ARTA boosts ‘ease of doing business’ by going digital

The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) is working to expedite the streamlining and automation of government processes to encourage business activities and to cushion the economic impact brought about by the pandemic. In a statement, ARTA said it urged local government units (LGUs) to adopt and implement the Integrated Business Permits […]

The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) is working to expedite the streamlining and automation of government processes to encourage business activities and to cushion the economic impact brought about by the pandemic.

In a statement, ARTA said it urged local government units (LGUs) to adopt and implement the Integrated Business Permits and Licensing System Software (iBPLS) being developed by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

The iBPLS is a software that would enable LGUs and their constituents to apply and process business, building permits, and occupancy permits electronically.

LGUs that have already automated their permits systems, on the other hand, are encouraged to start linking their systems with the Central Business Portal (CBP) which will be rolled out by ARTA and DICT by November this year.

“The goal is to have LGUs and National Government Agencies (NGAs) integrate their processes to the CBP to have one consolidated platform that will receive applications and capture application data involving business-related transactions,” the ARTA statement read.

Through the portal, a virtual National Business One-Stop Shop will be made available to the public, making it easier to register OnePerson Corporations and Less than Five–Person Corporations.

The portal was launched on October 2 to select law and accounting firms.

With its national launch in November, ARTA projects that business registration in the country could be completed in one step within just a day in 2021.

ARTA also sought the mandatory on-boarding of trade regulatory government agencies involved in the issuance of licenses, permits, clearances, and certifications for movement (import-export-transit) of cargo to the Department of Finance’s TradeNet System by the end of 2020.

The TradeNet System is the National Single Window System that will allow for the online processing of import and export permits.

The Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has adopted ARTA’s set of guidelines on the issuance of permits while the country continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.

ARTA’s MC 2020-06 or the Guidelines on the Issuance and/or Reinstitution of Permits and Licenses Under the “New Normal” provides simplified, streamlined, and automated standards, measures, and procedures which shall be adopted by all government agencies and offices covered by the Ease of Doing Business Act in delivering efficient and hazard-free services under the “new normal”.

The agency said that it formulated the guidelines to ensure that regulatory requirements do not unnecessarily constrain businesses in continuing to engage in productive economic activities and to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of government agencies during the pandemic.

 

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