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PGMA wages war vs red tape

By Rose B. Palacio

Pres. Arroyo
Davao City (2 September) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has created a task force in all government agencies and trim transaction costs for businessmen and investors to boost the country's global competitiveness and enhance public service.

The President created an Anti-Red Tape Task Force to help streamline frontline services for business and the public. She instructed the new Task Force to prepare an Anti-Red Tape Module that would be presented at the National Competitiveness Summit, scheduled on Sept. 29 at the Heroes hall in Malacaņang.

President Arroyo said the Competitiveness Summit should focus on five modules representing the themes that she outlined in her State of the Nation Address (SONA), These themes are: 1) affordable wage goods; 2) less tape; 3) better infrastructure; 4) lower-cost electricity; and 5) widespread use of technology.

As part the campaign against red tape, the President told the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) to put up giant billboards in its entrance detailing the procedure for getting BFAD licenses and documents. She likewise asked the Export Development Council (EDC) to identify agencies with problems on customer care so that these could be trained on proper handling of frontline services.

The news Task Force, created by Executive Order No. 557, is chaired by the Secretary of Trade and Industry and composed of full-time representatives from the Presidential Management Staff, the Commission on Information and Communications Technology, the DTI, the Export Development Council Secretariat, and the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC).

The President included the NAPC in the new TF to raise red tape concerns that affect ordinary people and basic sectors. She also invited the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry to send a representative who shall participate full-time in the activities of the Task Force.

Deputy National Security Adviser Virtus Gil of Task Force Aurora, who is in charge of enhancing government frontline services will also work with the new anti-red tape task force. (PIA-XI) [top]

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