Senate Bill seeks to shorten government transactions to three days

The Anti-Red Tape Bill sounds promising.


( Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson has filed Senate Bill 982 on August 3 and it was referred to the Committee on Civil Service, Government Reorganization, and Professional Regulation after the first reading on August 16. "The bill amends parts of Republic Act 9485 to further shorten the deadlines in processing applications to three working days for simple transactions, and seven for complex ones," explains GMA News Online.


At present, the period of processing of applications for simple transactions takes five days, while and complex ones take 10 days.


Lacson is also the main author of the original law which was passed in 2007. In filing the bill, Lacson cited President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to reduce requirements and processing time for applications.


In the explanatory note for the bill, Lacson stated, "It is imperative to revisit and amend certain provisions of the Anti-Red Tape Act to further enhance the efficiency of our public servants through the reduction of the number of days by which government offices must act upon on the applications or requests submitted by the public."


Under the proposed measure, "if a government office or agency fails to approve or disapprove an original application for permit, license or authority within the prescribed period, the application shall be deemed approved." Moreover—unless there are irregularities—applications for renewal of a license, permit or authority "shall be deemed automatically extended if not acted upon within the prescribed period, until a decision or resolution is rendered."

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