UAP-BSP Collaboration

August 9, 2018 | By: Arch. ARMAND MICHAEL R. EUSTAQUIO, UAP Chairman, Committee on Accessibility Audits for Private Buildings

Last July 10, 2018 the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) gave recognition to various BSP stakeholders in its various advocacies in banking and finance in the 2018 awards Ceremony and Appreciation Lunch for BSP Stakeholders with the theme Reinforcing Partnerships, Defying New Challenges at the BSP Assembly Hall. The BSP recognized the United Architects of the Philippines through its Committee on Accessibility Audits for Private Buildings as its partner in promoting accessibility and BP344 compliance in the banking sector. The BSP also officially launched the annual Accessibility Awards to be given to banks with bank branches that genuinely comply with Batas Pambansa Bilang 344 (BP344) or the Accessibility Law.

Prior to this the United Architects of the Philippines had been silently working with the BSP through its Supervision and Examination Departments I and III, since 2003 by calling attention to all banks with branches found not to comply with BP344 through the BSP. The UAP Committee on Accessibility under the UAP Commission on Government and External Affairs chaired by Arch. Jaime G. Silva through the efforts of its then Deputy Chairman Arch. Armand Michael R. Eustaquio had been regularly conducting Windshield Accessibility Audits and Walk-Through Accessibility Audits on bank branches in Metro Manila and selected provinces and municipalities where their advocacy for BP344 brought them.

During the term of Past UAP National President Arch. Maria Benita Ochoa-Regala the UAP-BSP collaboration shifted from citing violations to that of giving recognition to BP344 compliant bank branches. It was during the term of Past UAP National President Arch. Guillermo Hisancha that this approach was piloted.. The UAP Committee on Accessibility Audits for Private Buildings (UAP CAAPB) came up with guidelines for evaluating the level of compliance to BP344. The BSP enjoined the participation of the banking sector in the Search for the Most BP344 Compliant Bank Branches in Metro Manila. The UAP through the UAP CAAPB was endorsed by the BSP as evaluators and coordinated the conduct of Accessibility Audits on thirty-one (31) bank branches by the UAP CAAPB over a period of 6 weeks. 

Because it was a soft launch three banks who actively participated in the Search were given plaques of recognition for their efforts to become aware of BP344. These were MayBank, the Philippine Bank of Communications, and UCPB Savings Bank.

Photo with (from Left) Arch. Ronnie R. Yumang; UAP Secretary General, Pia Bernadette Roman Tayag, Director, Inclusive Finance Advocacy Office (IFAO) and Head, Financial Consumer Protection Department (FCPD) of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas; Antonio S. Abacan, Member, Monetary Board; Arch. Benjamin K. Panganiban, Jr., UAP National President; Arch. Armand Michael R. Eustaquio, Chairman, Committee on Accessibility Audits for Private Buildings 

Photo with (from Left) Arch. Ronnie R. Yumang; UAP Secretary General, Arch. Armand Michael R. Eustaquio, Chairman, Committee on Accessibility Audits for Private Buildings; Chuchi G. Fonacier, Deputy Governor, Supervision and Examination Sector, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas,  Pia Bernadette Roman Tayag, Director, Inclusive Finance Advocacy Office (IFAO) and Head, Financial Consumer Protection Department (FCPD) of the BAngko Sentral ng Pilipinas; Arch. Benjamin K. Panganiban, Jr., UAP National President;

Photo of the backdrop of the 2018 awards Ceremony and Appreciation Lunch for BSP Stakeholders with the theme Reinforcing Partnerships, Defying New Challenges at the BSP Assembly Hall.


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