City officials participated actively in contributing inputs to the drafting of Republic Act 11032 or the Act Promoting Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Delivery of Government Services. The City Government has been reviewed annually by the World Bank team in the areas of starting a business (new business registration), dealing with construction permits (for a warehouse), paying taxes, and registering property. In the 2019 World Bank Doing Business Survey, these indicators posted increases in ease of doing business scores, although the Philippines, as a whole, slumped in the “getting credit” indicator.
Also honored were Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri and Congressman Ferjenel Biron, authors of the Senate and House of Representatives’ versions of the EODB law, Court Administrator Midas Marquez, representing the Supreme Court, and Mr. Guillermo Luz, who tireless pushed for ease of doing business reforms when he was Private Sector Co-chairman of the National Competitiveness Council.
With the organization of the Anti-Red Tape Advisory Council, the DTI shall now pass on the lead of EODB initiatives to the new ARTA Council.