To streamline all government transactions for accessible and efficient services to the people, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and the Department of the Trade and Industry (DTI) issued a Joint Memo Circular (JMC) 2018-01 on Streamlining Processes in the Issuance of Building Permits and Certificate of Occupancy on January 4, 2018.
“Transactions should be made simple so it will contribute to the ease of doing business and will likewise contribute in improving the LGUs’ capacity to raise revenue”, said DILG R6 ARD Maria Calpiza Sardua. This was during the opening program of the “Training-Workshop on Streamlining Building Permits and Certificate of Occupancy for Selected LGUs in Region 6 on September 6, 2018 at Hotel del Rio, Iloilo City.
The JMC is in compliance to President Duterte’s aim for the government services to be more accessible to the people through reduced documentary requirements, faster processing time, shorter queues, and reduced number of signatories for transactions.
Moreover, JMC provides the standard steps and processing time; unified form for application; onetime assessment and payment; promotes the one-stop shop for construction permitting; uses checklist of procedures and requirements for building permits and certificates of occupancy; encourages computerization and automation of processes; promotes data sharing among LGU offices, BFP and Land Registration Authority (LRA); and creates an oversight committee on construction reforms to ensure implementation of reforms.
In line with this, Regional Teams were created composed of DILG, BFP and selected LGU Building Officials (BO) to coach LGUs within the region to increase awareness and jumpstart enforcement of the said JMC.
“Region 6 is the first region to conduct a roll-out on streamlining building permits and certificate of occupancy after its national roll-out held last July.” said DILG BPCO Regional Focal Person Josephus Zotico Deysolong.

The activity was participated by LGU Functionaries who are involved in the issuance of Building Permits and Certificates of Occupancy. The LGU Administrators, Fire Marshalls, MLGOOs, Building Officials and representatives from the Zoning Office, Assessor’s Office and Treasurer’s Office from nine (9) 1st class municipalities from the Provinces of Antique, Iloilo and Capiz attended the activity.
“This is the first batch of the series of the same training to be held in four batches covering a total 35 LGUs - cities, highly urbanized cities and first class municipalities.” said Chief Roselyn Quintana, DILG Local Government Capability and Development Division (LGCDD).
A pool of speakers from the Bureau of Local Government Development (BLGD), DILG, BFP and Office of the Building Officials (OBO) were invited to discuss the salient features of the “Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Services Delivery Act of 2018”, JMC 2018-01 specifically the Standard Reforms, Streamlining BPCO Standard Reforms, Operations of the One-Stop Shop for Construction Permitting, LGU Implementation Mechanism, and Process Flows for Issuance of Fire Safety Evaluation Clearance (FSEC) and Fire Safety Evaluation Clearance (FSIC). Aside from the lectures, a simulation exercise was conducted and sharing of LGU good practice by the Municipality of Oton, Iloilo.
The pool of speakers are composed of LGOO IV Josephus Zotico Deysolong (DILG), LGOO II Aaron Vincent Albert Andaya (DILG), LGOO III Ma. Aimee P. Castino (BLGD), Carlagene Esther Velasco (BLGD), SF04 Ariel Benitez (BFP-Iloilo City), S/Insp Lorna Parcellano (BFP-Malay, Aklan) and Engr. Ernesto Ticao (OBO-Oton, Iloilo).
During the open forum, issues on co-location were raised especially on the collection of barangay fees related to building permit and locational clearance applications. Relative to this, BLGD Focal Person for BPCO, Ma. Aimee Castino said that the BLGD will release the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) tentatively in October, with inputs gathered from the consultation with barangay officials and local officials of selected local government units across the country. (LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato, DILG6)