CEBU CITY – The city government here has commended the Office of the Building Official (OBO) for its efficiency in issuing permits which generated higher revenue.

OBO head Florante Catalan reported that the office collected PHP92.1 million in revenues from January to July 2023, which is 26 percent higher than the PHP63.7 million collected in the same period of 2022.

Of the PHP92.1 million total revenue, PHP37.1 million came from building permits, he said.

With this accomplishment, the city council passed a resolution recognizing the “efficient facilitation” of OBO in the issuance of building, occupancy, and electrical permits.

“Due to the effective service rendered by OBO, buildings in the City of Cebu are up to safety standards, which redounds to the safety of the Cebuanos,” read the resolution, authored by Councilor Rey Gealon.

Gealon also mentioned the commendation given to OBO by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry on June 24.

“Such commendation by CCCI to OBO is admirable as CCCI is a prominent business membership organization and is the voice of Cebu’s business community,” he said.

Catalan took pride in the OBO’s technical expertise in processing the permits which led them to collect higher revenues.

“With the system we used in OBO, which we called OBO IS version 3 designed by our MICS (Management Information and Computer Services) office, the processing is so fast and you can get the permits so fast,” Catalan said. (PNA)