Government bureaucracy has introduced a lot of rules, based mainly on the number of laws passed, thereby making a government agency the bulwark of rules which an ordinary client would fail even to comprehend the initial purpose.  And because the people could not cope with the deluge of rules it must contend with, the legislature, instead of reviewing where it can alleviate the condition, worsened and imposed another confusing layer through the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 or RA 9485.  Civil Service Commission was tasked to checked offices nationwide last year for compliance and it found out that several agencies failed while a remarkable nay, exceptional few excelled.


The Anti Red Tape Act intends to capture the essence of public service by forcing agencies to reduce the time of every transactional period.  But how can agencies do that in the face of circulars, resolutions and laws imploring agencies to introduce more layers for control and revenue purposes.  It is contradictory and confusing. 


For every rule in government introduced by law there is a corresponding payment.  Thereupon, government derives its budgetary lifeline based on the number of controlling layer it must impose.  Worst, every layer requires a fixer to unburden the client.  The antithesis on this move is the Anti-Red Tape Act.   While the law is clear that corruption in government is to be addressed, applying anti red tape principles to a certain extent may complicate solutions.  The first approach must be streamlining.  This means removing redundant layers.  The problem when one transact with government is that there are several requirements needed just to satisfy one request.  For every requirement, the concerned party spends time, money and effort.  There is sanity and honesty in simplicity.


We have a lot of laws already.   Candidates running for the post in Senate and Congress would still court the votes by promising to legislate more.  I have yet to hear someone pursuing laws that would reduce laws.  Instead of proposing for criminalizing some specific acts, why not propose decriminalizing some acts instead.  Why not a law that would streamline, integrate and rationalize, say the correctional service.  In Philippine corrections, while there is one subject—the offender, he is faced with multiple approaches and rules to comprehend, complicating his already complicated life.  BJMP, Bucor, AFP Custodial Center, NBI, PNP, BI have their respective rules on dealing and in the treatment of the so called persons deprived of liberty (PDL) or inmates, convicts, detainees, whatever.  There should be a standard, a national standard to follow.  In a fragmented system, there is no standard and as it were, red tape is almost a feature.


Polish born US immigrant in the 50s Dr. Hilary Koprowski, unheard of even in the academe, was a low key virologist who developed, formulated and made global the application of polio vaccine.  Polio has since been eradicated, what used to be one of humanity’s medical challenges for ages.  Dr. Koprowski crossed over at 96.  He changed and improved, if not advanced that science which would finally define man’s quest for immortality.


A Police Director proposed that parents of neglected children should be punished.  At first glance, recalling scenarios on street corners, parking lots and marketplace where children, almost a summer older than a toddler, roam in shabby and filthy surroundings, the proposal makes sense.  On second look however, it begged for more answers.  When children are left roaming the streets, unattended and at the mercy of the elements, the state should take over.  Not to punish the irresponsible parents but to exercise parental control over the kids.




About vjtesoro

A perpetual student of Corrections

Posted on April 16, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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