The Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NOCCI) through its president, Edward Du, is fully supporting the proposed Expanded Anti-Red Tape Act submitted by Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri to amend the present Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 (ARTA). The main objective of the bill is for all local and national government regulatory agencies, units and instrumentalities to decide on all applications for local or national permits or licenses within 30 days upon receipt of such application. Not doing so will make the government official criminally liable.
Du was in Davao City during the 2-day National MSME Summit where he personally talked to the senator. He added that there are related concerns that NOCCI wants to propose and these are:
(1) the application for any government permit shall be deemed approved if a government office has not acted on it after 90 days and with three written follow-up letters duly received by said office; and
(2) the government permit or license being applied for can be issued after the filing of a mandamus case by the applicant and securing a court order for its issuance.