GOVERNMENT CENTER, PALO, Leyte- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) will be conducting an anti-red tape(Arta) caravan in partnership with the United Nations Development Program(UNDP) on February 15. The caravan, with a theme “Mga Batan’on, Kasugbong han Maupay na Pangobyernohan” will be held at the Leyte Normal University(LNU) HRDC Hall in Tacloban City. Victoria Esber, CSC regional director, said that the objective of the Arta caravan is to inform the youth and promote the awareness of the Republic Act 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act as a way to help improve delivery of government services and avoid any possible corruptions.

“Since the implementation of the ARTA more than five years ago, we felt that the youth is not thoroughly aware of the rules in good governance” Esber said, citing reason for the holding of the caravan. Students coming from LNU, Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU), Visayas State University (VSU) Baybay and Saint Paul’s School of Professional Studies are expected to attend the gathering. Each of these schools is to send 50 of their graduating students.

Esber said that CSC Chairperson Alicia de la Rosa-Bala will attend the activity to interact with the participating students. Aside from the CSC, other government agencies like the Department of Foreign Affairs, Professional Regulation Commission and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), among others, will join the one-day activity. Services offered by these agencies will also be showcased during the caravan for the students to avail. (MARLA TOLIBAS/ RACHEL SALES, EVSU Interns)