The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has recently reconstituted the National Building Code Review Committee (NBCRC) to further strengthen the implementation of the National Building Code of the Philippines (NBCP) and its implementing rules and regulations (IRR).
The National Building Code, also known as Presidential Decree No. 1096, is a government policy covering technical requirements in constructing or renovating buildings and structures in the Philippines to secure the life, health, property and welfare of the Filipinos.
Headed by Assistant Secretary Gilberto S. Reyes, the newly-reorganized NBCRC is composed of Bureau of Design Director Dante B. Potante, Bureau of Construction Director Walter B. Ocampo, Bureau of Maintenance Director Ernesto S. Gregorio, Jr., Bureau of Research and Standards Director Reynaldo G. Tagundado, Legal Service Director Estrella T. Decena-Zaldivar, Planning Service Director Constante A. Llanes, Jr., UPMO – Buildings Management Cluster Project Director Atty. Johnson V. Domingo and NBCP-Board of Consultants Chairman Dr. Ernesto S. De Castro who shall undertake evaluation and recommendation of actions on issues and concerns of different professional technical organizations relative to NBCP.
The NBCRC will be assisted by a technical working group who will initially review and approved the work or proposals to be made by the NBCP-Board of Consultants.
Meanwhile, Dr. De Castro is joined by representatives from different government offices and non-government organizations such as Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Justice (DOH), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP), Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines (IECEP), Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines, Inc. (IIEE), National Master Plumbers Association of the Philippines (NAMPAP), Philippine Association of Building Officials (PABO), Philippine Society of Agricultural Engineers (PSAE), Philippine Institute of Mechanical Engineers (PSME) and Philippine Society of Sanitary Engineers (PSSE) in the identification of the provisions of NBCP that need to be updated or amended.