S. No 25S9 H No. 3116
Begun and held in Metro Manila, on Monday, the nineteenth day of February, two thousand seven.
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.4N ACT TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY IN THE DELIVERY O F GOVERNMENT SERVKE TO THE PLBLIC BY REDUC71\IG ' BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE. PRE\IENTI"TIN GRAFT AND CORRIJPTION, AND PROVIDING PENAIXES THEREFOR
f Be i f eimcted by flze Scnufe und House o Represeiztntives of tke Philippines in Congress assembled:
1. SECTION Short Title. - This Act shall be known a s the "Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007".
SEC.2. DecIai-ation of Policy. - I t is hereby declared the policy of the State to promote integrity, accountability, proper management of public affairs and public property a s well as .....-.nj
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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 t o 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. SEC. 3 . Coverage. - T h i s Act s h a l l apply t o all government offices and agencies including local government units and government-owned or -controlled coi-porations that provide frontline services as defined in this Act. Those performing judicial, quasi-judicial and legislative functions are excluded from the coverage of this Act.
SEC. 4. Definition of Teur~s. As used in this Act, the following terms are defined as follows:
(a) ”simple Transactiozls” refer to r e q u e s t s or applicatioiis submitted by clients of a government office or agency which only require ministerial actions on the part of the public offjcer 01% employee, or that which present only inconsequential issues for t h e resolution by a n officer or employee of said government office. ( ) ‘Coiiiple,~Transactions” refer t o r e q u e s t s or b applicatjons submitted by clients of a government office which necessitate the use of discretion in the resolution of complicated issues by an officer or employee of said government office, such transaction to be determined by the office concerned.
(c) “Frontline Service” refers to t h e process o r transaction between clients and government offices or agencies involving applications for any privilege, right, permit, reward, license, concession, or for a n y modification, renewal or estensioii of the enumerated applications and/or requests which are acted upon in the ordinary course of business of the agency or office concerned.
(d) ‘Xction” refers to the written approval or disapproval ’ made by a government office or agency on the application or request submitted by a client for processing. (e) “Officer or Employee” refers to a person employed m a government office or agency required to perform specific duties and responsibilities related to the application or request submitted by a client for processing.
( “Irrelevant requ&inents”refer to any document or 0 performance of a n act not directly material to the resolution of the issues raised in the request or needed in the application submitted by the client. (9) ‘Fixer”refers to any individual whether or not officially in:olved in the operation of a government office :ir agency who has access to people working therein, and whether or not in collusion with them, facilitates speedy coinpletioii of transactions for pecuniary gain or any other advantage or coiisideration. SEC. 5. Reengineering of Systems and Psocedures. - All offices and agencies which provide frontline services are hereby mandated to regularly undertake time and motion studies, undergo evaluation a n d...
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