CDC and ARTA reach an agreement to facilitate the transport of goods to Clark

EASIER GOODS TRANSPORT PASS IN CLARK. Clark Development Corporation (CDC) CDC President and CEO Manuel Gaerlan (third from right) and Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) Deputy CEO for Usec Operations. Ernesto Perez (second from left) recently signed a memorandum of understanding and joint circular for the implementation of the Unified Logistics Pass (ULP) in the Clark Free Zone. (CDC-CD)

REQUIREMENTS and procedures for transporting goods within here will now be simplified through the Unified Logistics Pass (ULP) which is expected to launch soon.

This, after the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) and a Joint Circular (JMC) for the pilot implementation of the ULP.

Manuel Gaerlan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CDC and Deputy Chief Operating Officer of ARTA Usec. Ernesto Perez signed the agreement in a ceremony held at CDC headquarters.

According to ARTA, the application of the ULP will streamline the requirements for a unified quick response (QR) code that will eliminate the variable and separate passage stickers required by economic zones, ports and local government units (LGUs). ). The use of the ULP will also facilitate easier movement of products and ease port entry restrictions.

In a statement, Gaerlan said the ULP will step up promotion of the “ease of doing business” in the Freeport. He also thanked ARTA for their strengthened partnership and expressed his optimism for the provision of ULP.

“We thank ARTA with this Memorandum of Understanding and Joint Circular on the application of the ULP and welcome this development at Clark,” Gaerlan added.

For his part, Perez highlighted the benefits of using ULP for trucks, vehicles and logistics. He mentioned that it would also be beneficial in ensuring unhindered business operations for investors.

“We are so happy that Clark Development Corporation is open to this idea as it will eliminate ‘colorum’ trucks and vehicles and also avoid other issues. It will also provide assurance to investors, trucks and logistics owners that they will be allowed to travel seamlessly and unhindered, while protecting their investments,” Perez said.

The implementation of the ULP supports Republic Act 11032 or also known as the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Delivery of Government Services of 2018, which was enacted during the Duterte administration. This law aims to streamline the current systems and procedures of government departments. It also compels all government offices and agencies to adopt streamlined processes that will cut red tape and speed up government transactions.

Other officials who witnessed the signing include CDC Assistant Vice President for Business Enhancement Group Atty. Noelle Mina Meneses, CDC manager for the Public Safety Division, BGen. Antonio Rosario, CDC-PSD Deputy Director Robin Cenzon, CDC IV Realtor Joseph Robert Franco, CDC Deputy Corporate Planning Division (CPD) Director Elizabeth Magat and CDC III DPC Officer Yolanda Pinlac.

Also in attendance were ARTA V Project Development Manager Luminada Rotol and ARTA IV Project Development Rudyard Dominick Hipe.

Agencies and organizations that have also committed to supporting the ULP program include the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA ), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), University of the Philippines Public Administration Research and Extension Services-Regulatory Reform Support Program for National Development, World Bank and DevConnect Philippines Inc.

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