Building permits ‘easier to come by’ with OBO’s digital set-up

BUILDING permit applicants in Cebu City no longer have to wait too long for their documents to get processed after the Office of the Building Official (OBO) launched its OBO-Integrated System (IS).

OBO head Florante Catalan said that with OBO-IS, applicants can submit digital copies of their application through a CD or a flash drive.

Applicants are encouraged to have their documents in a PDF format.

Through this set-up, section heads can check documents simultaneously, unlike before when applications were processed one at a time, Catalan said.

“So even less than a day, we can do it (process applications),” he said.

Before, applicants for a one-story building had to wait a month to get their permit. Now, the permit can be released in only one day, he said.

Catalan said they released a building permit for a giant development within three days after it had been pending in their office for a year.

“(This only shows) that the system we designed is very effective,” said Catalan.

He also assured applicants that the fees had not changed.

Of the 300 applications that OBO received since July 2, 2019, Catalan said they already released 232 permits, including building, occupancy, electrical, demolition and mechanical permits last July 17.

In the previous administration, there were 653 pending applications. Those that had not been processed will be processed.

The initiative to hasten the release of building permit applications is in line with the call of Mayor Edgardo Labella to make Cebu City a business-friendly city, Catalan said. (JJL)


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