PCCI, ARTA ink pact to implement EODB Act

Designates PCCI and its local chapters as ARTA Champions

To ensure transparency and efficient delivery of services in government, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and the Anti Red Tape Authority (ARTA) yesterday signed an agreement designating PCCI and its local chapters nationwide to receive complaints from the business sector against violation of Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Delivery Act of 2018.  


Signing the agreement were PCCI President Benedicto V. Yujuico and Atty. Jeremiah B. Belgica, Director General of ARTA. The signing was held at the conclusion of the 29th Visayas Area Business Conference.


RA 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018 seeks to establish effective practices, aimed at attaining an efficient turnaround of the delivery of government services, the prevention of graft and corruption in government, to promote transparency, reduce red tape and expedite business and non-business related transactions in government.


Among the initiatives of ARTA that PCCI welcomed are the enforcement of the 3-7-20 day rule on the automatic approval of applications, the Citizen’s Charter, which outlines the list of services offered by the frontline agencies including the steps, documents, fees, and a feedback mechanism, and the establishment of the National Business One-Stop Shop to co-locate, unify and automate the functions of these agencies.


Yujuico welcomed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, which he describes as putting premium on the role of PCCI as partner of government in ensuring a transparent and accountable government.


“I truly welcome this opportunity to work and partner with ARTA to ensure that the law is implemented and observed by the local government units and other agencies concerned in the delivery of services, especially in applying for business permits and clearances,” Yujuico said.


Yujuico said that common concerns of business are essentially on the delay in the processing of business permits and clearances which usually take longer than one month.  With this law, applications with LGUs and national government agencies which are not processed within the 3-7-20 (working)-day rule are "automatically approved by operation of law."


“We would not be able to attract new business or investors if we will not correct this systemic process, which actually gives undue burden to our businesses. It should have been addressed long time ago. Nonetheless, we are here to help ARTA successfully implement the law,” Yujuico said.  


Under the agreement, PCCI’s Area Vice Presidents and Regional Governors are deputized as “ARTA Champions”.  Its local chambers are authorized to receive complaints and conduct review before endorsing to ARTA for appropriate action.


PCCI shall also conduct seminars and information sessions to generate public awareness.


ARTA, on the other hand, shall ensure that complaints endorsed by PCCI are acted upon and promptly, and will provide PCCI the information materials to educate its businesses on the provisions of the law.  Likewise, ARTA shall seek the recommendations of PCCI on matters relative to the improvement of regulatory systems, policies, and procedures of various NGAs and LGUs.