing Business reforms, and other streamlining and re-engineering efforts of the latter agency to ensure fast, efficient, and reliable service delivery to the public.