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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Review Schedule for June 2018 Environmental Planning Licensure Examination

ATLAS-CPED is pleased to announce the schedule for the Comprehensive Review for the June 2018 Environmental Planning (EnP) Board Exams. The course will also be applied for CPED points for Architects as a Capability Building Seminar in Comprehensive Development Planning (a specialization for Architects under the 2010 SPP).

For more information, you may email us at or atlascped@gmail. You can also text or call us at these numbers for further inquiries: 0927-821-7787 or 0917-587-4827

You may ENROLL ONLINE below:


Objectives of the Course:

1.   To further enhance basic skills, including research (ability to employ methods of data collection/analysis); critical thinking skills (ability to make comprehensive analysis/evaluation of environment and portion thereof); fundamental design skills (ability to apply organizational/spatial/structural principles to the conception of space in the environment; and collaboration skills (ability to identify/assume divergent roles while working as member of a planning team; and 

2. To further enhance understanding of the following: Physical design and the way in which cities work; history and theories of environmental planning; data on present/future needs (e.g. population, employment, etc.); plans and the process by which they are developed; local/regional/ national governments and their programs/processes for making political decisions; and legal/administrative aspects in the practice of environmental planning.

What is the coverage of the Review?


Political/Geographical/legal settings: Definitions, scopes, characteristics
Evolution, goals, concepts and principles/theories of planning
              History/goals of planning
              Foundation of planning
              Nature and types of planning
              ·    National, regional, local
              ·    Economic, social and physical
              ·    Short, medium and long term
              ·    Macro and micro
              ·    Strategic vis-à-vis indicative
              ·    Comprehensive vis-à-vis incremental

City growth and spatial planning theories
     Patterns of human settlements
     City image, urban form and functions
     City growth theories and urban ecological processes
     Urbanization: Issues and trends
     Planning and development of cities and urban areas

Regional Planning and Development
     Characteristics of regional/local governments
     Policies and Strategies
     Intra-and Inter-regional development issues


A.     Nature and Scope 
1. Planning processes, including problem/opportunity definition, goal setting, policy   formulation, generating alternative strategies, programming, etc.
2.     Planning Analyses
3.  Approaches/methodologies for plan preparation, including framework plan, development plan, Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP), strategic plan, structure plan, action plan master plan, sector plan, etc.
4.     Plan testing, evaluation, selection

B. Topics
1.     Overview of the planning processes
2.     Planning tool and techniques
3.     Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP)
4.     Information systems (GIS, MIS, etc.)/ Mapping technologies

Area Development Planning
     Site Planning and Urban Design
     Cultural Heritage Planning 
     Urban Renewal, Redevelopment, Regeneration and Revitalization
     Integrated Area or Integrated Rural Development (IAD or IRD)
     New Towns and Other Spatial Districts (Agro/Eco Villages)
     Industrial Estates/Economic Zones Development
     Watershed/River Basin, Coastal and Waterfront Development
     Protected Areas


Sectoral Planning
     Social Sector (Education, Health, Housing, Social Welfare, etc.
     Economic Sector (Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Industry, Tourism, etc.)
     Infrastructure and Utilities
     Natural resources

Land use planning
     Land Classification/Reclassification
     Land Allocation/Utilization
     Development Controls and Incentives


A.  Nature and Scope
      1.  Plan implementation and enforcement
      2.  Administrative and institutional aspects of plan implementation
      3.  Project planning and development, monitoring and Evaluation

Financing and Budgeting Systems
     Local taxation and revenue generation
     Resource allocation
     Financial requirements/capital improvement program
     Private Financing Initiatives (eg. BOT)
     Comprehensive investment programming system

Legal foundations for Environmental Planning Practice
      Civil Code provisions (Property Law)
      The Environmental Planning Act of 2013

      Government and legal system
      Relevant provisions of the 1987 Constitution
      Local governance
      ·         Constitutional provisions
      ·         Local Government Code
      ·         Powers and responsibilities of local officials relating to environmental management
     International environmental commitments

General Environmental Laws/Philippine Environmental Policy
·         Philippine Environmental Code
·         EIA system
·         Clean Air Act
·         Clean Water Act

Laws Related to Land, Air, Water
·         Network of Integrated Protected Area Systems Law
·         Agrarian Reform Law
·         Clean Air Act
·         Solid Waste Management Act
·         Indigenous Peoples Right Act

Human Habitat
·         Sanitation Code
·         Human settlements, land use and zoning laws
·         Cultural heritage laws

Project Planning, Management and Implementation
·         Project cycle management approach
·         Project monitoring/evaluation
·         Logical framework analysis/tools for project planning design/management
·         Feasibility analysis

Planning Administration and Professional Practice
     Government machinery for planning
     Code of ethics, legal obligations/responsibilities
     Public interest and social justice
     Government procurement policy
     Preparation of contract documents

Disaster Risk Planning
·          Disaster Risk Reduction
·         Climate Change Act

References: PRC Primer Board of Environmental Planning (2006)

What is Environmental Planning?

