Monday, August 24, 2015

UAP Quezon City Chapter Board and Committees in serious discussion

The UAPQC Chapter Board of Officers set the 2nd official board meeting on the 13th day of August 2015, 7:00 in the evening, at Victorino’s, Scout Rallos St., corner 11th Jamboree St., Diliman, Quezon City. Items discussed focused on the activities for the months of August and September. 

The board first discussed the first GMM for the fiscal year themed “Chapter Team Building | Leadership” in finer details. VP-Operations Carla Epino, as program manager, presented the program with Ar. Mike Ang as the guest team building facilitator. The attendees shall be divided into five color coded teams for the two hour activity. 

Next discussed is the annual chapter project known as ConFab. To be led by VP-Programs Leiron de Guzman and Director Norvin Gomez, ConFab had been moved to September 12 with the venue yet to be finalized being the Philippine Heart Center or the newly renovated PRC Multipurpose Hall. 

The month of September has been discussed as a month of series of movements of schedules due to conflicting schedules of all entities involved in the activities. The only unmoved date is of the September GMM with partial details has been initially discussed. 

Other matters discussed includes the initial report on NAW, wreath laying on August 19 QC day, Lakbay Series both local and international, advance Halloween Party concepts, amnesty on annual dues, SteelTech Playball invitational, report on the templates for certificates, UAPSA-CCP Affiliation, and the Area Assembly on October. Board resolutions are to be prepared by VP-Programs Leiron de Guzman for signature on the next board meeting. 

Meeting was adjourned at 10:30pm.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A letter from Ar. Jaime Silva, Chair of the UAP Committee on Accessibility:

Please be informed that I will be conducting walkthrough audits on nominated building/facilities in the following regions:

1). Iloilo and Bacolod on May 16.
2). Butuan on May 23
3). Palawan on May 24
4). Davao on May 30
5). Cagayan de Oro on May 31

With this, it would be great if there will also be one or two other architects from the nearby chaopter/district who would join me during these walkthrough audits.  Building/facilities to be audited are nominated establishments for the Apolonario Mabini awards.  Please advice the Chapter Presidents or District Directors of this project, and if interested to join me, they can email me ( or call me (0918-939-7664).

More so, I would appreciate if you could forward to me the email addresses and mobile phone numbers of the District Directors and Chapter Presidents in those provinces noted below.

Cagayan de Oro
Kawayan Isabela and Santiago Isabela

There will be more other provinces schedules but would like to focus first on the initial batch of nominated building/facilities which has been scheduled for immediate audits.  This project is in line with the 28th Apolonario Mabini awards which I have been chairing.  For more information regarding the Apolonario Mabini Awards, please check the website of the Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled at:
and open the Apolonario Mabini awards.

Kind Regards,
Jaime Silva
Committee On Accessibility

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The certificates for the seminars can be accessed either at or the official website of UAP.

Should you have any problems with your names, chapters or other information, please contact Mr. Alex Maureal through

just enter your NatCon id number

Monday, April 27, 2015

The United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) is the duly accredited IAPOA (Integrated and Accredited Professional Organization of Architects) by the PRC.

This presentation was prepared by the Commission on Professional Practice under Ar. Peach Buencamino, uap, so that UAP members will be enlightened on how UAP became the IAPOA and why the UAP membership certificate is being required by the PRC in the renewal of PRC IDs.

Is the payment of annual dues a necessary consequence of membership in the organization (UAP) as per RA 9266 and its IRR?

The payment of dues is a necessary consequence of membership in UAP. Section 40 of the Architecture Act of 2004, (RA 9266) expressly provides for such payment, thus:

“Section 40. Integration of the Architecture Profession – The Architecture profession shall be integrated into one (1) national organization which shall be accredited by the Board, subject to the approval by the Commission, as the integrated and accredited professional organization of architects: Provided, however, That such an organization shall be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as a non-profit, non-stock corporation to be governed by by-laws providing for a democratic election of its officials. An architect duly registered with the Board shall automatically become a member of the integrated and accredited professional organization of architects and shall receive the benefits and privileges provided for in this Act upon payment of the required fees and dues. Membership in the integrated and accredited professional organization of architects shall not be a bar to membership in other associations of architects." (Underscoring supplied)

Is membership in any chapter not compulsory because it is not part of RA9266?

It is arguable that UAP may validly require membership in a local chapter if it is provided in UAP's by-laws and it is not unduly unreasonable or oppressive.

