Breaking News: UAP wins back-to-back PRC's Outstanding APO

June 21, 2018 | By: UAP Keeping You Posted

THE United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) was hailed as the 2018 “Outstanding Accredited Professional Organization (APO) of the Year” during the 45th Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Anniversary and Awards Night last June 21, 2018, at the Manila Hotel. Last year, UAP also received the same recognition.

The UAP made history by being the first and only APO to win the coveted award seven times (2002, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2017 and this year).

The organization’s excellent programs, projects and accomplishments made it possible for UAP to earn the “Oscar” of Accredited Professional Organizations.

On winning the 2018 Most Outstanding APO award, UAP National President Arch. Guillermo H. Hisancha. said, "UAP is indeed honored to receive this prestigious national award that recognizes the dedication and commitment of the administration in building a prime professional organization of architects, a community that accommodates different views and allows diverse talents to flourish. While this award marks a significant milestone in our journey towards Unity, Accountability and Professional Excellence, it is not the end of our quest for continuous improvements. The 2018 Most Outstanding APO Award will spur us to reach for greater heights."

NP Hisancha said that the award will “engender a spirit of adventure and encourage each of us to strike out with confidence and our unrelenting quest for excellence in the virtuous circle of creating, imparting and applying knowledge”.

The Most Outstanding APO Award, the highest award that could be conferred upon an accredited professional organization by the PRC which is the central agency of the government charged with the licensing and regulation of professionals and the professions as well as the APOs, is presented annually to recognize the achievements, services and commitment of the APO to the profession.

UAP bested other professional organizations based on the following criteria set by the Commission for the 2018 Most Outstanding APO through PRC Memo Circular 12: (1) Active participation in PRC activities and/or PRC-sponsored programs/ activities, such as: a. PRC Social Responsibility Program, b. Professional Branding, c. PRC Scholarship Program, and d. Gender and Development (GAD) Programs; (2) Quality and relevance of CPD programs administered and implemented by the organization, such as: a. Organization's international exposure; leadership/participation and involvement; (3) Significant achievements as a corporate body in: a. attaining the objectives of the organizations, b. enhancing the welfare of its members in terms of placement and assistance in the practice of the profession, and c. 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 the officers and members of the other registered professional organization in the same profession in terms of camaraderie, fellowship, and cooperation with regard to national programs and activities of the profession; (6) Leadership and initiative in undertaking programs, projects, and activities whether or not related to the profession, as well as improvement and/or contribution to the solution of problems affecting the profession which redound to the benefits of its members and to the community and the country in general; (7) Healthy relationship with the PRC and the PRB concerned 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 to 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 (financial and operations) to PRC and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); (13) Ownership of its national headquarters; and (14) Financial solvency.