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Simplified Explained Version, REPUBLIC ACT 9485 - ANTI-RED TAPE ACT OF 2007, Report for PAE1-Service Delivery System, College of Public Administration - Tarlac State University

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  4. 4. 4  On the 19th day of February 2007, Senate Bill no. 2589 and House Bill no.3776 passed before the Congress during its 13th session. (Feb.8 and 20 to be more accurate)  On June 2, 2007 it was signed into law by the president GMA  The IRR of RA 9485 took effect on Sept 5, 2008 via MC 12 issued by the CSC.  As of today, most LGU’s are in the process of integrating and implementing the Act.
  5. 5. 5  Article II, Sec 27 of the 1987 Constitution states that: “the State shall maintain honesty and integrity in the public service and shall take positive and effective measures against graft and corruption.”  The Act was passed in response to the urgent need to establish an effective system that will eliminate bureaucratic red tape, avert graft and corrupt practices and improve efficiency of delivering government frontline services.
  6. 6. 6 “It is hereby declared the policy of the State to promote integrity, accountability, proper management of public affairs and public property as well as to establish effective practices aimed at the prevention of graft and corruption in government. Towards this end, the State shall maintain honesty and responsibility among its public officials and employees, and shall take appropriate measures to promote transparency in each agency with regard to the manner of transacting with the public, which shall encompass a program for the adoption of simplified procedures that will reduce red tape and expedite transactions in government.”
  7. 7. 7  All government offices and agencies  Including local government units  Government-owned or-controlled corporations that provide FRONTLINE SERVICES  Excludes those performing judicial, quasi-judicial and legislative functions – but the frontline services of these agencies are deemed included
  8. 8. 8  If there is only one official next-in-rank, he/she shall automatically be the signatory  If there are 2 or more NIR, the appropriate office order shall prescribe the order of priority  If there is no official NIR present and available, the head of the department, office or agency shall designate an OIC from among those next lower in rank in the same organizational unit The head of office shall prescribe the rules on the proper authority to sign in the absence of the regular signatory, as follows:
  9. 9. 9  Required preparation of a Citizen’s Charter  Distinguished “Simple” and “Complex” Transactions  Criminalizes Fixing  Limits number of signatories to Five (5)  Agency performance to be scrutinized through the Report Card Survey  Grant of Immunity SIMPLE TRANSACTIONS – 5 days  Requests or applications which only require ministerial actions  Those that present only inconsequential issues for resolution by a public official or employee COMPLEX TRANSACTIONS – 10 days  Requests or applications which necessitate the use of discretion in the resolution of complicated issues “Action” - refers to the written approval or disapproval made by a govt office or agency on the application or request submitted by a client for processing (Sec. 4d, RA 9485)
  10. 10. 10 Acceptance of Applications and Requests  All employees shall accept written applications/ requests submitted by clients  Responsible employee shall acknowledge receipt of application/request  Receiving employee shall perform a preliminary assessment of the request and determine the sufficiency of submitted requirements for a request/application  All applications/requests shall be acted upon within the period prescribed under the Citizen’s Charter -- five (5) days for simple transactions and ten (10) days for complex transactions
  11. 11. 11  No application or request shall be returned to the client without appropriate action  In case an application or request is disapproved, the officer or employee who rendered the decision shall send a formal notice to the client within five (5) working days from the receipt of the request/application, stating the reason for the disapproval and a list of specific requirement/s which the client failed to submit  Any denial of request for access to government service shall be fully explained in writing  Limitation on signatories – up to five (5)
  12. 12. 12  Frontline service even during lunch break and after regular working hours;  Wearing of official identification card when transacting with public;  Establishment of public assistance/complaints desk.  To be manned by an officer/employee knowledgeable on frontline services – to be available for consultation and advice at all times (Sec. 5, Rule VI, IRR);  The desk shall be attended to even during breaktime;  Institute hotline numbers, SMS, ICT, one-stop shops or walk-in service counters, other mechanisms
  13. 13. 13 Failure to act on an application/request for renewal of a license, permit or authority subject for renewal within the prescribed period shall automatically extend license until a resolution is rendered on the application No automatic extension or renewal shall apply when the permit, license or authority covers activities which pose danger to public health, public safety, public morals or to public policy including, but not limited to, natural resource extraction activities
  14. 14. 14 Grave Offenses  Refusal to accept applications/requests  Failure to act on application/requests  Failure to attend to clients  Failure to render frontline services  Failure to give the client a written notice of disapproval  Imposition of additional irrelevant requirements other than those listed in the first notice  Fixing and/or collusion with fixers in consideration of economic and/or gain or advantage 1st Offense: 30 days suspension and mandatory attendance in Values Orientation Program2nd Offense: 3 months suspension 3rd Offense: Dismissal and perpetual disqualification 1st Offense: Dismissal and perpetual disqualification Light Offenses The CSC and the Office of the Ombudsman shall promulgate a Values Orientation Program which shall include anti-red tape and anti-fixing workshops suitable for the purpose (Sec. 1, Rule VIII, IRR) “Irrelevant Requirements” – Any document or performance of an act not directly material to the resolution of the issues raised in the request or needed in the application submitted by the client
  15. 15. 15 In addition to the liability for grave offenses, fixers shall suffer the penalty of:  Imprisonment not exceeding six (6) years or  Fine of P20,000 to P200,000 or  Both FIXERS [Section 4 (g), R.A. No. 9485] Refers to any individual whether or not officially involved in the operation of a government office or agency who has access to people working therein, and whether or not in collusion with them, facilitates speedy completion of transactions for pecuniary gain or any other advantage or
  16. 16. 16 Presidential Appointees Non-Presidential Appointees
  17. 17. 17 Any public official/employee or person having been charged with another under the Act and who voluntarily gives information pertaining to an investigation or who willingly testifies therefor, shall be exempt from prosecution in the case/s where his/her information and testimony are given The discharge of co-respondent/accused to be a witness may be granted and directed by the investigating body or court upon the application or petition of any of the respondent/accused- informant and before the termination of the investigation
  18. 18. 18  Published in the Official Gazette on 22 October 2007  The IRR was published in the Philippine Star on 21 August 2008 and took effect on 05 September 2008
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