Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte has created the city government’s “One-Stop Shop for Construction Permits (OSSCP) Team” for the efficient and effective public administration, particularly on issuance of construction permits and certificates of occupancy.

Her Executive Order No. 12 issued on Thursday also institutionalizes the OSSCP, ensuring that the “processing, inspection, approval and release of construction permits and certificates of occupancy in Davao City” are without delay.

The mayor’s executive order takes inspiration from the recently-approved Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 which espouses “people-centered, clean, efficient and effective governance”.

She also took cognizance of President Rodrigo Duterte’s 2017 State of the Nation Address (SONA) where he reiterated his directive to all government agencies with front line services for “speedy reforms” that will further streamline their respective services.

A Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 2018-01 was previously issued by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to set public service standards.

The JMC prescribed the Guidelines in Streamlining the Processes for the Issuance of Building Permits and Certificates of Occupancy.

The OSSCP is expected to provide a mechanism of coordination among concerned offices or agencies.

The city government’s OSSCP Team is composed of the City Mayor or her duly authorized representative as chairperson; the City Administrator as co-chairperson; and, the City Building Official, the Zoning Officer/Office of the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO), the City Assessor, City Treasurer, and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) as members.

The OSSCP Team is expected to give prompt and efficient assistance to all the individuals within Davao City who wishes to secure construction permits and certificates of occupancy; ensure that all buildings and structures within Davao City are compliant with all the requirements and standards set by law; keep records of all the owners of buildings and structures who have complied with all the requirements; and perform other acts that are necessary to effectively and meaningfully carry out all its functions.

In the same EO, the mayor also created the Joint Inspection Team composed of representatives from the Office of the City Building Official (OCBO) as Team Leader; City Assessor’s Office (CASSO); and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

“They shall conduct the required inspection of the structure or building subject for inspection,” the mayor said. CIO