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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Secretary Andanar: Simplified availment of govt services saving Filipinos from much stress

MANILA - Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Wednesday said that simplifying processes to avail government services is making the lives of Filipinos much easier.

In an interview, Secretary Martin Andanar cited policies of the Duterte administration which led to more accessible services. These include the expansion of the validity of local driver’s license and passports.

“Malaking tulong ito sa ating mga kababayan nabawasan po yung sakit ng ulo, yung perwisyo ng mahabang pila doon sa LTO [This is really a big help to our fellow men because they will no longer be inconvenienced by long lines at the LTO],” he said.

“Sa pag-apply ng pasaporte ng  OFWs may one stop-shop. Hindi niyo na kailangan umikot po ng POEA at kung saan saan pa. Hindi na po binibigyan ng pasakit pa ang ating mga kababayan dahil wala naman silang ibang hangad kundi magtrabaho para sa kanilang pamilya [In terms of renewing passports for our OFWs, we have a one-stop-shop for that. They no longer need to go somewhere else other than the POEA. We are no longer giving them that inconvenience because we all know that their intention is to provide and work for their families],” he added.

Secretary Martin Andanar is referring to the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) one-stop-shop for OFWs wherein all government frontline services are made accessible to Filipinos who are currently working or planning to work overseas.

He also mentioned the passage of Republic Act 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018, amending the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007.

In a recent report, the 2020 World Bank – Doing Business Report showed the Philippines ranked 95th out of 190 economies, as delivery of public services were significantly improved.

“Pasalamat tayo si Pangulong Duterte ang naging presidente dahil siya ay may political will at may karanasan sa pamumuno for more than 20 years. Dahil na rin sa kanyang tapang at malasakit ay na manage ng husto itong pandemya at na-minimize ang casualties ng COVID-19 [We are thankful that it is Presidente Duterte, who won for the presidency because he has political will and experience in leadership for more than 20 years. And also because of his courage and genuine concern for all, we are able to manage the pandemic and minimize the casualties of COVID-19],” Secretary Andanar said.