Filipinos Get Serious About Interior Design

UPDATE FEBRUARY 20th;

http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/90691/the-philippine-interior-design-act-gets-tougher

If only it could be this simple;

Interior design law signed

By Macon Ramos-Araneta | Posted on Jan. 14, 2013 at 12:02am http://manilastandardtoday.com/2013/01/14/interior-design-law-signed/

“Senator Antonio Trillanes lauded Malacanang for approving the Interior Design Act of 2012, which he said will ensure the sector’s global competitiveness.

“I thank President Benigno Aquino III for signing the amended interior design law,” he said.

Trillanes, chairman of Senate Committee on Civil Service and Government Reorganization, said the measure “is necessary for us to introduce changes which would modernize the practice of interior design in the country to make it at par with the international standards and to enhance the competitive edge of the Filipino interior designers.”

He said the law that was signed last Dec. 15 amended a 1998 measure.

Under the new law, regulations on the registration, licensing and the practice of interior design will be updated by institutionalizing mandatory continuing professional education of interior design professionals.

As provided, special permits of foreign interior designers will be issued without prejudice to Filipino practitioners.

Trillanes said Filipino interior designers have attained international recognition and have been admitted in different international organizations.

According to him, Malaysia patterned its licensing and regulatory laws on  interior design from our laws.”

So next time you are in Manila don’t try any illegal interior design- you could end up on Locked Up Abroad.

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Establishing Interior Design Professionalism in the Philippines

The interior design news wires often include items from the Philippines.

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/exam-results/10/23/12/interior-design-licensure-examination-results

Evidently professions in the Philippines are highly regulated- including interior design.  Now I get that this is a small country and the political/legal climate is far different than the U.S. but PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER admires the apparent transparency of the Filipino Professional Regulation Commission and its efforts to establish professional status and issue credentials.

I have not taken the PRC Interior Design Licensure Examination so I cannot attest to its rigor. None the less it appears that the culture in the Philippines is such that proving ones earned knowledge and skills is a badge of honor.  It seems to be the normal path and as of yet I have not seen any effort to impugn or de-professionalize the process. There does not seem to be an anti-interior design regulation backlash.

We could only hope to have this clarity and sense of value and purpose to our professional validation effort.  But then again we have choice..maybe they don’t.

Would make an interesting research project.