According to RA 10587, Environmental planning, also known as urban and regional planning, city planning, town and country planning, and/or human settlements planning, refers to the multi-disciplinary art and science of. analyzing, specifying, clarifying, harmonizing, managing and regulating the use and development of land and water resources, in relation to their environs, for the development of sustainable communities and ecosystems.

Environmental Planner refers to a person who is registered and licensed to practice environmental planning and who holds a valid Certificate of Registration and a valid Professional Identification Card from the :Board of Environmental Planning and the Professional Regulation Commission.

SEC. 5 of RA 10587 defines the  Scope of Practice. - The practice of environmental planning, within the meaning and intent of this Act, shall embrace the following:

(a) Providing professional services in the form of technical consultation, rendering of technical advice, plan preparation, capacity building and monitoring and evaluation of implementation involving the following: 
1. National, regional or local development and/or physical framework and comprehensive land·use plans; 
2. Zoning and related ordinances, codes and other legal issuances for the development and management, preservation, conservation, rehabilitation, regulation and control of the environment, including all land, water, air and natural resources; 
3. Planning and development of a barangay, municipality, city, province, region or any portion or combination thereof; and 
4. Development of a site for a particular need or special purpose, such as economic or ecological zones; tourism development zones; and housing and other estate development projects, including the creation of any other spatial arrangement of buildings, utilities, transport and communications; 

(b) In relation to any of the activIties enumerated in paragraph (a), above, preparing the following studies: 
1. Pre·feasibility, feasibility and other related concerns;
2. Environmental assessments; and
3. Institutional, administrative or legal systems;

(c) Curriculum and syllabi development in licensure examinations for environmental planners and teaching in academic institutions and conducting review courses in environmental planning; 

(d) Serving as expert witness, resource person, lecturer, juror or arbitrator in hearings, competitions, exhibitions and other public fora; conduct of hearings, competitions, exhibits and other public fora;

(e) Ensuring compliance with environmental laws including the acquisition of regulatory permits. The Professional Regulatory Board, subject to approval of the Professional Regulation Commission, may add to, or exclude from, this section any activity or act of professional practice, or revise it as the need arises to conform to changes and new developments brought about by the latest trends in environmental planning; and 

(f) Perform other acts or conduct other activities that may be determined by the Board, subject to approval by the Professional Regulation Commission in light of the trend of the practice of the profession

What are the subjects  in the examination?

SEC. 17 (RA 10587). Subjects of Examination. - The licensure examination for environmental planners shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following: 

(a) History, concepts, theories and principles of environmental planning; 
(b) Environmental planning process, methods/techniques and strategies; and 
(c) Environmental plan implementation, legal aspects and administration. 

These subject areas and syllabi shall include topics and subtopics in' accordance with the syllabi or tables of specifications of subjects for licensure examinations by the Board m consultation with the academe and the APO. The subject areas and syllabi may be revised as the need arises to conform to changes and new developments brought about by trends in the practice of environmental planning.

Who can take the examination?

SEC. 18 (RA 10587). Qualifications for Taking the Examination. Any person applying to take the licensure examination as herein provided shall establish to the satisfaction of the Board that he/she has the following qualifications: 

(a) A citizen of the Philippines or a foreign citizen whose country or State has a policy on reciprocity in the practice of the profession; 

(b) A holder of ANY of the following degrees from schools, colleges or universities duly recognized and accredited by the CHED: 
1. A graduate in environmental planning, urban/city and regional planning, or town and country planning or its equivalent; 
2. A Post-Graduate Diploma in Environmental Planning, city and regional planning or its equivalent, and with at least one (1) year of on-the-job training as required herein; 
3. A Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Planning, city planning or urban and regional planning, or town and country planning, or its equivalent, and with two (2) years of on-the-job training as required herein; 
4. A masters or doctorate degree in either architecture, engineering, ecology, economics, geography, geology, public administration, business administration, sociology, social science, law, environmental science, environmental management, development management, natural resources planning and development, and related discipline acceptable to the Board, and with three (3) years of on-the-job training as required herein: Provided, That a person falling under this paragraph shall be allowed to take the licensure examination only within the next five (5) years from the effectivity of this Act; . 
5. A bachelor's degree in architecture, engineering, economics, public administration, law, social work and community development or sociology and other related disciplines acceptable to the Board and with five '(5) years of on-the-job training as required herein: Provided, That a person falling under this paragraph shall be allowed to take the licensure examination only within the next five (5) years from the effectivity of this Act; and 
6. Incumbent holders of planning positions in the national, regional or local government offices or agencies including government-owned and -controlled corporations and have been engaged in development planning functions acceptable to the Board: Provided, That they are holders of professional civil service eligibility and they have undergone at least eighty (80) hours of in-service training or distance learning in developmental planning from a government agency, school or institution recognized by proper authorities: Provided, further, That a person falling under this paragraph may be allowed to take the licensure examination only within the next five (5) years after the effectivity of this Act. 

