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The Civil Service Commission (CSC) celebrates ten years of implementing the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) which was signed last June 2, 2007. For this year, the CSC launches Dekada na ang ARTA with a photo contest dubbed #MakuhaKaSaARTA, along with other activities slated throughout the year.

“We invite everyone to support the 10th year of the implementation of Republic Act No. 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act. ARTA aims to cut red tape in government frontline service offices. It speeds up various transactions of citizens with government offices,” CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala said.

The contest enjoins the public to capture excellent public service as defined by the ARTA. This includes good physical set-up of a government frontline service office, frontliners ready to serve with a smile, satisfied clients, and observance of No Noon Break policy.


However, CSC reminds all interested participants that photo entries should be able to depict a non-choreographed or candid scenario of any government office/employee in the frontline service.

The contest is open to all private individuals aged 18 to 65 years old. All government employees and their relatives up to the third degree of affinity or consanguinity are disqualified from joining the competition.

CSC will accept entries until August 31, 2017. Photos must be taken not earlier than June 2.

Participants must register online and submit their entries via this link:

CSC will publicize photo entries through its Facebook Page ( and will open public voting starting September 1, 2017 (12:00 a.m.) up to September 12, 2017 (11:59 p.m.), coinciding with the 117th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary month-long celebration.

Only the top 50 entries with most number of “likes” by the end of voting period shall be shortlisted as qualifiers. Winners shall be judged based on adherence to the theme/content (50%), creativity and originality (25%), and photographic quality (25%).

Winners will be announced on September 29, 2017. Cash prize of P10,000 and certificate await one winner of #MakuhaKaSaARTA, while P5,000 will be given as a special award for the entry with the most number of “likes”. A consolation prize of P2,000 shall be given to the semi-finalists. For full contest mechanics, interested individuals may visit the CSC website (

The CSC encourages the public to participate in the Dekada na ang ARTA celebration to raise awareness on citizens’ rights to quality government frontline services.