The Department of Trade and Industry recently revoked or delisted department administrative orders (DAOs) affecting businesses that are obsolete, redundant, and no longer relevant in its effort to make the Philippines a business-friendly country.
DAOs are rules, regulations or guidelines prescribed by the department secretary that cover the implementation of laws, executive orders, and agreements and fall within the purview of the department’s various offices and attached agencies.
The DAOs no longer in effect have been repealed, amended, superseded or abolished by a subsequent or new DAO or law.
DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo explained the rationale for this recent move: “The intention is to reduce inefficiency in our processes, especially for frontline services and at the same time make matters simple and readily understood by the public, and in this way, empower our consumers and improve competitiveness of businesses, especially micro, small and medium enterprises.”
He said that this initiative was meant to protect consumers, enable businesses to flourish and encourage people to start new businesses.
Secretary Domingo also expressed confidence that other government agencies which businesses deal with would follow DTI’s cue and make its administrative systems and procedures more simple and easier to comply with.