The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) and its partner agencies for the National Effort for Harmonization of Efficient Measures of Inter-related Agencies (NEHEMIA) Program are working on the implementation of the Unified Logistics Pass to facilitate efficient logistics services in the country.
ARTA director-general Jeremiah Belgica in a statement said the pass was derived from the Rapid Pass system technology in which the use of a unified quick response (QR) code will suffice for the movement of goods. They consider the use of a QR code better compared to the previous process which uses various stickers for goods to be transported through local government units and other checkpoints.
Belgica said this will be highly beneficial to the private stakeholders and to concerned government authorities as it will facilitate movement and ease port-entry restrictions.
Trucking companies may avail and apply of the said pass when they apply for a Certificate of Public Convenience or CPC with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board which shall be the system owner of the Unified Logistics Pass.
Once approved, the trucking companies shall be given a QR Code which can be easily scanned by different government authorities including port authorities and economic zones.
According to Belgica, this is poised to streamline the process as it will eliminate the need to apply for ecozone stickers from the Philippine Economic Zone Authority and LGU passes, among others. — Irma Isip