AAF OBSERVATIONS/ SUGGESTIONS/ RECOMMENDATIONS

Main Subject / Date Related and Posted Concerns/ Comments/ Observations Posted Suggestions/ Recommendations

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PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE – Architecture Profession

Marketing

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Public Awareness about the Architecture as a PROFESSION and the Architect as the Professional •

How can RA 9266 gain public support and public acceptance? Due to lack of continuous public awareness and educational campaign on RA 9266, there is the resultant lack of public knowledge and public support/ acceptance as to what RLAs are about. How can we convince the general public that RA 9266 is here to help address the degrading and continually worsening built-environment and not an added cost on their pocket? How can Architects improve their market share? Steps on how to start and gain public awareness

March 28, 2013

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TO MANY, THE SERVICE OF AN ARCHITECT IS MERELY OPTIONAL NOT A NECCESITY"... It is because many do not understand "WHY and WHEN" it is important to hire an architect. Level nga bang playing field? In these scenario, How can we neutralize this?


Shamcey Supsup (SS) :With her beauty and brains, she can help doors which even the whole UAP membership and officers cannot. UAP should come up with a program or a media strategy with SS at the helm on how to better serve the interest of the UAP. Broadcast yourself on YOU TUBE, Newspaper, TV, etc Be an Active Participant in the Brgy. Development Program where you live, contribute by giving suggestions or consultation to their project for architectural impact Voluntarily for those willing and available, conduct a free lecture for public schools, from elementary to high school, if this is possible. Share anything regarding Architecture so they can appreciate and they’ll know about being an Architect. Film or Movie documentary about an Architect To Produce Architects’ CARTOON and SLOGAN Construction/ JOBSITE Signboard. Putting “Architect’s Perspective” instead of Perspective only Posting of Project in all Networking Sites or Social Media More recognizable Civic Works that can portray our
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SM Malls nationwide giving away thousands upon thousands of reams of FREE FLYERS and LEAFLETS which contain Architectural Plans, 3D Perspective and Specifications. While Architects are PROHIBITED (o bawal) under the Architect’s Code of Ethics of 2006, under Article III (4.1) in giving Free Preliminary Sketches to their prospective or potential clients. The reason our Chinoy architects are millionaires is marketing, making it aware to the public what architecture is. Most of them are from Metro Chapter, both old and young alike. The Architects Code of Ethics have created MORE HARM THAN GOOD to the Profession due to its antimarketing, anti-competition provision and antiadvertising provision. Our 2010 Code does not seem to mention or be specific on our advertising limitations or rights...the legal doctrine "that which is not disallowed is therefore allowed" may be applicable...and yes, I agree, having our advertising "rights" should be best if made black and white for everyone to clearly understand

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Profession To require all RLA’s to maintain 5 sets of uniform with UAP Logo and make it a casual uniform Make ourselves visible by having exhibits, writing columns/ articles more than ever for public consumption, having significant socio-civic projects, projects that have significant impact in the community's lives. Internet Marketing using social media for Architects is a must for local and International Competition. ASSEMBLING THE MARKETING MIX. Yung paglagay ng "Stickers" to address the lack of Public Awareness on our Vehicle is just one of the many possible solutions. UAP NBOD Resolution recommending to the PRBoA to relax some provisions of the 2006 Code of Ethics to make it more responsive and business friendly to the times. That is why we should really have more RLAs in Government (particularly at the LGU OBO) and more RLAs doing public sector projects (as private consultants). The architectural section of the LGU OBO, which reviews architectural plans, must be headed only by RLAs i.e. something we should put in the proposed Architecture Code of the Philippines (ACP). The UAP-IAPOA, other than the National Conventions shall guide the Local Chapters on the Agenda of their General Monthly Meetings topics to better serve as inputs to RLAs.
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UAP CHAPTERS : The UAP Chapters should take initiatives in the promotion of the profession. Concrete Actions: 1. Introduce projects that will promote the profession and always make them public through media; 2. RLAs to get involved in community works; 3. Be a member of LGU committees like the Bids & Awards Committee (BAC) under RA 9184, Heritage Committee, Arts & Culture Committee and others that relate to the profession; 4. Involve in the annual career orientation of high school students by coordinating with the diff. schools in the vicinity; 5. Conduct seminars that may improve or increase the competencies of architects, and 6. Offer consultancy services, have a MOA if possible, with the LGUs & local church diocese in the construction & renovations of NHI classified historic sites & structures. In these ways we can be very visible and established within our community i.e. projecting the value of architects.

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ACADEME- Bachelor of Science in Architecture – Can we improve it?
• Marketing is the LIFE-BLOOD of any business or profession. Without Business and Marketing, our profession will experience very rough sailing by 2015 and 2020. There is URGENT NEED to study these to incorporate the same in our Public/ Private Practices and especially in the BS Architecture Curriculum. Are architects in the Philippines trained to be entrepreneurs in the practice of their professions or just to be employees abroad? How do our

Suggestions for a more Effective Curriculum including considerations of confusion encountered with OJTs and Apprenticeships. • Sa Adamson nung 2001 basic economics, land reform, and taxation lang, walang architectural accounting, alam ko ngayon elective sila sa new curriculum. Kaya I always consult my mom for BIR things kahit sideline • By the way, before meron subject na TAXATION sa Curriculum ng BS ARCH..Ngayon ba walanang Taxation na Subject? These are the basics that an RLA needs. kasama na dyan ang Basic Info sa Government Service. • I think CODHASP must look into our present B.S.
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schools prepare us for professional life? Architectural Practice in Relation to Government Taxes. Will the enhanced BS Arch Curriculum prepare Graduates for these? Marketing is an ARCHITECT's WEAKNESS. We are trained 100% in the Architectural and Engineering solution of the Built-Environment which is considered our Greatest Strength while Marketing is our Weakness. we engage in the market and yet we don't have a curriculum subject for marketing...... Are architects in the Philippines trained to be entrepreneurs in the practice of their professions or just to be employees abroad? How do our schools prepare us for professional life? The Architectural Practice in Relation to Government Taxes. Will the enhance BS Arch Curriculum prepare Graduates for these? The population of Architecture Students in our country is on a DOWNWARD TREND. SUGGESTED

