MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) has launched an online portal and relaxed documentary requirements for license renewals in the 2019 coronavirus disease or COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said the online portal https://pcabgovph.com would make it easier to renew the license, as entrepreneurs no longer need to visit an PCAB office.
The PCAB is one of the implementing boards of the agency attached to DTI, the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines.
The PCAB also reduced the documentary requirements for license renewal to nine digital submissions instead of 24.
Republic Law 4566 or the Entrepreneur Licensing Law and its implementing rules and regulations provide at least 24 documentary requirements for the renewal of the PCAB license, but the board decided to simplify and reduce the requirements following consultations with industry players, including the Philippine Builders ‘Association and the Davao Builders’ Association. Center Inc., Cebu Contractors ‘Association and the National Constructors’ Association of the Philippines Inc., given the health crisis.
Personal appearances for the mandatory interviews will be done through the digital platform, while electronic payment is available through the Land Bank of the Philippines’ Link Biz portal.
After requirements submission and payment, assessment and approval will also be done online.
Once the renewal request is approved, the license is digitally accessible.
PCAB President Pericles Dakay said: “It will be a great relief for around 15,000 entrepreneurs in our country, 90% of which are small and medium-sized businesses, who can immediately renew their licenses by June 30, the date of. expiration of all licenses by law. “
Commerce Secretary Ramon Lopez said the construction industry is one of the most important sectors of the economy, creating the most jobs.
From 2016 to 2019, he said the industry, through the government’s flagship Build Build Build (BBB) program for infrastructure development, created around 800,000 jobs to reach 4.2 million, accounting for 10% of the workforce last year.
“This is why government services, such as licensing, should work for businesses, especially with the construction industry which can create a big impact and a huge multiplier effect for all of us. Making the renewal system online is still the ultimate form of ease of doing business, ”he said.
Construction spending accounts for about 17 percent of gross domestic product and has averaged over 10 percent annual growth in recent years, the fastest among any industry.
However, the impact of the pandemic on the economy has resulted in a downturn in the industry.
Considering the contribution of the construction industry, Dakay said spending on public infrastructure through BBB and improving and simplifying the licensing system for construction companies will help economic recovery.
As the online portal was launched to implement health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Dakay said the PCAB will continue to modernize licensing processes even beyond the pandemic. .
In particular, the PCAB would work to automate other transactions such as new license applications, license category upgrade, and consortium and joint venture requests.
PCAB will also make more electronic payment facilities available on the portal in the coming weeks.