By Kris Crismundo, October 29, 2021; Philippine News Agency

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1158163

Manila – The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) has launched the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) manual to ensure that new policies being introduced by the government do not add undue regulatory burden to citizens.

ARTA deputy director general Ernesto Perez said all proposed regulations of the executive department including national government agencies (NGAs), government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), government instrumentalities, and all local government units (LGUs) that provide services for business- and non-business-related transactions shall undergo RIA.

“Its ultimate objective is to examine the different policy options and identify the best policy option that would deliver the greatest net benefit to the people of the Philippines taking into account all the benefits and costs of the regulation,” Perez said during the launch Thursday.

Legislations by the Congress, taxation measures, budget-related issuances, and projects and programs with international development partners are exempted from the RIA process.

One of the benefits of the RIA process is that it also allows participation of the public in policy formulation, which gives the people a sense of ownership over a regulation.

“Our goal to make the Philippines a truly just and progressive nation begins by ensuring good regulatory governance and efficient delivery of government services. In keeping with our mandate, the Anti-Red Tape Authority has always hoped to eliminate unnecessary regulatory burdens while optimizing the efficacy of existing government regulations and practices,” ARTA director general Jeremiah Belgica said.

ARTA has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development and the University of the Philippines Public Administration Research and Extension Services Foundation, Inc.-Regulatory Reform Support Program for National Development for the crafting of the manual.

The manual can be accessed through bit.ly/RIA_Manual

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