Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto on Tuesday proposed to require government agencies to pledge their anti-red tape efforts in the grant of their 2021 budgets.
Recto said President Duterte should order agencies to include in the 2021 national budget their performance guarantees in addressing red tape, “including the speed by which they will process a document.”
“This is the so-called ‘promissory note’ of an agency that is part and parcel of its budget request. Under our budgeting system, the funds it will get is linked to what it should deliver,” he said in his statement.
Duterte said on Monday night that he was mulling to step down from office as he expressed frustration and conceded that corruption in government is difficult to stop. His spokesperson, Harry Roque, however said Duterte will not resign.
Recto said such promises were already contained in some of the proposed 2021 budgets of agencies, such as the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) vow to respond to distress calls within 15 minutes and the Bureau of Fire Protection’s (BFP) guarantee that it will be at the scene of a fire not later than seven minutes after receiving the call, among other agencies.
But he said these performance guarantees should be expanded to include “ease of doing business” targets, whether the application for a document or service is done in person or online.
“Minsan kasi mabilis kung personal kang mag-a-appear sa isang opisina, kaysa sa isang request na pinadala mo through email, or through website kasi hindi naman lahat ay may easy-to-use app[lication],” Recto noted.
He said a minimum processing time should be provided for online transactions as a standard.
Recto said these should be considered and become part of the General Appropriations Act.