Promise 7: Streamlining of the government bureaucracy

Posted at 07/25/2010 12:07 AM | Updated as of 07/25/2014 12:44 AM


The Promise
Government offices will be streamlined and rationalized so that agencies have clear-cut and distinct mandates in order to spur greater efficiency and accountability.

We will reduce red tape, reducing the number of processes required to do business in the country.

We will transform our systems to foster service to the public instead of making citizens jump through hoops. We will streamline the approval process, not only for setting up new businesses but also in the regular day-to-day transactions with government, such as the payment of taxes. We will do this on a national as well as the local level.

The Aquino campaign platform: Action plans on Corruption, Economy

In progress

Related Promise/s
Promise 5: Zero-based budgeting system
Promise 6: Government appointments: follow civil service eligibility rules
Promise 8: Systematic evaluation of government agencies and civil servants
Promise 9: Review of government owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs)
Promise 10: Target key industries with greatest potential for growth
Promise 12: Increase health, education expenditure
Promise 14: Reduce government overhead



 May 25, 2014 - Malacanang promised there will be no red tape in the rehabilitation of Yolanda-struck areas in the country. In an interview with radio dzRB, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the delays in rehabilitation is due to other factors, such as the post-disaster needs assessment from the affected regions. (Continue reading)

March 19, 2014 - More than 5,300 signed the petition launched by Lucell Larawan, an associate professor at the Central Philippines University of Iloilo, another province hit by Yolanda. Larawan said he has heard many stories about difficulties in applying for death claims. “I wanted to tell their story because they had no means to do so.” (Continue reading)

March 5, 2014 - Five government offices in Western Visayas failed the anti-red tape examination conducted by the Civil Service Commission (CSC). (Continue reading)

February 27, 2014 - The Civil Service Commission (CSC) said 67 government offices failed in the anti-red-tape test it conducted in 2013. (Continue reading)

January 23, 2014 - Online application for a National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance will be made available to the public beginning Jan. 24, and Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said the bureau expects this to minimize the current long queues of applicants at the NBI head office in Manila, and its satellite offices. (Continue reading)

January 7, 2014 - The National Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public's understanding regarding the new process in getting a NBI clearance, which is causing long lines outside their main office in U.N. Avenue, Manila. (Continue reading)

April 16, 2013 - Some 150 government offices failed a test for red tape conducted by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) last year. (Continue reading)

April 16, 2013: Some 150 government offices failed a test for red tape conducted by the Civil Service Commission last year. (Continue reading)

July-September 2012: Used to register contractors and to determine their eligibility to bid for a given project, the Civil Works Registry’s structured and systematic procedure has greatly enhanced the objectivity, efficiency, and transparency of the eligibility process, consequently minimizing legal risks and issues. (Continue reading)

July 23, 2012: As of 30 June 2012, 4,112 (75.63 percent) of 5,437 national government agencies/GOCCs/SUCs/Local Government Units (LGUs)/local hospitals/local schools monitored by the CSC have set up their respective Citizen’s Charters to guide the public on how to avail of their frontline services. This is in compliance with the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 (Republic Act [RA] 9485). These agencies are subjected to the Report Card Survey by the CSC to evaluate and assess the quality of their frontline services. (Continue Reading)

July 23, 2012: The following major frontline agencies have streamlined their operations and reduced processing time by around 50 percent: NSO Certificates, DFA Passport, LTO Driver's License, Pag-IBIG Fund. (Continue Reading)

July 23, 2012: The Business Permits and Licensing System (BPLS) program simplified business permits and licenses at the local government level, making 421 of 480 (87.7 percent) target LGUs business-friendly, while curbing opportunities for corruption. The streamlined processes have increased LGU revenues from 12 to 40 percent, as posted by San Fernando, Iloilo, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Calapan, Lapu-Lapu, Butuan, and Cagayan de Oro. The Client Satisfaction Survey conducted by the National Competitiveness Council found that 529 (63 percent) of 838 respondents from 15 regions were satisfied with the streamlined BPLS. (Continue Reading)

July 23, 2012: Launched in January 2012, the web-based Philippine Business Registry (PBR) system integrates the business registration processes of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), BIR, Social Security System (SSS), PhilHealth, and Pag-IBIG Fund, reducing processing time to 30 minutes from 4-5 days. Quezon City was the first LGU connected to the PBR, while the first PBR kiosk was established at the Securities and Exchange Commission. (Continue Reading)


June 28, 2012: In line with the government’s  goal to streamline and rationalize agencies to spur greater efficiency, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has vowed to modify the process of passport application and other consular services to make it more accessible to the public. (Continue reading)

April 3, 2012: Trade Secretary Gregory L. Domingo welcomed the results of a nationwide survey to measure client satisfaction with the ongoing efforts to streamline the Business Permits and Licensing System (BPLS). “We are addressing some of the major constraints to our economic growth in an effort to improve our competitiveness. (Continue Reading)

September 1, 2010: The Quezon City government has simplified procedures for acquiring business permits from as many as 12 steps to 3 in a bid to provide ease to entrepreneurs and eliminate corruption. (Continue reading)