BAGUIO CITY – The City Buildings and Architects Office (CBAO) is currently in the trial stage of an “electronic-on-line system” for permit applications that will allow its clients to track the status of their applications at home or wherever there is an internet connection.
CBAO chief Nazita Banez said the system is initiated and supported by the Management Information System under the City Budget Office headed by Leticia Clemente and is in consonance with the Anti-Red Tape Act or ARTA law.
“There will be speedier delivery of service and minimal or no employee-client contact. Transparency will be established since fees to be paid will be reflected on-line, therefor, eliminating corruption,” Banez stressed.
Banez revealed that if CBAO is provided with the needed computer resources, the office intends to fully establish the system by the end of this year.
“At present, simple permit applications like occupancy, fencing, electrical, excavation and demolition permits can be processed in a maximum of five days while complex permits are processed in a maximum of fifteen days,” Banez said.
Banez explained, however, that these permit applications must be complete in form and complying with the National Building Code and its referral codes including the City Land Use Plan and Environmental Code.
Her office has also prepared a checklist for easier guide to private architects and engineers preparing building plans and what documents or requirements to submit. /Gaby Keith