Path to sustainable learning: UAP PDC 3Rs

AS the premier organization of professional Filipino architects, the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) plays a vital role in providing learning opportunities all for its members. Even as the world faces a pandemic from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the UAP believes that continuous learning should never be halted even when everyone is confined at home.

The UAP Management Committee (Left to right, seated) composed of Arch. Armando Eugene C. De Guzman, 3rd, national executive vice president; Arch. Renato A. Heray, national president; Jonathan V. Manalad, secretary general; and Wilfredo G. Gacutan, national treasurer together with the UAP executive directors and communications team.

Through its Professional Development Commission (PDC) headed by its Executive Director, Arch. Virgilio D. Andres, Jr, FUAP, the UAP launched its Sustainable Learning System that promotes holistic service to its members and chapters through a myriad of easy-to-access virtual lectures and seminars about the architecture practice.

To reach out to all of its members and chapters, the new learning platform is launched to strengthen the advancement of architectural learning not only for members in the Philippines, but also to those who are based overseas.

The PDC understands that not all members can attend live webinars due to differences in time zones. This inspired the committee to make specific arrangements for them. In this program, the PDC highlights its 3Rs namely: Reach, Record and Replay. The program is directed to reach its members wherever they are. Each webinar and lectures are all on record with the full consent of the speaker. Learning materials, if available, will also be gathered for easier access. Lastly, chapters from these regions can access these lectures through an agreed schedule and are ready for replay anytime.

With this, the UAP believes that distance should never be a barrier to learning for all members. This is the UAP’s way of reaching out to members abroad, so they are also updated about the local practice while their local counterparts can learn from them in return. The UAP hopes that through this, everyone is covered by all of their programs and make them realize how they are still connected even when afar.

Throughout the rest of the fiscal year, the PDC, in cooperation with other committees, has prepared an array of learning opportunities for members that cover the new trends and best practices in the architecture profession for the year, as well as regular assemblies to keep them informed on the latest programs of the organization.

The Pathways for Sustainable Learning System is under the Member First policy of the current leadership, which mandates the prioritization of the general membership in all of the organization’s decision. It also promotes inclusiveness of the general membership in times of crucial decisions. The Member First Policy also directs the organization to invest in its members by providing tangible benefits that cultivate learning, passion, and talent. It also promotes a community that serves as an avenue to share meaningful conversations and a healthy exchange of ideas that they may use in their practice.

Moreover, the UAP emphasizes helping its members through the newly-mandated Member First Welfare Fund. This is created as one of the most practical ways to let the membership feel the Member First mantra of the organization. Part of the fund is the financial assistance of qualified members for Covid-19-related Hospitalization and Demise Benefit.

The UAP pledges to stay committed to protecting the Filipino through its mission of upholding the architecture profession in the country.

Arch. Renato A. Heray, FUAP is the current National President of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP). He has been in the private practice for more than 34 years. He is also a landscape architect, a fellow of the UAP, an Asean architect and a fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects Singapore, a member of the Philippine Association of Landscape Architects, IFLA. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Feati University and presently a professorial guest lecturer at De La Salle University Dasmariñas, Malayan Colleges Laguna and the University of Santo Tomas.

This article first appeared on www.manilatimes.net