Section 40 of RA 9266 provides that "(a)n architect duly registered with the Board shall automatically become member of the integrated and accredited professional organization of architects and shall receive the benefits and privileges provided for in this Act upon payment of the required fees and dues." However, it also provides that the integrated and accredited professional organization of architects (i.e., UAP) shall be a "non-profit, non-stock corporation to be governed by by-laws". This may be taken to mean that the UAP has sufficient discretion on how to organize itself in the manner it deems most appropriate and conducive to its goals as an organization. As long as the organizational set-up it adopts is set forth in the By-Laws and will not bring undue hardship or unreasonable demands on its members, said organizational set-up should be deemed valid.

According to UAP's By-Laws, the organizational set-up adopted by UAP involves a national organization with local chapters (Article III). The By-Laws also require a member to be a member of a Chapter: "Every Regular Member shall be a member of a Chapter of his choice, whether on the basis of residence, place of work or place relevant to his practice, or for other reasons, where applicable." (Article II, Section 5.3). This set-up is reasonable, as it is intended for a valid objective or purpose: "A Chapter of the UAP is created for the purpose of promoting maximum participation of all members in UAP affairs and advancing the objectives of the organization." (Article III, Section 1).

It can be added that the requirement of Chapter membership is not an unreasonable one and is not necessarily inconsistent with the concept of "automatic membership" under Section 40 of RA No. 9266, considering that a UAP Chapter is not actually an entity separate or independent from UAP. The Chapters are still part of the UAP; they are merely organizational units of UAP created to help achieve UAP's purposes as an organization.

Is there validity on the PRBoA resolution requiring the presentation of the official receipt of payment of membership fee, certification of payment thereof or certificate of good standing, as a requirement for the issuance of the certificate of registration and/or issuance of professional identification card or renewal thereof?

Can the PRBoA impose the requirement that an architect must first pay his membership fees and dues to his accredited professional organization (UAP) and present an official receipt for such payment or a Certificate of Good Standing or a Certificate of Membership from UAP (which presupposes payment of membership dues and fees) before the PRC can register him as a professional and issue a Certificate of Registration/License and Professional Identification Card or renewal thereof?

Will this PRBoA imposed requirement not violate the provision of RA No. 8981 and the fundamental freedom of choice guaranteed to any individual by the Constitution?

The extent of authority of the PRBoA relies vis-avis the power of the PRC "to register or license an otherwise qualified professional or issue or renew his Professional ID card," under Section 7 of RA No. 8981.

RA No. 9266 provides for automatic membership of the architect in the integrated and accredited professional organization. The law also provides for certain conditions, such as registration and payment of required fees for one to become a member of the integrated and accredited professional organization (UAP). For which reason, there appears to be no conflict should the PRBoA would require presentation of official receipt as evidence of payment of fees and dues.

Citing the Supreme Court ruling in the case of In the matter of the IBP membership Dues Delinquency of Atty. M.A. Exxxxxxx (101 SCRA 612):

xxx (M)ay we state, at this point, that in the case involving the same issue of payment of membership dues, the Supreme Court ruled that "what must ever be borne in mind is that membership in the bar, to follow Cardozo is a privilege burdened with conditions. Failure to abide by any of them entails the loss of such privilege if the gravity thereof warrants such drastic move." Here, it shows that just like any other practice of professions, payment of IBP membership dues is a condition that is stressed by the court.

In statutory construction, nothing is more basic than rule that when the language of the law is clear and unequivocal, the law must be taken to mean exactly what it says. The law must be interpreted literally and given effect as that literal meaning thereof is conclusively presumed to be the meaning that the Legislature intended. Until such time that the law on the matter is amended and/or repealed, there exist the duty to implement the same.

Moreover, as regards the power of the PRBoA that adopted said resolution, the rule is settled that the Congress may validly delegate to administrative agencies, which ought to know the law, the authority to promulgate rules and regulations to implement a given legislation and effectuate its policies after due deliberation. Said rules and regulations promulgated in pursuance of an authority conferred by law partake of the nature of a statute since they may be said to be the product of a delegated power to create new or additional legal provisions that have the force and effect of law.

In adopting/issuing the said PRBoA Resolution, the Board merely exercised their authority to provide certain conditions and regulations to give effect to the laws which they seek to implement. For while the rule-making power of the Boards cannot be extended to amending or expanding the statutory requirement or to embrace matters not covered by the statute, they are not, however, precluded from validly providing regulations necessary to effectively and efficiently implement their respective laws, subject only to the conditions that the rules are germane to the objects and purposes of the law, conform to the standards that the law prescribes, and must relate solely to carrying into effect the general provisions of the law. There is no showing that in passing the Resolution, the PRBoA exceeded the limits of their power, much less failed to meet the aforesaid conditions.