(c) Of good moral character; and 

(d) Not convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude by a court of competent jurisdiction. The on-the-job training required in this section shall be undertaken under the supervision of a registered and licensed environmental planner or the applicant's immediate supervisor in an agency or organization acceptable to the Board, which is engaged or involved in environmental planning functions or programs.
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Architecture Review Course for June 2018 Architects Board Exam

ATLAS-CPED Review Center announces the schedule for the review classes for the Architecture Board Exams for JUNE 2018. The review classes consist of the BASIC COMPREHENSIVE COURSE (consisting of all subjects in Day1 of the exam, i.e., Professional Practice, Building Laws, History and Theory of Architecture, Planning, Architectural Interiors, Tropical Design, Structural Conceptualization, Building Materials, Building Construction, Building, Utilities and Estimating), BASIC DESIGN COURSE (with focus on Rule 7&8 of the NBCP and estimating), and the REFRESHER COURSE (consisting on review of common and recent questions given in the board exams for all subjects). Early Bird Discounts and Discounts for UAPSA and UAPGA officers and members, as well as Honor Graduates are available.  

Enroll Now!

For on-line registration, go to end of this post.
CALL or TEXT TO: 0927-8217-787 (Globe) / 0917-587-4827(Globe)
2nd flr., Franisa Bldg, 76 Kamuning Road, Quezon City (see map at end of this post)


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Architecture Review Schedule for January 2018 board exams

ATLAS-CPED Review Center announces the schedule for the review classes for the Architecture Board Exams for JANUARY 2018. The review classes consist of the basic review (comprehensive consisting of all subjects in the exam), design review (with focus on Rule 7&8 of the NBCP and estimating), and the refresher class (consisting of review of common questions given in the board exams for all subjects). Early Bird Discounts and Discounts for UAPSA and UAPGA officers and members, as well as Honor Graduates are available. Group Packages at lower rates is also available.

Enroll Now!

For on-line registration and payment, pls email above.
CALL or TEXT TO: 0917-587-4827(Globe) / 0927-8217-787 (Globe)
2nd flr., Franisa Bldg, 76 Kamuning Road, Quezon City (see map at end of this post)



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Monday, May 22, 2017

2017 Subic Ecotourism Festival

The ISST together with Philippine Airlines (PA), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are hosting the 2017 Ecotourism Festival in celebration of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development declared by United Nation World Trade Organization. For this event, the spotlight is on ecotourism, an increasingly important concept in a country as rich in natural resources and biodiversity as the Philippines.

This momentous event is comprised of a 3-day conference and visits to ecotourism sites in Subic and its environs. This conference will bring together the seven (7) board members of the Global Ecotourism Network (GEN) and Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN). These groups represent the foremost experts in ecotourism and sustainable tourism. With members hailing from USA to Costa Rica, from Japan to Jordan, from ASEAN to Australia their specializations range from architecture to ecotourism site development to media and communication, this diverse group has much to offer and share to those who want to plan an ecotourism program.

ISST would like to invite you to participate at the upcoming event on May 29-June 1, 2017 in Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center, Zambales, Philippines.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Training Program on Project Development and Management

The Center for Policy and Executive Development (CPED) of the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG), University of the Philippines (UP) would like to invite you to our  Training Program on Project Development and Management on  26-30 June 2017 (Batch 1) or 24-28 July 2017 (Batch 2) .

Through this program, participants will be able to understand the concepts, principles of project development and management, learn project planning and designing including their tools and techniques, and write project feasibility reports.

The 5-day training program is intensive and participatory in nature. The topics/lectures are taught by experts and practitioners from NCPAG, other UP units, and from government institutions. The registration fee covers the training kit, copies of presentations, lunch and snacks, class picture, and certificate of participation for each participant. The attachment provides instructions for registration and payment procedures.

CPED has been providing training programs to national government agencies and international organizations (e.g., House of Representatives, AFP, DAR, PCSO, UNDP, AusAID, etc.) since 1968. It has been recently accredited as government training institution by the Civil Service Commission. For more information, surf its website at ers/cped/ or at Facebook https://www.facebook. com/CPEDncpag . If you have inquiries, please contact Ms. Maria Luisa J. Cepeda and Crinezza Veil L. Mendoza at 920-1353 or e-mail her at


1. Policy Formulation and Analysis – Participants will be introduced to the policy process, the various tools and methods in the proper framing of policy problems, evidence-based solution search, and the selection of
alternatives. Moreover, participants will also be provided techniques in policy issue paper writing, as well as effective report presentation.

