DTI expands service windows for construction sector

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The Department of Trade and Industry’s Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (DTI-CIAP) installed more of its service windows for the construction industry in the DTI offices of Cagayan de Oro on October 10, 2013, in Pampanga on October 20, 2013, and in Baguio City on November 8, 2013.

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The DTI-CIAP has expanded the decentralization of its services to provide more access for the practitioners and contractors of the construction industry to easily avail of various CIAP services.

Engineer Jesus Motoomull, DTI-CIAP director in charge, said, “We initially opened the CIAP Windows last July 2011 in the DTI regional offices of Cebu, Davao, La Union and Legaspi to serve the construction industry in said areas on CIAP’s services on contractors’ licensing and registration; construction dispute resolution; overseas registration and promotion; and, contractors’ performance evaluation system.”

CIAP’s Window services include pre-screening and evaluation of application for a contractor’s license; acceptance of complaints or cases, staff logistics, coordination support during hearings and orientation on mediation for small claims; information dissemination and promotion, acceptance of new and renewal application prior to registration/authorization; and, promotion and coordination of the establishment of a memoranda of agreement with professional associations, agencies, entities and to conduct CPES accreditation seminars.

Motoomull said that from July 2011 to February 2013, 882 contractors’ license applications were filed through the CIAP Windows in the DTI regional offices. These contractors’ license applications represent 46.5 percent of the 1,897 filed contractors’ license applications coming from the said regions.

“Four construction arbitration cases with a total sum in dispute [SID] of P12.58 million, were filed through the CIAP Windows. CIAP Window in Cebu filed two cases with a total SID of P 9.77 million; while CIAP Window in Davao also filed two cases with a total SID of P2.8 million.

CIAP explained that through their Windows, their clients have no need to travel to Manila to transact business, thus, saving time and reducing the cost of doing business. The estimated traveling and accommodation cost for a client filing for a contractor’s license has a range of P10,000 to P25,000. In addition, each party in arbitration can save as much as P42,000 for small claims and up to P230,000 for complex cases.

The CIAP is an attached agency of DTI which accelerates, promotes and regulates the growth of the construction industry. It has four implementing arms namely, the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board or PCAB, the Philippine Overseas Construction Board or POCB, the Philippine Domestic Construction Board or PDCB, and the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission or CIAC.

For more information, call DTI-CIAP at 895-6826 or visit www.dti.gov.ph.

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