PROJECT I4J JOINS CSC IN FIGHT AGAINST RED TAPE I PUERTO PRINCESA CITY
October 20, 2016
The Civil Service Commission (CSC) brought government frontline services closer to the people of Puerto Princesa, Palawan through the Anti-Red Tape Act or ARTA Caravan in collaboration with the European Union (EU) – funded project “Partnerships for Integrity and Jobs” (Project I4J) and the City Government of Puerto Princesa. The Caravan ran from September 26-28 at the Atrium, Puerto Princesa City Hall.
During the 3-day caravan, the public got to avail of frontline services from participating government agencies, including Pag-IBIG Fund, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Statistics Authority-National Statistics Office (PSA-NSO), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Social Security System (SSS), Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), Philhealth, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Prior to the event, CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala said, “To keep up with the gains in the implementation of the ARTA Program, we have to come up with innovative ways to raise the public’s consciousness that they are entitled to the highest quality of service from the government. Banking on the positive feedback received during the first three legs of the Caravan, we should push this initiative especially now that we have Project i4J and the City Government of Puerto Princesa onboard.”
EU Ambassador and Head of Delegation Franz Jessen graced the first day of the Caravan. He commended this EU-funded initiative which significantly contributes to promote transparency and accountability in different provinces of the Philippines.
Some of the highlights of the Caravan is the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Partnership for Integrity and Jobs and the Civil Service Commission. Another is the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to officially open the booths of the 13 government agencies. The whole community can avail all the services in one location.
Likewise, Civil Society Organizations (CSO), local government units, and other sectors and individuals present were also given the chance to participate in a Town Hall Meeting or “Talastasan sa Puerto Princesa” with Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Rodriguez Bayron, Program I4J Director Dr. Peter Koeppinger, EU Ambassador Franz Jessen, and Director IV Maria Luisa Salonga Agamata of the CSC’s Public Assistance and Information Office and ARTA Project Manager. A press conference took place after the Town Hall Meeting.
On its second day, the Caravan featured Good Governance sessions which include dialogue with barangay officials and students which were facilitated by Project I4J and Bantay.ph, a CSO that uses technology to mobilize citizens to demand good governance.
To close the event, participating government agencies were recognized and were given certificates. Best Booth Award was given to Pag-IBIG Fund from the decision made by the PPS Integrity Circle.
Partnerships for Integrity and Jobs Coordination Office
5/F Cambridge Centre, 108 Tordesillas Corner Gallardo Sts., Salcedo Village, Makati City 1227, Philippines
Phone: (632) 819-7530 / Fax: (632) 893-6198