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Duterte to officials: Use logbooks to keep track of papers

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By Genalyn kabiling

Cabinet members and other heads of government agencies will be required to use a logbook to record all transactions amid plans to “audit” their performance, President Duterte announced last Tuesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during his visit to the families affected by the Taal Volcano eruption at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum on January 14, 2020. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during his visit to the families affected by the Taal Volcano eruption at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum on January 14, 2020. (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO/MANILA BULLETIN)

Bent on cutting red tape in the bureaucracy, the President said he intends to examine these government transactions, including the processing period of permits and other documents in state offices, and hold accountable those who fail to deliver efficient services.

“I will require every department, all of you, Cabinet members, ask the bureaus to have a logbook. The time that the application is — sa bureau, and they have the papers,” he said during the Taal situation briefing in Batangas City last Tuesday.

“You write all the things that you need for a particular transaction or paper or document in your office. Ilista mo doon sa (List it down on the) logbook when it was submitted. Then another logbook or across it is kailan lumabas (when it was released) so I will audit it,” he added.

Duterte also said he would soon issue an executive order to streamline government processing of documents and other transactions to provide efficient public service. He said he was “very impatient” and wanted the government to serve the people better.

“In the next Cabinet meeting, I will already be ready with the executive order. I will ask you to abbreviate at i-limit mo ‘yung opisina na dadaanan ng (limit the number of offices where the document will pass). One table, there’s a corruption. Another table, after the approval, he sits on the papers, waits for the money, then releases the paper,” he said.

Duterte remained frustrated with the apparent slow government transactions that cause public inconvenience.

He said he intends to give regional directors two to three days days to act on pending requests in their offices.

“Beyond that, you have to explain to me why it took you so long to process the paper,” he said.

“The greed, ang ano dito sa gobyerno, at tamad itong mga p***** i***** ‘to (The greed in government and some son of the b*** are lazy) so I want, ‘yong papel, bitawan mo kaagad ‘yan kung…(I want the paper to be released immediately). It’s either if you approve it, do it. If you do not approve it, fine,” he said.

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