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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau

Solon wants beige as the uniform paint color on all government buildings
Writer: Lorelei V. Castillo, Media Relations Service-PRIB
30 January 2015 10:29:09 AM

A legislator is pushing for the mandatory use of the color beige or similar hue as the uniform paint color on all government buildings in the country.

Rep. Winston Castelo (2nd District, Quezon City) has filed House Bill 5314 or the "Beige Uniform Paint Color on all Government Buildings Act of 2015," which seeks to dissuade political identification and patronage that create an atmosphere of social dissonance among constituents.

Under the bill, all government buildings or structures built and constructed through public funds or may have been foreign-assisted should have a single, uniform and standard requirements for their protective coatings and official color which should be established for common application.

The measure mandates the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to effectively implement that no Plan of Work could be undertaken by any public official, appointive or elective, without the approval of the DPWH, which sets the standards for protective coatings.

It shall accredit protective coating painting contractors into a Program, to insure product standards for coatings, tests and approves paint products available in the market and insure compliance of official color for all government structures or buildings.

Castelo said the bill is prompted by the now persuasive practice of many elected public officials, from barangay captains, municipal or city mayors, congressmen, or even senators of painting vital government buildings or structures such as city halls, capitols, bridges, arcs and the like, with the clear intent to associate the construction of such building or structure to them at full cost on the part of the government.

"It has now become part of the evolving engineering landscape to see school buildings, town halls, town plazas, public markets, and other such public sites like hospitals, slaughterhouses, waiting sheds, basketball courts, as being paint-coated with the color identifiable to that local or national elective official," Castelo said.

Castelo said these are just some of the things he seeks to address in the measure and let the DPWH monitor, strictly implement a coating and an official color requirement for all government structures or buildings.

"Neutral and indistinct as it is, the beige color should be adopted as the official color. The bill redounds to the full benefits of government against wastage, political identification and patronage that creates an atmosphere of social dissonance among constituents," Castelo emphasized.