The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has made an inventory of all its official issuances — such as department administrative orders (DAOs), implementing rules and regulations (IRRs), orders and circulars — to eliminate redundancies and simplify procedures.

After a thorough review of all business- and consumer-related policies and procedures the number of active DAOs has been reduced from 257 to 124.

DAOs are rules, regulations or guidelines prescribed by the DTI Secretary covering the implementation of laws, executive orders, and agreements that fall within the purview of the services rendered by the department’s various offices and attached agencies.

“We have revoked obsolete and non-responsive department orders and expunged them from our working files,” said Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory L. Domingo. “The streamlining aims to provide clearer guidance to our stakeholders and make it easier for them to comply with requirements.”

Secretary Domingo assigned the task of overseeing the review process to Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado of the Management Services Group. In coordination with the department’s Legal Service, she helped the various functional group offices cull the issuances under their purview.

The remaining department administrative orders (DAOs), implementing rules and regulations (IRRs), orders and circulars has been put together in a compendium that will round out DTI’s contributions to the good governance program of the Aquino administration.

“We will talk to other agencies about this effort and hope that our experience will encourage them to undertake similar actions,” the Secretary said.

The compendium strengthens the department’s policy framework and helps ensure the swift and efficient delivery of its services. It is in keeping with DTI’s championing of the Anti-Red Tape Act that won for it the Breakthrough Agency Award in 2014.

The streamlining effort is a further manifestation of the department’s resolve to progressively make it easy to do business in the country.

“Consumers, businessmen and the general public will now have at their fingertips the information they need to start-up, engage in, and grow their businesses,” Secretary Domingo noted.

The compendium will be published on-line and may soon be accessed by the public on the DTI website (