When: 4-8 September 2017
Where: NCPAG building, UP Diliman
Last day of registration: 25 August 2017

2. Project Development and Management - Participants will be able to understand the concepts, principles of project development and management, learn project planning and designing including their tools and techniques, and write project feasibility reports.

Batch 1
When: 26-30 June 2017
Where: NCPAG Building, UP Diliman
Last day of registration: 16 June 2017

Batch 2
When: 24-28 July 2017
Where: NCPAG Building, UP Diliman
Last day of registration: 14 July 2017
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Thursday, May 4, 2017

UAP Socksargen pushes for RA 9266 in GenSan!

Another UAP chapter has made progress in the implementation of RA9266 in their locality. Congratulations to UAP Socksargen Chapter for pushing this agenda. Leading the action is past UAP NEVP Mike Ang, who together with his chaptermates, wholeheartedly worked on the passage of Sangguniang Panlunsod No. 303 in the implementation of RA9266 and the RIRR of the NBCP in General Santos City. This will serve as another inspiration for other chapters to follow!

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Balangkasan for Young Architects


A PRC 6.0 CPD Workshop-Seminar-Forum for all architects! Brought to you by Philippine Institute of Construction Arbitrators and Mediators (PICAM) thru the UAP Balangkasan NatCom FY1617 in partnership with the UAP Special Committee for Young Architects FY1617 and UAP Regional District B4. 


1. If you have already PAID either at the UAPHQ or at any BDO, please DON’T FORGET to supply the needed payment details (UAP O.R.# or BDO Deposit Slip Reference #) in the same E-registration form (Google doc link) which you used to fill-up for registration, IN ORDER to be counted. 
2. Do not forget to email at the BDO deposit slip for those who paid thru Banco de Oro, with your full names and chapters. 
3. Once registered online, you are given three (3) days to settle the registration fee. Failure to do so will FORFEIT your slot in favor of the PAID registrants. 
4. Early BIRD RATE (Php1,700) ends by May 12, 2017. Please check poster for details.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Architect-Owner Agreement

UAP Document 401 provides the format for the Owner-Architect Agreement. However, since the adoption of the 2010 Standards of Practice (SPP) Documents by the PRBoA and the 2014 Architects Guidelines on Methods of Compensation and Schedule of Fees, the document has not yet been amended or updated. Here is a sample format for the contract which incorporated the 2010 SPP and 2014 Architects Guidelines. This sample contract can be used for the basic or full detailed architectural and engineering design (DAED) services. You may amend some provisions to suit your project requirements.

PROJECT      :           __________________
LOCATION     :        ___________________


THIS AGREEMENT, made and entered into this __ day of Month, Two Thousand and xxx by Mr. ________________ of legal age, Filipino and with postal address __________________, the party of the First Part, hereinafter called the OWNER and between ____________, a duly registered and licensed architect under the laws of the Republic of the Philippines with PRC Registration No __________, of legal age, Filipino and with postal address at ________________________, the party of the Second Part, hereinafter called the ARCHITECT.


That whereas the OWNER intends to build a (project title) building at (lot number/street/barangay/municipality/city), hereinafter called the PROJECT.


The OWNER and the ARCHITECT, for and in consideration of the foregoing premises and of the other covenants hereinafter named, agree as follows:


That the scope of work to be done by the Architect, as herein authorized by the Owner for the subject Project herein referred to, consists of professional services for the following:
1.01 Site development planning (SDP) of the grounds of the building, including other concomitant structures within the Project site, as may be determined by the Owner.
1.02 Basic (Regular) Detailed Architectural and Engineering (DA&E) Design of the Project to be located at ________________________________.


The Architect’s Basic Services consist of the following:

2.01 Project Definition Phase

This phase involves the definition of the requirements of the project by the Owner. The Architect in turn informs the Owner of the technical requirements of the project and the concomitant professional fees. In this phase, the Architect:
2.01.01 consults with the Owner to ascertain the conceptual framework and related requirements of the project and confirms such requirements with him.
2.01.02 gathers relevant information and data leading to the definition of the requirements of the project, including the scope of the Architect’s services.
2.01.03 reviews and refines the owner’s space requirements and translates  them into an architectural program.
2.01.04 prepares an initial statement of probable construction cost.

2.02 Schematic Design Phase

This phase consists of the preparation of schematic design studies derived from the Project Definition Phase, leading to conceptual plans. The Architect:
2.02.01 evaluates the Owner’s program, schedule, budget, project site and proposes methods of project deliveries.
2.02.02 prepares the initial line drawings representing design studies leading to a recommended solution, including a general description of the project for approval by the Owner.
2.02.03 submits to the Owner a Statement of the Probable Project Construction Cost (SPPCC) based on current cost parameters.

2.03 Design Development Phase

Based on approved schematics and conceptual plans, the Architect prepares:
2.03.01 the Design Development documents consisting of plans, elevations, sections and other drawings,
2.03.02 outline specifications to fix and illustrate the size and character of the entire project as to type of materials, type of structural, electrical, mechanical, sanitary, electronic and communications systems.
2.03.03 diagrammatic layout of construction systems, and
2.03.04 an updated  SPPCC for submission to the Owner.

