Gov’t agencies told to list pending contracts


    The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) has directed government agencies to submit a list of all pending government contracts by December 9.

    Memorandum Circular 2019-024 signed by ARTA director-general Jeremiah Belgica and deputy director-general Ernesto Perez yesterday applies to all government agencies covered by Republic Act (RA) 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act.

    Specifically, these are government offices and agencies in the executive department including local government units, government -owned or -controlled corporations, and other government instrumentalities, located in the Philippines or abroad that provide services covering business-related and non-business transactions.

    The offices and agencies were asked to submit to ARTA the consolidated list of all pending contracts and government services, including the status of these contracts/services, and recommended action on said contracts/services.

    Belgica said this is in pursuance of ARTA’s mandate to ensure compliance with the provisions of RA 11032 and in line with President Duterte’s directive in his speech during the 80th anniversary of the Department of National Defense last November 20 to have all pending government transactions acted on by December 15.

    Belgica also reminded all government agencies to submit their revised Citizen’s Charter by December 6.

    Also yesterday, ARTA met with the Food and Drug Administration on updates on streamlining efforts.

    Belgica last September 9 issued an Order of Automatic Approval and/or Renewal for all applications with FDA.

    During the meeting, FDA presented the updates on their revised Citizen’s Charter, the status and timeline of the implementation of their proposed process improvements, and updates on the list of companies granted with automatic approval and/or automatic renewal in accordance with the abovementioned ARTA order.