ARTA to resume surprise inspections in LGUs, NGAs

ARTA to resume surprise inspections in LGUs, NGAs

MANILA – The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) will resume its surprise inspections in local government units and national government agencies to ensure that all processes are streamlined for the people’s convenience.

Secretary Jeremiah Belgica, director general of ARTA, said they assess the processes of the agencies, offices, and bureaus that they visit and give them recommendations on how to strengthen their streamlining efforts.

The surprise inspections are also helpful to catch government workers or officials who violate Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018, Belgica said over an interview with Radyo Pilipinas on Monday.

ARTA recently filed complaints against four Register of Deeds officials who were found to be implementing cut-off schemes and other ease of doing business violations during surprise inspections before the Office of the Ombudsman.

The said inspections will be done as ARTA marks its third anniversary this month.

Belgica said they made rounds in all business one-stop shops (BOSS) set up by LGUs in Metro Manila in January 2021.

He reminded LGUs that they only have until June 2021 to automate their transactions by putting up electronic business one-stop shops (eBOSS).

Meanwhile, ARTA also checks on national government agencies and their attached agencies that are now required to issue secondary licenses to integrate with the Central Business Portal as provided by Section 13 of RA 11032.

Belgica urged government offices to effectively comply with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s order to simplify and streamline processes by coordinating with each other.

“Mahirap mag-deal with the government ‘pag hindi nag-uusap (It’s difficult to deal with the government if there is no coordination),” he said in a news release on Tuesday. “Malaking bagay na ang Pangulo mismo ang nagsabi na pasimplehin ang mga proseso dahil ang streamlining ngayon ay hindi na optional, kung hindi kailangan na talaga siyang gawin (The President’s directive to simplify the process is a big help because streamlining now is not optional, but it must be done).” (PNA)

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