Review Committee created to strengthen current Building Code

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has reorganized a committee to undertake evaluation and recommendation of actions on issues and concerns of different professional technical organizations relative to the existing Philippine National Building Code, Presidential Decree No. 1096.

According to Atty. Johnson V. Domingo, Project Director of DPWH Unified Project Management Office – Buildings Management Cluster and the concurrent Acting Executive Director of the National Building Code Development Office (NBCDO), DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar signed Special Order (SO) 98, series of 2017, reconstituting a National Building Code Review Committee (NBCRC) that will evaluate proposed amendments to the National Building Code and recommend to Congress in aid of legislation.

The NBRC is headed by DPWH Assistant Secretary Gilberto S. Reyes and is composed of Directors of Bureau of Design, Bureau of Construction, Bureau of Maintenance, Bureau of Research and Standards, Legal Service, Planning Service, UPMO – Buildings Management Cluster and National Building Code of the Philippines (NBCP) Board of Consultants Chairman.

“DPWH has likewise reconstituted the NBCP-Board of Consultants to assist the NBCDO in reviewing the Code and identifying provisions that need updating or amendment,” said Atty. Domingo.

The NBCP-Board of Consultants is chaired by Dr. Ernesto S. De Castro of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, 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).