THE United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) was hailed as the 2020 “Outstanding Accredited Professional Organization (APO) of the Year” under category B during the 47th Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Awards last Dec. 17, 2020, which was held via virtual platform.
Winning the award for the fourth consecutive year, UAP made history by being the first and only APO to win the coveted award nine times (2002, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2017, 2018, and this year).
The organization’s excellent programs, projects, and accomplishments made it possible for the UAP to earn the “Oscars” of APOs.
The Most Outstanding APO Award, the highest award that could be conferred upon an accredited professional organization by the PRC, is presented annually to recognize the achievements, services and commitment of the APO to the profession.
The UAP bested other professional organizations based on the following criteria set by the Commission for the 2020 Most Outstanding APO: (1) Active participation in PRC activities and/or PRC-sponsored programs/activities, such as: PRC Social Responsibility Program, Professional Branding, PRC Scholarship Program, and Gender and Development Programs; (2) Quality and relevance of programs implemented by the organization, such as: organization’s international exposure and leadership participation; (3) Significant achievements in attaining the objectives of the organizations, enhancing the welfare of its members in terms of placement and assistance in the practice of the profession, and enhancing the stature/prestige of the profession; (4) Effective discharge of the profession’s social responsibility through meaningful participation in socio-civic related activities; (5) Harmonious relationship among the officers and members of the APO and with other registered professional organizations in the same profession in terms of camaraderie, fellowship, and cooperation; (6) Leadership and initiative in undertaking programs, projects, and activities whether or not related to the profession, as well contributing to the solution of problems affecting the profession; (7) Healthy relationship with the PRC in terms of cooperation and coordination; (8) Smooth turn-over of duties and responsibilities of incumbent to newly-elected national officers of the organization through peaceful and orderly elections; (9) Instrumental in the creation and/or maintenance of an integrated professional organization; (10) Sponsorship of international conventions, conferences, workshops, symposia and other similar gatherings of professionals; (11) Regular publication of new bulletin and technical journals; (12) Submission of annual reports to the PRC and the Securities and Exchange Commission; (13) Ownership of its national headquarters; and (14) Financial solvency.
This year’s panel of judges include former Supreme Court Associate Justice Jose Calayag Reyes Jr., as chairman; and Court of Appeals Justices Fernanda L. Peralta, Justice Apolinario D. Bruselas, Jr, and Gabriel T. Robeniol.
The PRC Awarding Ceremony with the theme “Outstanding Professionals: The Shining Light Amidst the Challenges of Time,” was graced by Chief Justice of Supreme Court of the Philippines, Diosdado M. Peralta who served as the guest of honor and keynote speaker while Secretary Silvestre H. Bello 3rd gave the inspirational message.
Meanwhile, Arch. Daniel Chu Go was named as the PRC’s Outstanding Professional of the Year 2020 awardee in the field of architecture.
Go marked his distinguished contribution in the field of architectural design by demonstrating exemplary service in the profession with 28 years of experience as the founder and principal architect of ADGO Architecture and Design and Daniel C. Go Architecture Design. These two architectural firms have designed and completed more than 300 projects, that included some of the more iconic structures in the country such as the CCF Center in Pasig City, the largest auditorium type worship structure in the Philippines, the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold-certified office building in San Juan City called the BTTC Center, and the LEED Certified Brilliance Center in Bonifacio Global City. “Architectural Excellence is Our Passion” is the mission statement that drives him and his team of architects to produce the best and most innovative architectural designs.
His competence, excellence and commendable track record have earned him various awards and recognition such as, being one of the youngest architect to be elevated to the UAP College of Fellows, one of the early registered APEC and Asean Architects of the Philippines, one of 65 Outstanding Alumni of Grace Christian High School, Outstanding Professional Alumni Excellence Award of Jubilee Christian Academy, and Presidential Citation as chairman of the marketing group of the first UAP Conex in 2005.
His commitment to mentoring his team of young architects to pursue the highest level of excellence and integrity has led them to have an advocacy against the use of unlicensed software. Go has made a commitment to honor God by ensuring that all software programs used in his architectural firms will always be licensed and original. He believes that it is his godly responsibility to lead by example and be a role model for future architects to follow as a member of the UAP, Go has served as the national director for Professional Practice in 2010-2011. As a member of the UAP Manila Metro Chapter, he also served as chapter director, vice-president for Operations and adviser for many years until the present day.
Again, to our colleagues in the UAP, our great officers and members, co-volunteers, our partners in the industry, and most especially out amazing readers of this column, I would like to convey my very best wishes and sincere thanks to all of you as we wrap up an eventful 2020 and shift our momentum into the next calendar year. The past 12 months have been marked by noteworthy achievement and change. As we reflect on the past year, I believe that we have many reasons to have enormous pride in our accomplishments and look forward with enthusiasm to next year at the UAP as we celebrate the 100 years of the architecture profession in the Philippines!
Mabuhay ang UAP! Mabuhay ang Arkitektong Pilipino!
Arch. Renato A. Heray, FUAP is the current National President of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP). He has been in the private practice for more than 34 years. He is also a landscape architect, a fellow of the UAP, an Asean architect and a fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects Singapore, a member of the Philippine Association of Landscape Architects, IFLA. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Feati University and presently a professorial guest lecturer at De La Salle University Dasmariñas, Malayan Colleges Laguna and the University of Santo Tomas.