Promise 16: Lower cost of doing business in the country


Posted at Jul 25 2010 12:16 AM | Updated as of Jul 25 2014 07:07 AM


The Promise
''We will increase investments to provide quality jobs for Filipinos by lowering the costs of doing business in our country.
''We will level the playing field for businesses. We will encourage free and fair competition in a level playing field that stresses that one need not be a crony in order to be successful in this country. We will make our bidding and procurement policies and processes more transparent, and punish those who seek to circumvent procurement laws through collusion and other illegal means.

''We will have easier, streamlined business procedures. We will transform our systems to foster service to the public. We will streamline the approval process, not only for setting up new businesses but also in the regular day-to-day transactions with government, such as the payment of taxes. We will do this on a national as well as the local level.''

The Aquino campaign platform: Action plans on Economy

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Related Promise/s
Promise 2: Government transparency: opening up government transactions
Promise 10: Target key industries with greatest potential for growth
Promise 11: Promote entrepreneurship

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