11 December 2020 – The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) conducted a virtual orientation for government agencies nationwide to help them implement the Guidelines on the Issuance and/or Reinstitution of Permits and Licenses Under the New Normal (ARTA Memorandum Circular 2020-06) and the draft Guidelines for Processing Business Permits, Related Clearances and Licenses in the New Normal in All Cities and Municipalities.

The Compliance Monitoring and Evaluation Office of ARTA led the conduct of the orientation to 194 national government agencies and government -owned and -controlled corporations last week and to 283 local government units this week.

On 27 August 2020, ARTA issued MC 2020-06 in consideration of the changes in the delivery of government services brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The circular provides simplified, streamlined, and automated standards, measures, and procedures which shall be adopted by all government agencies and offices covered by the Ease of Doing Business Law in delivering efficient and hazard-free services under the “new normal”. ARTA formulated the guidelines to ensure that regulatory requirements do not unnecessarily constrain businesses in continuing to engage in productive economic activities and to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of government agencies to support these activities in this time of pandemic.

The ARTA guidelines were endorsed by the IATF in its Resolution no. 68 dated 3 September 2020 and is consistent with the President’s directive in his last State of the Nation Address for all government agencies to adopt a streamlined and digitized process in the delivery of government services.

Similarly, a Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) entitled “Guidelines for Processing Business Permits, Related Clearances and Licenses in the New Normal in All Cities and Municipalities” will be issued by ARTA, the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Interior and Local Government, and the Department of Information and Communications Technology. As early as now, however, ARTA is already familiarizing government agencies on said guidelines which shall aim to increase the efficiency in LGU operations, particularly in the processing of business permits, and to promote a holistic approach in the reform of business registration procedures and the adoption of innovative solutions as they perform their respective mandates in regulating businesses.

“The most important thing now is we adapt to the new normal. This includes recalibrating our government services to keep the Filipino public safe by minimizing physical interactions as well as streamlining processes. I implore all agencies to heed our recommendations because it makes it easier for you to serve the public din naman po”, ARTA Director General Jeremiah B. Belgica said.