2.04 Contract Document Phase

Based on the approved Design Development Documents, the Architect:
2.04.01 prepares the complete Contract Documents consisting of detailed designs and construction drawings, setting forth in detail the work required for the architectural, structural, electrical, plumbing/ sanitary, mechanical, electronic and communication works prepared by the Architect and the respective professionals involved.
2.04.02 prepares Technical Specifications describing type and quality of materials, finish, manner of construction and the general conditions under which the project is to be constructed.
2.04.03 submits to the Owner seven (7) sets of all construction drawings and technical specifications for purposes of obtaining a building permit.
2.04.04 updates the SPPCC based on changes in scope, requirements or market conditions.
2.04.05 assists the Owner in filing the required documents to secure approval of government authorities having jurisdiction over the design of the Project.

2.5 Bidding or Negotiation Phase

2.05.01 In this phase, the Architect:
a. prepares the Bid Documents such as forms for contract letting, documents for construction, forms for invitation and instruction to bidders, forms for bidders’ proposals, general / specific conditions of contract, etc.
b. assists the Owner from the early stage of establishing a list of prospective Contractors to awarding of the construction contract.

2.05.02 For competitive bids / procurements, the Architect:
a. furnishes complete sets of the Bid Documents for purposes of bidding in as many sets as may be required to conduct a successful bidding. The said documents are loaned to bidders at an amount sufficient to cover direct and indirect costs attendant to the preparation, packaging, reproduction and delivery of the said documents.
The Bid Documents are the intellectual property of the Architect (Sec. 33 of R.A. No. 9266), and must be returned by all entities acquiring bid documents. A bond may be required to assure the return of the Bid Documents.
The Architect retains the sole ownership and copyright to the said documents (Sec. 33 of R.A. No. 9266). As such, bidders must not reproduce nor use the documents for unauthorized purposes. The Owner also must not use the documents for any other purpose other than the project for which the Owner and Architect signed an agreement.
b. helps in organizing and conducting pre-bid conferences,
c. responds to questions from bidders,
d. assists the Owner in obtaining proposals from Contractors, analyzes bid results and prepares abstract of bids, notice of award, notice to proceed and other construction contracts.

2.05.03 For negotiated contracts, the Architect performs similar functions as in item 2.5.2 but negotiates with one Contractor instead of many bidders.

2.06 Construction Phase

In this phase, the Architect performs the following:
2.06.01 makes decisions on all claims of the Owner and Contractors on all matters relating to the execution and progress of work or the interpretation of the Contract Documents.
2.06.02 prepares change orders, gathers and turns over to the Owner written guarantees required of the Contractor and Sub-Contractors.
2.06.03 makes periodic visits to the project site to familiarize himself with the general progress and quality of work and to ascertain that the work is proceeding in accordance with the Contract Documents. The Architect shall not be required to make exhaustive or continuous 8-hour on-site supervision to check on the quality of the work involved and shall not be held responsible for the Contractor's failure to carry out the Construction work in accordance with the Contract Documents. During such project site visits and on the basis of his observations, he shall report to the Client defects and deficiencies noted in the work of Contractors, and shall condemn work found failing to conform to the Contract Documents.
2.06.04 determines the amount owing and due to the Contractor and issues corresponding Certificates for Payment for such amounts based on his observations and the Contractor's Applications for Payment. These Certificates will constitute a certification to the Client that the work has progressed to the state indicated and that to his best knowledge, the quality of work performed by the Contractor is in accordance with the Contract Documents. The Architect shall conduct the necessary inspection to determine the date of substantial and final completion and issue the final Certificate of Payment to the Contractor.
2.06.05 Should more extensive inspection or full-time (8-hour) construction supervision be required by the Client, a separate full-time supervisor shall be hired and agreed upon by the Owner and the Architect subject to the conditions provided in the SPP Document on Full -Time Supervision. When the Architect is requested by the Owner to do the full time supervision, his services and fees shall be covered separately in conformance with the applicable and appropriate SPP Document.


3.01 That the Owner agrees to pay the Architect for professional services, a fee of ____________________, with other payments and reimbursements hereinafter provided, exclusive of twelve percent (12%) Value-Added Tax (VAT), the said amount hereinafter called the Basic Rate.

3.02 Payments to the Architect on account of the agreed Professional Fee shall be made by the Owner on the different phases of the work of the Architect as follows:

3.02.01 Upon signing of the Service Agreement:  An amount equivalent to 5% of the agreed Professional Fee shall be paid by the Owner as engagement fee or as the acceptance fee of the Architect that shall cover the mobilization component of the services. The Professional Fee shall be computed based on the Statement of Probable Project Construction Cost (SPPCC) as included in the Annex of the Service Agreement.

