May silbi pa: 32 biz groups oppose abolition of Anti-Red Tape Authority

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Makati Business Club and 30 other major business groups in the country are opposing the Office of the Ombudsman’s move to abolish the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) for supposedly encroaching on the functions of other government agencies.

In a statement, the business groups said the creation of ARTA through Republic Act 11032 has been a boon for investors.

“While much improvement is still desired in the area of ease of doing business, ARTA, in the 3 short years of its creation, has done its share and delivered through hard work of its people. Approvals for permits, licenses, etc. have been simplified and greatly speeded up,” said the business groups.

“The 3, 7, 20 requirement, detailing the number of days within which approval must be granted, has seen many provincial government agencies and local governments introduce procedures to attain this swift attainment of approval,” they added.

The business groups instead appealed to the office led by Ombudsman Samuel Martires to work with ARTA to continue improving government services.

Other signatories of the petition include the American Chamber of Commerce, the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines, and the IT & Business Process Association of the Philippines.