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!


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Vote for UAP National President!

My Dear Colleagues and Fellow Architects,


Today, more than anytime in history, Architecture as a profession is at a critical juncture in its’ role as the ‘Prime Profession in the Built Environment.’  The dawn of globalization and the ever changing dynamics of our practice pose definite challenges that, if not immediately addressed, will result in the further regression of the Architectural Profession.

It is therefore imperative for UAP, in its role as the Primary Guardian and Protector of All Filipino Architects, to be ever vigilant and steadfast, not only in setting the course and direction for the practice, but determined in its purpose.  Aware of pressing challenges we now face, it must focus on the service necessary to fulfil its mandate today, the near future and for many years to come.  All these will require a leader that, not only possess a determined vision and dedication to lead, but must also have the wisdom, guided by intellect and experience to navigate through these complex, turbulent waves of change.

This realization, having served the UAP for almost 20 years, has compelled my sense of duty to once again endeavour in the opportunity to serve the organization and the profession I love.  I therefore ask for your support for the position of UAP National President. Together with my team members: Domingo Ll. Tablizo Jr. for NEVP, Chona E. Ponce for SecGen, Pamela N. Amador for NTreasurer and Cesar Eldred I. Tan for NAuditor, we will endeavour to always deliver a pro-active, responsive, substantive and service-oriented governance, collective in addressing the issues and challenges that beset our profession.

"Substance in Service: Defining the Profession and Enriching the Practice" will be our battle cry.

Substance in every action and programs will be the mark of our service.  Actionable, Doable, Realistic and True results will be our objective.

Defining the Profession starts from realizing that the world is changing and our profession is evolving with it.  Definite and dynamic programs to ensure Public, Government and other professions recognition, regard and respect to our profession, here and abroad.

Enriching the Practice will require programs that will be the catalyst for all architects to be pro-active in the development of their individual professional growth, and collective in ensuring a strong, vibrant and competitive Architectural profession in the global stage.

With steadfast commitment and love for the architecture profession, I look forward to working with you in bringing our profession to the next level. Attached herewith is our INITIAL program of action (see Annex).

Mabuhay ang Arkitektong Filipino!

Rey S. Gabitan, uap, piep

"Substance in Service: Defining the Profession and Enriching the Practice"

A.      Defining the Profession!
1.  Institutionalize the creation of a UAP Architectural Code Council which would be in charge of formulating amendments to the existing Architectural Code and continuously working for necessary updates.
2.  Actively collaborate with the DPWH Board of Consultants in the amendments to the National Building Code that would correct omissions pertaining to signing and sealing of architectural documents in the old law referencing the scope of practice as defined in RA 9266.
3.   Intensify representation to different LGUs for the implementation of RA 9266 with regards to signing and sealing of architectural documents.
4.  Increase public awareness of architectural practice thru CSR projects, partnerships with different government agencies and LGUs in civic projects, information campaign in elementary and secondary schools and multi-media campaign focusing on the value of the Architects' work.

B.      Enriching the Practice!
1.  Reformat the National Convention and Convention Seminars as two distinct programs recognizing the limited capacity for a financially sustainable delivery of the National Convention. Reprogramming the schedule for the two events will allow delegates to have a choice whether to attend both the National Convention and Convention Seminars/Exhibits or registering only for the Convention Seminars/Exhibits. This will allow more delegates to attend and avail of the CPD credit units for the seminars and exhibits.
2. Creation of regional UAP CPD centers to monitor and develop appropriate seminar/training modules for the architects in the regions.
3. Developing new CPD seminar modules aligned with the program on specialization.
4.Collaborate with the PRBoA in developing the guidelines for specialization and in establishing the Specialty Councils in different specialized fields of architectural practice in view of global practice demands.

5. Update existing practice manuals and formulate new practice reference documents responsive to the growing demands of the profession and global integration.


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