The 10-point socio-economic agenda of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte includes increasing competitiveness and the ease of doing business. And these objectives are being reinforced in the approved Philippine Development Plan (PDP) for the period 2017 to 2022. In should be noted that PDP clearly promotes “people-centered, clean, efficient and effective governance. And this bodes well as President Duterte wants government services to be more accessible to the people through reduced documentary requirements, processing time and signatories for transactions. And in order to achieve this objective, Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2018-01 dated January 4, 2018 was issued by the Department of Interior & Local Government (DILG), the Department of Public Works & Highways (DPWH), the Department of Information & Communications Technology (DICT) and the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI). JMC effectively adopts a whole-of- government approach that promotes simplification of government transactions, inter-operability of government processes and strengthened linkages and coordination among agencies.

JMC further recognizes that DILG, DPWH, BFP and LGUs as well as their various instrumentalities have the authority and power to streamline the processes of securing construction-related permits, clearances and certificates, consistent with and supportive of the provisions of pertinent national and local policies to ensure ease, comfort and convenience to applicants as well as for efficiency and prompt delivery of services by the government, anchored on the overall policy of the State to safeguard life, health, property and public welfare.

The scope/coverage of JMC covers all the Regional and Provincial Directors of the DILG and DTI, Regional Directors and District Engineers of the DPWH, the DICT, the BFP, members of the Sangguniang Panglungsod and Sangguniang Bayan, and Local Chief Executives of all cities and municipalities. And what is good with the recently issued JMC? It effectively instituted several reform packages such as “complete checklists of procedures and requirements” that should be available in conspicuous places in the Municipal or City Hall. And Electronics Documents are part of the requirements under the mandatory checklists. JMC also encouraged the setting-up of an “One-stop- Shop for Construction Permits (OSCP) including the development of a web-based system software for online application, submission and processing of Building Permits.

Isn’t this a good news to Electronics Practitioners? For related queries regarding JMC 2018-01, kindly contact the Bureau of Local Government Development – Department of Interior and Local Government at telephone number (02) 925-0356 or at Telefax number (02) 927-7852 and/or email at pamd.bldg@gmail.com

(IECEP-NM News Team)

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“IECEP-NM is tasked to chair the Committee on Review of CDO ICT Task Force on Cables and Wires”

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Cagayan de Oro City

The City Government of Cagayan de Oro has recently created a Task Force to implement City Ordinance No. 12130-2011, entitled “An Ordinance Regulating the Installation and Construction of Poles and Attachments on Overhead Lines which includes Power, Telecommunications, and Cables along Major Thoroughfares and Suburbs within the Territorial Jurisdiction of Cagayan de Oro”. Under Executive Order No. 172-2017 issued by Mayor Oscar S. Moreno on November 29, 2017, the multi-facetted body is now known as the “CDO ICT Task Force on Cables and Wires”.

With the Task Force, it is expected that there will be a significant change on the present disorganized state of the poles, wires and cables along the streets in the City which becomes not only an eyesore but poise grave danger to the general public.

The Task Force is chaired by City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno, co-chaired by Honorable Teodulfo “Bong” Lao who is also the Chairman of the Committee on Energy & Public Utilities of the City Council and the Regional Director of the National Telecommunications Commission – Region 10. Members are coming from the following offices or agencies such as: Office of the City Building Official; City Public Services Office; Office of the City Engineer; Road and Traffic Administration; City Planning and Development Office; Engineer Elpidio Paras; Attorney Armi Jane Roa-Borje; Cagayan Electric Power & Light Company (CEPALCO); Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines, Inc. (IECEP-NM); Philippine Association of Government Electronics Engineers (PAGE); Kapisanan Ng Mga Brodkasters Sa Pilipinas (KBP); Misamis Oriental Electric Service Cooperative (MORESCO);  BAYANTEL; Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT-PHILCOM); Misamis Oriental Telephone Company (MISORTEL); SMART Broadband, Inc.; Globe Telecom; Smart Communications; and All other Offices/Agencies concerned as determined by NTC.

On January 30, 2017, the Task Force had decided to convene to conduct planning activity after completing its organizational meeting last year. The planning session is a necessary step in order to craft a suitable implementation plan in addressing the issue on “spaghetti wires”. And during the planning, among the tasks of the various working committees were to come-out with the best possible strategies in dealing with their respective issues and concerns.

And it is worth to know that under the said Executive Order, the Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines (IECEP) Northern Mindanao Chapter has an important role to play. The Institute is tasked to chair the Committee on Review. IECEP-NM is in-charge on the assessment of procedures and standards and other support systems in order to sustain the agenda of the City Ordinance. IECEP is also tasked to assist in the drafting of an Ordinance or Executive Order, if the need arises.

(IECEP-NM News Team)