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The Office of the Building Official (OBO) has reduced the processing time for building permits and certificates of occupancy in Puerto Princesa from 21 days to five days for simple structures.

Simple structures are residential buildings up to three floors, commercial building up to two storeys, structures with 1,500 square meter areas, warehouses that do not cater to hazardous material and interior renovations inside the permitted establishments such as malls.

City engineer Pacifico Setias III said there are now only four steps to do to transact and that payment for zoning, fire and barangay are in one place.

“Ang recommended na transaction steps ay apat; i-receive yong application, pangalawa ay i-assess yong fees nong application, pangatlo ay payment, pang-apat ay release. Iyon lang ang gagawin. Ngayon, one time payment, wala ng babayad sa zoning, fire, barangay. Lahat naka-collocate na,” Setias said.

City engineers are optimistic that the streamlining of processing building permits and certificates of occupancy in Puerto Princesa could attract more investors.

“Mapapadali yong execution nila ng project so at the same time, mag-generate ito, magpo-propel ng economy kasi mag-o-open sila ng job opportunity,” Architect Honesto Teves of the Office of the Building Official (OBO) said.

Engineer Alexander Gualin said that the OBO is expecting to have an automated system in 2020.

The automation will amount to P1.2 million including the training of personnel for working out the system. Gualin said that it is already included in the request under the 2020 budget.

“Yong automation baka by next year ay may budget na rin kami na magkaroon kami ng sariling system and then yong mga gamit namin parating na rin, yong mga computer. So by next year ay maka-cater na kami ng online application and kasunod nyan ay online payment na,” he said.