The UAP National President's Report The UAP National President's Report - Page 46

The APEC Architect Project: A mechanism for mobility By: Arch. Benjamin K. Panganiban, Jr., (first published in The Manila Times last March 06, 2019) The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a regional economic forum established in 1989 to leverage the growing interdependence of countries in the Asia-Pacific. APEC’s 21 members (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, United States of America and Vietnam) aim to create greater prosper- ity for the people in the region by promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth and accelerating regional economic integration. APEC is committed to a policy of reducing barriers to trade and of being a vehicle for promot- ing economic cooperation within the region. Within APEC are a number of sectoral groups that implement the APEC work programs, one of which is the Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG). In 2000, HRDWG endorsed Australia’s proposal for “The APEC Architect Project,” which aims to facilitate the mo- bility of architects providing architectural services throughout the region by developing means for mutual recognition of skills and qualifications. After nine meetings on the project, the participating economies agreed for a process with two features: First, that they will identify common elements of “substantial equivalence” in the areas of education, internship and practical training, registration and licensure, and practice and experience; and second, they will establish an APEC architect register and identify APEC architects. The Filipino APEC architects Last Feb. 1, 2019, nine Filipino architects were conferred APEC architects during the Philippine APEC Architects Conferment ceremony at Quezon 1 Ballroom of Seda North Vertis North in Quezon City, namely Robert S. Sac, Ramon N. Vios Jr., Cecilia Cayman Gamana, Alfred Geoffrey C. Carandang, Donato B. Magcale, Marie Stephanie Magdalena N. Gilles, Fran- cisco V. Alican, Rafael G. Chan, Daryl S. Balmoria-Garcia. The 10th conferee, past United Ar- chitect of the Philippines (UAP) National President Arch. Rozanno C. Rosal was held in deferred status. 46 2018-2019 Annual Report Since APEC Architect Project was launched in year 2005 in the Philippines, highly qualified and well-known Filipino architects were previously conferred APEC architects, namely Yolan- da David-Reyes, Prosperidad C. Luis, Eugene G. Gan, Edilberto F. Florentino, Froilan L. Hong, Philip H. Recto, Edric Marco C. Florentino, Romulo L. Reyes, Miguel C. Guerrero 3rd, Ana S. Mangalino-Ling, Jose Siao Ling, Michael T. Ang, Cesar V. Canchela, Manuel T. Mañosa Jr., Angel Lazaro Jr., Francisco T. Mañosa, Geromino V. Manahan, Remus P. Ancheta, Jose Mari A. Cañizares, Jonathan O. Gan, Daniel C. Go, Nestor S. Mangio, Rolando D.L. Miranda, Wel- lington P. Ong, Edward C. Tan, Teofilo I. Vasquez, Armando Dominador N. Alli, Felino A. Palafox Jr., Flordeliza S. Laperal, Severino P. Perez, Angeline T. Chua Chiaco, Norberto M. Nuke, Ernesto Antonino D. Nasol, Guillermo H. Hisancha, Danilo M. Fuentebella, Eriberto V. Aguirre, Edgar S. Calma, Ka Kuen T. Chua, Carlos F. Lacuna, Rommel A. Agulto, Ma. Niña Bailon-Arce, Mariano S. Arce Jr., Rolando L. Cordero, Michael G. de Castro, Filna Daphne P. Espina, Omar Maxwell P. Espina, Joseph Michael P. Espina, Annette F. Gaddi Liganor, Robert M. Mirafuente, Ma. Lourdes M. Onozawa, Benjamin K. Panganiban Jr., Runddy D. Ramilo, Jaime G. Silva, and Abelardo M. Tolentino Jr. The APEC architect framework The aim of the APEC Architect Framework is to establish a mechanism to facilitate the mobility of architects for the provisions of architectural services throughout the region by reducing