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Monday, 3 April 2017

Vote for UAP National President!

My Dear Colleagues and Fellow Architects,

Greetings!

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



Thursday, 17 November 2016

June 2017 Architecture Board Exams Review Schedule

CCD announces the schedule for the review classes for the Architecture Board Exams for JUNE 2017. 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 and Sons/Daughters of active UAP members are available. Group Packages at lower rates is also available.
Enroll Now!
EMAIL TO: orbisccd@yahoo.com / orbis.ccd@gmail.com
CALL or TEXT TO: 0939-239-4454(Smart) / 0977-848-1074(Globe)
TEL NO.: 412-6364 LOC 125
3rd Floor UAP Bldg., Scout Rallos Street,
Diliman, Quezon City
(we are open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, sat 9am-4pm)

Saturday, 16 July 2016

January 2017 Architecture Board Exams Review Schedule

CCD announces the schedule for the review classes for the Architecture Board Exams for JANUARY 2017. 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 and Sons/Daughters of active UAP members are available. Group Packages at lower rates is also available.
Enroll Now!
EMAIL TO: orbisccd@yahoo.com / orbis.ccd@gmail.com
CALL or TEXT TO: 0939-239-4454(Smart) / 0977-815-1404(Globe)
TEL NO.: 412-6364 LOC 125
3rd Floor UAP Bldg., Scout Rallos Street,
Diliman, Quezon City
(we are open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, sat 9am-4pm)

Friday, 5 February 2016

January 2016 Architecture Board Exam Results

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 866 out of 1,556 passed the Architect Licensure Examination (ALE) given by the Board of Architecture headed by its Chairman, Arch. Robert S. Sac with two other members, Arch. Fidel Jose R. Siapno and Arch. Robert M. Mirafuente. The examination was held in Manila, Cebu and Legazpi last January 29 and 31, 2016.

The results were released in five (5) working days after the last day of examination.

Starting February 14, 2016, registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will be done on-line. Please go to www.prc.gov.ph and follow instructions for initial registration. Those who will register are required to bring the following: duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal, current Community Tax Certificate (cedula), 1 piece passport size picture (colored with white background and complete name tag), 2 sets of metered documentary stamps and 1 short brown envelope with name and profession. Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.

The date and venue for the oathtaking ceremony of the new successful examinees in the said examination WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER.



Thursday, 5 November 2015

June 2016 Architecture Board Exams Review Schedule

CCD announces the schedule for the review classes for the architecture board exams for June 2016. 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).

Here is the revised schedule:







Early Bird Discounts and Discounts for UAPSA and UAPGA officers and members, as well as honor graduates and sons/daughters of active UAP members are available. Group Packages at lower rates  is also available. Email to orbisccd@yahoo.com for more details. 

If you wish to enroll online, email obissccd@yahoo.com for payment details.


Tuesday, 11 August 2015

January 2016 Architecture Board Exams Review Schedule

CCD announces the schedule for the review classes for the architecture board exams for January 2016. 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).

Here is the revised schedule:




Early Bird Discounts and Discounts for UAPSA and UAPGA officers and members, as well as honor graduates and sons/dughaters of active UAP members are available. Group Packages at lower rates  is also available. Email to orbisccd@yahoo.com for more details. If you will enroll online, email obissccd@yahoo.com for payment details.



Friday, 19 June 2015

WHO SHOULD SIGN?


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.  This situation had eroded the local and international professional standing of the Filipino architect and has resulted in the architectural planning and design of buildings by unqualified entities who have no professional competence for the erected structures. 

It is high time that the Filipino public be assured that only individuals who have been properly educated, qualified and trained will undertake the architectural planning and design of buildings and be held responsible for such acts.

More than half a century ago just after World War II, RA 545 or the old Architecture law allowed non-architects to participate in the preparation of plans and specifications of buildings, which is the primary function of an architect to assist in the immediate rebuilding of the country. At that time, there were only about 350 architects in the Philippines. In 2004, there were about 17,000 registered and licensed architects representing an almost 500% increase spread out over a half century. And since the devastation brought about by the 2nd World War has been properly addressed already, it is but necessary to give unto the architects the performance of a function for which they were specifically trained.

