One of our focus areas is creating a business environment that is simple, efficient, and sustainable. Regulatory Impact Assessment or RIA is all about simplifying regulations to achieve greater results. In short, it aims to cut “red tape”.
Photo taken from Bohol Tourism Office
Less Is More
Unnecessary or excessive regulations can affect economic development. Through RIA, we assess existing laws and regulations and help streamline these to enhance the business environment within the tourism industry. We use RIA to align regulations with best practices to ease compliance and reduce regulatory costs that impact on business. Simply put – in RIA, less is more. Streamlined regulations usher in better business opportunities for the tourism industry.
Transparency and Consistency of Regulations
Our vision is to be able to create a business friendly environment where regulations are transparent, consistent and unnecessary rules are removed. We likewise focus on raising awareness and making our efforts sustainable by educating our partners in the tourism industry to the new system. The cooperation of our partners – the Local Government Units (LGUs), tourism stakeholders and local businesses -- will be vital in guaranteeing the success of this initiative.
Cutting the Red Tape
RIA is useful in reducing and preventing “red tape” that burdens business operations. Our RIA team helps identify which the processes and requirements imposed by a regulation that contribute to the delay and add to compliance costs. Once identified, we make recommendations to ease the burden and simplify the processes and regulatory requirements.
Our Tasks: Train and Review
In the past months we implemented training programs designed to build the competence of DOT employees and its attached agencies to conduct RIA. For the duration of the project, the Department of Tourism will review 10 regulations through the RIA framework . The first Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS), focuses on regulations governing scuba diving, has been completed and will be released for public consultation in December 2014. Scuba diving is an important tourism growth area in the Philippines and streamlining its regulations will help us serve this tourism segment even more.
As of date the DOT has reviewed the following regulations and completed regulatory impact statements on the following:
- Rules and Regulations Governing SCUBA diving
- National Accommodation Standards Primary Tourism Establishment Accreditation Fees
- Rules and procedures governing the conduct of Marine Wildlife Tourism Interactions in the Philippines
- Travel Tax
- Special Resident Retiree's Visa Application Fee
- Improving Access to Duty Free
- Ecotourism Standards
- Investment Options for the Philippine Retirement Authority
We aim to influence the regulation making policies and procedures of LGUs through RIA in the four pilot areas -- Bohol, Cebu, Davao, and Palawan. The key to the success of RIA is to actively involve LGUs in the process and to date, our RIA team provided technical training to 100 LGU officials.
In March 2016, two local government units were awarded grants to undertake a regulatory impact assessment. The Island Garden City of Samal was awarded a grant to review and prepare a regulatory reduction strategy on the implementation of the City's Environmental Users fee; Puerto Princesa City was awarded a grant to review and prepare a regulatory reduction strategy on their Tourism Code.