Marcos to order govt to simplify, speed up approval of flagship projects

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network): President Ferdinand Marcos Jr is set to issue an executive order (EO) to expedite the process of getting necessary documents for infrastructure flagship projects (IFP).

This plan was reported by National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Secretary Arsenio Balisacan (pic) in a Palace briefing on Thursday (Sept 21).

He said the government is finalising the EO’s details.

He did not specify when the directive will come out.

“The Neda Board confirmed the proposed Executive Order that will enable the expeditious processing of licences, clearances, permits, certifications, and authorisations for the Marcos Administration’s Infrastructure Flagship Projects or IFPs,” said Balisacan.

“The primary goal of this proposed EO is to minimise, if not eliminate, delays in the implementation of IFPs,” he explained.

The EO is mandating all government offices, agencies, and instrumentalities, as well as local government units, to simplify the process for IFPs.

“The simplified requirements will be applicable to both pending and new applications within the NEDA Board-approved list of IFPs, as well as any additions to the updated IFP list,” the Neda chief said.

The EO will also allow electronic online submissions to the government agencies concerned.

“In line with this, the Anti-Red Tape Authority, or ARTA, in coordination with NEDA, shall establish a reporting framework to track agencies’ compliance,” he added.

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