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56-Year-Old Contractor License Act Amendment

ByDeborah C. Lowery

May 2, 2022

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure increasing penalties for errant public works contractors, both in the public and private sectors.

Primarily authored and sponsored by Pampanga Third District Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr., Republic Act (RA) 11711 seeks to promote – for the benefit of the public and private sectors and for the national interest – the orderly growth of the sector contract and modernization of construction capacity.

Gonzales, a civil engineer by profession, thanked the president for signing this “vital legislation”, saying it will rectify existing infirmities in RA 4566 or the Contractors Licensing Act.

“The purpose of this law is to ensure that only qualified and reliable contractors are allowed to undertake construction work in the country. It’s been 56 years, and we have to factor in inflation and the rising costs and operating expenses of the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board. I am grateful that President Duterte recognized the importance of updating this measure,” Gonzales said.

Among the key provisions of the law are increased fines for violating the law; increase in the amount of application fees which have remained unadjusted for inflation since 1965; and modifying the license renewal process to make it simpler and more flexible.

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