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Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has co-sponsored a bill that  seeks to authorize the President – during times of national emergency – to suspend the requirements for national and local permits, licenses and certifications, and to streamline and expedite the processing for the issuance of the same.

During the Senate regular session on Wednesday, Go expressed his support for Senate Bill No. 1844, saying that it is one of the measures requested by President Rodrigo Duterte from Senate President Vicente Sotto III to fight corruption in the government.

“We have to take radical steps to cut corruption and simplify the requirements and steps in doing business in our country,” Go explained.

He explained that President Duterte was clear in his message and has built this administration on a strict anti-corruption stand.

“This is especially important in these times as our economy recovers from the results of the (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic,” Go emphasized.

He added efforts must be directed in fixing the bureaucratic problem, not just to improve ease of doing business but also to curb corruption.

At alam mismo ng mga negosyante ‘yan, ‘yung mga pinapatulog (na papel). Para sa amin ni Pangulo, this is plain and simple negligence po on the part of the government worker. Merong tinatago at merong hinihintay. At mismo pong si Senator Cynthia Villar, alam niya, dahil nagnegosyo po ‘yung pamilya nila sa Davao (And businessmen know that – their papers are not being acted upon. To us and the President, this is plain and simple negligence on the part of the government worker. And even Senator Villar knows that as her family does business in Davao),”  Go explained.

Go echoed Duterte’s remarks that the current administration must make government transactions more efficient and responsive to the needs of the people.

While a lot still needs to be done, Go acknowledged that the government has made progress in its fight against red tape.

“Matagal na pong problema ito. Kung hindi pa magsabi ang Pangulo, hindi pa rin ito mabibigyan ng pansin. In fact, sabi po ni Secretary Año noong Lunes, bumilis ang pag-approve ng mga LGUs ng permits and licenses. Tumaas ang number of approved applications (This has been a perrenial problem. If the President did not emphasize that, that issue would not be addressed. In fact, Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año last Monday said the approval of local government units of permits and licenses is now faster. The number of approved applications also increased),” he said.

Go also urged the Filipino people to help the government by reporting any wrongdoings and filing appropriate complaints against erring government officials.

“Where you see opportunistic public officials, file complaints. Point them out to us and we will see to it that they are held accountable,” he said, urging Filipinos to know their rights and demand the best because they deserve the best from their government.

Go thanked government workers who have untiringly dedicated their lives in serving the Filipino people especially during the crisis brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. He, however, called out erring officials and warned them that they will be held accountable for their misgivings.

Go also acknowledged and thanked the members of the Senate minority bloc for supporting the President’s call to immediately address perennial problems in government caused by bureaucratic inefficiencies and systemic corruption.

“I just want to extend my sincerest thanks to our Big Brother, Sen. (Franklin) Drilon, for his willingness to help the administration in our fight against corruption, it only shows we are one against corruption,” he said. 

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