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New building code responsive to changing times pushed

Romeo S. Momo, Sr.
CWS Party-List Rep. Romeo S. Momo, Sr.

THE final draft of the consolidated bill pushing for the enactment of a new National Building Code and the repeal of Presidential Decree No. 1096 or the National Building Code of the Philippines to ensure public safety is now being readied by the technical working group (TWG) of a House panel.

“As chairman of the TWG tasked to deliberate on the various bills concerning the update on the National Building Code, which we now propose to be called as the Philippine Building Act (PBA) of 2020, we have accomplished the task of coming up with a consolidated final draft bill,” said Construction Workers Solidarity (CWS) Party-List Rep. Romeo S. Momo, Sr., TWG head and senior vice chairman of the House committee on public works and highways.

“Considering the noble purpose of this bill, among others to ensure a safe, liveable and environment-friendly structures, vis a vis the natural and man-made calamities the nation is facing every now and then, it is our fervent hope that the bill will be passed into law swiftly,” Momo stressed.

Momo, one of the principal authors of PBA of 2020, underscored the need for the country to have a new building code that is responsive to the changing times, thus the need to repeal the outdated Presidential Decree (PD) No. 1096 which was enacted in 1972.

The bill aims to regulate the planning, design, construction, occupancy, maintenance and demolition of buildings both public and private, and promote the construction of buildings that are resilient to earthquakes, fires, floods, landslides, storms, volcanoes and other natural and man-made disasters.

Under the proposed measure, Momo said public and private buildings and structures will be put under a classification system based on their type of construction, according to fire resistance rating; use or occupancy; and required track of permitting process.

The lawmaker from Mindanao revealed that there is a provision in the bill mandating the assessment on the design and structural integrity of specific type of buildings and structures that were completed on or before the year 2005.