Architecture Curriculum and make some changes like additional Subject and lessons on business, accounting, marketing, bank and Pag-Ibig housing loan, decisionmaking, quantitative approach to management, lesson like Government procurement, code of conduct and ethical for government officials and employee to encourage young architect to work in government and to make it more relevant to the times". If you have observed for the past two (2) decade the profession has NOT GROWN there are only 25 RAF or less than ONE (1%) PERCENT who have maintain as registered architectural firm (RAF) nationwide while the remaining 99% are nowhere were insight. To include the Threat of Substitute posed by the B.S. Civil Engineering Curriculum which have been updated recently to include “building design” subjects taught to the CE students by RLAs??? (wala CEs na marunong magturo ng building design sa mga CE students)?. • Universities, state and colleges must conduct "CAREER ORIENTATION" to 3rd & 4th-Year Graduating High School within their AOR to encourage and recruit aspirant to the profession. Remove subject like Differential and Integral Calculus and replace them with Mathematics of Investment and Statistics. Yung mga calculus dapat hanggang High School na lang mga yan. Hindi naman nagagamit sa trabaho natin. We in the academe are giving advice to the Archi. Students and Graduates not to engage and be exploited...esp. by Civil Engineers. Trainees who are working under a CE are given warning to a possibility of becoming blacklisted as future LEA examinee--now po,
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nagiingat na sila---and we should give them constant reminders. In REALITY, only those who undergo education and training in BS Architecture can do the complete working drawings...and we should use it to uplift the ARCHITECTURE profession, and benefit from it into its full potential,,, dahil pinaghirapan natin ito. A degree in BS Architecture, plus two (2) years Diversified Training experience before qualifying in the Architecture licensure exam would speak for itself how serious our responsibility and liability is. . Suggestions on how to Increase Number of RLAs and make them more Equipped to be Competent in the Field. • keep on posting slogans, posters, articles and any other forms (text/ graphics) that would visibly promote public awareness here in fb in disseminating RA 9266, and in uplifting d Architecture Profession--- for a simple click and share. Make it a part of the UAP Local Chapter Activity to adopt an Architectural School and the UAP Chapters shall take turns holding Seminars, Bonding Activity or sharing with the students. Mentorship by RLAs shall be reinforced. Dapat sa susunod ang National President ay di taga Metro Manila, para naman mabigyan ng pansin ang provinces, kaya yan ay mag-a aral at only the architects from province knows it kaya we need to divert para mabigyan naman ng attention ang mga taga probinsiya

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MITIGATING the CE and ARCHITECT Competition on Field
• dito sa amin kahit 2nd yr pa lang ako...nag iinitan ung mga engineering students from architecture students..anu ba un is it nature lang? o dahil about sa paggawa ng design na ikinagagalit nila kasi d nila kaya?. Good evening to all my fellow Architects, I just want to share about the experience of an arki grad in the province of Tacloban/ Samar, according to her statement, "architect ,,, sobra pong nanghihina kaming mga aspirants ngayun, we r already attending our ojt with different firms and sobra n po yung nkita kong discrimination s mga architects, mas ano po sila s mga engineers. . i dont want to think this way po pero, i really need to dramatize wat i really feel now . . . sorry architect s abala. . .i really want to hear an opinion

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from the expert."...I know this place is quite far, but hopefully we can stretch our help to this incoming designers of the future..:-) • I would share the young grad's sentiments. I used to work in Tacloban way back in 2000-2004. This is also a general sentiment in the whole Eastern Visayas as well and the negative experience is way worse than one would think here in the Greater Manila area. Many factors are affecting the Aspirants in Visayas and Mindanao. One is, upon graduating, they can hardly be on OJT with bigger Manila Archl Firms which are contributing factor in gaining Experience, if they did OJT in those Provinces, difficulty again will arise for the taking of Board Exam in Manila. Upon passing the Exam.. National Conventions are in Manila, HOW ABOUT WIDENING OUR FORESIGHT AROUND THE COUNTRY… to the South and to the North of Manila… I would be glad if there s an Administration which can do this… Extending Seminars and Board Exam outside Metro Manila like what we did in other Countries. Sa mga underboards, usually pag di pinalad na pumasa o kaya di nakatapos, siyempre they need to work at for sure kapit sa patalim sila kaya since sila may training or skills eh siyempre gagamitin nila yan para kumita at mabuhay. Andyan na ang mga other Engineering firms, design firms, developer, consultants etc. who exploits them.

I suggest to create a committee or organization to handle them perhaps? we can help them work under our projects and we can guide/monitor them not to work illegal The UAP National should make available the Seminars and Specializations Courses in the provinces. (These should have been done a long time ago.) This is to increase the competencies as well of the architects in the provinces. Every UAP member should have equal access to the privileges UAP has to offer. UAP CHAPTERS : May conduct an orientation seminar with the new members regarding the basics of running an office, how to deal with clients, the local construction environment, applying for building permits and the likes.

