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Legazpi City simulates system operations of one-stop-shop for construction permits

(Left Photo) Mr. Elmo Nazareno of Rameses, Inc. explained the building permit system features to the city government personnel. (Right Photo) Arch. Anthony Enaje of the Building Permits Division discussed with Bureau of Fire Protection officials and City Assessor the system’s features for one-time assessment of fees and taxes.

On September 12 to 13, 2019, key personnel from the offices of building official, planning and development, assessor, treasurer, information and technology, and fire protection in Legazpi City were trained on the use of building permit system for the automation of one-stop-shop for construction permits (OSCP). USAID’s Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project facilitated the workshop through short lectures and hands-on training customized for the specific functions of the personnel who will support the operations of the OSCP. They also learned about the system’s features like monitoring online applications, tracking evaluation progress, and validating one-time assessment fees of the offices including fire safety inspection fees. The system which was developed by Rameses, Inc. also has notification features through email and text messages including the sending of approved electronic building permits and other clearances. The training was conducted in preparation for the soft operations of OSCP by the end of September. Legazpi City will formally launch its OSCP on the second week of November 2019.

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