Con­trac­tors’ li­cense ap­pli­ca­tions in Cen­tral Lu­zon rise in 2018

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CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— A record to­tal of 841 ap­pli­ca­tions for con­trac­tors’li­censes and ac­cred­i­ta­tions, com­monly known as Philip­pine Con­trac­tors Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Board (PCAB) li­censes, have been pro­cessed by the Con­struc­tion In­dus­try Author­ity of the Philip­pines (CIAP)win­dow at the De­part­ment of Trade and In­dus­try Re­gional Of­fice III (DTI-3).

The fig­ure is sig­nif­i­cantly higher than the 674 ap­pli­ca­tions pro­cessed by the DTI-3 win­dow in Cen­tral Lu­zon in 2017 and much higher than the 445 PCAB li­cense ap­pli­ca­tions and ac­cred­i­ta­tions in 2016.

Con­trac­tors from Pam­panga accounted for 475 ap­pli­ca­tions, or more than half of all the PCAB ap­pli­ca­tions pro­cessed while Nueva Ecija con­trac­tors to­taled 186. There were also 80 ap­pli­ca­tions from Bataan, 63 from Tar­lac, 19 from Bu­la­can, 12 from Zam­bales and six ap­pli­ca­tions from other ar eas.

Aside from ap­pli­ca­tions for new li­censes or re­newal, other trans­ac­tions pro­cessed in the CIAP win­dow in­clude amend­ments, cat­e­gory up­grade and Ap­pli­ca­tion for Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of Con­trac­tors (ARCC) for Gov­ern­ment In­fra­struc­ture Projects.

Records from the Philip­pine Statis­tics Author­ity from 2015-2017 show that Cen­tral Lu­zon has the fourth largest Gross Value Added in Con­struc­tion in the whole coun­try, grow­ing sig­nif­i­cantly from P91.7-bil­lion in 2015 to P121.4-bil­lion in 2017.

The grow­ing trend in con­struc­tion is also sup­ported by the “Build Build Build” pro­gram es­poused by Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte. The ad­min­is­tra­tion is set to im­ple­ment in 2019 a to­tal of P909.7-bil­lion worth of in­fra­struc­ture projects through­out the coun­try.

These “Build Build Build” projects in­clude roads and bridges, ir­ri­ga­tion projects, air­ports, ports and wharves, among oth­ers. These projects are seen to cre­ate more than one mil­lion ad­di­tional jobs and cre­ate more in­vest­ments and stir the lo­cal econ­omy.

R.A. 4566, or the Con­trac­tor’s Li­cense Law, as amended by P.D. No. 1746 pro­vides that no con­trac­tor (in­clud­ing sub-con­trac­tor and spe­cialty con­trac­tor) shall en­gage in the busi­ness of con­tract­ing with­out first hav­ing se­cured a PCAB li­cense to con­duct busi­ness. It is an of­fense to en­gage in con­tract­ing busi­ness with­out a li­cense first be­ing ob­tained.

The pur­pose of R.A. 4566 is to en­sure, for the safety of the pub­lic, that only qual­i­fied and re­li­able con­trac­tors are al­lowed to un­der­take con­struc­tion in the coun­try. The law also aims to pro­mote for the ben­e­fit of the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors and for the na­tional in­ter­est, the or­derly growth of the con­tract­ing sec­tor and the up­grad­ing of con­struc­tion ca­pa­bil­ity.— War­ren Ser­rano/DTI-3

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