15 more sectors need to streamline processes

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    BELGICA

    The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) is poised to expand to 10 to 15 more industries an initiative that drastically reduces the number of days, steps and documents required in obtaining permits to operate.

    In a presentation at the Arangkada Forum last week, ARTA director-general Jeremiah Belgica said industries studied by the agency in 2019 that could further streamline procedures are insurance, water utility, mining, education, and money service. Other industries also being eyed by ARTA are food production, food processing, food service; tourism, land and sea transportation renewable energy, construction, healthcare and consumer goods.

    Belgica said ARTA hopes to replicate the success of the National Effort for Harmonization of Efficient Measures of Inter-related Agencies (NEHEMIA) Program to more industries.

    In the telecommunication sector, a joint memorandum circular between ARTA and other government agencies reduced the number of permits from 30 to 8; requirements from 86 to 35 and days from 241 to 16 in obtaining permits to set up a telco tower. About 2,410 permits were facilitated as of early November

    The NEHEMIA Program is ARTA’s flagship program for inter-agency streamlining which aims to reduce the processes, requirements, and processing time by 52 percent.

    ARTA also hopes to streamline the processes in logistics from 209 permits to 24 and 271 days to 35.

    An ongoing effort is on the socialized housing sector where redundant requirements contribute to the delay in the housing development process.