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Bill Requires Buildings to Go Beige

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

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Bright colors would be out and beige would be in for all government buildings and structures in the Republic of the Philippines, under a new bill.

House Rep. Winston Castelo (2nd District, Quezon City) filed House Bill 5315, “Beige Uniform Paint Color on all Government Buildings Act of 2015,” in late January.

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The new law would require all government buildings and structures to be painted a neutral beige in order to dissuade politicial identification and patronage, according to the bill's sponsor. The yellow-coated building above is Manila City Hall.

The proposed measure seeks to “dissuade political identification and patronage” that creates “an atmosphere of social dissonance among constituents,” according to a press release announcing the bill’s introduction.

“Neutral and indistinct as it is, the beige color should be adopted as the official color,” Castelo said in a statement.

A copy of the bill was not available for review Monday (Feb. 2).

Proposal Details

Under the proposal, all government buildings or structures constructed with public or foreign-assisted funds within the island country would be painted beige.

Also, the Department of Public Works and Highways would set protective coating standards and monitor all Plans of Work permits, according to the measure.


House Rep. Winston Castelo says the measure would stop elected officials from painting vital government buildings in colors associated with the leaders.

Further, the department would accredit protective painting contractors in order to ensure product standards, competency and coating requirements.

Addressing Colorful Buildings

The bill was introduced to curb the common practice of painting government structures in orange, yellow and other colors associated with elected officials.

"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.

He believes strictly implementing coating standards, monitoring and an official color requirement for these structures will address the issue.

“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 said.


Tagged categories: Aesthetics; Asia Pacific; Color; Color + Design; Design; Government; Regulations

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