10 December 2020 – The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) is partnering with the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) and local government units (LGUs) involved in the ongoing issue on the Radio-frequency identification (RFID) system that is causing traffic on major roads to address the harmonization and synchronization of the said system. In line with this, ARTA plans to submit recommendations to improve toll operations in the Philippines. Further, ARTA will be calling for a hearing with both the management of North Luzon Expressway and South Luzon Expressway in the coming days.

On Tuesday’s episode of the ARTA’s Paspas Pilipinas on DZME, Director General Belgica interviewed Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian and TRB Executive Director Abraham Sales regarding the ongoing issue on the RFID system that is causing traffic on major roads. In the radio show aired live through the ARTA Facebook page, the ARTA czar raised Mayor Gatchalian’s concern to the regulatory agency.

“Part of ARTA’s mandate is to make regulatory or policy recommendations in case of service inefficiencies. Hindi lang kami nagkakaso pero tumutulong din na ayusin ang proseso.  Titingnan natin kung mayroon bang maaring gawin ang TRB o ang iba pang ahensya ng gobyerno para maiwasan na at ‘di na maulit ang ganitong mga pangyayari“, Director General Jeremiah Belgica said.

One of ARTA’s mandate is to improve delivery of public service. Currently, ARTA and its partner agencies for the National Effort for Harmonization of Efficient Measures of Inter-related Agencies (NEHEMIA) Program – Logistics Sector are also working on the implementation of the Unified Logistics Pass to facilitate efficient logistics services.

The idea behind the Unified Logistics Pass was derived from the Rapid Pass system technology in which the use of a unified QR code will suffice for the movement of goods. This, as opposed to the previous process in which various stickers are being required for goods to be transported through LGUs and other checkpoints. ARTA sees that this will be highly beneficial to the private stakeholders and to concerned government authorities alike as it will facilitate easier movement and ease port-entry restrictions.

Trucking companies may avail and apply of the said pass when they apply for a Certificate of Public Convenience or CPC with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board which shall be the system owner of the Unified Logistics Pass. Once approved, the trucking companies shall be given a QR Code which can be easily scanned by different government authorities including port authorities and economic zones. This is poised to streamline the process as it will eliminate the need to apply for Ecozone Stickers from the Philippine Economic Zone Authority and LGU passes, among others.

The NEHEMIA Logistics Sector was officially launched to the public last 10 October 2020. The public launch coupled with various meetings facilitated the Creation of the NEHEMIA Logistics Technical Working Group which is composed of 24 critical government agencies, the Department of Transportation being the lead builder agency.