Thus in 2004, RA 9266 or the Architecture Act of 2004 was purposely enacted to, among others, curtail the practice of non-architects signing architectural documents, which are not within their area of competence or expertise. 

R.A. 9266 is clear and categorical — only architects can prepare and sign architectural documents.  There are no ifs or buts about it.  The law does not provide for any exception. Only architects.  No one else can prepare or sign architectural documents.

This exclusivity is clear from the plain language of the said law.  Section 20(5) of the said law provides that “[a]ll architectural plans, designs, specifications, drawings and architectural documents relative to the construction of a building shall bear the seal and signature ONLY of an architect.” 
Further, to ensure that the exclusivity given to architects is actually implemented, Section 20[2] provides that building officials cannot accept or approve “any architectural plans or specifications which have not been prepared and submitted in full accord with” it, i.e., architectural plans which are not signed by architects.

A decade after the passage of RA 9266, not much has been achieved. Non-architects have continued to prepare, sign and seal architectural plans and documents and the real intent of RA 9266 in protecting and assuring the public that only Architects can offer and provide architectural services has not been realized. 

As professionals, architects have a primary duty of care to the communities they serve. Architects bring to society unique skills and aptitudes essential to the sustainable development of the built environment and the welfare of their societies and cultures. Given the public interest in a quality, sustainable built environment and the dangers and consequences associated with the development of that environment, it is important that architectural services are provided by properly qualified professionals for the adequate protection of the public. This need is further amplified by the recent natural calamities that the country has experienced. Resilient, sustainable and well-planned communities will greatly mitigate the effects of natural calamities in the lives of the Filipinos. Undoubtedly, architects will play a crucial role in the development new and existing communities to be resilient, sustainable and well planned. 

Moreover, the impending ASEAN integration has also manifested the need to prepare the Filipino architect’s qualifications to practice architecture in other jurisdictions. There is also a need to ensure that our laws on professionals are aligned with international and regional standards, as well as attuned to global best practices, if we are to preserve our competitiveness and foothold in the regional market. Based on international standards, architectural design, plans and documents properly belong to and are the domain of the architects.  

With an increasing number of architects totalling around 35,000 as of this year, the enactment of HB 5127 and SB 2623 will be a significant step in protecting and assuring the public that only Architects who possess the necessary skills, knowledge and expertise can offer and provide architectural services, as well as comply with the provisions of the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Agreement signed by the Government.

The provisions in the proposed bills are rooted on the training, competencies and functions of architects. In terms of academic requirements, architects are academically competent to practice architecture, and to prepare and certify architectural documents.  A typical architecture course has ten semesters of mainstream architecture (10 architectural design subjects, site planning, urban design and community planning, tropical design, graphics, visual techniques, etc.), and units in building technology and building utilities (mechanical and electrical systems, sanitary and plumbing systems, lighting and acoustics) and even structural systems.

Moreover, in order to qualify for the architectural licensing exam, an architectural degree holder must act as apprentice under a practicing architect for two (2) years. The board exam itself covers the same major subjects in a mainstream architecture course. All of these prove that architects are specifically qualified, through the proper education and training, to prepare and sign architectural documents.

In RA 545, architects were allowed to do structural designing for structures up to 4-storeys high. Under RA 9266, that scope was removed from the practice of architects as the specialization on that subject and practice belongs to other professionals.

And so, if you are going to ask "Who will Sign?", the answer is plain and simple. Architects signing for architectural plans and documents, engineers signing for engineering plans and documents which include structural, mechanical, electrical, sanitary, plumbing, electronics and auxiliary systems. And if you read the minutes in the congressional readings for RA9266, somebody remarked, "Ang para kay Pedro ay kay Pedro, at ang para kay Juan ay kay Juan".

 
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