QUESTION: Sir John, the formation of the Accredited Integrated Professional Organization of Real Estate Service Practitioners (AIPO) is one of the directives of the R.A. 9646. What do you think is the best staff composition of the AIPO that the Unified National Convention should come up with?
ANSWER: I think we need to sign up volunteers* for AT LEAST 11 Trustees, 80 Provincial Coordinators, and applicants for nomination to the PRC Board. In the filing of certificate of candidacy, the Associations may field in the best of the best from among their troup. However, to avoid collusive behavior among associations, any individual licensed real estate professional who have no association should not be barred from running independently. If there are excessive number of volunteers for the Trustee Position, then it's the deciding factor to conduct a friendly election. Take note that there is a provision in the RA 9646 that the nominees for the PRB-RES should not be an Officer or Trustee of the AIPO.
The Trustees, in a closed door meeting, will select and appoint applicants for the following positions.
1 President (full-time)
1 Vice President (full-time)
1 Finance Officer (full-time)
1 Secretary (full-time)
1 Membership Administrator (full-time)
1 Events Director (full-time)
2 Projects Director (full-time)
1 Education Director (full-time)
1 Integrity Officer (full-time)
1 Legal Officer (Consultant)
*NOTE: Transparent Volunteerism is always a superior method of leadership selection in a democratic environment. Transaparent Volunteerism means those who are eager to serve must step forward to volunteer and present their platform before the body for appreciation.
Let's also remember that CREBA represents Developers, and they have made an explicit statement that they are against the R.A. 9646 provision that includes them in Real Estate Service Professionalization. Let us be cautious about the manipulations CREBA and people who are closely associated with CREBA because they will surely be fielding in their favorite puppets. This is one of the reason why I believe that everyone who wish to serve must present his own platform before the body and be transparent to answers questions.
FUNCTION OF AIPO
In my vision of the possible work program of the AIPO, while we are at the take-off stage of the professionalization, I foresee that the AIPO workload is very huge, and it requires selfless AIPO Board of Trustees and full-time Officers. In this regard, I believe the AIPO Officers must be a full-time working group with salaries, office space, and operating expenses. We must require 100% full-time work and 100% loyalty from AIPO Officers.
The AIPO Trustees must be willing to give up their personal businesses to avoid conflict of interest. The reason being is AIPO Trustees will naturally gain access to vital information that would potentially tempt them to use it for their personal gain or against any members. The AIPO Trustees should also be willing to file a leave from their respective associations (if any) to avoid issues connected to conflict of interest, favoritism, and strife.
Below are the functions of AIPO.
1. Advocate, coordinate, and maintain the INTEGRATION of all individual real estate practitioners.
2. Accept applications, operate a selection committee, and submit nominate members to the Professional Regulatory Board of Real Estate Service per Section 4 of RA 9646.
3. Safeguard and protect legitimate and licensed real estate service practitioners and, in coordination with the PRC, monitor all forms of advertisements, announcements, signboards, billboards, pamphlets, brochures and others of similar nature concerning real estate and, where necessary, exercise its judicial and police powers to finally and completely eradicate the pernicious practices of unauthorized or unlicensed individuals per Section 5H of the RA 9646.
4. Appoint a representative to the CPE Council per Section 36 of the RA 9646 and cooperate with PRC in the prescription of guidelines and criteria for the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) program for real estate service practitioners per Section 5P of the RA 9646.
5. Coordinate with the Professional Regulatory Board of Real Estate Service in the preparation, updating and maintaining of a roster of real estate service practitioners which shall contain the names of all registered real estate service practitioners, their residence and office addresses, license number, dates of registration or issuance of certificates, and other data which the Board may deem pertinent. Copies thereof shall be made available to the public upon request per Section 22 of RA 9646.
6. Develop, prescribe, and issue a Code of Ethics and Responsibilities for real estate service practitioners for promulgation and adoption by the Professional Regulatory Board of Real Estate Service per Section 35 of RA 9646.