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Youth group backs DU30’s campaign against red tape

A group of young and passionate individuals stressed their commitment in fighting inefficiency in the bureaucracy by proclaiming support for President Duterte’s anti-red tape team for government owned- and -controlled corporations (GOCCs).  
Bantay PH, a movement of youth volunteers, is at the forefront of efforts to curb red tape, which is the precursor of corruption.
Finance Sec. Sonny Dominguez recently bared the creation of the Anti-Red Tape team tasked to speed up processes for all GOCCs.
Dominguez’ directive on the creation of the anti-red tape team is aligned with President Duterte’s call on his secretaries to reduce redundant requirements and processing time for applications in a department or agency.
In a report “Improving the Citizen Experience: How the Anti-Red Tape Act is shaping public service delivery in the Philippines,” Bantay PH noted the government agencies that have the most number of complaints  filed in the Civil Service Commission hotline from 2013-2015.
In the 2015 report, four of the top 10 agencies are GOCCs, with Social Security System consistently ranking second since 2013 after the Land Transportation Office.
The other GOCCs included in the 2015 report are the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF), Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).
Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), which ranked 3rd in 2013 and 8th in 2014, has managed to get out of the top 10 list and is considered by the CSC as a primary example of resolving client complaints.
GSIS received high scores on the Report Card Survey, earning them a Seal of Excellence from the CSC in 2015.
The document also reported a notable increase of “excellent” agencies, with the number of “failed” agencies decreasing since 2012. Happy Feraren, co-founder of Bantay PH, said the Duterte administration should “leverage on the learnings of the past to best enact anti-red tape strategies.”
She further said the creation of anti-red tape team for GOCCs is a welcome development for the business industry and entrepreneurs as a whole.
 “We studied red tape implementation in the past years, and we know that it is a matter of good governance. It should be everyone’s responsibility as much as the government’s,” says Feraren.
The youth group encourages the public to take a more proactive stand against red tape and corruption.

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