June 19, 2018, 7:48 pm
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Zero-based planning pushed to ease doing business in PH

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez is pushing for a zero-based approach in easing doing business in the Philippines as he is now getting worried  the country might not be able to attain the goal of being in the top 20 percentile of countries in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report by 2020. 

Lopez  said in addressing delegates at the  6th Ease of Doing Business (EODB) Summit at the PICC yesterday there is “pressure  for efficiency for government service” more than just the need to improve the Philippines’ ranking from 113th in last year’s report.

Lopez said a change in mindset is necessary in all the agencies and local government units from mere improving business processes.

He said government would have to start from scratch and redo its process, the fastest  way  to leapfrog from the bottom of the list.

“I’m not optimistic of (attaining) the  20 percent if we don’t change the mindset,” Lopez said. 

One drastic change, he said, is by having just one single form applicable to as many agencies with similar requirements.

The same information should be shared across agencies and  do away with the redundant form filing, queuing and waiting for the application for a permit to get approved.

“One form, one day, automate, streamline and end state not just cutting steps, the number of forms and the number of signatories,” Lopez added.

Lopez said the government will look into the possibility of including in the implementing rules and regulations of the recently signed Ease of Doing Business Efficient Government Service Delivery Act (EODB-EGSDA) of 2018 the zero-based planning to get agencies and LGUs to comply.

At the summit, Lopez reported 19 reforms had been implemented by various agencies that will have an impact on 7 out of 10 indicators of the Doing Business Report.

 Quezon City’s Business One-Stop Shop (BOSS) which streamlines the process registration process into just three steps: file, pay and claim. With this, applicants can complete the whole procedure in just one hour, as long as all the necessary requirements are complete.

 Another reform is Securities and Exchange Commission’s Company Registration System which allows the online verification of proposed company name and submission of application for SEC registration and documentary requirements. It also gives the user an option to pay the SEC fees online through the LandBank ePayment.

 The government sees the recently enacted the EODB-EGSDA  of 2018  as the game-changer in our endeavor to ease doing business in the country. 
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