- Who may file for a contractor's license?
- Where do I file my application for contractor's license?
- How do I file and claim my license?
- Accomplish the PCAB Application Forms properly
- Submit to the Public Assistance Desk (PAD) for the checklisting / prescreening of application; and
- After passing the prescreening, application is considered filed upon payment of filing fee of P600.00.
Approved applications shall be issued the license certificate within a week after the Board’s approval. Disapproved applications shall be issued a “Notice of Disapproval/Deferral” as the case may be.
- To claim License Certificate, secure an Order of Payment (OP) at the
PCAB’s counter and pay the appropriate fee at the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP) cashier. The license certificate may be picked-up personally or through a representative with appropriate authorization or upon request may be mailed or delivered thru other means with cost for the account of the contractor.
- All licenses shall be renewed annually on or before the expiration of their validity which is 30th June of each year. A license issued after the first of July is valid for the remaining part of the year.
- What is meant by a license “category”?
- What are the minimum requirements corresponding to each category?
- Financial Capacity
- Experience of Sustaining Technical Employee
- Overall credit points based on the four qualification criteria
- What changes may be instituted on a contractor’s license?
- Category upgrading
- Classification Revision
- Change of Authorized Managing Officer
- Change of Business Name
- Change of Business Name & Status
- What is meant by a license “classification”?
a. General Engineering (GE)
GE-1 Road , Highway, Pavement, Railway, Airport, Horizontal Structures & Bridges
GE-2 Flood Control and Irrigation
GE-3 Dam, Reservoir and Tunneling
GE-4 Water Supply
GE-5 Port, Harbor and Offshore Engineering
- General Building (GB)
GB-2 Sewerage & Sewage Treatment/Disposal Plant
GB-3 Water Treatment Plant & System
GB-4 Park, Playground & Recreational Work
Sp-2 Structural Steel Work
Sp-3 Concrete Pre-Casting & Pre-Stressing
Sp-4 Plumbing & Sanitary Work
Sp-5 Electrical Work
Sp-6 Mechanical Work
Sp-7 Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Work
Sp-8 Elevator and Escalator Work
Sp-9 Fire-Protection Work
Sp-10 Waterproofing Work
Sp-11 Painting Work
Sp-12 Well-Drilling Work
Sp-13 Communication Facilities
- Where does a Filipino contractor or consultancy firm intending to operate overseas register?
- How does a Filipino contractor or consultancy firm register for overseas operation?
- What are the basic criteria for registration for overseas construction operations?
For Construction Companies
- Must possess an appropriate and current PCAB license with at least a:
- Category AA and classification of general engineering and general building for those applying as a general construction contractor;
- Category A and a classification relevant to the specialization being applied for those applying as a specialty contractor; and
- Category A for those applying as service contractor.
- One of the key technical staff must have been employed with the company for not less than one year at the time of the filing of the application;
- It must have at least five years of continuous actual operation as a licensed construction contractor;
- It must have successfully completed during the immediate years the following type(s) and size(s) of projects;
- At least one (1) general engineering/building project costing not less than P10,000,000.00 for general construction contractor
- At least one (1) project falling within its field(s) of specialization costing not less than P5,000,000.00 for specialty contractor
- Substantial experience overseas as a labor sub-contractor or manpower service contractor and have remitted substantial amount of foreign exchange remittances.
- Minimum paid-up capital and net worth of P250,000.00;
- At least three permanently employed staff with appropriate degrees and professional training along the line of consultancy services offered by the company and with an aggregate experience of 25 man-years. One of the staff must have been actively engaged in the practice of his profession for at least 10 years. One of the key technical staff must have been employed with the company for not less than one year at the time of filing of the application;
- The applicant must submit proof that the above-mentioned members of the staff possess the required experience and are permanently employed by the company;
- It must have at least five years of continuous actual operation as a specialized consultant counted from the date of the firm’s earliest contract;
- It must have successfully completed during the immediate past five years at least one consultancy project costing not less than P1,000,000.00.
- What documents does a Filipino contractor or consultancy firm need to prepare and submit in order to register for overseas operation with the Philippine overseas Construction Board (POCB)?
