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PIA Press Release
2009/02/18

Metro mayors' to offer PGMA covenant to standardize gov't transactions

Manila (February 18) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is scheduled to receive from the Metro Manila Mayors in the gathering of the League of Cities of the Philippines, a covenant to hasten and standardize government transactions in the metropolis, a move that is truly attuned with the President's thrust to promote good government and fight corruption.

The presentation to the President of the signed covenant to improve the business environment and competitiveness by simplifying and standardizing business registration and permit processing for new business, is the highlight of the 2nd National Convention of the League of Cities of the Philippines at the EDSA Shangri-la Hotel in Mandaluyong with the theme, "Cities Pursuing Development And Addressing the Challenges of Urbanization."

The Covenant is in line with Republic Act No. 9465, the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007, signed by the President in June 2007, which directs government agencies to modify their systems and procedures to stump graft and corruption in the bureaucracy; hasten government transactions and provide stiffer penalties for those engaging in graft and corruption.

A 9465 provides that government transactions such as applications or renewal of permits, licenses and other documentation should be completed in 5 working days especially for simple cases and 10 working days for more complex transactions or requests.

nder the covenant, the cities and municipality of Metro Manila, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) agreed to undertake re-engineering of their transaction systems and procedures, including time and motion studies to establish a unified procedure for business in Metro Manila and ensure the completion of simple transactions within five days, and 10 days for complex transactions.

The Metro Cities, to comply with the provisions of the Anti-Red Tape Law of 2007, would likewise issue their respective executive orders directing all city departments, offices, and units to implement the standardization of business registration procedures, its policy and operational reforms and guidelines.

To present to the President the signed covenant are Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ronaldo Puno, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Peter Favila, and LCP President Mayor Benjamin Abalos Jr. of Mandaluyong City.

The other Metro Manila mayors who are expected to grace the occasion are Caloocan City Mayor Enrico Echiverri, Las Piņas City Mayor Vergel Aguilar, Makati City Jejomar Binay, Malabon City Mayor Canuto Oreta, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, Marikina City Mayor Ma. Lourdes Fernando, Muntinlupa City Mayor Aldrin San Pedro, and Navotas City Mayor Tobias Reynald Tiangco.

Also among the Metro Manila mayor who will attend the presentation of the covenant are Paranaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe Jr., Pasay City Mayor Wenceslao Trinidad, Pasig City Mayor Roberto Eusebio Jr., Pateros Mayor Jaime Medina, Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Sr., San Juan Mayor Joseph Victor Ejercito, Taguig City Mayor Sigfrido Tinga, and Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian.

Expected to be in attendance are House Speaker Prospero Nograles, Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile, Social Security System (SSS) Chairman Thelmo Cunanan, LCP chairman Mayor Jerry Trenas, LCP Secretary General Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento, LCP executive vice president Mayor Alfonso Casurra, and LCP Vice Chairman Mayor Evelio Leonardia.

The 2nd LCP National Convention of Philippine Cities is a gathering of city mayors, vice mayors, councilors and department heads from the 120 member-cities nationwide to discuss pressing issues pertaining to local governments that include climate change, food security, health and population and resource mobilization. It is also a venue for city officials and staff to dialogue with concerned government officials. (PIA 8) [top]

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