DILG bats for safe buildings, vital infra
by Jemin B. Guillermo
Roxas City (13 August) -- The government vows to ensure public safety in the construction of buildings and vital infrastructure.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno recently reiterated his call for city and municipal mayors to require contractors to secure a license from the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) prior to the issuance of a business permit.
Puno urged local chief executives to reinforce the requirement on PCAB license in order to ensure the safety and soundness of vital installations, buildings and infrastructure.
He added that "in the interest of public safety, no city/municipal mayor shall issue a business permit to any contractor, subcontractor and specialty contractor without the latter first securing the required license from PCAB."
Republic Act 4566 requires all contractors, subcontractors and specialty contractors regardless of nationality, to first secure a license from the PCAB, Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP), and Department of Trade and Industry, before engaging in the construction industry.
The recent DILG directive came after said office received reports that there were city and municipal mayors who issued and are still issuing business permits to contractors, subcontractors and specialty contractors even without the required PCAB license.
According to Puno, an administrative case may be filed against any erring local chief executive, aside from the sanctions and penalties in violation of RA 4566.
The DILG earlier issued a directive prescribing the PCAB license, among others, as one of the documentary requirements for the issuance by local government units of business permits to contractors. (DILG/PIA) [top]