How to combat “Red Tape” in an island like Boracay



How to combat “Red Tape” in an island like Boracay

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By Noel Cabobos

Red Tape:  Official routine or procedure marked by excessive complexity which results in delay or inaction–Merriam-Webster

The slow and convoluted process of doing business on the island of Boracay has reached an alarming state, and right now, the cries of the business community are reverberatingly louder than all the past administrations combined.

Indeed, right now, the local government unit of Malay under Acting Mayor Frolibar Bautista is implementing the most burdensome regulations so far and he’s actually doing it “big time”.

You see, if it doesn’t pain him to see people queuing up at the local health centers just to apply for the health cards; if it doesn’t cause uneasiness on his part to make applicants going nuts in looking for him just to have his precious signature affixed in their applications; and if he doesn’t give a damn in having applications (both for new business and renewal of business licenses) delayed, then there is something wrong with this acting mayor…definitely something is so wrong.

The practice of excessive bureaucratic rigmarole as what this acting mayor has so far has galvanized in so short a time of his administration is, I think, a portent of the more difficult times ahead of us, and therefore a united action to finally put a stop to it is the call of the hour.

It is very clear now that even at this early, the acting mayor has been able to commit serious violations of The Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018 (RA 11032), a law that amended the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA), by prominently violating the following:

  • Refusal to accept an application or request with complete requirements without due cause;
  • Imposition of additional requirements or fees other than those required;
  • Failure to give the applicant or requesting party a written notice of disapproval;
  • Failure to render government service within prescribed processing time;

Also under this law, the LGU is mandated to establish the BOSS or the Business One-Stop-Shop, but what he did after his assumption is actually the reverse of it thereby the already established BOSS on the LGU’s Satellite Office on the island is now practically non-functioning.

And this situation right now is strangling not only business growth on the island but is also the business owners and their staff as well.

I cannot recall, in the past or recent memory, this kind of situation where hues and cries among both the stakeholders and the employees that loud. It is only this time. Only this time under this acting mayor who, I believe, has just established this unforgettable record of notoriety–the notoriety of denying access to swift and quality government service.

So, as a people affected by this wrong kind of regulation, what do you think shall we do about it? Post on social media? Write about it? Nahhh! Simply not enough.

You see, this acting mayor, one-of-a-kind as he is, has developed and perfected this apathetic attitude towards everybody which is why he just doesn’t give a damn or just couldn’t care less of the sufferings of his constituents.

And this indifference is only teaching us a lesson to be more aware of our rights and be vigilant in defending them.

R.A. 11032 is there to provide simplified requirements and procedures aimed at expediting business and non-business related transactions. It is there to eliminate red tape and to simplify frontline service procedures when you deal with the government. It is there to take positive and effective measures against graft and corruptions. It is there to promote transparency and efficiency in the delivery of government services. But it’s up to us to expose anything that is not in accordance with this law just what the President had underscored upon the passage of this particular law.

Yes, we need to act. And we need to act swiftly.

P.S. Just in case, President Duterte created the Anti-Red Tape Authority to handle issues and concerns about violations of this law. It is currently headed by Atty. Jeremiah B. Belgica with the rank of a Director General. He holds office at the ground floor of HPGV Building (Formerly Accelerando), 395 Senator Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati City.

Good luck!

3 responses to How to combat “Red Tape” in an island like Boracay

  1. Ang masasabi ko dyan

    Dapat meron sila nilagay na
    one sto shop na lahat nandyan na pra hindi paikotikot ang mga tao pra lng mhabol ang dapat tapusin..

    Sana man lng may maitulong yung national goverment sa mga renewal ng mga permits dito sa boracay

    Pahirap ng pahirap
    Kagaya ko.ilang years na din na ito ginagawa ko nag ccomply ng mga lahat na dag dag na requirements pero ngaun super pahirapan..


    1. Baranggay Level (BALABAG): Application of Business Clearance, CEDULA and Brgy.
    Clearance for the staffs:
    * 1 week ma release ( if you have it half way tapos ka na sa mayors permit sa
    daming requirements hinihingi)
    2. Police Clearance: 3-4 days ma release
    3. Licensing – BORACAY ; 15 minutes tapos ka na if complete ung mga papers mo.
    Liban lang kung kulang ung mga papeles mo. (with regards
    sa gross sales dapat klaro nila na both corp and single
    proprietors ; NOTARIZED. )
    4. PESO/ZOONING/ENGINEERING- pag complete ang papers 1-3 minutes TAPOS.
    5. HEALTH CARDS: every resort should have a schedules AHEAD for renewal man or
    new sa lahat ng requirements nila) if so… 1-2 days TAPOS…
    6. FIRE: if ok mga papers nyo… and ready for inspection ang mga establishment nyo…
    at pag walang kulang na requirements like alarm bell, smoke detector fire
    extinguihsers, and others… 1-2 days release Fire Cert.
    7. LICENSING -MALAY: kahit anong laki ng tel. # na sulat mo doon sa papers mo,
    walang tatawag sa inyo… kung ano pa ang kulang. kasi ivirify ni licensing
    boracay pag tinanggap nila dito assume mo na ok ang papers mo… but pag
    dating sa Malay Licencing opis… iverify uli… at kung may lacking papers…
    walang tatawag sa inyo… kayo mismo ang mag follow up doon. Pag doon ka
    ka na sa Malay Licensing opis… ung mama na naga verify ng mga papers,
    pabalang sumagot na paliwanag mo…. (it seems he is not gov. employee)…
    PERMIT… (it takes 5-10 minutes depende kung marami kayo pumipila) then
    if you have the MAYORS PERMIT… proceed ka kay MAYOR BAUTISTA for
    signatures… one on one kayo doon haharap sa kanya… again verify nya uli
    ang mga documents nyo…. ibig sabihin: walang ligtas pag kulang documents
    mo.. kasi… boracay licensing verify… malay licensing verify…. mayors opis
    verify. pag ok ang mga documents mo… 1 minute or less signed… TAPOS…

  3. if fyi sa health card plng pahirapan na hindi maganda yung frontline jn sa center ng Balabag sosmi 2months na di ka nka renewal ng health card mo ang penalty 2000 how come subra pa sa LTO😬😬😬

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