PERHAPS because of his excitement on this refreshing piece of news, Secretary Arsi Balisacan of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) announced ahead of the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) that President Bongbong Marcos will issue an executive order (EO) for the quick processing of licenses, clearances, permits, certifications, and authorizations for the infrastructure flagship projects (IFPS) of the administration.
Balisacan told Palace reporters at a press briefing that the Chief Executive approved the proposed order during the NEDA board meeting in Malacañang.
Everybody on the board expressed hope that the executive order being drafted by the Executive Secretary would enable the expeditious processing of licenses, clearances, permits, certifications, and authorizations for the administration's infrastructure flagship projects.
Proponents of the issuance of the new EO are touting that the primary goal of the order is to minimize, if not, eliminate delays in the implementation of the big-ticket projects.
The EO will require all government offices, agencies, and instrumentalities, including local government units (LGUs), to streamline the standard procedure and requirements for the IFPs. The simplified requirements, he said, 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.
In this push for seamless and fast transactions, the NEDA chief is confident that henceforth, electronic applications or application submissions to the concerned agencies and local government units or LGUs including the payments and issuance of receipts would be hastened.
President Marcos wanted a whole-of-government approach by directing national government agencies to automate and computerize their databases. This will promote data sharing among government agencies in order to eliminate the unnecessary duplication of documents submission.
It is timely that this initiative is being seized by the national leadership, as the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and the Clark Development Corp. (CDC) will be among those to benefit from speedy transactions of this nature.
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