THE Senate has approved a proposed anti-red tape measure that seeks to give the President of the Philippines authority to simplify bureaucratic processes during national emergencies which, in effect, will improve ease of doing business as well as strengthen the fight against corruption.
Senate Bill No. 1844, which seeks to authorize the President – during times of national emergency – to suspend the requirements for national and local permits, licenses and certifications, and to streamline and expedite the processing for the issuance of the same, sailed through third and final reading in the Senate on Wednesday, October 14.
Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, who is co-author and co-sponsor of the measure, lauded the passage of the bill in the Senate, saying that swifter and more efficient conduct of government transactions during times of national emergencies can also set a benchmark for improving government processes even during normal times.
“Kung magawa nating mas mapabilis ang proseso in times of national emergencies dahil sa batas na ito, subukan na rin nating gawing kasing bilis, mas maayos, at mas maaasahan ang serbisyo ng gobyerno sa kahit anumang panahon,” Go said.
During his manifestation of support for the measure, Go congratulated his fellow lawmakers for the passage of the bill.
“I just want to congratulate and thank Senate President Sotto III, Senate President Pro Tempore Recto, Senator Ping Lacson, Big Brother Minority Leader Sen. Drilon and, of course, our Majority Leader and sponsor of the bill, our small brother, Sen. Zubiri, for heeding President Duterte’s call to take necessary steps to curb corruption and simplify the requirements and steps in doing business in our country,” Go said.
“Importante po talaga ito kay Pangulong Duterte kaya cinertify niya po ito as urgent. It is also my honor to be a co-author and co-sponsor of this bill,” he added.
The senator emphasized that he hopes this is the start of real change in how government delivers public services. He also encouraged Filipinos to help in the efforts to improve public service delivery by reporting wrongdoings or inefficiencies they experience in government processes.
“Know your rights and demand the best public service,” he said.##