Pursuant to the Anti-Red Tape Authority Council Memorandum Circular No. 2021-01 providing the guidelines and the timeline for the onboarding activities of the Trade Regulatory Agencies, the TradeNet Project Management Office (TPMO) together with the ARTA Authority conducted and facilitated the 2nd General Orientation Meeting on the Mandatory Onboarding of TRGAs to the TradeNet Platform last 14 May 2021. The orientation served as a reiteration of the critical importance of complying with the salient provisions of the Memorandum Circular and the required submission of the onboarding documents to the TPMO.

Mr. Francis Santos, the Project Development Officer of ARTA Authority presented the overview of ARTA Council Resolution 12 and ARTA Memorandum Circular 01-2021 including its legal bases and the corresponding deadline for onboarding.

Director Angelica I Sarmiento, the Adhoc TradeNet Project Manager, rendered a brief overview of the TradeNet System. She presented the impact of TradeNet in Trade Facilitation and Ease of Doing Business in the country through its high availability in terms of reengineering, streamlining, and automating business processes of the trade related government agencies (TRGAs).

Mr. Johrel Maximiano from the TradeNet Project Management Office further presented the TradeNet onboarding process embodying the course of activities that the Agency Coordinating Team (ACT) will undertake throughout the onboarding process.

Ms. Glessel Casino, the onboarding manager of TradeNet PMO also discussed the prescribed duration of the whole onboarding process and the time/days it will take to complete each activity as reflected in the milestone.

Additionally, Ms. Casino briefed the participants about the list of priority agencies to be onboard in TradeNet System and the criteria used by the TradeNet Project Management Office in prioritizing TRGAs which includes:

  • Agencies who are onboarded in the old National Single Window;
  • Agencies who are ready to go live in TradeNet; and
  • Agencies under the ARTA NEHEMIAH Program-Logistics Sector.

Ms. Glenda Taylan, one of the Trade Facilitation Officers of TradeNet PMO discussed the list of documents to be submitted by the agencies as part of their mandatory onboarding. These documents were also indicated in the ARTA Issuances that the agencies need to comply with. For TRGAs who are classified as Oversight/Monitoring Agencies, they are only required to submit their Agency Mandate in order to define the scope of their access in the TradeNet platform and their TradeNet use case.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), as the first to successfully onboard the TradeNet Platform, conducted a demonstration of their module in TradeNet through the processing of an application using the System.

Lastly, Director Jonathan Soriano from the Bureau of Customs (BOC) shared the agency’s onboarding experience and presented the efforts undertaken in implementation of TradeNet as the official NSW.

Open Forum: 2nd General Orientation Meeting Open Forum