The House Special Committee on Creative Industry and Performing Arts began its inquiry, in aid of legislation into the status of implementation of Republic Act 9266 or the Architecture Act of 2004, RA 10350 or the Philippine Interior Design Act of 2012, as well as other laws related to design professionals.
Committee Chairman Rep. Christopher De Venecia (4th District, Pangasinan), author of House Resolution 1668 on which the probe was based, stressed the importance of looking at how adaptive and extensive existing laws are in the country.
He explained that assessing the state of the industries involved would help professionals develop spatial designs and procure quality materials appropriate to the needs of Filipinos, especially amid and after the pandemic, without compromising the conservation of historic sites.
With this, De Venecia proposed that the panel should also tackle updates on the National Building Code of the Philippines, the Government Procurement Reform Act, and the Natural Cultural Heritage Act.
Design Policy and Marketing Communications Head Kenneth Biunas of the Department of Trade and Industry – Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) noted that the agency continues to work at enhancing human experiences while spurring inclusive and sustainable economic growth through design.
He laid out the DCP’s development plan, which includes a) mapping the country’s design industry, b) using data to create tailor-fitted strategies, as well as c) moving the design economy forward by nurturing innovative action plans, sharpening national competitiveness and uplifting Philippine design to a global scale.
Meanwhile, Philippine Institute of Interior Designers National Vice President Trisha Padernal pushed for a collaboration between the government and the private sector to maximize skills and resources.
After it was raised that some individuals abuse the professional fees charged to clients, De Venecia advocated for mutual respect among design professionals, urging stakeholders to prioritize what would be best for their projects and not just for personal gains.
The committee will convene again to further deliberate on how to intensify enacted laws and ultimately advance the design industry.