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PIA Press Release
2008/11/20

CSC slates anti-red tape seminar

by EA Abasquez

San Jose, Antique (20 November) -- The Civil Service Commission Field Office here has slated an orientation seminar on Republic Act 9495, otherwise as "An Act to Improve Efficiency in the Delivery of Government Service to the Public by Reducing Bureaucratic Red Tape, preventing Graft and Corruption and providing penalties therefor," according to information obtained from the office of Atty. Maria Lina Gonzaga.

Invited to attend the activity are the governor, municipal mayors this province, heads of agencies, State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs), Government Banking Institutions and other government offices with their respective heads of departments/division and personnel in-charge of front line services, the source said.

The Anti-Red Tape Act was signed into law on June 2, 2007. The Civil Service Commission as provided for in the law has promulgated the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), through CSC Resolution No. 081471 series of 2008 which took effect on September 8, 2008, the information showed.

The Office of the President of the Philippines issued Administrative Order No. 241 mandating all government agencies to speedily implement RA 9485 and its implementing rules, the source explained.

The one-day seminar has been designed to re-orient the local chief executives and all government officials concerned and those incharge of frontline services on the framework of public service improvement the nature of governance and how poor governance enables corruption and to discuss salient provisions in the implementation of the law, the source pointed out.

The Act requires all government offices including LGUs and the GOCCs to expedite action on all transactions, including the upgrading of frontline service dealing with the public to avoid red tape.

The government officials and officers concerned are enjoined to undergo the orientation since the law has very specific penalties for any violation of RA 9485. This a law with teeth to penalize violators and gives power to the general public to remove abusive officials from office by filing valid complaints against the perpetrators, the CSC added. (PIA) [top]

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