Thus, unless and until the provisions empowering the Board to impose certain conditions are repealed or otherwise removed from the law (RA 9266), there is no reason to say that the PRBoa Resolution requiring presentation of the official receipt of payment of membership fee, certification of payment thereof or certificate of good standing, as a requirement for the issuance of the certificate of registration and/or issuance of professional identification card or renewal thereof is not valid.

Saturday, April 25, 2015


Announcement from the Organizing Committee:

Following to the opening of nominations on 3 April 2015, we wish to inform that the closing date for Nominations is now extended to 31 May 2015.

Announcement of Abstract Acceptance is 30 June 2015, other dates remain the same.

We would like to have a lot more participation with a much wider range of papers. We hope that the extended date expands the opportunity to a lot more student, architects, and researchers throughout Asia in general and members of National Member Institutes in particular to participate in ARCASIA Design Analysis Forum 2015.

We look forward to good presentations at ARCASIA Forum 18 in Ayutthaya, Thailand this coming November. We thank you for your support for making ARCASIA Design Analysis Forum 2015 successful.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

“ Leadersip should be by example with integrity and transparency. Leadership should inspire and encourage People to move towards positive action.”
- NP Beth Regala 


It is with great pleasure that I present to you some of the highlights of the 2014-2015 Administration.
When I decided to run for President, I wanted nothing more than to be of service to the Organization that leads to the overall empowerment  of the Profession. The objective then was to lead  and ensure that the Agenda is pushed through and all ideas, suggestions are taken into consideration, anything, for the betterment of the of every member. As I however went along, I gained further knowledge about the needs of our practice. This is also why I take to heart the passing of our law. I believe that it is of utmost importance that our legislative agenda is realized.
I also met and added new friends across the Philippines and outside the country. I am inspired by the service of every individual and the belief that each of you have shown.
It has been a rewarding and humbling process, to always learn something new, to meet challenges head-on and get support from the best and most talented  members and officers in the Profession.
I remain grateful to the trust given. Let us continue to stay united, as one family, all for the love of the profession.

Mabuhay ang Arkitektong Pilipino!
Mabuhay ang UAP!
Mabuhay Kayong Lahat!

To empower the profession means creating more opportunities for Filipino RLAs to provide services in the private and public sector. This could be achieved through better public understanding of the role of architects in the construction industry and ensuring that architectural practice is only reserved for RLAs through a stronger RA9266.

House Bill 5127 Authors:
Representative Susan A. Yap – 2nd District of Tarlac
Representative Gary C. Alejano – MagdaloPartylist

Upon advise of PCAP, amendments were drafted to Republic Act 9266 or the Architecture Act in 2013 and later on revised and refined in 2014 to exclude provisions that will impact on other laws like the Local Government Code, etc.
The amendments were finalized in coordination with representatives from other associations and with the legal counsels of UAP, namely Atty. Marlon CariƱo, and Atty. Jose Cabrera.
After the meeting of UAP leadership with Rep. Susan Yap, the final draft was submitted to her office on October 20, 2014 which was filed in the House of Representatives as House Bill 5127 on October 22, 2014.
Upon filing HB 5127, Representatives Yap and Alejano sent a letter endorsing House Bill 5127 for the filing of a Senate version to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, the Chairperson of Senate Committee on Civil Service and Government Reorganization
On December 17, 2014, the House Committee on Civil Service and Government Organization deliberated on the bill, with PRC, PRBOA and UAP leadership in attendance. HB 5127 was approved on the same day without any amendments.
On February 25, 2015, the House Civil Service Committee reported out the amendatory bill under Committee Report 576, recommending approval of HB 5501 in substitution of HB 5127. Except for changes in style, there were no substantial amendments made to HB 5127.
Committee Report 576 is currently pending on Second Reading.

Senate Bill 2623 Author: Senator Antonio Trillanes IV
On February 2, 2015, UAP NP Ma. Benita O. Regala, Executive Director on Professional Practice Peach Buencamino met with Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, requesting for his sponsorship of HB 5127filed by Representatives Yap and Alejano. NP Regala informed Sen. Trillanes that the House Bill was approved by the House Civil Service Committee on December 2014.
On February 3, 2015, Senator Trillanes filed Senate Bill 2623
On February 10, 2015, Senator Trillanes conducted a public hearing on SB 2623. The PRC, PRBOA and the Allied Professionals expressed their position on the bill. The professional organizations made no substantial objections but the Interior Designers and Civil Engineers requested clarification on certain terms used in the bill. Senator Trillanes emphasized that there should not be an overlapping of roles and functions among the professionals in the building industry. Thus, a technical working group was constituted to resolve the issues raised.
In mid-March, PRC Chairman Doble sent a letter to House and Senate urging the legislature to undertake a delineation of functions of the concerned professionals
In mid-March, PRC Chairman Doble sent a letter to House and Senate urging the legislature to undertake a delineation of functions of the concerned professionals and authoritatively define their respective scope of practice.

