5 JANUARY, 2020 – The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) calls on all local government units totake steps to ensure efficient and speedy processing of business registrations and renewals. January to March is often heavy periods for business registration renewals across the country.

ARTA, created by Republic Act No. 11032 under the Office of the President, is the lead agency in improving the ease of doing business of regulatory mechanisms across the country.

Last Friday, ARTA met with high-level representatives from the top malls of the country and other stakeholders to discuss their experiences in business processing and to hear the needs that can be addressed by ARTA.

ARTA Director General Jeremiah B. Belgica said that “there are still some LGUs that have redundant requirements that need to be updated or repealed. For example, a Locational Clearance is a requirement to make sure that the business is a match with the zoning of the area. Pero pag inisip niyo, kung ako ay nag-aaply para magtayo ng negosyo sa mall, bakit ko pa kelangan ng Locational Clearance? Hinde pa ba klarong klaro na commercial yung zone kasi nga naman mall ito? ”

He also added that there is a need to speed up the processes regarding Occupational Clearances, Fire Safety Inspection Certificates, among others saying, “Alam niyo po, sa Starting a Business Indicator ng 2020 World Bank Doing Business Report, the Philippines is 171th out of 190 countries. Kailangan nating ayusin at pabilisin ang sistema ng processing. Sa pamamagitan ng pagsunod sa probisyon ng RA11032 at ng mga guidelines and circulars issued by ARTA and DILG, DTI, and DICT ay mayroon ng paraan para mapabilis ito. Thru the implementation of the law and these regulations and guidelines we would be able compete with global economies especially within our ASEAN community .”

On Monday, ARTA is scheduled to meet with representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the National Association of Business Permits and Licensing Offices (NABPLO) to further discuss the matter.

“This year we are working to improve the performance of the country not only in the Doing Business Report but also in ways that will be felt by everyone. It is time to remove outdated, redundant, and unnecessary requirements that serve no purpose but to unduly burden the people.” Belgica said.