3.02.02 Upon the completion of the Schematic Design Phase: Upon completion and submission of the documents under Schematic Design Phase as stipulated in the Service Agreement, but not more than 15 days after submission of the documents to the Owner, the Owner shall pay the Architect a sum equal to fifteen percent (15.0%) of the Professional Fee, or a sum sufficient to increase the total payments on the fee to twenty (20.0%) percent of the Professional Fee (amount paid under Section 3.02.01 shall be deducted from the total amount). The Professional Fee shall be computed based on the Statement of Probable Project Construction Cost (SPPCC) that shall be part of the documents to be submitted at this particular stage.

3.02.03 Upon the completion of the Design Development Phase: Upon completion and submission of the documents under Design Development Phase as stipulated in the Service Agreement, but not more than 15 days after submission of the documents to the Owner, the Owner shall pay the Architect a sum equal to twenty percent (20.0%) of the Professional Fee, or a sum sufficient to increase the total payments on the fee to forty (40.0%) percent of the Professional Fee (accumulated amount paid under Section 3.02.02 shall be deducted from the total amount). The Professional Fee shall be computed based on the Statement of Probable Project Construction Cost (SPPCC) that shall be part of the documents to be submitted at this particular stage.

3.02.04 Upon the completion of the Contract Document Phase: Upon completion and submission of the documents under Contract Document Phase as stipulated in the Service Agreement, but not more than 15 days after submission of the documents to the Owner, the Owner shall pay the Architect a sum equal to fifty percent (50.0%) of the Professional Fee, or a sum sufficient to increase the total payments on the fee to ninety (90%) percent of the Professional Fee (accumulated amount paid under Section 3.02.03 shall be deducted from the total amount). The Professional Fee shall be computed based on the Statement of Probable Project Construction Cost (SPPCC) that shall be part of the documents to be submitted at this particular stage.

3.02.05 Bidding or Negotiation Phase: Within 15 days after the award to the winning bidder or bidders the payment to the Architect shall be adjusted so that it will amount to a sum equivalent to ninety (90%) percent of the Professional Fee, computed upon the lowest bona fide Bid or Bids or upon the winning Bid Price.

3.02.06 Construction Phase: The remaining of the ten (10%) percent of the Professional Fee is broken down as follows:
a) Five (5%) percent for Architect's Liability under the Civil Code, and
b) Five (5%) percent for the Periodic Construction Supervision (PCS)

Progress Billing can be done on the remaining ten percent (10%) of the Architect’s Fee based on the original Statement of Probable Project Construction Cost (SPPCC).

Upon completion of the work (when Certificate of Completion is issued to Contractor), the balance of the Architect shall be paid computed on the Final Project Construction Cost (FPCC).

6.4.7 The Owner can make partial payments during each of the various stages of the Architect’s work, upon request of the Architect, provided that such payments are within the framework of the manner of payments outlined above.


4.01 Provide full information as to his requirements for the Project.
4.02 When necessary, designate a representative authorized to act on his behalf.
4.03 Promptly examine and render decisions pertaining to documents submitted by the Architect to avoid unreasonable delay in the progress of the Architect’s work. The Owner should issue orders to the General Contractor only through the Architect.
4.04 Furnish or direct the Architect to obtain at his expense, a certified survey of the site, giving, as may be required, topographical and/or relocation surveys covering grades and lines of streets, alleys, easements, encroachments and related information, boundaries, with dimensions and complete data pertaining to existing buildings, structures, trees, plants, water bodies, wells, excavations / pits, etc. and other improvements and full information as to the available utility / service lines both public and private; zoning compliances, clearances, deed/s of restrictions, encumbrances and annotations to titles, association guidelines and standards, and soil investigations / tests, borings and test pits necessary for determining soil and sub-soil conditions.
4.05 Promptly pay for architectural and all other engineering and allied services required for the project.
4.06 Pay for the design and consulting services on acoustic, communication, electronic, and other specialty systems which may be required for the project.
4.07 Arrange and pay for such legal, auditing, insurance, counseling and other services as may be required for the project.
4.08 Pay for all reimbursable expenses incurred in the project as called for in Section 7: “Other Conditions on Services” and all taxes including VAT (but not including income tax) that the government may impose on the Architect as a result of the services rendered by the Architect on the project, whether the services were performed as a natural person i.e. an individual practitioner or as a juridical entity i.e. as a sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation.
4.09 If the Owner observes or otherwise becomes aware of anything that may impair the successful implementation of the project, he shall give prompt written notice to the Architect.


Project Construction Cost (PCC) as herein referred to, means the cost of the completed building to the Owner, including the structure, plumbing/sanitary and electrical fixtures, mechanical equipment, elevators, escalators, air-conditioning system, fire protection system, alarm and clock system, communications and electronic system, elements attached to the building and all items indicated in the plans, designs, drawings and specifications prepared by the Architect and his consultants. The construction cost of other items planned and designed by the Architect, such as architectural interiors (AI) and site development plan elements and other items of similar nature, additionally planned / designed by the Architect are also part of the PCC.

