Red Tape: The Unwanted Cholesterol
By: Jesus Kristian King P. Calugay
Red Tape? What is it? Is it a new kind of packaging tape? Is it some kind of new recording device? Is it a new underground band’s merchandise? Or was it a new brand of soup? Apparently not, since I can always hear this term on the tube and papers.
But one thing is certain, it’s as popular as a rock star on a band tour.
Red Tape is described as disproportionate policies which usually involve filling-up or signing of unnecessary papers, attaining unnecessary licenses, having multiple individuals or committees approve a decision, and various low-level rules that make conducting affairs slower and more difficult. Red tape has been alive in our government up to present, causing numerous conflicts within government offices. So, what’s the big deal about red tape?
Scenario: you woke up one morning and decided to get your very own driver’s license. Then arriving at the Land Transpo Office you notice a very unusual parade. Is there a carnival in town? Wait! That’s no parade! That’s the line! Whoa! Tough, a day is not enough to finish registering and processing your license. Whoa!
I know you guys are fond of filling-up skyscraper-like documents and standing still in stretched out lines more than I do. Usually it takes forever to just move an inch, right? Red Tape plays a role in the slow progression in the process of your documents and requests. The redundant bureaucratic policies have created flaws inside the system which very much lead to substandard results of services rendered to us. One of these so called flaws is graft and corruption of your public service office. Rather than to create a systematic approach to public service and government transactions…we, the average citizen of the Democratic Philippine Nation, is experiencing turtle slow development and poor quality service. What a drag, isn’t it?
No one can deny that Red Tape is present in the government system, and it is causing troublesome effects to everyone. How can the government provide excellent public service if the complexity, costly and unnecessary policies has formed into complication and corruption? Business sector also suffers from all the redundant rules and procedures. The sluggish progress has done so much as to slow the growth of these firms. Slow is not a good thing when it comes to production and the overwhelming snail-like advancement is not an ideal entity which should be present in the government. Thus, creating unjust and miserable ends.
So, what action did the government undertake in such drastic matter? Last July 8, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Executive Order No. 557, establishing an Anti-Red Tape Task Force composed of members from the Presidential Management Staff, the Commission on Information and Communications Technology, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Export Development Council Secretariat, and the National Anti-Poverty Commission. One of the proceedings of the Anti-Red Tape Task Force is the “Simplification of Civil Application System” which consists of a series of interrelated activities intended to minimize if not totally eliminate red tape in LGU transactions. Appropriate capability building interventions shall be provided to local government officials and functionaries to enable them develop and sustain simplified regulatory system thereby ensuring investment-friendly rules and procedures in local government transactions.
The program aims to promote transparent, accessible and simplified transactions especially on the issuance of business permits and licenses, rationalize local rules and procedures to create an environment ideal for investments in the locality,
Ok, now that the government got there toes on the job, but will it reduce the treat of Red Tape? Will there response be enough to eliminate or reduce the clog in the system? Or will we still continue experiencing the slothfulness of Paper Works? Fast pace and immediate development is needed in the growth of a country. But it won’t be funny if we observed the slow evolution of service and government offices.
I agree that there must be something to be done. Refining and deregulating the bureaucratic policies are recommendations which must be considered. Action must be taken place to reduce the damage created. It will take more than a slight push and pull to untangle this knot. Cholesterol is bad for you, just like Red Tape.