Quezon City automates building permit applications

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Saturday, January 8, 2011


BUSINESSMEN in Quezon City will soon be relieved from cumbersome processes as the country’s premiere city started to automate applications related to building, occupancy, demolition, and fencing.

Explaining the features of the automation program, Isagani Versoza Jr., the city’s chief engineer, said all applications with the Department of Building Officials (DBO) can be tracked on a real-time status.

“This is because it is now electronically encoded to form part of city-wide database for all buildings. Data records will also be transferred to a master data bank where the City Assessor’s office could also access for their reference,” he said.

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He added the linkage with the Assessor’s Office will help in fast issuance of needed tax declarations and other data records of a building.

One of the best features of the program is its short message service (SMS) capability, where the applicants for permits may simply send a text message to check on the status of their applications.

“The public can now follow-up using the text messaging system. They can just inquire on the status of their application at the number written in the follow-up slip given to them after they filed their application,” Verzosa said.

Computation of fees and order of payment will be computer-generated too under the new system.

“The building permits and certificates of occupancy and other permits will be electronically generated and bar-coded this January. This will deter fixers from generating fake permits that proliferates in the city. These documents will form part of the base record of the building,” Verzosa said.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has already given its go signal for a computer-generated form, but should still contain original signature upon approval.

With the system in place, the annual inspection and safe building programs of the city can be more systematically scheduled and implemented, Verzosa said. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)

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