QUEZON City Mayor Herbert Bautista has spearheaded the inauguration of a six-story Civic Center Building D housing a one-stop shop for building and locational permits at the city hall compound.
The new building houses the Department of Building Official, City Planning and Development Office, Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department and the City Architect Department.
By bringing these offices under one roof, people applying for building permits and clearances need not move from one building to another, Bautista said.
“We have to transfer them [to a bigger space] to ease doing business in the Philippines. We received instructions from the Department of Finance and Department of Trade and Industry to speed up the system of applying for a building permit, business permit and locational permit. That was about three years ago,” he said.
The new building is more spacious, fully air-conditioned and well-lighted, the mayor noted.
There are about 75,000 registered business establishments in Quezon City, with registered real property units at about 600,000.
Bautista said he also wanted to include an online system for faster and easier business registration and simple structure construction permits.
The one-stop-shop realizes Bautista’s drive to promote ease of doing business in Quezon City after being cited as the best in the 2017 Seal of Good Local Governance awards by the Department of Interior and Local Government.
Meanwhile, Bautista signed a memorandum of understanding formalizing the partnership of the city government and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in conducting basic military training for the city’s residents who want to join the Citizen Armed Force.
“The mission of the Citizen Armed Force, alternately referred to as the Reserve Force, is to provide base for the expansion of the AFP in the event of war, invasion or rebellion, to assist in relief and rescue during disaster or calamities; to assist in socio-economic development; and to assist in the operation and maintenance of essential government or private utilities in the furtherance of the overall mission,” the agreement read.
Reservist-hopefuls can register at the pilot district and barangays through the registering officers to be designated by the city government.