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Permits and licenses for construction will soon be computerized.

With the revisions to the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 1 Series of 2018 or the Guidelines in Processing of Construction-Related Permits, online application, and processing of construction permits and licenses will be introduced soon.

The JMC, which was signed on Tuesday, is part of the Anti-Red Tape Authority’s National Effort for the Harmonization of Efficiency Measures of Interrelated Agencies (NEHEMIA), a streamlining initiative (ARTA).

The rules call for the creation of one-stop shops for the processing of construction permits, both online and in person.

The electronic one-stop-shop for construction-related permits, also known as eCPermits, can accept online application and documentary requirements, issue payment orders, accept online payment, and issue electronic versions of permits, licenses, and clearances under the JMC.

“We don’t just need a speedy infrastructure constructing system; we also need a quick infrastructure rebuilding procedure,” stated ARTA director-general Jeremiah Belgica.

Aside from eCPermits, local government units should have a physical one-stop-shop for construction-related permits (OSCP) (LGUs).

The ‘3-7-20’ rule should be used in this transaction as well, according to ARTA.

Government offices are required to complete transactions in three days for simple transactions, seven days for difficult transactions, and 20 days for highly technical transactions under the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.

ARTA deputy director-general Ernesto Perez said in a text message that the freshly signed JMC applies to all applications, including ongoing construction-related permit applications.

“As a country reeling from the typhoon’s devastation, (the JMC) is a good sign that we’re doing everything we can to help our compatriots rebuild,” Perez said.

He went on to say that the updated JMC intends to cut the number of steps from four to three, as well as the time it takes to complete an application from five to three days.

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