Ease of Doing Business: Duterte wants 'burdensome' processes stopped

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 27 2020 02:58 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at the Presidential Palace on Feb. 26, 2020. Simeon Celi, Presidential Photo

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte ordered state agencies to stop "burdensome" processes and retain only the "necessary" ones to support the implementation of the country's first ever Ease of Doing Business law.

Excessive regulations bloat the cost of setting up a businesses and discourage private investments, Duterte said in an administrative order released Thursday.

"All processes in excess thereof, including those which are redundant or burdensome to the public, shall be deemed manifestations of overregulation and shall be removed accordingly," the President said in the order signed on Feb. 21.

"All of the established processes of government agencies for the availing of their services will be scrutinized to ensure that there is no overregulation," he said.

Government agencies were given 2 months to submit to the Anti-Red Tape Authority a report on their compliance with the Ease of Doing Business Act.

The report should contain particular steps or procedures, requirements and processing times for transactions, according to the order.

Government agencies are also required to submit a list of its regulations and the legal bases for these.