The Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), through its Productivity and Development Center’s Modernizing Government Regulations (MGR) Program, guested in the DZME’s iARTA na sa Serbisyong Bayan of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) on 1 June 2021. iARTA na sa Serbisyong Bayan is a public service radio/online show that features the initiatives of ARTA on streamlining and reengineering efforts of government agencies, and other reforms on ease of doing business in the country.
The interview focused on the partnership of the DAP and ARTA to advocate for the adoption of good regulatory practices and conduct of regulatory impact assessment (RIA) for priority government agencies. DAP Vice President Arnel D. Abanto highlighted the goal of the MGR Program to contribute to the national government’s efforts to improve ease of doing business by 1) enhancing the capability of regulatory agencies to develop smart regulations and 2) reviewing regulations and coming up with actionable recommendations on how to improve the industry regulatory environment.
Through the project between the DAP and ARTA, 24 government agencies were recently trained on the conduct of advanced RIA, as required by the Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018. RIA is a systematic approach that helps ensure the quality and coherence of regulations and non-regulatory alternatives through a consistent and evidence-based analysis. DAP Vice President Abanto also shared that the DAP continuously provides ARTA with regulatory reform study findings and recommendations on priority industries in line with ARTA’s Program to streamline business processes as well as adopt approaches for more efficient and seamless processes across government agencies.
The interview emphasized as well the DAP’s Regulatory Cost Model (RCM)
Calculator developed by the MGR Program which is a web-based tool that facilitates the estimation of compliance costs of existing and proposed regulations on business, organizations, and individuals. The RCM Calculator helps government agencies in identifying areas where undue regulatory burden can be diminished.
Through the radio program, the DAP was able to promote the timely collaboration between ARTA and DAP for the adoption of good regulatory practices and conduct of RIA as the DAP continues to provide its knowledge and expertise to contribute in the improvement of regulations in the country. It also provided recognition of the various initiatives of the DAP related to regulatory reform for which the host quipped “meron pa lang mina ng ginto diyan [DAP] VP”.