OSETC REP ATTENDS THREE-DAY WRITESHOP FOR THE FINALIZATION OF THE IMPLEMENTING RULES AND REGULATIONS (IRR) OF THE STRATEGIC TRADE MANAGEMENT ACT OF 2015 (RA 10697)
Date: May 17, 2017
Posted by: aadeLeon
The Office of the Special Envoy on Transnational Crime (OSETC) attended the three-day Write-shop to finalize the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Strategic Trade Management Act of 2015 (RA 10697) held at the Social Hall, 4th Floor, Mabini Hall Malacañan Palace Complex, Manila on May 10 - 12, 2017.
The activity was presided by Brig. Gen. Michael B. Manquiquis, Director, Anti-Terrorism Council – Program Management Center (ATC-PMC). It was attended by representatives from different relevant agencies including OSETC which was represented by Mr. Angelo de Leon, Desk Officer.
Several portions of the IRR were deleted and replaced based on the support agencies’ comments and suggestions. Some additional terms were inserted in the “Definition of Terms” section for a better understanding of the STMA.
One of the main concerns of the Office of the Special Envoy on Transnational Crime is the establishment of accountability protocols when it comes to the registration and licensing, unfortunately SOPs are yet to be established as of now so instead, the OSETC recommended that proper sets of said SOPs be urgently crafted.
Another strong recommendation of OSETC was the existing authorized licensing authorities should not be disturbed and be left as it is, of which the chair affirmed the OSETC proposal.
It was also emphasized that registration of license will be done only once and the same shall be valid for a lifetime unless earlier revoked due to violations of the STMA, it was also agreed upon that it would still be the Philippine National Police (PNP) that will conduct arrest for violations of the said law, the STMO shall only be an investigating body. The STMO shall also be the agency authorized to issue the revocation order, limit or suspension of the license.
After three (3) days of brain-storming and deliberation, there were still many concerns left unaddressed, it was explained by the Chair that technical questions such as protocols or SOPs for accountabilities cannot be discussed at the present level and should best be left to the wisdom of the STMO committee level.
Hence the Chair and the body both decided that there is a need for a second round of discussion. June 14, 2017 is the tentative date for such meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 in the afternoon which was concluded with the handing out of certificates.