PCA Metro is the foremost protagonist of the proper and effective enforcement of the Contractors’ License Law, RA 4566, which was enacted in 1965 and although there are many measures in place to ensure its enforcement such as a Department of Interior and Local Government directive to mayors to only issue business licenses to licensed contractors, subcontractors and specialty contractors and the IRR under the National Building Code directing all Local Building Officials to make it a condition of any Building Permit that where a project is undertaken by contract only duly licensed and registered contractors may perform the work, the greatest majority of contractors in the country are unlicensed thus creating a dangerous imbalance in the construction industry to the detriment of law abiding licensed contractors. This does not only affect the credibility, legitimacy and competitiveness of the industry locally but also globally.
PCA Metro is taking all steps necessary to ensure the proper and effective enforcement of RA 4566 and is constantly liaising with the Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) as well as various other government departments and agencies. It is also trying to liaise with the LGUs within its area of jurisdiction.
PCA Metro has also launched a Public Awareness Campaign within its area of jurisdiction by the placing of posters through the kind offices of NCR city and municipal Mayors. The campaign was kicked off with Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim undertaking to place 20 posters in Manila including the Business Permit and Licensing Office and the Office of the Building Official. It is hoped that all NCR mayors will follow this great example set by Mayor Lim. PCA Metro has also undertaken to make the latest PCAB listings available to the City of Manila in order that contractors licenses may be verified against it.
PCA Metro has also launched its “PROUDLY PCAB LICENSED” campaign through the issuance to licensed contractors of the individualized PCAB logo approved by the PCAB Board.
It’s “REPORT AN UNLICENSED CONTRACTOR” was also launched to give the public and fellow contractors to anonymously provide details of unlicensed contractors for PCAB action and the placing in a database.
It has created two Forums where contractors and the public can voice their opinion. The one being a General Public Forum and the other specifically relating to PCAB license issues.
PCAB has also adopted many of the suggestions it had made. The most important two being the Amnesty declaration and the specific Inclusion under the license terms and conditions that the license holder may only engage the services of other licensed contractors as sub- and specialty contractors.
PCA Metro, as Philippine Green Building Council Alliance Partner, also has a strong environmental advocacy. It believes that the construction industry has much to offer in the fight against global warming and the resultant climate change and, through its members, is trying to instill an environmental awareness amongst contractors.