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Oro eyes one-stop shop for construction permits

CAGAYAN de Oro City–The establishment of a one-stop shop for construction permits in the city is in the offing.

The one-stop shop for construction permit was incorporated in the proposed ordinance providing for the streamlined guidelines for the issuance of permits, licenses, and certificates for the construction of shared Passive Telecommunications Tower Infrastructure (PTTI), which was favorably acted upon by the City Council committee on laws and rules chaired by Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya.

As provided for in the proposed ordinance, the One Stop Shop for Construction Permits (OSSCP) shall be composed of the city mayor or his duly authorized representative as the chairperson,  the city administrator as the co-chairperson, and City Building Official, City Planning and Development Coordinator, City Assessor, City Treasurer and City Fire Marshall, members.

The OSSCP shall be tasked to establish a system for the fast, easy and integrated system for applications of construction permits including PTTIs. It shall integrate in one location and one application system, the processes for applying for locational clearance, fire safety inspection and other clearances and permits issued by the City Building Official.

The proposed law also provides the creation of the OSSCP Joint Inspection Team composed of the OBO as the team leader, City Assessor’s Office and the BFP to conduct the required inspection of structures or buildings subject for inspection.

The team shall give prompt and efficient assistance to all applicants securing construction permits and certificates of occupancy; ensure that all buildings and structures within Cagayan de Oro City are compliant with all the requirements and standards set by law; keep records of all the owners of buildings and structures that have complied with all the requirements and perform other acts that are necessary to effectively and meaningfully carry out all its functions.

EASE OF DOING BUSINESS

Authored by Councilors Nacaya, Enrico Salcedo and Teodulfo Lao, Jr., the proposed ordinance is in line with the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 01-2020, implementing relevant provisions of Republic Act No. 11032, otherwise known as the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act.

The objective of the legislation is to fast track the issuance of building permits and occupancy permits to telecommunication companies for the construction of Shared PTTI consistent to JMC 01-2020; to eliminate red tape in the processing of applications for Shared PTTIs; to further promote transparency in transactions in the city and to further enhance the city’s competitiveness.

The authors cited that there is an urgent need for the city to adopt the guidelines provided in the JMC for streamlining the issuance of the permits and be compliant with the national directives regarding the promotion of the policy of the ease of doing business, and enhance the city’s readiness to adopt the New Normal and its competitiveness thru the increase of interconnectivity in Cagayan de Oro.

The proposed ordinance was endorsed by the committee on environment chaired by Councilor Salcedo. It will be tackled by the 19th City Council during its 56th regular session Monday to be presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy. (SP) 

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