OBO set to implement system to shorten processing time for permits

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THE Office of the Building Official (OBO) in Cebu City guarantees a maximum of one hour of processing time for issuances of building permits in the city.

OBO chief and architect Florante Catalan said Wednesday, August 3, 2022, that their office has developed a system that allows for simultaneous processing of all documents submitted for the application for a building permit.

Catalan added that the short time frame can be enjoyed by applicants as long as all documents and requirements are complete upon submission.

The applicants will also no longer have to go to the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) to pay for the permit since a teller is already in the OBO to take payments.

The system was developed by the city’s Management Information and Computer Services way back in 2012 and underwent multiple upgrades to reach its present performance, he said.

According to Catalan, applicants don’t need to bring paper documents if they apply for building permits.

Instead, all applicants need to do is convert their documentary requirements into digital form and store them in a USB flash drive, which they will present to OBO for submission.

Catalan said they are now pushing for the creation of a one-stop shop for processing construction permits.

This proposed measure will include the participation of the City Planning and Development Office, Bureau of Fire Protection, City Assessors Office, and CTO for a faster processing time.

Three-meter easement

Catalan also mentioned that their office is strengthening the three-meter easement rule for all structures along rivers in the city.

The OBO has already endorsed 100 structures to the City Legal Office for appropriate action.

Catalan also appealed to village officials to help OBO in implementing the rule that will help clear the waterways of illegal encroachments.

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