Red tape

Red tape

July 10, 2021 People's Tonight 509 views

IT is said that red tape continues to draw the ire of the people, notably the ordinary citizens, as Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte winds down his stint as President of the Philippines.

However, there are no ifs and/or buts about the determination of Duterte to address corruption, red tape and the nation’s other problems until the last day of his presidency.

Duterte himself has given the marching orders to concerned government agencies to ensure the full implementation of the streamlined permitting process under the EVOSS act.

Senator Win Gatchalian of Valenzuela City said the legislation, otherwise known as the “Energy Virtual One-Stop-Shop,” shows the Chief Executive’s commitment to fight red tape.

Gatchalian, principal author of the law in the Senate, thanked President Duterte for recognizing that EVOSS is an mportant measure in the fight against red tape in the energy sector.

“Red tape is the problem. Ask any potential investor in the electric power industry. The law was meticulously crafted to reduce the number of processes and reduce the number of days in putting up new power plants,” said Gatchalian.

He added: “Wala nang dahilan para manatiling nakabinbin ang mga aplikasyon para sa mga bagong proyekto, lalo na sa kasalukuyang panahon na kailangang-kailangan natin…na masiguro ang (sapat na) suplay sa sektor ng enerhiya.”

In fact, various industry players have said that the recent rotational power outages in Luzon could have been avoided if only there were more power plants in the country.

Fighting red tape will provide new and competitive environment for investors amd address the country’s problem on energy supply, according to the articulate senator.

Like Gatchalian and other well-meaning Filipinos, we believe that the new legislation will spur the construction of new power plants in various parts of this impoverished country.