THE Anti-Red Tape Authority on Wednesday flagged the Land Registration Authority (LRA) for failing to approve pending transactions with the public on time.

Jeremiah B. Belgica, the agency’s director general, told reporters that out of five “problematic agencies” tagged by President Rodrigo R. Duterte in his yearly address to Congress last year, LRA stands out.

The anti-red tape body had received reports that LRA had not streamlined transactions.

He said LRA’s charter falls under the “3-7-20” rule — simple transactions should be done in three days, complex transactions in seven days and highly technical ones in 20 days.

LRA officials should fix this or face cases for violating the anti-red tape law, Mr. Belgica said.

The agency has ordered all government bodies to approve pending applications before March 7 or face sanctions for inefficiency.

The regulator also asked all public offices to strictly enforce the processing periods prescribed by their charters.

Agencies mentioned by Mr. Duterte — the Social Security System, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Land Transportation Office, Pag-IBIG Fund and LRA — will be prioritized for audit, according to ARTA’s chief.

Mr. Belgica said they would also prioritize the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and Food and Drug Administration. — Gillian M. Cortez