Sta. Cruz isle architectural design contest launched PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 April 2012 13:57

The city government in coordination with the United Architects Association (UAP) Zamboanga Chapter yesterday officially launched the search for best architectural design to be used in the development of the Great Sta. Cruz Island Resort as a premier ecotourism destination in the country.

The launching was made during a press conference          presided by Mayor Celso Lobregat together with Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Director Maryjune Bugante, UAP-Zambo chapter president Shiralee Pajarito. The competition is held in partnership with the Western Mindanao State University-College of Architecture.

The contest, dubbed the Architectural Design Competition for the Great Sta. Cruz Island Beach Resort is open to all registered Filipino architects, architecture students and graduates in the entire country, whether individually or as a team.

Based on the guidelines, the competition will have two categories of which Category I is composed of registered Filipino Architects with a current and valid   Integrated and Accredited Professional Organization of Architects (IAPOA) Registration Certificates.

Category II will consist of students and graduates of Bachelor of Science in Architecture provided that the interested student/s should have enrolled in the previous semester and should have the endorsement of the dean of architecture and a faculty adviser while the graduates would need an endorsement of an architect-mentor.

The two-phase design competition will begin with a Pre-Qualification stage where five finalists from the professional level and three qualifiers from the student/graduate level will be chosen. Each qualifying individual or team for both categories will be provided with P10, 000 to defray the cost of developing the architectural designs which would include major and minor structures and amentias like the administration building, staff house, pavilion, concession stalls for food and beverages, souvenir shop/boutique, water sports or dive shop and massage/reflexology center.

It would also include the local products area where locals of the island can display and sell their products to beachgoers, public comfort stations, outdoor showers, picnic huts and family cottages, wash areas, grillers, lifeguard station, viewing deck with catwalk, desalination facilities, solar panels, materials recovery facility, water tanks and other auxiliary structures.

As an integral part of the criteria in designing the mentioned structures and spaces, a low-impact approach will be highly observed where natural and indigenous materials that are least destructive to the environment are preferred to be used.

Mayor Lobregat emphasized that the development of the “Las Islas de Santa Cruz” will not destroy the surrounding environment to include the living and non-living elements that are within the protected zone.

Lobregat said that the project will “protect, rehabilitate, and propagate” the Islands of Sta. Cruz since any development effort will strictly abide the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Administrative Order 2009-09 entitled “Standard design and Specification of Signs, Buildings,
Facilities and other Infrastructure that may be Installed and/or Constructed within Protected Areas.”  

Earlier in the meeting, Lobregat mentioned that launching of the competition came about after the defunct Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) now Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), turned-over and transferred the “development, management, and operation of the Great and Little Sta. Cruz Islands Protected Landscape and Seascape , including the existing facilities and other improvements,” to the City Government of Zamboanga as stipulated in the letter dated March 19, 2012 in pursuant to the Memorandum of Agreement signed and entered into by the City Government, TIEZA, DENR and the Protected Area and Ecotourism Management Board (PAEMB).

“This is the outcome of our continued efforts in working with the different stakeholders in making the Las Islas de Santa Cruz as a banner tourism destination of Zamboanga”, Lobregat optimistically declared who earlier signed Executive Order No. 439-2012 that creates a Task Force Adelante Sta. Cruz Island to oversee the development and security of the islands.

The contest according to him will not help in the promotion of the unique pinkish sand island but also provide an opportunity for architects to take part in an ambitious tourism effort that offer a handsome reward.

All winning entries for both categories will be awarded with cash prizes. For Category I the 1st placer will receive P100, 000, P60, 000 for the 2nd placer while the 3rd placer will take home P40, 000. In Category II the 1st placer will receive P50, 000 while the 2nd and 3rd placers will receive P30, 000 and P20, 000, respectively.

Interested parties may contact the contest Secretariat thru the UPA-Zamboanga or Assistant City Administrator Elmer Apolinario with telephone number 062-991-4985. Deadline for the submission of registration form is on April 16, 2012. — Richard Aliangan