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

(IECEP-NM News Team)

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