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GOVERNMENT POLICIES and its IMPLEMENTATION Affecting Architectural

Citing of situations in different Cities and Municipalities, the Difficulties on LGU/ BO, Building Permit Processing and Requirements, Taxes and others
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OVERLAPPING OF PRACTICE: Licensed Design Professionals’ “Overlapping” Practice Guide for Government Officials . BUILDING CODE: hope our building code, in its update or revision, will also include standards pertaining to overpasses, underpasses, fly-overs, overhead rail transit, road and street signs, apart from the already-included sidewalk, signs, light, ventilation, setbacks, building bulk and sight lines. Plus, the all-important POST NO ADVERTISEMENT OF POLITICIANS or "PROJECT BY ALLIGATOR" that ruins the image of our physical environment. On TAXES: Question; do you issue BIR service receipts as for such architectural services? What if the architect is a new RLA, and he just gets the requirements for oath-taking such as IAPOA payment for PRC, etc. but he has a coming project, does he need to go BIR and register his receipts for payment of the client? Second, most of the illegal designers and contractors have the tendency to use only DTI, PCAB, business permits and registered BIR receipts to claim that they are "jack of all trades" but they are not licensed architects and other technical discipline, how do we handle them? This is the shortcut of most contractors and employs architects on a salary basis. Thank you Govt Architect holds a lower rank position and are subordinate by Engineer. What concrete actions can we do to protect our profession?

Our PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) should issue a similar guide regarding the supposed “overlapping” practice of professionals hindi yung create lang nang create ng bagong boards at tanggap ng tanggap ng examinees at pinapabayaan na magkagulo ang iba't ibang propesyon. Hindi lang architects at civil engineers ang may problem about “overlapping” practices. UAP chapters nationwide must work-out for government architect member in their chapter for promotion to a department position to eliminate Power Play and for the protection of the profession. The UAP should seriously address the clear and present dilemma of the profession - the PRACTICE. That is by refocusing its energies in the works and efforts relating to the PROMOTION, IMPLEMENTATION & MONITORING R.A. 9266 and other pertinent laws. Concrete Actions: 1. Maintain a Task Force that is not co-terminus with the Office of the President; 2. The Task Force should come-up with Short-Term & Long-Term Plans; 3. Generate a Legal Fund through projects and/or enforced contributions from the UAP Membership; 4. The Legal Fund should be on a separate account from that of the UAP General Fund; 5. The Plans of the Task Force should be in concurrence with other architectural organizations and advocacy groups, and 6. Should always update & monitor the list of cities & towns implementing R.A. 9266. PRBoA : The PRBoA should continue its strong stance in the implementation of R.A. 9266 by lobbying with
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parallel government offices and assisting the UAP and individual architects in concerns & complaints re R.A. 9266. Concrete Suggestions: 1. Empower the UAP Chapters, as IAPOA, in issuing clearances or endorsement of examinees for architecture board exam. (If within the bounds of the law) An examinee with a record of abetting with a non-architect in violation of R.A. 9266 must not be allowed to take the board (and must face criminal charges, if not charges before the concerned UAP bodies first); 2. Incorporate in the Architecture Curriculum a short course on R.A. 9266 as early as 1st year, and 3. Issue a memorandum and/or create MOA with TESDA & CHED with regards to the violations of R.A. 9266 by vocational undergrad and graduates. May require the local UAP Chapters to assist in conducting orientation seminars to schools of these vocational courses. • UAP CHAPTERS: The UAP Chapters should take the direct responsibility as vanguards of the profession. Concrete Actions: 1. Monitor the practice of each architect-member including non-members and foreigners, contractors, civil engineers, draftsmen & architecture grads & undergrads. Awareness is necessary in planning future legal and non-legal actions; 2. Lobby the implementation of R.A. 9266 with each municipalities and cities in their area; 3. Should create their own Task Force and Legal/ Task Force Fund, and 4. Conduct a Seminar on R.A. 9266 to establish a clear understanding of the law.

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RA 9266 : ILLEGAL PRACTICES/ Violators and Violations
March 8, 2013

Evident Violations as experienced by RLAs and Suggestions for more Effective Implementation of RA 9266 • Conduct Licensure Examination in cities outside Metro Manila to increase No. of RLAs .This will increase the number of Registered and Licensed Architects (RLAs). . Ang CE noon pa, are conducting Board exams outside Metro Manila kaya dumadami sila. Marami ang nag eenrol ng B.S.Arch, but less go to Manila to get the Board Exam, that causes Underboards to do illegal acts. This can be a Solution to further assert the Legal Practice of the Profession. There were identified Violators posted here already. We would like to know the action of the UAP National Headquarters regarding this and to whom it should be addressed for our enlightenment. The safest is that the organization of Architects (IAPOA) should spearhead this information campaign as well as file the necessary complaints and charges with the PRC, PRBoA, and DOJ regarding the evidence gathered by the individual architects in regard to the illegal practice of architecture. This advertisement aims to degrade our profession and deceive the public. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS
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Panawagan sa TASK FORCE RA 9266, sana may magawanaman kayo! If you read the mandate of the Task Force inside UAP Website, you'll see that IT IS WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR, however, it is NOT ACTIVE this Fiscal year...so we wait what will be the Answer of our present NP and for the meantime, what we can do is to voice-out to them the Urgency of the TF9266 thru this AAF by collecting evidence, names, contact numbers, locations of the VIOLATORS and issuing them SHAME Awards. Pano naman kaya ang mga 'After-Sales Services' na ino-offer ng ilang suppliers ng building constructions na tinatawag nilang 'Value-added Services' na free-design once na bumili sa kanila ng materyales ang home owners? Lumalabas na they are just using the design services just to attract sales. Geographically, what provinces/ cities/ municipalities in the PH are now implementing our Law? Architects are outnumbered by the CE especially in

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the Provinces, thus resulting in CE Signing Architectural Plans and other Illegal Practices (IP). RA 9266 VIOLATORS: as POSTED and IDENTIFIED. How can we really gather hardcopy of BUILDING PERMIT FORMS of all Municipalities or Cities so we can see if they’re implementing RA 9266 just like what we have seen some violating it. Ang pagbisita po ng isang pinuno sa pinakasulok na kinaroroonan ng kanyang mga miyembro at nasasakupan ay isa pong pagpapakita ng pagmamalasakit. ..na kaya siya binigyan ng otoridad at TIWALA sa posisyon na meron sya ay sapagkat umaasa po ang mga myembro na magkakaroon ng pagbabago. Ipapaabot ko lang po sa kaalaman ng lahat, ibang iba po ang pakikipagusap kung ang kaharap ng mga opisyales ay may kasangga at kabalikat na NATIONAL OFFICERS...mas mataas po ang respeto nila pg ganun...compared to d hopeless idea of passing d hat only to Chapter Members... Eto po ang nangyayari kalakalan ngayon sa ating pinaghirapang propesyon.... masyado ng pinababa ng mga IP's ang value ng ating main domain: Expose po nating kung sino man merong gumagawang ganito sa mga lugar na nasasakupan nyo....Magkaisa po tayong sugpuin ito....UAP National, IAPOA Chapters, LGU OBO's!...heto na po!.....

