The PCAB area was created by the Philippine Constructors Association (PCA) Metropolitan Chapter and is aimed at disseminating contractors’ license requirements and information to both contractors and the general public. PCA Metropolitan is an Accredited PCAB Help Desk but has no other/further affiliation with PCAB. The official PCAB site is at http://ciap.dti.gov.ph/content/philippine-contractors-accreditation-board.
PCAB (Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board) is a Statutory Licensing and Regulatory body charged with licensing and regulating contractors in the country.
PCAB – Background & History
The Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) was formed by virtue of RA 4566 passed by Congress in 1965. It was originally called the Philippine Contractors License Board and fell under the Office of the Board of Examiners (now Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)). In 1980 PD 1746 created the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP) under the Department of Trade and Industry to promote, accelerate, and regulate the growth and development of the construction industry. PCAB was placed under its jurisdiction. CIAP exercises jurisdiction and supervision over the following implementing boards; PCAB; the Philippine Domestic Construction Board (PDCB); the Philippine Overseas Construction Board (POCB); and the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission (CIAC) which takes charge of disputes arising from, or connected with government and private contracts.
R.A. 4566 as amended by P.D. No. 1746 provides that no contractor (including sub-contractor and specialty contractor) shall engage in the business of contracting without first having secured a PCAB license to conduct business. It is an offense to engage in contracting business without a license first being obtained. All architects and engineers preparing plans and specifications for work to be contracted in the Philippines shall stipulate in their invitation to bidders, whether a resident of the Philippines or not, and in their specifications that it will be necessary for any bidder, whether contractor, sub-contractor or specialty contractor, to have a license before his bid is considered. The purpose of the Contractors License Law (R.A. 4566) is to ensure, for the safety of the public, that only qualified and reliable contractors are allowed to undertake construction in the country. The law also aims to promote for the benefit of the public and private sectors and for the national interest, the orderly growth of the contracting sector and the upgrading of construction capability.