Isko wants anti-red tape law implemented

January 21, 2020
Isko Moreno
Mayor Isko Moreno directs city officials to strictly enforce the ARTA law. Beside him are (right) secretary to the mayor Bernie Ang and city administrator Felix Espiritu (left). Photo by Jerry S. Tan

A STRICT implementation of the law which mandates government offices to produce results on pending papers within two to three days was ordered by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno.

Alongside this, he warned with expulsion those who will not comply with the said law, as provided for under the Anti-Red Tape Act or ARTA law.

Speaking at the weekly meeting of the city’s heads of departments, bureaus and offices, Moreno said that he does not want to sign any documents that have been acted on after a long period of time.

‘Dapat tapusin agad lahat ng papeles. I want the ARTA law to be fully enforced in the city government,’ Moreno stressed.

It will be recalled that Moreno had  launched the Bagong Maynila business one-stop shop which cut business permit applications to just one day and in just one window.  The new one-stop shop was created after the Mayor signed Executive Order No. 8 which promotes ease of doing business in the City of Manila.  

With the creation of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) under the leadership of Atty. Jeremiah Belgica and the issuance of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Ease of Doing Business Law, it is aimed that the delayed processes and corruption involved when doing business anywhere in the country will be eliminated.

Moreno’s move is in compliance with President Duterte’s directive to all government agencies to eliminate red tape which has been a major source of complaints from the transacting public, as well as of corruption.