FREE! It is a devious marketing strategy that puts our noble profession to the lowest conceivable level known to man. I hope there would be regulations, if not laws, regarding these deceptive ads that debase our profession. Naturingang may look for Architect pa naman sa ad na ito at incusive ang Architectural practice sa SUMMER PROMO? Ano tayo produkto? • Itong poster din na ito na FREE SERVICES, isali mo din ito sa bibigyan ng POSTER OF RECOGNITION FOR MALPRACTICES.. like that one above para kay Engr. Ronaldo Garcia na yan.. tapos tayo na mga RLAs, we will LIKE and SHARE.. siguro naman by that.. ma papansin nila.. Siguro ang tawag natin dyan ay sa mga Posters na yan ay... " POSTER OF RECOGNITION for MALPRACTICES and VIOLATION of RA 9266. P235.00 lang ang docket fee for the filing of an administrative complaint at the PRC (napakababa para sa sakit ng ulo na ibibigay sa sinumang RLP na makasuhan). Yan lang at isang verified complaint (pirmado ng complainant at ng abogado) ang kailangan para umusad ang kaso laban sa isang RLA or RLP (kasama na ang mga CE). Yan lang ang katapat ng registro at lisensya ng bawat RLP sa Pilipinas. Kapag napatunayan ang pagkakamali, pwede nang isuspinde o i-revoke and registro o lisensya na makapagpractice ng propesyon sa Pilipinas. Samantalang ang hirap hirap sampahan ng kasong kriminal ang mga illegal practitioners. Maling sistema. We would like to refer this matter to the pertinent IAPOA body/ officers. Please apprise us here at the AAF in the
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near future as to the ensuing developments (so that the participants could be properly guided. Much thanks). • Project location isTaytay Rizal po sir and the alleged IP Mr. David claims the title 3D Architect..and YES po in my other post nandoon po ang pictures ng permit form and blue-print, nakuha ko din po sa FB account ni Mr. David. INTERNET POLICE: Ang pinakamaganda siguro natin gawin as a Group, habang hindi pa re-activated ang Task Force is to act as INTERNET POLICE and MARSHAL like Evidence and Information Gathering of Fake Architects, initially forward natin sa PRC ang Gobyerno lahat ng mga Evidencia siya ang may "ULTIMATE RESPONSIBILITY at mga LGU nationwide has the OPERATING RESPONSIBILITY under the Law". Ano sa palagay ninyong lahat? Arch Max Calicdan Jr. of Pangasinan knows the full bacground of Mark Simon Magnayon, in my recollection sila po ang tagaguhit sa mga projects ni Engr. Garcia together with another LEA Flunker named Maribeth Donato. I beleive if we have an active RA9266 Desk serving 24/7 in our UAP HDQ with a hotline, marami pa pong complains and names ang maidudulog sainyo coming from field. To highlight the Fake Architects campaign, we must highlight what happens when people rely on Fake Architects. What we see around us i.e. the state of the built environment is the result of 22 years of allowing the concerned CEs to sit as BOs (read Sec. 206.2 of P.D.
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No. 1096 where it is stated that CEs are only alternatives to Architects when appointing Building Officials) and those same BOs-CEs allowing their fellow CEs and their unregistered staff (with architectural training) to practice architecture at will in complete violation of law. All the violations of the 1977 NBCP over the last 35 years (which the same BO-CEs should have prevented) have apparently already resulted in much suffering, damage to property and loss of lives during extreme events at major urban centers nationwide. • Create a Joint Task Force composed by the PRC-DOJNBI-MEDIA and PCAP to "Run Against Fake Architects" Media's Help is Paramount Important in this Campaign para napapanood ng tao-bayan. This will cause RIFFLE EFFECT and Warning to All Fake Architect. Fake Architects include other RLPs such as the concerned CEs who willfully and continually violate R.A. No. 9266. Dapat ay may makatikim na sa kanila (sama ang mga cliente nila at mga draftsman nila at mga BO na kabaro nila) ng lupit ng penal provision under Sec. 29. MEDIA EXPOSURE WILL HELP ALOT IN THE DETERRANT OF ILLEGAL PRACTICE: Registered and Licensed Dentist have a lot of similar Problem with us Registered Architect like this Video of "Fake Dentist" above. This is the 3RD TIMES a have SHARE THIS IDEA including Uap Sec-Gen. A Joint Task Force between PRC-NBI-GMA 7 and UAP TF 9266. The MOST EFFECTIVE OF ALL!

Recent news in TV Patrol: Mga botikang walang Pharmacist! Sa Manaoag talamak din po yan. May nkapaskil na PRC Certificate subalit wala naman sa botika/ parmasiya yung tao na yun. Karamihan wala talagang licensed Pharmacists. Sa Architecture, kailan kaya magkakaroon ng ganitong media exposure for RA 9266??? After 9 years?

