The Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) launched its second digital platform for its contractors’ licensing services this year.
PCAB, in collaboration with USAID Deliver Project, launched the online renewal portal through the pcabgovph.com website in June. Since its launch, more than 7,500 renewal licenses issued were processed through the portal.
To further digitize its licensing services, PCAB launched its online joint venture (JV) application on Oct. 29, spearheaded by PCAB Chair Pericles Dakay and PCAB Executive Director Herbert Matienzo.
The online application included a relaxed documentary requirement. Similar to the online renewal application, digital payment solutions, digital processing and evaluation, and digital license are also inclusive of the end-to-end digital application experience. Online verification of licenses, compliant with the Data Privacy Act, is now available to the public.
The JV online application is hosted in the PCAB website, which will transfer to onlinepcab.construction.gov.ph soon to comply with the government guidelines for websites. Along with the transfer, PCAB also announced that more digitization is the pipeline.
Digital applications for license upgrading and new licenses are expected to be launched in the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines’ 40th anniversary this month.
During the JV launch, Dakay said PCAB approved a board resolution lessening the required hours of construction of occupational safety and health seminar for aspiring authorized managing officers from 40 hours to 16 hours.
Matienzo said PCAB is expecting to digitize all of its services before the end of 2020 to focus on further streamlining its documentary requirements in 2021.
The digitization efforts of PCAB are in line with the Digitization and Modernization Action Plan of the Philippine Construction Industry Roadmap 2020-2030 and in response to the imposition of health protocols to control the spread of the Covid-19. – Press release