Currently the National President along with her colleagues are working together with other professionals to be able to move forward and come up with an understanding and agreement beneficial to all.  As in any amendments of any particular law, there are challenges to be reckoned with. It is, however, important to remember that all professions are essential, otherwise it will cease to exist. Hence, all will play an important role, if the ultimate result is in building anything of great value. ASEAN Integration being inevitable, and rapid change and competition brought by globalization becoming a norm, it is but necessary to prioritize the strengthening of our legal framework.



With the advent of the ASEAN MRA in 2015 and the forthcoming GATS implementation in 2020, Filipino RLAs must be prepared for global practice. This would need the upgrading of knowledge and skills of architects that is competitive to international practitioners. A more comprehensive program for specialization and more fields of specialization is to be made available for architects. With more specialists, more Filipino RLAs can attain global recognition and better professional collaboration with global practitioners.

The UAP together with its present Administration recognizes the importance of Education. Allocating a budget of P 500,000.00 for a scholarship program entitled LEAP: LEADERSHIP IN EDUCATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.  Last October 21, 2014,  through MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR  NO. 19, the Masters Thesis Assistance and the Scholarship Grant opened to UAP members, mechanics of which was sent to all Chapter Presidents thru the Area Vice Presidents, District Directors.

The following scholars were awarded:
1) Ar. Michael Manalo
2) Ar. Ronaldo Santos
3) Ar. Kristian Bautista
4) Ar. Femil Villamor

Additional 6 scholars are under review and are to be awarded. These are just one of the programs of the current Administration that will last a lifetime.

“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela


UAP is the IAPOA and to fulfill its responsibilities, the members are to be engaged in various programs and projects of the organization. On the other hand, the headquarters shall also be able to serve the members well by being member-centric and having an efficient office organization.
These three key result areas embodied in the theme represent a call to action and a call to unity in order that , together we may raise the Filipino Architects in a better position as professionals and as nation builders

22nd of July 2014- MOA signing with the City Government of Zamboanga and DEPED
26th of August 2014 – Met with Committee on Economic Affairs and Trade and Industry.
27th of August 2014 – UAP MOA signing with HCG and CODHASP
Summary: HCG has offered to partner once again with UAP and with CODHASP in the realization of its corporate goals and objectives by organizing a project called ArchiNEXT, which seeks to get the best innovative design ideas from architectural students addressing the current challenges to design and offering a scholarship program to deserving students of architecture;
16th of November 2015– Attended the Leapfrog event.
The Goal of Leapfrog: “Help rebuild cities around the world devastated by extreme natural hazards, through a collaborative undertaking that centers on the idea of achieving resilience, starting with central Philippines, where the most displacement (4.1 million people) was experienced”.
11th of November 2015 – USAID-PBED Roundtable Discussion
12th of November 2015 – Memorandum of Agreement with MNL
25th of November 2015 – Attended the Glasstech event
4th December 2015 – Attended the Adamson University Assembly on Asean Integration together with Ar. Peach Buencamino
18th of December 2015– Judged the First Nippon Paint Designers Award


One of the objectives of UAP is the creation of a more member-centric Secretariat.  The administration through the leadership of NP Beth Regala and Secretary General Alfred Geoffrey Carandang, reviewed the Organizational Chart, creating a more strategic structure focusing on a more specialized leadership. The 3 departments were therefore created: Administration, Finance and Membership Care.  To further enhance the interpersonal and develop potential leadership skills of the Secretariat, a first ever Team building Seminar was held in San Pablo Laguna las February 6, 2015. This seminar was attended by the whole Secretariat and NP Beth Regala, SG Alfred Carandang and NT Jojo Fernandez. The essence of working together, difference of personalities as well as discovering the strengths and working on weaknesses were discussed.

The Seceretariat with its new structure and on gin development initiatives are under its adjustment stage, it is howver certain that all these planse are geared towards the long-term improvement that will benefit every member and keep the Organization’s internal standards at par with the best practices required.