- A Filipino contractor or consultancy firm need to prepare and submit in three copies the following documents in order to register for overseas operation with the POCB;
- Notarized and completed application forms for registration (POCB Form 01) prescribed by the Board;
- Copy of Contractor’s License issued by the PCAB (if applicable);
- Copy of Articles of Incorporation, Partnership, Joint Venture, etc.;
- Copy of Certificate of Registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the by-laws;
- Board Resolution authorizing the filing of the application with the POCB and naming the person empowered to act for and on behalf of the applicant; Certified list of stockholders, indicating their respective nationality, amount subscribed and amount paid on subscription;
- Certified list of current directors, officers and operations personnel indicating their respective nationality, position and status (whether full time or part time) together with their respective bio-data;
- Copy of Audited Financial Statements of the applicant for the last three preceding years. In case the application is filed six months after the latest calendar or fiscal year, the applicant shall also submit the company’s latest audited interim financial statements;
- Copy of income Tax Returns of the applicant for the last three years of its operations duly received by the BIR together with the corresponding BIR Tax Payment Orders and CB Confirmation Receipts;
- Certified list of the completed and on-going construction or consultancy contracts of the applicant (POCB Form 01-A);
- Statement under oath that the applicant has not undertaken any contract that was rescinded by the project owner/principal as a result of unsatisfactory performance by the applicant.
- What is the validity of the registration with POCB?
- What are the requirements for renewal of POCB registration?
- What is CPES and how is this program being implemented by the government?
The CPES program is being spearheaded by the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP) thru one of its implementing boards, the Philippine Domestic Construction Board (PDCB). Based on the IRR of PD1594, all concerned government agencies shall implement CPES program through establishment of CPES Implementing Unit (IU) in their agency. The IUs shall act as the agency’s overseer in the CPES implementation.
- How is a constructor being rated or evaluated?
What regulation requires the implementation of CPES in government construction projects?
Section IV PE of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of PD 1594, as amended 12 July 1995 , provides that all contractors undertaking government projects shall have their performance evaluated by agencies concerned using CPES.
- Who will be evaluated using CPES?
- local constructors licensed by and registered with the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB);
- foreign constructors licensed by PCAB; and
- Joint ventures and consortia licensed by PCAB.
- Who can use the CPES system?
However, the private project owners, constructors, engineers, architects and the public can also use this system for monitoring/ evaluating their own projects/s. They have also the option to use this system through the CIAP accredited Constructors Performance Evaluators (CPEs), but shall be subject to terms and conditions.
- What are the possible uses of CPES ratings in the government and private sectors?
- How will the implementation of CPES help in the improvement of quality of our construction projects?
In the long run, what are the benefits we can get from implementing CPES in government construction projects?
With the implementation of CPES, the following are some of the short and long term effects:
- Completion of infrastructure projects on time and with the desired quality;
- Improvement of standards of constructors performance
- Classification of constructors based on their performance;
- Improvement of government’s efficiency and effectiveness on project implementation;
- Strict compliance of constructors with environment, safety and health concerns; and
- Improvement of domestic constructors capability for project implementation.
- What are the disputes that may be brought to the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission (CIAC) for adjudication?
- What are the primary requirements for CIAC to acquire jurisdiction over construction disputes?
- First, the contract of the parties must contain an arbitration clause, stating among others, that in case a dispute arises from said contract, it will be resolved by arbitration. If the contract has no arbitration clause, both parties must sign an agreement to arbitrate.
- Second, one of the parties must file a case or Request for Adjudication with the CIAC.
- What is arbitration and how is it different from conciliation/mediation?
In conciliation, the dispute is referred to a panel of conciliators tasked to bring the parties to an agreement. Mediation is similar to conciliation except that the dispute is referred only to a single neutral third party, called a mediator, who is tasked to bring the disputing parties to a negotiation. Decision or award rendered in conciliation/mediation is not binding upon the parties. They are merely recommendatory.
- What are the advantages of construction arbitration over court litigation?
- How long does it take CIAC to resolve a dispute by arbitration?
From Filing of case to Award: 190.19 days or 9 mos. and 8 days;
From Signing of Terms of Reference to Award: 127.29 days or 4 mos. and 11 days.
- What can we do to erring contractors?
- Is there a guideline for blacklisting government constructors?
- What are the penalties for the violations committed?
- Can a blacklisted constructor file a Motion for Reconsideration or Appeal?
- Can we award to the lowest bidder the contract if he is included in the list of blacklist constructors?
- How and when can the suspension of a blacklisted constructor be lifted?