March 27, 2023

Building a house or a shop?  Make sure that you have your building permits with you.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong on March 3 ordered the City Buildings and Architecture Office to work with the Baguio City Police Office in monitoring and halting ongoing constructions that have no building permits.
The BCPO under City Director Col. Francisco Bulwayan Jr. will now include ongoing constructions in their patrol activities to determine which of these are covered and not covered by building permits.
Those without permits will be reported to the CBAO led by Building Official Arch. Johnny Degay and Asst. Head Engr. Stephen Capuyan for proper sanction.  
“We are taking this campaign seriously since this is a very crucial issue in our city. It is not just an issue of safety but also of health and sa-nitation, all of which are critical factors affecting the well-being of our residents,” the mayor said.
The city leveled up its building permit program starting with an inventory of all existing permitted and unpermitted structures.
As of now, the census has covered a total of 120,000 structures, 80 percent or 96,000 of which have no building permits.
 “The city also has an ongoing program to help those without building permits to secure their own permits and legalize the status of their buildings through simplified procedures starting with those whose structures are built on titled lots or covered by a notice of award.
To date, the CBAO said they have received more than 90 applications from the targeted sector.
To apply, owners of completed structures on titled properties or with Order of Award from the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources can signify their intent to legalize their structures by registering their names in the link:
CBAO personnel will readily render assistance and will contact those who registered through the link in accordance with the provisions of Republic Act 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018. – Aileen P. Refuerzo