May 28, 2018 — President Rodrigo Duterte officially signs Republic Act No. 11032 or Ease of Doing Business Act, as part of the government’s advocacy in providing a much faster way of accomplishing government transactions.
About the Law
R.A No. 11032, or also known as the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act is actually an amendment of the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007.
According to President Duterte, this newly signed law could hopefully bring an end to the ongoing struggle of excessive regulations especially when it comes to accomplishing government-related transactions.
In a statement made by the president yesterday, he said:
“This addresses the failure of the Anti-Red Tape Act of  to solve the perennial problem of bureaucratic red tape in our government institutions,”
He also added:
“This law will introduce simplified requirements and streamlined procedures that will finally spare our people from the intolerable waiting time and long lines in frontline government agencies.”
What Provisions Are Included?
With R.A No. 11032 coming to play, here are some of the provisions that you need to know:
1. Standardized Deadline
One of the most important provisions that highlights this newly-signed law is the standardization of deadlines when it comes to processing of government transactions.
Government agencies are now required to finish the processing of simple transactions in just 3 days while complex transactions shall be finished within 7 days and those in the highly technical transactions section should be done in 20 days.
2. Signatory Limits
The law is expected to limit the number of signatories required in applying for licenses, clearances as well as permits and authorizations to a maximum of 3 signatories. Furthermore, electronic signatures are now recognized in applications.
3. A Unified Application Form
From piling up various forms, the law now implements the use of a single form which serves as a unified application in lieu of forms for local taxes, sanitary permit, zoning/building clearance and other business requirements.
Check out our blog to review and understand the requirements in legally operating a business here in the Philippines.
4. One-Stop Shops
The signed law also implements the establishment of one-stop shop office in every city or municipality to make sure that applicants can have their documents validated in one stop.
5. A Systematic and Automated Registration Approach
LGUs are now required to automate their permit and license processing systems, saving applicants from tons of paperwork and eliminating errors and omissions from manual process.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is in works to establish a central business portal which will accept applications.
6. Zero-Contact Policy
Another new provision included is the zero-contact policy, which was designed to avoid avoid improprieties within government agency units when it comes to processing business applications.