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The Architectural Practice : The Supposed “Overlapping” of Professional Practices/ Services with Interior Designers (IDrs) and Civil Engineers (CEs)
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What will be the real deal now for architects in the approval of the Republic Act No. 10350 An Act Regulating the Practice of Interior Design in the Philippines? How can Architects improve their market share? The Apparent Illegal Practice of Architecture by Other RLPs (Not just CEs) “OVERLAPPING” OF PRACTICE: Licensed Design Professionals’ “Overlapping” Practice Guide for Government Officials . What is the difference between the Architectural Interiors of Architects (RA 9266) & Interior Design of Interior Designers (RA 10350)? What are those classified as Architectural Interiors documents and those classified as Interior Design documents? According to Philippine Interior Design Act of 2012 Sec. 41.Repealing Clause. – Republic Act No. 8534 is hereby repealed and all other laws, orders, rules and regulations or resolutions or part/s thereof inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed or modified accordingly. In a case that you only design and you get paid after the working drawings and turn over it to the client...

Distinction between AI and ID should be clearly defined here I guess and IDrs must be well informed that RLAs always consider AI in the general concept of every project...kaya meron laging AI. (Architectural Interiors)


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and later on, they will implement by themselves based on your drawings. HOW WILL YOU CHARGE them if there will be some updates on the drawings and consultation that will occur during the construction? coz sometimes this thing will eat up your time. . Is there or was there ever a proposed improvement of the submission of contract documents/ blueprints for building permits to minimize the costs, lessen the paper handling/storage/wastage, eliminate red tape, etc.? I have come across reading about the article in the new Standards of Prof'l. Practice (2010) and it was stated there that for building permit application we need to submit 7 sets of architectural documents. Is it mandatory and in effect now? I have noticed also that in some cities/ municipalities, they only accept 5 sets of documents . Did you know that Architects can SIGN and SEAL Structural plans in Legazpi City? Are we violating RA 9266? a paperless OBO environment never crossed the DPWH's mind in the last 10 years quite possibly for the following reasons: 1) a large number of OBOs (especially in the provinces) may still not have computers; 2) many OBO review personnel may not be conversant in AutoCadd and will require costly training and loss of paid man-hours (to training); and 3) RLAs will probably not trust the OBOs with the electronic files of their designs anyway.

Maybe Paper Reduction Program for the submission of such building permit requirements would aid to minimize the printing of so many sets of blueprints (do Building Officials really need that many sets of blueprints per design profession per department?), lessen the time to prepare such documents and blueprints (filling up forms in quadruplicate/ quintuplicate, signing and sealing of xxx sets and pages of blueprints which sometimes goes on forever), lower the operational costs of printing and reproduction, minimize paper storage and wastage (I wonder how do they store the enormous number of blueprints in the LGU OBO and how can they easily recover such documents if needed to be verified - or do they ever cross-check them at all?). I remember si Arch Medeliano T. Roldan during his tenure went to Dagupan Pangasinan sinupurtahan siya ni Vice Ferandez nakapasipag nilang magseminar about sa RA9266 at kasamang nakikinig ang mga CE dun bawat tanung ng mga CEs ay sinasagot ni Arch Roldan. I think masosolve ang poblema dito sa pakikipagdialogue sa mga OBO, PICE at LGU. Pagusapan ng maayos kung anong buildings ang pweding idesign ng CEs without the participation of an Architect. Pero pag design ng buildings for human habitation automatic required ang participation ng Architect. Maraming dapat pagusapan sa administration at permitting rules sa NBCP. Hindi lang
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Mayroong mga 1,800 na Building Officials (BOs) sa bansa. Ang pinakamabigat na qualification lang marahil ng mas nakararami sa kanila ay sapagkat CE sila. Pero ang hindi natin talaga maintindihan ay kung bakit napakalawak at napakarami ng patuloy na violations ng NBCP, na sila (as BOs) naman ang naatasang (at inaasahan nating lahat na) magpatupad ng NBCP sa ilalim ng batas. Marahil ay hindi nga nila naiintindihan ang NBCP dahil hindi nga naman sila mga RLAs (o RAs man lang). Kaya nga noong 2011 ay may panukalang batas ang PRBoA (posted at the PRBoA website Latest Publications section) na dapat ay magkaroon ng Board Exam para sa mga BOs at nang malaman din naman natin kung alam nila talaga ang trabaho nila. Kung hindi pa pupuwede (o napapanahon) iyan ay maaring ding magtalaga ang DPWH ng sarili nyang qualifying exam tungkol sa NBCP at sa pagpapatupad nito. Kung may ganitong qualifying exam para sa magiging mga BOs ay tiyak siguro na mas nakararaming RLAs ang magiging ganap na mga LGU BO (sa kadahilanang sigurong qualified sila talaga na hawakan ang posisyon ng LGU BO dahil sa kaalaman nila sa NBCP).

CE ang kailangan dito sa pagrevise ng NBCP pati ibang discipline like electrical, mechanical, plumbing, sanitary pati na din ID. • ASSEMBLING THE MARKETING MIX. Yung paglagayng "Stickers" to address the lack of Public Awareness on our Vehicle is just one of the many possible solutions. That is why we should really have more RLAs in Government (particularly at the LGU OBO) and more RLAs doing public sector projects (as private consultants). The architectural section of the LGU OBO, which reviews architectural plans, must be headed only by RLAs i.e. something we should put in the proposed Architecture Code. The Uap-Iapoa , other than the National Conventions shall guide the Local Chapters on the Agenda of their General Monthly Meetings topics to better the inputs on RLA’s.

