RECOGNITION PROGRAM ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COUNTRY’S REGULATORS’ CODE LAUNCHED BY ARTA
03 March 2023 – In line with President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.’s commitment of transforming government services to ensure responsiveness and accessibility, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) has launched the Philippine Good Regulatory Principles Recognition and Awards Program (PGRP – RAP) on 01 March 2023.
PGRP – RAP aims to commend high-performing offices that fully adopt the Philippine Good Regulatory Principles (PGRP), the government’s official regulators’ code, to ensure that policies and regulations are fair and targeted across all sectors.
“ARTA will be recognizing the efforts of select government offices of their successful integration of the PGRP when formulating and implementing new regulations and policies,” ARTA Secretary Ernesto V. Perez said during his welcome remarks.
PGRP consists of ten principles to which regulating and non-regulating government agencies should adhere to: clarity, legal and empirical basis, benefit vs. costs, assessment, engagement, coherence, whole-of-government approach, continuous evaluation, competition, and risk management.
This guide was developed by ARTA with the technical assistance of the United Kingdom Government following international best practices.
In accordance with Republic Act 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business Law, ARTA is mandated to develop and implement a National Regulatory Management System (NPRMS) to which the PGRP is a major component.
The NPRMS ensures that all regulations are rational, fit-for-purpose, and do not add undue regulatory burden and cost to the transacting public and to the government agencies.
These programs, NPRMS and PGRP, are two of ARTA’s programs that are top priorities of the Marcos administration for this year to achieve bureaucratic efficiency.
“We thank our President for enabling reforms in our regulatory environment. We also thank the UK Government for providing technical support to the crafting of the 10 PGRP,” the ARTA chief also stated.
This awards program comprises of three categories—Excellence for Agency, Leadership Excellence, and Employee Excellence. These will be given to covered National Government Agency (NGA), Local Government Unit (LGU), Government Owned and Controlled Corporation (GOCC), State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), and Government Hospitals (GHMs).
The identification, shortlisting, validation, and nomination for the award will be assessed by ARTA in coordination with the agencies’ Committee on Anti-Red Tape (CART).
The event was attended by key government offices, private sector representatives, and development partners.
“We recognize the PGRP as a critical document to guide government agencies on how to properly conduct business, and effectively deliver services through harmonize policy communication. The presence of all agencies here today is a response to the call for transformation and to better regulators,” Office of the President – Presidential Management Staff (OP-PMS) Atty. Kristine Anne DC. Liwanag said in her message of support.
Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) President Atty. Benedicta Du-Baladad meanwhile called for stronger collaborations with ARTA and development partners present for their ease of doing business initiatives.
“MAP fully support[s] ARTA’s mission of transforming the way the government serves and enables its citizens and stakeholders through good regulatory practices, streamlining and reengineering of process, collaboration and application of technology,” she also stated in support of ARTA.
“This [PGRP – RAP] is one of the best vehicles, I also noticed, and I think, the proof of the pudding, [it] is the good things that ARTA is doing,” Northern Samar 1st District Representative Hon. Paul Ruiz Daza declared in his speech.
Meanwhile, British Deputy Head of Mission the Philippines Alistrair White lauded ARTA’s launching of the PGRP RAP.
“UK is a proud partner of ARTA in this sustained area of work, just bought more efficient, transparent, and streamlined regulatory framework for the country,” he said.
“I also look forward to the completion of our other on going projects including the development of regulatory impact assessment or RIA workbook which will kick start the ARTA academy,” he added.
The Marcos administration’s Ease of Doing Business and Anti-Red Tape (EODB ART) Advisory Council convened today, 03 March 2023.
The meeting delved on the administration’s accomplishments being led by the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) as mandated by the Ease of Doing Business Law. The EODB ART Council also discussed and provided recommendations on the implementation of ARTA’s forthcoming policies and programs.
The meeting was lead by the council’s Chairman, Secretary Alfredo Pascual of the Department of Trade and Industry, and its Vice Chairman, Secretary Ernesto V. Perez of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA).
They were joined physically by Department of Finance (DOF) Director Angelica Sarmiento and private sector representative Allan Wong at the Department of Trade of Industry – Board of Investment (DTI-BOI) in Makati City.
The council’s composition is stipulated by Section 9 of Republic Act 11032 and is empowered to serve as the policy and advisory body to ARTA.