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The Department of Transportation asked the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to approve all pending transport network vehicle service (TNVS) applications with complete documents.

It came after the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) ordered LTFRB to issue certificates of public convenience or other appropriate licenses or certifications to TNVS applications.

ARTA also asked LTFRB to explain its alleged failure to act on applications for the issuance and renewal of PAs within the stamped processing time and the imposition of undue regulatory burden and cost.

LTFRB reportedly requires TNVS applicants to file their application in person as the designation of a representative other than the direct ascendant or descendant of the applicants is prohibited.

ARTA announced that after receiving LTFRB’s response, it would submit a report of its findings and recommendations to President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

In a meeting with ARTA Director-General Jeremiah Belgica, DOTr Secretary Arthur Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade instructed Undersecretary for road transport Mark de Leon to ensure LTFRB’s immediate implementation of ARTA’s order, provided that substantive completion of documents/requirements are met by applicants.

“The LTFRB is further directed to furnish the authority with a list of all pending TNVS applications that have submitted the complete documentary requirements, have duly paid the required fees and have been duly heard from July 7, 2018 until July 24, 2019, but whose CPCs are yet to be issued within three days from receipt of the order,” ARTA said in an order dated August 13.

ARTA also directed LTFRB to review and reverse its Citizen’s Charter, which must be reengineered taking into consideration the authority’s policy recommendations and must include the documentary requirements and processing time specific to TNVS applications.

“The revised Citizen’s Charter must likewise indicate which transaction are considered simple, complex and highly technical in accordance with RA 11032 [also known as the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018],” ARTA said.

The National Economic and Development Authority also urged government agencies to ensure that policies, regulations, and other interventions promote market efficiency and do not inhibit competition and innovation.

“Businesses and consumers benefit from greater efficiency and market competition. Government processes, rules and regulations, as well as issuances, should not be overly restrictive resulting in undue and unnecessary burden to businesses, consumers, and the public at large. We need to have a regulatory environment that encourages— not stifles— productivity, innovation, and efficiency improvements,” said Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia.

“The imposition of additional requirements without due cause restricts the entry of market players or businesses in any industry. Our role in government is to simplify and streamline processes to create an enabling environment that would be beneficial to all in the long term,” said Pernia.

The Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 aims to institutionalize a National Competition Policy that enhances market competition by fostering an environment that facilitates entry of players and supports regulatory reforms.

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