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LGUs told to set up fast lanes for building permits applicants
by DILG release

Obtaining building permits and certificates of occupancy is expected to be easier and faster with the establishment of one-stop shops as well as reduced processing time for securing construction/building permits (OSCP) in local government units.

Department of the Interior and Local Government  Officer-in-Charge Catalino S. Cuy says that the DILG has directed all LGUs to establish one-stop shops at the LGU’s Office of the Building Official to provide frontline services and assist those who wish to apply for building permits and certificates of occupancy.

“With the establishment of OSCPs, people do not have to go from one office to another to apply and get their building permits and certificates of occupancy. The OSCP will also ably assist them in facilitating the quick evaluation and release of the documents that they need,” said Cuy.

The OSCP is one of the mechanisms outlined in the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) between the DILG, the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Department of Information and Communications Technology, and the Department of Trade and Industry that aims to ease bureaucratic red tape in securing a building permit and a certificate of occupancy.

The JMC is in compliance with President Duterte’s directive for all government agencies with frontline services to reduce processing time and improve the country’s ranking in global competitiveness surveys.

Aside from the OSCP, the circular also provides guidelines for LGUs to streamline the process for securing building permits and certificates of occupancy.

Among the measures enumerated in the directive is the use of a preformatted application form, the number of steps applicants need to take, and the maximum processing period for the issuance of permits.

With the new JMC, the Office of the Building Official will require only four steps: the submission of the necessary form and documents, the acceptance of a receipt for payment, the payment of fees and charges, and the claiming of the building permit.

For the issuance of the Fire Safety Evaluation Clearance, the Bureau of Fire Protection will be given three working days to process applications.

Cuy pointed out that these improvements are more than just increasing our rank in international economic competitive rankings, but it is about “developing local economies and providing the Filipino people with the quality service that they deserve.”

The OSCP receives applications and documents for building permits and certificates of occupancy, coordinates and facilitate the conduct of technical reviews by the concerned departments of cities/municipalities, and facilitate the retrieval of documentary requirements such as the tax declaration and current receipt of real property tax payments in coordination with concerned city/municipal departments.

To ensure that the directive is implemented, the DILG will conduct capacity building programs and issue a manual of operations for the guidance of all LGUs.

The DILG is also set to collaborate with the DICT in the development of an automated system for building permits and certificates of occupancy.

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