Cebu City 2nd District Rep. Rodrigo Abellanosa has sought the passage of a measure seeking to authorize the President to expedite the processing and issuance of national and local permits, licenses, and certifications during times of national emergency.
Under House Bill No. 7831, he proposed that the President be granted the authority to suspend the requirements for national and local permits, licenses and certifications, and to streamline and expedite the processing for the issuance thereof.
He said he filed HB No. 7831 in a move to “somehow lighten the burden” of the country’s enterprises which are adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
He said his measure will allow the majority of businesses to pursue their transactions more easily.
“By streamlining such regulatory activities, contact and exposure may be minimized for such transactions, and at the same time, shortening the turnover periods for the same which will redound to more robust activities for business,” Abellanosa said.
Covered by the bill are all agencies of the Executive branch, including departments, bureaus, offices, commissions, boards, councils, government instrumentalities, government-owned and controlled corporations, (GOCCs), and the local government units (LGUs).
Under HB No. 7831, the President, in times of national emergency, shall have the authority to accelerate and streamline regulatory processes and procedures for new and pending applications for permits, licenses, clearances, certifications, or authorizations including fixing or shortening the periods provided for under existing laws, regulations, regulations, issuances, and ordinances.
The bill also authorizes the Chief Executive to suspend or waive the requirements in securing such permits, licenses, clearances, certifications or authorizations.
Abellanosa’s measure also authorizes the President to suspend or remove, upon the determination of a competent body, any government official or employee who violates the proposed Act.