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ARTA outlines measures to fast-track government transactions

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) is recommending measures including extending validity of permits and accepting online applications and payments to be adopted by all government agencies to fast-track and simplify procedures and documentary requirements while the country is in a state of calamity due to the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 outbreak.

In an advisory dated March 25, ARTA said all government agencies, including local government units, are encouraged to fast-track processes to speed up government service delivery while the country is in a state of calamity.

Among the measures recommended by ARTA is to extend the validity of permits, licenses and other similar authorizations that are expiring within the period of state of national emergency, particularly licenses whose application for renewal or extension may not be filed, processed, or are pending approval due to the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon.

Agencies such as the Land Transportation Office and Bureau of Customs have already adopted the measure.

ARTA is also recommending accepting and giving approvals to  applications through email or other online platforms, provided security measures are in place.

Agencies like the Department of Labor and Employment have adopted online submission procedures for reports on flexible working arrangements and application for COVID-19 adjustment measures program, while the Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG is accepting applications for multi-purpose loan and calamity loan via email either through fund coordinators or authorized company representative or directly with Pag-IBIG.

ARTA likewise recommends suspension of notarization requirement for documents to be submitted, unless required by law.

ARTA said agencies may also process incomplete applications, subject to completion after a designated period or when conditions normalize.

The agency said electronic signatures or pre-signed license, clearance, permit, certification or authorization with adequate security and control mechanism may be used.

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