Message - Corrupt Building Officials here in the Philippines

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Posted by  Howard Roark on April 19, 2003 at 01:35:38:

Im am bothered by the rampant corruption of our building officials here in my country.It really is discouraging to know that money is all they are after. They would pressure you and the client to their requests. And whats is sickening is that they all have their own interpretations of the code. Leaving you in a position always to be wrong and pressuring you to "grease" things up. Also If you dont "give extra" the processing of your plans and documents would take forever.As an architect do we have to just accept the fact that thats just how the world works. Especially in a third world country like the Philippines.How can we avoid this.Is corruption also rampant in First world countries? Why can't the government hire top caliber professionals to be building officials. If you could just see the looks of those in office. Give him one look and you would see the "alligator"in him. I even saw some employees with their feet on their desks chatting their precious office hours away. Now we know who to blame for the sorry state of architecture in the Philippines.

To those who can relate,and to those who can lift my spirits up..pls. feel free to give some tips on how to overcome this uneasy feeling I have been carrying for some time now...


Howard Roark

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