5K govt issuances removed by Project Repeal

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AN estimated 5,000 burdensome government issuances have been repealed this year as part of the government’s drive to reduce red tape, an official of the National Competitiveness Council said on Thursday.

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“For this year, roughly 5,000 issuances already covered by this project [Project Repeal], so by next year maybe a lot more” will be canceled, Guillermo Luz, National Competitivenes Council co-chairman said during Second Repeal Day: Public Reporting on Thursday.

“On the ability to get the business permit, the repeal of 5,000 issuances could create a big dent in ease of doing business,” Luz added.

During the Second Repeal Day, 1,062 issuances, mostly Department Administrative Orders, Memorandum Circulars, and Office Orders will be covered.

Project Repeal seeks to eliminate laws that place a heavy regulator burden on companies and reduce the overall competitiveness of businesses in the country.

Project Repeal hopes to further lower the cost of doing business in the country, lessen the regulatory burden, “unbureaucratize” the system, cut red tape and reduce the cost of enforcement.

Ten measures will be subject to repeal while 138 will undergo amendments, 18 will be consolidated and merged, and 896 will be delisted from the roster of active issuances.

Luz also added that, to date, a total of 33,902 issuances have been submitted by more than 70 agencies to the Project Repeal Technical Working Group for review and possible repeal.

“These issuances are undergoing review on a continuing basis, with those passing review scheduled for repeal, amendment, consolidation, or delisting at Repeal Day scheduled twice a year,” he said.

Among the significant regulations that have been amended or repealed include LTO Administrative Order 2016-034 which extends the validity of drivers’ and conductors’ licenses to five years and BOC Customs Administrative Order 02-2016 which increases the de minimis value for imported goods, Luz added.

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