The cost of materials used and the labor for their installation are part of the PCC. If these items are furnished by the Owner below its market cost, the cost of the material and labor shall nonetheless be computed on the basis of the current (and fair market value) costs.

The PCC does not include any of the fees for the Architect, the Engineer, the Specialist Consultants or the salaries of the construction inspectors.


The “Basic Fee” and “Basic Rate” refers to the compensation to the Architect on account of his delivery of the Regular or Basic Services referred to in Article 2. Where the Architect has to render more than the regular or basic services, it shall be the subject of a special additional charge commensurate with the special services required. Such special charge shall be in additional to the basic fee provided herein.


7.01Government Taxes on Service: The Architect’s Fee is a net amount. Any tax (exclusive of income tax) that the national and/or local government/s may impose on the Architect as a consequence of the services performed for the project shall be paid by the Owner.

7.02 Different Periods of Construction:   If portions of the building/s are erected at different periods of time, thus increasing the construction period and Architect’s burden of services, charges pertaining to services rendered during the Construction Phase shall be adjusted proportionately. When the suspension of construction exceeds a period of six (6) months, the fee for the remaining works shall be doubled.

7.03 Services of Specialist Consultants: If the Owner requires the services of specialist consultants, they shall be engaged with the consent of the Architect. The cost of their services shall be paid for separately by the Owner and shall not be deducted from the Architect’s fee.

7.04 Other Professional Services: that the Architect’s fee includes normal structural, electrical, electronics, plumbing, sanitary and mechanical engineering services. Services for survey, soil exploration and laboratory test are on the account of the Owner as stipulated in Article 4.04. Other services that may be needed in order to complete the project such as services of acoustic and illumination engineers / specialists, mural painters, sculptors, and other service providers are to be recommended by the Architect for the Owner’s approval. Costs for these services are to be paid for separately by the Owner and shall be subject to a coordination fee payable to the Architect.

7.05 Separate Services: Should the Owner require the Architect to design movable or fixed pieces of cabinets and other architectural interior (AI) elements, site development plan (SDP) components, urban design elements, and other items of similar nature, the Owner shall pay the Architect in addition to the Architect’s fee. The fee shall be based on an agreed method of compensation.

7.06 Miniature Models: Should a scale model, 3D models and/or walk-thru presentation of the architect’s design be necessary for exhibition and display purposes, they are to be recommended by the Architect for the Owner’s approval. Costs for these services are to be paid for separately by the Owner and shall be subject to a coordination fee payable to the Architect.

7.07 Per Diems and Traveling expenses: A per diem of not less than __________ Pesos (P 0,000.00) plus traveling and living expenses shall be chargeable to the Owner whenever the Architect or his duly authorized representative is required to perform services at a locality beyond 50.0 kilometers (air, straight line or radial distance) from his established office as it appears in the Architect’s letterhead.

7.08 Extra Sets of Contract Documents: The Architect is to furnish the Owner  seven (7) sets of Drawings, Specification and other Contract Documents. Cost for printing or reproduction of extra sets of Contract Documents when required by the Owner or his representative is to be paid by the Owner at a cost equivalent to ______________ Pesos (P00,000.00) per set.

7.09 Changes Ordered by Owner: If the Architect renders additional professional services due to changes ordered by the Owner after approval of the Architect’s outputs, the Owner shall pay the Architect for extra time, resources/ drafting, or other office expenses.

7.10 Work Suspended or Abandoned: If the work of the Architect is abandoned or suspended in whole or in part, the Owner shall pay the Architect for the services rendered corresponding to the amount due at the stage of suspension or abandonment of the work.

The primary service of the Architect is the preparation of architectural plans/designs, specifications and other building construction documents. These are sets of detailed instructions that shall serve as the basis for the General Contractor to implement the project. Once the Architect has prepared all these documents, the Architect has completed the Detailed Design and Contract Documents Phase of his services, which is equivalent to Ninety percent (90%) of his work.

When the Owner therefore fails to implement the plans and documents for construction as prepared by the Architect, the Architect is entitled to receive as compensation the sum corresponding to ninety percent (90%) of the Architect’s fee


Upon recommendation of the Architect and with the approval of the Owner, full-time construction supervisors as will be deemed necessary shall be engaged and paid by the Owner. If no Project / Construction Manager is present, the full-time construction supervisor shall be under the technical control and supervision of the Architect and shall make periodic reports to the Owner and to the Architect regarding the progress and quality of the work done.


Any SPPCC or any Cost Estimate submitted by the Architect can attain only a certain degree of accuracy. As the Architect has no control over the cost of labor and materials, or the many factors that go into competitive bidding, he does not assume any professional responsibility for such cost estimates, unless glaring errors or discrepancies are clearly evident.