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Building Permit Requirements
Feb 12

Is there or was there ever a proposed improvement of the submission of contract documents/ blueprints for building permits to minimize the costs, lessen the paper handling/ storage/ wastage, eliminate red tape, etc.? LGU OBO and how can they easily recover such documents if needed to be verified - or do they ever cross-check them at

Maybe a Paper Reduction Program for the submission of such building permit requirements would aid to minimize the printing of so many sets of blueprints (do Building Officials really need that many sets of blueprints per design profession per department?), lessen the time to prepare such documents and blueprints (filling up forms in quadruplicate/
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all?). It just dawned on me that in this digital age, there ought to be some sort of practicality with regards to the submission of such construction documents that may be beneficial to both the design professional and the LGU OBO.

quintuplicate, signing and sealing of xxx sets and pages of blueprints which sometimes goes on forever), lower the operational costs of printing and reproduction, minimize paper storage and wastage,

I have come across reading about the article in the new Standards of Prof'l. Practice (2010) and it was stated there that for building permit application we need to submit 7 sets of architectural documents. Is it mandatory and in effect now? I have noticed also that in some cities/municipalities, they only accept 5 sets of documents . (please add your other related concern here)

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CODE OF ETHICS/ RLA ON GOV’T SERVICE/ RA 9266 ON DESIGN & BUILD SERVICE/ ARCHTL INTERIORS vs. INTERIOR DESIGNERS/ UNDERGRAD/ BOARD Archi. Individual….etc
Dec. 28 Level nga ba ang playing field? In these scenarios, how can we neutralize this? • THREAT OF SUBSTITUTES: Free Flyers/ Leaflets versus the 2006 Architects Code of Ethics • Is there any Law in PH for Digital Copyright particularly for Architects and where do we get the copyright letter about releasing CAD drawings? QUESTION: • Ownership of drawings under RA 9266 and or Art.

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ASSEMBLING THE MARKETING MIX. Yung paglagay ng "Stickers" to address the lack of Public Awareness on our Vehicle is just one of the many possible solutions. Assembling the Marketing Mix Plan. These are Two (2) Fundamental Questions every architectmarketer should ask in assembling their marketing mixes. these are as follows:

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1723 of the Intellectual Property Code, what is the mandate of our law for submission and or sharing of drawings through e-file? • It was believed that RLA SHOULD NOT submit original copies of drawings to clients, contractor, etc, to avoid illegal duplication or producing copy of the same. Nowadays that we are using CAD and into Building Information Modeling (BIM) wherein data, e-files, etc., are centrally used, remotely shared to consultants, engineers, etc, who will claim its ownership? DESIGN-BUILD: • What provision in RA 9266 intends to protect the abuse on the use of ATTACHMENTS like drawings, sketches, layouts when these are used as attachments on the Proposals/ Quotations for DESIGN-BUILD, since in DESIGN-BUILD - we propose on both DESIGN and BUILD as one, although we stipulate DESIGN Process as the first Phase, but a Total Cost is already to be presented to the Client at the onset as ONE? How can the RLA Claim the right over such documents? • What is the difference between the Architectural Interiors of Architects (RA 9266) & Interior Design of Interior Designers (RA 10350)? What are those classified as Architectural Interiors documents and those classified as Interior Design documents? According to Philippine Interior Design Act of 2012 Sec. 41. Repealing Clause. – Republic Act No. 8534 is hereby repealed and all other laws, orders, rules and regulations or resolutions or part/s thereof inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

RLAs are awaiting the release of the Architects’ Guidelines. UAP may have answers to these observations.

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Jan 3

We say CEs are our competitors or threat in the practice. What about 2015 and 2020? Where the window este gate for foreign competitors will be opened? Is it not a bigger challenge to our profession? Is R.A 9266 crafted and prepared for this Global Practice? As I was informed in our neighboring countries, they tried to use their native languages so that in due time there will still be need for their professionals who have the expertise to interpret their laws, rules, policies and contracts. BPO/ outsourcing is trending in the region. Wherever sources they came from, whether we like it or not, they will continuously come.. Do we have the standard pricing on how to deal with these? Either per contract, per sheet? How do we treat this in uap-national or in prboa? Calling the attention of UAP task force 9266. Kindly check the proliferation of non RLAs marketing architectural designs on facebook. This is a blatant violation of RA 9266, These include engineering firms, cad renderers, underboard arki grads and arki students, Hope UAP can act on these violations. If CODHASP or ANYBODY in the Academe can kindly share with us here in AAF their latest updates on the following concerns below. RAs/ RLAs can relate further and handle better those “Young Aspirants to the profession” … those that are in On the Job Training “OJT” with us.

Maybe somebody should clarify matters. OJTs may not necessarily be under the same classification as apprentices, who are distinct in that they (apprentices) are undergoing the mandatory diversified experience in architecture (DEA) under a qualified mentor-architect.

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9. Digital and E-FILES : Do we have Intellectual property rights (IPR) protection under the NEW IRR (2010 STANDARD OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE/ SPP)?
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Is there any Law in PH for Digital Copyright particularly for Architects and where do we get the copyright letter about releasing CAD drawings? Ownership of drawings under RA 9266 and or Art. 1723 of the Intellectual Property Code, what is the mandate of our law for submission and or sharing of drawings through e-file? It was believed that RLA SHOULD NOT submit original copies of drawings to clients, contractor, etc, to avoid illegal duplication or producing copy of the same. Now a days that we are using CAD and into Building Information Modeling (BIM) wherein data, e-files, etc, are centrally used remotely shared to consultants, engineers, etc, who will claim its ownership?

Updated IRR-SPP for the digital age is already a must.

