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Guidelines for housing permits issued

Davao City (27 October) -- Following complaints received by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) regarding issuances of housing permits, the government issued guidelines and time periods in the issuance of development permits and barangay clearances for housing projects.

DILG Secretary Ronaldo Puno said the department received reports on undue delays in the issuance of development permits by the sangguniang panlungsod/bayan, mayor's permits by the city/municipal mayors, and barangay clearances by the punong barangays.

Complaints received also include about barangays allegedly imposing exorbitant fees for barangay clearances, or imposing fees not supported by barangay ordinances.

To address these issues, we need to clarify the procedures in the issuance of permits and clearances related to housing projects implemented by both government and private sectors, Secretary Puno said.

In his directive, the Sangguniang panlungsod/bayan should strictly observe the time frame provided for under Executive Order 45 issued by the Office of the President which directs them to act on applications for development permits within 30 days from receipt of complete application.

Under the Local Government Code of 1991, the power to process and approve subdivision plans for housing purposes has already been devolved to cities and municipalities through their respective sanggunian.

The Code provides that the sangguniang barangay should act on the application for a barangay clearance, which is a prerequisite before the issuance of a mayor's permit, within seven (7) working days from its filing and in the event that the clearance is not issued within said period, the city or municipal mayor may issue said license permit.

The amount of reasonable fee which shall be required for the issuance of a barangay clearance for a housing project, should only be that amount limited to cover only the cost of regulation as fixed by a barangay ordinance as stated in the Code.

In the absence of any barangay ordinance imposing that reasonable fee for said barangay clearance, no fee should be collected in securing the same.

After the issuance of the development permit by the sanggunian of the city or municipality concerned and the barangay clearance by the punong barangay, the applicant shall apply for a mayor's permit which should be acted upon by the city or municipal mayor within 15 days, in accordance with RA 6713.

Local officials should strictly observe the guidelines or face the administrative sanctions provided for under EO 45 and RA 9485 or the "Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007" which calls for the adoption of simplified procedures that will reduce red tape and expedite transactions in government. (PIA XI) [top]

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