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ANTI-RED TAPE ACT OF 2007

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Transcript of ANTI-RED TAPE ACT OF 2007

AN ACT TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY IN THE DELIVERY OF GOVERNMENT SERVICE
TO THE PUBLIC BY REDUCING BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE, PREVENTING
GRAFT AND CORRUPTION, AND PROVIDING PENALTIES THEREFOR.

SEC. 3. Coverage
This Act shall apply to all government offices and agencies including local government units and government-owned or -controlled corporations 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. 8. Accessing Frontline Services
The following shall be adopted by all
government offices and agencies:

If a government office oragency fails to act on an application and/or request for renewal of a license, permit or authority subject for renewal within the prescribed period, said permit, license or authority shall automatically be extended until a decision or resolution is rendered on the application for renewal: Provided, That the automatic extension shall not apply when the permit, license, or authority covers activities which pose danger to public health, public safety, public morals or to public policy including, but not limited to, natural resource
extraction activities.

SEC. 12. Criminal Liability for Fixers
In addition to Sec. 11 (b), fixers, as defined in
this Act, shall suffer the penalty of imprisonment not exceeding six years or a fine not
less than Twenty Thousand Pesos (P20,000.00) but not more than Two Hundred
Thousand Pesos (P200,000.00) or both fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the
court.

SEC. 2. Declaration of Policy
It is hereby declared the policy of the State to promote
integrity, accountability, proper management of public affairs and public property as well as 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 to 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. 11. Violations
After compliance with the substantive and procedural due process, the following shall constitute violations of this Act together with their corresponding penalties:

ANTI-RED TAPE ACT OF 2007
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A. Acceptance of Applications
and Requests
B. Action of Offices
C. Denial of Request for Access
of Government Service
E. Limitations of
Signatories
F. Adoption of Working
Schedules to Serve Clients
F. Identification Cards
G. Establishment of Public Assistance/
Complaints Desk
SEC. 9. Automatic Extension of
Permits and Licenses.
(a) Light Offense

(1) Refusal to accept application and/or request within the
prescribed period or any document being submitted by a client;
(2) Failure to act on an application and/or request or failure to refer back to
the client a request which cannot be acted upon due to lack of
requirement/s within the prescribed period;
(3) Failure to attend to clients who are within the premises of the office or
agency concerned prior to the end of official working hours and during
lunch
(4) Failure to render frontline services within the prescribed period on any
application and/or request without due cause;
(5) Failure to give the client a written notice on the disapproval of an
application or request; and
(6) Imposition of additional irrelevant requirements other than those listed
in the first notice.
(b) Grave Offense

Fixing and/or collusion with fixers in consideration of economic and/
or other gain or advantage.
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