BAGUIO CITY – The City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBAO) reported it generated some P6.7 million income for the coffers of the city government for the first three months of the year in fees collected from the various permits issued by the said office.
City Building Official Engr. Nazita Bañez said the bulk of the fees collected by the office came from the 174 building permits issued during the first quarter amounting to over P4.25 million.
From the 66 issued certificates of occupancy, the city government department head reported the collected fees generated the total amount of P1.077 million.
Further, the CBAO issued some 88 various permits classified as demolition permits, fencing permits, sign permits, among others, contributing some P555,990 for the city coffers.
For the first quarter of this year, CBAO also issued some 234 certificates of final electrical inspection (CFEIs) and processed some 1,767 applications for amnesty for electrical connections adding P936,510 the city treasury.
On the other hand, Bañez reported that its technical personnel inspected some 26 existing commercial or institutional buildings on their compliance to existing laws, rules and regulations, especially the National Building Code or Presidential Decree (PD) 1096.
According to the report, CBAO act on 161 complaints and job order requests for the repair of government structures and violations of private structures that resulted to the settlement of disputes between the conflicting parties.
Moreover, CBAO completed some 41 programs of work for various horizontal projects which were submitted to the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) with a total project cost of P51.45 million which will be ready for implementation after the bidding process.
Bañez disclosed the CBO is currently handling the ongoing implementation of some 15 government horizontal projects with a total project cost of P69.45 million, completed 8 projects amounting to P1.12 million while there are other projects being monitored for completion the soonest.
The city building official is the only department in the local government that is not under the direct supervision and control of the local chief executive since it is under the supervision of the Secretary of Public Works and Highways, thus, the decisions of the said office is always appealable to the said national government official appointed by the President.
Under the Local Government Code of the Philippines, local governments are mandated to have their own building officials to oversee the strict implementation of the National Building Code and other related laws, rules and regulations within their areas of jurisdiction, to ensure the safety of the public from danger posed to the public.
CBAO officials and personnel already occupied its newly constructed building in DPS Compound to be able to effectively and efficiently cater to the growing needs of its clients.
By Dexter A. See