Dominguez creates Anti-Red Tape Team

Dominguez creates Anti-Red Tape Team

Appoints Undersecretary Gil Beltran as chair

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Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has formally created the Anti-Red Tape Team at the Department of Finance (DOF) and has appointed Undersecretary Gil Beltran as its chair.

This is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s very first directive for all government offices to provide fast and hassle-free frontline services to the public.

In Department Order No. 38-2016 signed on July 18, Dominguez directed the anti-red tape team to formulate measures designed to speed up work-related processes not only at the department but also in DOF-attached agencies such as the Bureau of Customs (BOC), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and government-owned and –controlled corporations (GOCCs).

(Read the Department Order here.)

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez

“The Department is committed to streamline the delivery of government services and intends to pursue this by designating employees and officials specifically for this purpose,” Dominguez said in the DOF order.

The order is in support of Republic Act No. 9485 (or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007) which mandates all public offices to implement measures promoting transparency and simplified procedures as well as expedite transactions in government.

RA 9485 also calls for effective practices aimed at preventing graft and corruption in government offices.

Duterte had ordered all department secretaries to cut red tape in their respective offices in his first Cabinet meeting at Malacañang on June 30.

Beltran
New DOF anti-red tape czar Gil Beltran

Beltran, who was the head of the DOF’s Office of the Chief Economist and concurrent undersecretary for Policy Development and Management Services Group from 2008 to 2013, said the main objective of the Department Order is to find ways to enable the public to transact with the Department at a faster pace at least cost.”

“The public deserves nothing less,” he said.

The anti-red tape team will be composed of all members of the DOF’s Task Force/Committee on Citizen’s Charter plus one representative each from the respective Citizen’s Charter committees of DOF-attached bureaus and agencies.

Other members of the Team may also be designated by the finance Secretary.

Dominguez called on other DOF units, bureaus, attached agencies, and state-run corporations to provide assistance and other resources as needed by Beltran’s group.

“This order shall take effect immediately and all concerned shall be guided accordingly,” the Secretary said in his order.




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