During the progress of work, the Owner shall furnish the Architect a copy of the records of expenses being incurred on the construction. Upon completion of the project, the Owner shall furnish the Architect a copy of the summary of all cost of labor, services, materials, equipment, fixtures and all items used at and for the completion of the construction.


All signboards of the General Contractor, sub-contractors, jobbers and dealers that shall be placed at the project site during the progress of construction shall be approved by the Architect as to size, design and contents. After the completion of the project, the Owner or his building lessee shall consult the Architect for the design, size of all signboards, letterings, directories and display boards that will be placed on the exterior or public areas attached to the building project in order to safeguard the Owner’s interest. Nothing should be installed inside or outside of the building that would compromise its safety and aesthetics.


All designs, drawings, models, specifications and other contract documents and copies thereof, prepared, duly signed, stamped and sealed and furnished as instruments of service, are the intellectual property and documents of the Architect, whether the work for which they were made is executed or not, and are not to be reproduced or used on other work except with a written agreement with the Architect (Sec. 33 of R.A. No. 9266).


The Owner and the Architect each binds himself, his partners, successors, legal representative and assign to the other party to this Agreement, and to the partners, successors, legal representative and assigns of such other party in respect of all covenant to this Agreement. Except, as above, neither the Owner nor the Architect shall assign, sublet or transfer his interest in this Agreement without the written consent of the other.


All questions in dispute under this Agreement shall be submitted in accordance with the provisions of the Philippine Law on Arbitration and provided for in Art. 2042 of the New Civil Code of the Philippines and the provision of the Republic Ac. No. 876, (but all litigations shall be confined under the jurisdiction of city/municipality and both parties agree not to adjudicate in any other areas for that matter.)

The Parties in dispute under this Agreement hereby agree to full performance of the covenants contained herein.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties to this Agreement have on the day and year first above given, hereunto set their hands at the bottom of this page and on the left-hand margin of all the other pages of this Agreement.


OWNER                          ARCHITECT


_________________________________                           ______________________________


Republic of the Philippines)
City/Municipality of _______________ ) S.S.

Before me, a Notary Public in ______________ personally appeared Mr. _______________, with Residence Certificate No. _____________ issued on _______________at ______________ and Architect _______________ with Residence Certificate No. _____________ issued on ____________ at ______________, both known to me and to me known to be the same persons who execute the foregoing instrument and acknowledged to me that the same is their free act and deed.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Notarial Seal this __ day ______________ in the City of ___________, Philippines.

                                                                                        NOTARY PUBLIC

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Implement RA9266 or the Architecture Act of 2004!

Implement RA 9266 Now! More and more buildings and residential structures are being constructed and yet many have become an eyesore and are not properly planned to the dissastifaction of the users and detriment to the environment.
Developments in recent years witness how the practice of architecture has been appropriated by many entities who are not academically trained or professionally qualified to engage in the practice of the profession.  These include other professionals, project managers, contractors/subcontractors, developers, capitalists, investors, foreign practitioners, and local and foreign corporations/firms directly or indirectly involved in land and property development work.
The sorry state of our built environment can be attributed to the proliferation of unqualified entities providing planning, design and construction of buildings who have no professional responsibility nor civil liability for the erected structures. This has placed the public at great risk considering graphic tragedies resulting from faulty planning or design. It should be noted too, that designing for buildings is not only about strength but also about utility or function and aesthetics. Buildings should be designed in accord to its site conditions and its impact to the environment as well as considering socio-cultural and historical context.
It is high time that the Filipino public be assured that only individuals who have been properly educated, qualified and trained will undertake the planning and design of buildings and be held responsible for such acts.
The Architecture Act of 2004 [R.A. 9266]  regulates the practice of architecture and defines the scope thereof.  The said law is clear and categorical — only architects can prepare and sign architectural documents (Section 20, par. 5).  There are no ifs or buts about it.  The law does not provide for any exception. Only architects.  And not only that, it also prohibited building officials from accepting or approving architectural plans or specifications which are not signed by architects (Section 20, par. 2).
Thirteen years has passed and yet the law is NOT being implemented in many areas in the Philippines. Sadly, up to now, several building permits are being processed and approved without the involvement of an architect.
Let us put a stop to this unfavorable practice. The government must ensure that the built environment is well-planned and designed to come up with more livable and safe communities. Enforce RA9266! And ensure that no building permit will be approved unless it carries the signature and seal of an architect!
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Draft CPD Guidelines for Architects

Here is the CPD FOR ARCHITECTS "DRAFT Operational Guidelines in the Implementation of RA 10912" as released by the PRC CPD COUNCIL for Architecture. 

All forms will be available for download at the UAP Official Website starting next week. 

For inquiries, please contact Ar Robert Mirafuente and Ar Chona E. Ponce :

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