UAP brings home 3-peat PRC's 'Oscar' Award; clinches 8th APO of the year

June 21, 2019 | By: UAP Keeping You Posted

The United Architects of the Philippines won its third straight PRC's Most Outstanding Accredited Professional Organization award, proving its leadership in providing quality service to its members and society.

The UAP was hailed as the 2019 “Outstanding Accredited Professional Organization (APO) of the Year” during the 46th Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Anniversary and Awards Night last June 20, 2019, at the Manila Hotel. 

Also, the UAP made history by being the first and only APO to win the coveted award eight times (2002, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2017, 2018, 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 2019 Most Outstanding APO award, UAP National President Arch. Benjamin K. Panganiban, Jr. said, "This award excites us because it allows us to discover, play, and push the boundaries of our capabilities as professionals and execute strategic creative solutions for the architecture profession. Winning it in three consecutive years validates our commitment to excellence. The 2019 Most Outstanding APO Award will spur us to reach for greater heights."

"As we work within a positive and dynamic professional organization, our team of self-motivated and committed professionals help shape our organization culture. Our core values are important to us and expressed in the way we work with each other and with our members and the general public in general", added Arch. Panganiban, the first UAP National President from Mindanao.

Arch. Panganiban stressed that UAP strongly upholds and adheres to the virtues of commitment, transparency, good governance, and accountability. Everything that we do is governed by a set of core values that continue to be our guiding principles with regard to running this 44-year old organization and interacting with our members.

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.

According to Arch. Panganiban, more than the three-peat win, UAP is prouder that these year's accomplishments and initiatives were produced fully by the national and chapters leaders who have constantly committed themselves for excellence. 

"We are the benchmark of excellence and reliability in the built environment. We lead by putting our best foot forward at all times, influencing those who aspire to be in the same path as ours", Arch. Panganiban stressed. 

He also underscored that "This Fiscal Year, we find strength in unity. We reinforce that idea of a team that is built on the foundations of trust and loyalty. Our officers and members are confident with each other’s skills and capabilities, and work together as one interconnected unit to produce the best results".

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. 

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