21 April 2021 – The Ease of Doing Business – Anti-Red Tape (EODB – ART) Advisory Council, headed by Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, convened on Wednesday for its 12th meeting.

The Anti – Red Tape Authority (ARTA) led by Director General Jeremiah Belgica, vice chairperson of the Council, presented to the body the recent accomplishments and proposals of the agency in connection to the implementation of Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.

Among the highlights of ARTA DG Belgica’s report include issuance of Joint Memorandum Circular to ease the impacts of COVID-19 crisis on business and lives of ordinary citizens, forthcoming creation of the Technical Working Group for the establishment of green lane for faster processing of permit applications of local vaccine manufacturers, hearings on pending applications for use of Ivermectin, Memorandum of Agreement signing with the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission to further bolster government’s drive against red tape and corruption, and visit to the Maginhawa Community Pantry to personally clarify that permit is unnecessary for such activities.

The ARTA czar also briefed the EODB – ART Advisory Council about the series of oath-taking ceremonies the agency will be holding for the members of Committee on Anti-Red Tape (CART) of government agencies.

“We will be capacitating them in monitoring the compliance of the 3-7-20, in compliance of the agency in using Regulatory Impact Assessment. They would also be deputized, if needed, to investigate red tape matters,” ARTA DG Belgica said.

Meanwhile, newly minted Presidential Adviser on Streamlining of Government Processes Leoncio “Jun” Evasco attended the council meeting for the first time since his appointment. He was then designated as official advisor and resource person of the group following the adoption of a motion.

“I hope we can do much considering that the people who are with us are much committed to public service, committed to the best interest of the Filipino People,” Secretary Evasco, expressing his enthusiasm to collaborate with the Council and ARTA, said.