Businessmen say yes to structural integrity ordinance

BUSINESSES in Davao City agreed to have the structural integrity information of their buildings furnished to the City Government as long as the processes will be clear and simple.

Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc., (DCCCII) president John Carlo Tria said they have submitted to the City Council their position on the proposed Housing and Subdivision Development Ordinance by Councilor Bonifacio Militar, chair of the committee on housing and subdivision development.

Tria said the purpose of the ordinance is to require structural integrity information as part of the development permit application.

“We do not question the intent because what I know it is meant to protect property buyers especially those buying vertical properties like condominiums and office buildings,” he said in a press briefing, Friday, February 28.

“Ang concern lang ng maraming businesses is we would also like it sana to be streamlined. We would like it to be streamlined so that the issuance of the permit clearance becomes simpler and easier,” he added.

Tria said the businessmen have raised concerns about government agencies not yet adopting to the digitalization of their processes.

He said some offices fail to meet the prescribed processing time as mandated in the Republic Act 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018 because of this.

The Act orders the government agencies to release the required document within three days for simple transactions, seven days for complex transactions and 20 days for the highly-technical transactions.

Tria said complying to this law would benefit not only local but also the foreign investors to establish their businesses here such as real estate development.

On February 14, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (Arta) issued a memorandum 2020-02 ordering all government offices and local government units to automatically approve or extend pending licenses, clearance, permit, certification, or authorization beyond the prescribed 3-7-20 working day rule, granting all the necessary documents of the applicant have been completed.


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