The Philippine Constructors Association (PCA), Inc. fully supports the Project Repeal of the Philippine government.
"We support the move to further improve the processes and procedures that will encourage efficiency in transacting with government agencies. As a recognized voice of the construction industry, we in the PCA believe that Project Repeal will not only intensify transparency, but will also increase business confidence in the country," said PCA President Dante M. Abando.
The Red Tape Challenge
Red tape as defined in the dictionary is the “official routine or procedure marked by excessive complexity which results in delay or inaction.” While there is an existing anti-red tape act in the country, policy enthusiasts observed its insufficiency to purge the system of complicated processes. As a result, the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) spearheaded the Project Repeal. Initially, a total of 17,388 laws and issuances from the government sector and 351 from the private sector were gathered for review by the NCC.
On the 1st Repeal Day held yesterday June 13, 2016, eight government agencies have committed themselves to the project. The Department of Finance (DOF), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and Department of Energy (DOE) are now scrapping burdensome procedures, obsolete orders, and irrelevant regulations that hinders industry growth and creates confusion in the business community.
A Different Kind of Independence
Launched by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) and the Philippine government a day after the 118th Philippine Independence Day, Project Repeal proponents are optimistic about the multiplier benefits of the project.
“We aspire to achieve another kind of independence: (i) an independence from outdated laws and issuances that place a heavy regulatory burden on business; and (ii) an independence from undue cost of doing business in our country. The work of this independence will be a continuous one," said Finance Secretary Cezar Purisima in his opening speech.
The Department of Finance is starting to delist 3,771 out of the 4,323 department orders issued from 1958 to 2016. According to Purisima their Department found fun and interesting written documents that definitely needs to be delisted and repealed like that of organizing an interbureau sportsfests.
Currently, the Philippines ranked 103rd out of 189 economies all over the world in the Doing Business Report of World Bank. This is a 45 notches improvement for the past five years in terms of starting a business, dealing with construction permits, paying taxes, registering property, enforcing contracts, and resolving insolvency.
With the government and private sector’s cooperation on Project Repeal, doing business in the country is anticipated to further improve.