The 42,000-strong members of the professional organization for architects in the country has decided to rally behind the re-election of Senator Win Gatchalian in the coming May 9 elections.
The United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) issued a resolution endorsing the candidacy of Gatchalian and committed themselves to work tirelessly to help ensure that he gets re-elected. The resolution was adopted on February 17 during the UAP’s 5th National Board of Directors meeting.
UAP members are committed to strengthening the profession and establishing a collaborative platform for all stakeholders of the architecture profession and other built environment professions.
Early this year, Gatchalian filed Senate Bill 2480 seeking to improve the standard of professional practice and service of architecture through strengthened regulatory measures that will foster professional growth and development.
Under the bill, it seeks to create a Multipartite Council for Architecture that will serve as a platform for policy concerns in the education, internship, professional regulation and continuing professional development for architecture and that will promote collaboration among various stakeholders.
“As the architectural profession grows, the role of architects in building communities likewise expands. Architects, in making designs, consider the health, safety and welfare of the people. Thus, the continuing education and professional standards of architects must always be in check to ensure their professional growth and stimulate their competence to be at par with the world’s best,” the senator said in filing the bill.
At the same time, Gatchalian also filed Senate Bill No. 2481 which aims to create a Council of the Built Environment (“Council”) that will exercise powers and functions pertaining to policy advisory, oversight, and collaborative platform among the different built environment professions with the primary objective of professionalizing and promoting synergy and cooperation among the built environment professions.
Gatchalian has committed to re-file the said bills and be the champion of the architecture profession at the 19th Congress, if and when he gets re-elected.