President Rodrigo Duterte finally signed into law a new anti-red tape bill that would allow him to “expedite” the processing and release of business permits “in times of national calamity.”
Malacañang released a copy of Republic Act 11517, a piece of legislation that despite being a priority was only signed by Duterte last December 23, or three days before the bill would have lapsed into law based on legislative records.
The new measure gives Duterte the authority to “suspend the requirements for national and local permits, licenses and certifications, and to streamline and expedite the process for the issuance thereof.”
This includes rationalizing even local government permits, subject to consultation with local chief executives. Exempted from the measure’s scope are environmental clearances which means contentious mining projects stuck in waiting for environmental permits would not gain reprieve with the law’s enactment.