The Administration also re-launched the UAP website. This initiative was completed through careful review and selection of the right partner. The website aims to provide more information to the Members and extend awareness to Non-Members. With the social network being now the fastest and main source of information, it is but necessary that our main network to members are updated and efficiently used.

Bayanihan Arkitektura.

Bayanihan is a Filipino term taken from the word bayan, referring to a nation, country, town or community. The whole term bayanihan refers to a spirit of communal unity or effort to achieve a particular objective. (Wikipedia)
The initial objective associated with the term is the ancient Filipino custom of helping a family transport their house to a new location, by literally carrying the house with the aid of bamboo poles and broad-backed men. Nowadays, the term has been adopted to refer to a communal spirit of volunteerism, teamwork, humanity, and acts of kindness, as an effort to resolve an issue.

This year's UAP CSR initiative, termed as "BAYANIHANG ARKITEKTURA," seeks to bring the bayanihan spirit into the realm of volunteerism - a strong testament to the bayanihan trait - making it possible for the Filipino architect to help each other and work together toward a common goal as enshrined in the corporate thrust of the administration: EMPOWER + EQUIP + ENJOIN.

The "BAYANIHANG ARKITEKTURA" aims to improve the lives of the community through architecture and planning, craft strategies available to architects wanting to incorporate community service into their architectural practice, assist in meeting the professions civic platform with respect to the social aspects of sustainability, develop diverse initiatives to promote Architect's social responsibility in improving the well-being of communities and promote design solutions that can provide significant positive impact on the underprivileged communities.

These will be achieved through a series of events, hosted by the UAP Committees and Chapters, that provide communal volunteerism for a humanitarian effort. These activities include the UAP Emergency Architects, which aim to help rebuild lives and support local communities affected by disasters and calamities, Accessible Tourism where UAP Chapters will provide technical assistance in designing tourist spots to give access to a disabled person/s ; Water and Sanitation projects will provide toilets for schools and evacuation centers, Architectural Clinic, which brings our services to people who many need them the most.


One of the biggest challenges that hit the Administration was after the Senate Hearing
held last January 20, 2015, when the National President along with other UAP Officers made representations to Senator “Sonny” Fuentes  Trillanes  IV to clarify issues pertaining to UAP accreditation as an  IAPOA.

The drop of morale of the members were felt, several comments were made,  the decision to
get up and move forward was however the first priority of the President.

UAP has presented their stand, providing documents validating that UAP was in fact borne out of the Integration between the  three Architectural associations (the League of Philippine Architects - LPA, the Association of Philippine Government Architects - APGA, and the Philippine Institute of Architects-PIA on January 15, 1975, UAP was accredited by the Professional Regulation Commission as the “Accredited Bonafide Professional Organization of Architects in the Philippines” pursuant to the implementing rules and regulations of Presidential Decree No. 223.

After several meetings and submission of supporting documents, UAP’s accreditation was granted by the PRC, dated 16th of March 2015


“Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and across the globe in a month”  or at least this is how it felt due to the invitations and numerous important events that flooded UAP.  The Administration recognizes the importance of each, hence as much as possible, all events were attended either by the President or her representative.

Successful Annual events were also held, starting with the WORD DAY OF ARCHITECTURE, headed by Ar. Neil Villanueva last October 6, 2015. The NATIONAL ARCHITECTURE WEEK was held December 8-13 through the leadership of Ar. Patrick Rodriguez.  The 13th UAP GOLF headed by Ar. Ed Casares and Chancellor Ramon Mendoza was held last 16th of Feb 2015. The Joint Area Assembly headed by Ar. Tony Valdez was held in Cebu last February 20-21.   The 40th Anniversary, headed by Secretary General Alfred Geoffrey Carandang was celebrated last 26th of March 2015.

The President’s trip abroad includes the Induction in California, the UIA trip in South Africa and MENA. There were also visits to Malaysia and just recently the chartering in Shanghai, China.
In between these events were meetings with Government and NON-government Organizations, continuous Congress and Senate hearings and Internal Improvement through Mancom,Execom and NBD meetings.

Events are not treated lightly. As they promote, camaraderie, resolutions and represent important milestones. Here’s  to every road traveled.

Monday, April 13, 2015

The UAP Professional Development Commission announces the next Capability Building Seminar in Environmental Planning for Architects to be held on April 27-May 2, 2015 at the UAP Hq in Scout Rallos St., Diliman, QC.

The five-and a -half days seminar will be credited with 40 CPE points. The said capability seminar is also a preparatory course for the licensure examination in Environmental Planning which will be on June of 2015.

Seminar fee will be P8,000.00 inclusive of meals and seminar kits.


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