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UPD and QC Government to enforce Nat’l Building Code

(April 24)—The Quezon City Government (QCG) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) to jointly enforce the provisions of the National Building Code (NBC, P.D. 1096) through the QCG Department of the Building Official (DBO).

The MOA was signed by (center) Hon. Mayor Herbert M. Bautista, representing QCG and UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma on April 23 at the Quezon City Hall.

One of the provisions of the MOA is that UP shall comply with the Green Building Ordinance (GBO) and shall secure clearances from government agencies as may be necessary.

Under the GBO, all new buildings that will be built within the city must be assessed and certified based on several requirements such as: the use of renewable energy; installation of insulation and energy reduction and efficiency mechanisms; solid waste and waste water treatment schemes; incorporation of green building features; and reduction systems for greenhouse gases and other volatile organic compounds.

Other specific requirements include  a “pollution prevention system” wherein developers and land owners must lessen air pollution and lessen soil erosion; installing systems that lessen power consumption by as much as 50 percent; as well as installation of indoor ventilation system against tobacco smoke.

The agreement covers all UP academic buildings “within the intendment of Sec. 25 of Republic Act No. 9500 otherwise known as the UP Charter.”

Furthermore, the MOA indicates that the QCG waives all fees related to the infrastructure development of UP.

However, buildings put up at UPD by private partners undert the BOT (build-operate-transfer), or lease, or otherwise public-private partnership program of the government that carry commercial activities in whole or in part, shall be treated by the DBO as regular applications and are excluded from the waiver.

(From left to right) The MOA was signed in the presence of Dr. Cristine DLR. Villagonzalo, Office of Extension Coordination director; Prof. Maureen Anne L. Araneta of the College of Architecture; Dr. Gerard A. Lico, UPD Campus Architect; and QCG City Building Official Engineer Ricardo T. Aurea and Aldrin Cuña, Chief of Staff of the Office of the Mayor. —H.C.P.