Press Release
October 7, 2020


Senator Ronald 'Bato' Dela Rosa called on fellow solons for the immediate passage of the proposed measure that will authorize President Duterte to expedite the processing of government documents.

In delivering a Co-Sponsorship Speech for Senate Bill No. 1844 or "An Act Authorizing the President to Expedite the Processing of Permits, Licenses and Certifications" under Committee Report No. 130, Wednesday, Dela Rosa urged fellow senators to fully support the passage of the said measure which he said would improve the bureaucratic process in the country.

"This is an apt and timely measure that could improve the bureaucratic processes of our country, improve the delivery of service, and lessen the burden of our kababayans in dealing with the government during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic," Dela Rosa said.

The proposed measure filed by the leaders of the Senate, Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Senate Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, and Senator Panfilo Lacson, "seeks to give power to the President in times of national emergency, to hasten and streamline government regulatory processes, as well as suspend or waive the requirements in securing permits, licenses, clearances, certifications or authorizations."

Dela Rosa stressed that the "complexity of bureaucratic process leads to corruption," which adds much burden to the people.

Dela Rosa added that the Duterte Administration is resolute not only in resolving corruption in government but also in penalizing erring civil servants from the national level down to the local government units.

"The elimination of corruption remains the "chief priority" of the Duterte administration. President Duterte has always been adamant in his stance against corrupt government officials and employees. There is a relentless effort of the administration to put up the significant mechanisms in order to end corruption in the government, from the national government down to the local government units," Dela Rosa said.

Dela Rosa also highlighted the efforts of the state to address graft and corruption, such as the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 and the Ease of Doing Business Act of 2018. Particularly, President Duterte also issued Executive Order No. 43 creating the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission.

"We are living in difficult times, and I join the frustration of President Duterte - corruption still plagues the country, and we must not stop fighting it," Dela Rosa stressed.

"Huwag na sana nating hayaan na pumila pa ng matagal ang ating mga kababayan para makakuha at makompleto ang napakaraming mga requirements upang maramdaman ang serbisyo ng gobyerno. Gawin natin simple at mabilis ang mga proseso...Let us all support the passage of this legislative measure," Dela Rosa urged his colleagues in the Senate.

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