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GOVERNMENT SERVICE : RLAs Need UAP-IAPOA Support
Jan 28 • Government Services by RLAs. Any architects here from the gov't got this kind of incentive? • By making clear the incentives in the Government Service, we can encourage many young RLA’s to serve the Government, thus performing as Watchdogs of the Profession in Government. ito lang kung mangyari, merun tayung agency UAP National, kumustahin naman nila lahat ng architects na nasa govt side.. im sure, ang daming ma e share na yan.. for the UAP, e try nila ang batas together w/ gov't architects..
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It didn’t happen in my case.I have worked with a certain government agency ,signed and sealed plans ,supervises them but they did not implement this.And were not compensated well. Our salaries were like that of a job order. We wrote a letter regarding with the increase of salary because we are signing plans but they just ignored it.. DESIGN-BUILD: What provision in RA 9266 intends to protect the abuse on the use of ATTACHMENTS like drawings, sketches, layouts when these are used as attachments on the Proposals/Quotations for DESIGN-BUILD, since in DESIGN-BUILD - we propose on both DESIGN and BUILD as one, although we stipulate DESIGN Process as the first Phase, but a Total Cost is already to be presented to the Client at the onset as ONE? How can the RLA Claim on the right over such documents? If we are considered as a contractor if we offer or engage in design and build services, then a conflict arises because we are already acting as the design architect/ architect of record and contractor. Now, do we still need to get a license from PCAB if we offer the design and build services? • Kapag ARCHITECT on Design-Build ka ang Mayors Permit mo is on SERVICES lang... pero kapag CONTRACTOR ka ang Mayors Permit mo nasa ibang Line of Business.. iba rin ang payments and taxes. UAP can help us clarify on our Consfusion about If Architect in DESIGN-BUILD really needs to get PCAB.

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We say CEs are our competitors or threat in the practice. What about 2015 and 2020? Where the window este gate for foreign competitors will be opened? Is it not a bigger challenge to our profession? Is R.A 9266 crafted and prepared for
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this Global Practice? As I was informed in our neighboring countries, they tried to use their native languages so that in due time there will still be need for their professionals who have the expertise to interpret their laws, rules, policies and contracts. Jan 7

What is the difference between the Architectural Interiors of Architects (RA 9266) & Interior Design of Interior Designers (RA 10350)? What are those classified as Architectural Interiors documents and those classified as Interior Design documents? According to Philippine Interior Design Act of 2012 Sec. 41.Repealing Clause. – Republic Act No. 8534 is hereby repealed and all other laws, orders, rules and regulations or resolutions or part/s thereof inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed or modified accordingly. BPO/outsourcing, is trending in the region. Wherever sources they came from. whether we like it or not, they will continuously come. Do we have the standard pricing on how we deal with these? Either per contract, per sheet? How do we treat this in uap-national or in PRBOA? Calling the attention of UAP task force 9266. Kindly check the proliferation of non RLAs marketing architectural designs on facebook. This is a blatant violation of RA 9266, These include engineering firms, cad renderers, underboardarki grads and arki students, Hope UAP can act on
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these violations. Jan 3

If CODHASP or ANYBODY in the Academe can kindly share with us here in AAF their latest updates on the following concerns below. RAs / RLAs can relate further and handle better those “Young Aspirants to the profession” … those that are in On the Job Training “OJT” with us. Please make better guidelines for apprenticeship programs like linking DOLE provisions so apprentices will not go to CE who can pay them more for their architectural services, I am one of these apprentices before or what my mentors call me "a mercenary", due to the desire for a graduate student before to be independent. I know they reverted the old requirement/ conditions for letting apprenticeship during senior years which was not the case during my time, still an issue today where CEs puts design sketches freebie to clients as their strategy to get the construction contracts. Recent news in TV Patrol: Mga botikang walang Pharmacist! Sa Manaoag talamak din po yan. May nkapaskil na PRC Certificate subalit wala naman sa botika/parmasiya yung tao na yun. Karamihan wala talagang licensed Pharmacists. Sa Architecture, kailan kaya magkakaroon ng ganitong media exposure for RA 9266??? After 9 years?

Maybe somebody should clarify matters. OJTs may not necessarily be under the same classification as apprentices, who are distinct in that they (apprentices) are undergoing the mandatory diversified experience in architecture (DEA) under a qualified mentor-architect.

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RESTATED CUM ADDITIONAL AAF PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION/ COMMENTARY

SUGGESTED SOLUTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE IAPOA

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1) Walang pondo o lack of funds. 2) Lack of Good Articles for Architects, Books and e-books on Architecture.

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4) Both the PRC and the PRBoA are cognizant that they could NOT successfully undertake the task of regulation by themselves. Foreign Architects do not secure Temporary Special Permit to Practice. 5) Lack of Architects Knowledge on How to Participate in Government (national o local) projects i.e. A) supply of consulting services (pre-feasibility/ feasibility studies, master development planning, pre-design and regular design services, project management, construction management, construction supervision, project administration, etc.); supply of infrastructure services (construction, design-build, subcontracting, furnishing of specialty works, etc.); and C) supply of goods (architectural materials, equipment, software, books/ reference materials, etc.). 6) RA 9266 Lack Awareness which causes lack of Support and Acceptance in Government and the General Public.

ArchiPAC - The UAP's Continuous Funding Solution. Encourage more young and old architects to write about the good and the true of the profession, become "Architect Writer". Initiate and introduce Architecture and Architects to the students in the Elem. and High School through information, dissemination and educating them with the use of Architecture books, cartoons, multimedia, activities and promotions, working together with the DepEd to achieve a permanent solution Lobby in Congress to Amend the Local Government Code of 1991. Aim: to make the position of City/ Municipal Architect as a MANDATORY POSITION rather than Optional. The Suggestion above will also generate more than 1,600 Government Employment for the Architects. They have to rely on the private sector (i.e. the IAPOA) to monitor the acts of the registered and licensed architects (RLAs) at the level of the individual practitioner. More IAPOA Seminars on RA No. 9184.

