The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) will start talks on the adoption of an online booking system at Matnog Port in Sorsogon province after reports of fixing and red tape in the area, it said in a statement on Friday. 

The agency said the online booking system is expected to cut regulatory burden at the port. It is also investigating reports of fixing and other forms of red tape at the port. 

A joint memorandum circular will be drafted among agencies including the Maritime Industry Authority, which will include provisions on opening a one-stop-shop at Matnog Port, bundling of fees and barring entry without an online booking. 

“The problem of red tape requires a whole-of-nation approach,” ARTA Director General Jeremiah B. Belgica said. “Each one of us has a part to play in the fight against red tape and we must play it well.” — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave