DTI: Improving PH
competitiveness a must
UK helps PH cut red tapes
through a P1.1M-worth program
October 5, 2016
MAKATI CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez
emphasized the relevance of improving the country’s competitiveness,
during the ceremonial contract signing on 4 October between the
Philippines and the United Kingdom (UK) on a project that aims to
provide technical assistance to reduce red tape in the business
Timely and relevant, the UK
through the Asia Pacific Bilateral Programme Fund granted technical
assistance to the National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines
(NCC) to support the Project Repeal, an initiative inspired by the
UK’s Red Tape Challenge, which addresses growing need to cut red tape
across the bureaucracy.
“Project Repeal, an
initiative geared towards eliminating red tape by systematically
removing redundant, antiquated and burdensome policies in government
agencies shall facilitate us in achieving this end,” Sec. Lopez said.
The trade chief also said
that the UK’s assistance, which amounts to £17,969 (approximately P1.1
million) that will run until January 2017, shall capacitate Project
Repeal in terms of development, pilot-testing and initial roll-out of
the Standard Cost Model.
The Standard Cost Model will
provide a statistically valid and reliable method in estimating the
regulatory burden imposed by existing regulations on businesses.
The assistance will also be
used to conduct a series of activities, including supplementary focus
group discussions that will be held in several regions in the country
to have a wider stakeholder engagement and ensure the project’s
greater impact, according to NCC.
Based on the Global
Competitiveness Survey done before the May 9 election, the Philippines
slipped 10 notches to 57th place, from 47th place. The trade chief
reiterated President Rodrigo Duterte’s marching orders to improve
competitiveness and the ease of doing business by reducing the
processing time for business licensing and permit system.
Joining Sec. Lopez in the
ceremonial signing were UK Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad,
DTI Assistant Secretary Arturo Boncato and Private Sector Chairman of
the NCC Guillermo Luz.