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The media has a huge impact on society and also in public opinion. They can shape the public opinion in different ways depending on what is the objective.
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For example, after the attacks of 911 the media gave a huge coverage of the event and exposed Osama bin Laden (guilty for the attack as they were disseminated by the concerned authorities). This shaped the public opinion to support the war on terrorism, the same happened with the war on Iraq. The problem is that if media received un accurate information then the public opinion supported a wrong cause, this is the power of public opinion/ media influence. Other ways to influence are with polls and trends, especially in political campaigns. The candidates that can pay for more TV and media exposure have more influence on public opinion and thus can receive more votes similar to RA 9266. 7) Illegal act of other registered and licensed professionals (RLPs) practicing architecture. 8) Sagging market share of the Architects. 9) How to Neutralize Illegal Practitioners or Law Breakers. 10) INTERNET MARKETING is a MUST for all active Practicing Architects. 11) Illegal practice by non-architects i.e. unregistered persons under RA 9266 includes other RLPs such as CEs and IDrs 12) Competitors offering Free Design and Estimates. 13) PRC is NOT an attached agency of the DoLE. By law, the PRC must be under the Office of the President of the Philippines. Create a Joint Gov't-Private-Media to Run Against Fake Architects. Enhance and improve Architects market share by attending more seminars on Business of Architecture and Marketing. Continuous Online Shame-Campaign Portal for Practicing Architects that can host RLAS pages or lnik to RLA websites Media Exposure will help a lot in the deterrenceof illegal practice. the Government must be advised and held accountable as these constitute Unfair Competition and criminal violations of law (particularly professional regulatory laws or PRLs). The IAPOA must make its satnd on this matter as the present prevents RLAs and the IAPOA from directly communicating with the Office of the President (to facilitate needed National Government action on the plight of the RLAs and the built
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14) Identified threat to the architect. A BO in the Floridablanca, Pampanga. 15) The concerns of the ordinary IAPOA members, particularly those based in the provinces, are apparently not being sufficiently addressed at the national IAPOA level. 16) Procurement practices not in the B.S. Architecture Curriculum. 17) Until modern times there was no clear distinction between civil engineering and architecture, and the term engineer and architect were mainly geographical variations referring to the same person, often used interchangeably.

environment). A criminal complaint must be filed against this violator of RA 9266. PULSO NG MGA ARKITEKTU MUST BE GIVEN MAJOR CONSIDERATION: More Online Survey or Poll must be conducted monthly/ quarterly that are ISSUE ORIENTED and RELEVANT TO THE TIMES. For our Leaders to make GOOD DECISIONS. More IAPOA Seminars on the Government Procurement Reform Act (GPRA) or RA 9184 of 2003 and its 2009 IRR UAP must offer a concise and authoritative definition (possibly including other online dictionary definitions between civil engineering and architecture). Unfortunately, mukhang ginagamit din reference material ng mga Judges (lalu na ng isang Court of Appeals Justice) ang Wikipedia definition ng civil engineering na hindi scholarly nor authoritative at maaring hindi angkop sa situasyon sa Pilipinas. The IAPOA must take a lead in this effort. Hindi pupwedeng spectator lang ang IAPOA sa lahat ng mga nangyayari. As the PCAP may already be performing TF RA 9266 functions, suportahan natin ang PCAP. Sana lang ay hindi lang policy making ang focus ng PCAP. Sana ay maisama ang advocacy hanggang sa mga korte. Kung hindi, kailang irevive ang TF RA 9266 para gawin ang parting ito na baka hindi pa magagawa ng PCAP sa ngayon. There is URGENT NEED to Study this to incorporates them in our Public/ Private Practice and especially in the BS Architecture Curriculum. Identifying these new (and illegal) competitors and how we can
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18) RUN AGAINT FAKE ARCHITECTS must be a PRIORITY CONCERN to protect the profession and the professionals 19) Panawagan sa mga TASK FORCE RA 9266, sana may magawa naman kayo! A Call for Action by the AAF Group to UAP and PCAP

20) Marketing is the LIFE-BLOOD of any business or profession. Without Business and Marketing our profession will experience very rough sailing by 2015 and 2020. 21) Too many illegal competitors and unregfistered [persons

9including other RLPs) have entered our profession and have openly violated our PRL (RA 9266). 22) Kailangan imarket natin nationwide ang image ng Pinoy Architect. Relevant ba tayo sa national development. If we are, ipakita natin. 23) Lack of Public Support on RA 9266

24) Lack of Government Architects to represent and protect the Profession. Provincial and City/ Municipal Civil Engineer as a Mandatory Position as per Local Government Code of 1991 in all the Provincial and City/Municipal Level where said CEs are using "POWER PLAY" to Eliminate and Downgrade the Architect" in this Scenario in Pangasinan. 25) The population of Architecture Students in our country is on a DOWNWARD TREND.

compete and improve our Market Share in the local and probably future global competition. More IAPOA Business and Marketing Seminars in the future may be needed. Si Raison Bassig was suggesting at gagawa daw ng Video Documentary of the life of a Pinoy Architect while kami sa chapter this 2nd term gagawa nman ng series of Online TV Commercial ang dialogue. " For Sustainable building design Consult your Architect." Suggestion on How to Win the Public Opinion and Support in our Favor to PCAP like (1) Video Testimony of friendly CE endorsing and supporting the enforcement of RA 9266, (2) Video or TV Endorsement of Public Officials who have already enforced RA 9266 in the respective Province or city or municipality. (3) Celebrity Endorsement like Ms Universe 3rd runner-up Arch Shamsey Supsup (4) Testimony and endorsement of Architects' Clients, friends and ally to the Public and Media. Lobby in Congress to Amend the Local Government Code of 1991. Aim: to make the position of city/mun. architect as a MANDATORY POSITION rather than Optional.

Universities, state and colleges must conduct "CAREER ORIENTATION" to 3rd & 4th-Year Graduating High School within their area of responsibility (AOR) to encourage and recruit quality aspirants to the profession.

Lets participate in this ongoing compilation and editing effort for the listing of AAF Observations/ Suggestions to be sent to UAP - IAPOA, kindly REVIEW and PM your previous Postings and Concerns in this format. You may rephrase them for faster Editing. We need to send them before Friday (May 10). Thanks.

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