MANILA—Sen. Sonny Angara said Monday he wants government agencies to present their "anti-red tape performance and targets” during the hearing of their 2020 budget proposals.
He said the agencies will be asked what they have done to implement the government's “ease of doing business” initiative when they face the Senate committee on finance.
“Anti-red tape performance will now be part of the budget review. These will also be part of the key performance indicators that an agency promises to meet in exchange for the appropriations it will get,” said Angara, chairman of the Senate finance committee.
Angara said he will demand a “before and after” timetable of the processing of a document, from request to release.
“Kung, say, 2 days today, next year ba kayang 1 day na lang? 'Yung ganung pag-measure ng improvement ang kailangan natin. Para sa susunod na taon, puwede natin malaman kung natupad ba nila ang kanilang promissory note,” he said.
Angara reminds agencies that anti-red tape does not only require the “shortening of the processing time but includes cutting the number of documentary requirements.”
“When you reduce the number of documents, the speed by which an application moves increases. Hindi lang bawas oras, bawas gastos na rin,” he said.
In his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Duterte said businessmen were having a hard time securing permits, thus causing delays in the start of their operations.
He said clearances and permits should be out in at least 3 days.
In the World Bank’s 2019 ease of doing business report, the Philippines’ rank slipped 11 notches from 113 in 2018 to 124 in 2019.
The Department of Finance (DOF) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DOTr) disputed the report, saying that the government “has been hard at work in implementing initiatives to increase the country’s competitiveness.”
Angara is one of the authors of Republic Act 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business Act, which was enacted in May last year, but the implementing rules and regulations only came out last month.
The Ease of Doing Business Act puts in place the “3-7-20” rule, which requires government offices to complete simple transactions within 3 days, complex ones within 7 days, and highly technical ones within 20 days.
He is also the co-author of Republic Act 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act, which instituted the no-noon break policy, no fixing activities, easy-to-read IDs or nameplates, presence of public assistance and complaints desks, and the implementation of the agency's Citizen's Charter which contains the types of frontline services offered with the step-by-step procedure, the person responsible for each step, time needed to transact, documents required, and fees.