Executive Order No. 292 [BOOK IV/Title V/Chapter 4-The Bureau]

CHAPTER 4

The Bureau

SECTION 14. Bureau Head.—Each Bureau shall be headed by a Bureau Director who shall be responsible for efficiently and effectively carrying out the functions of the Bureau.

SECTION 15. Bureau of Research and Standards.—The Bureau of Research and Standards shall develop and set effective standards and reasonable guidelines to ensure the safety of all infrastructure facilities in the country and to assure efficiency and proper quality in the construction of government public works. In pursuit of this task, the Bureau shall engage in research and development in all major areas pertinent to infrastructure development. For such purposes, it shall have the following functions:

(1) Study, on a continuing basis, and formulate and recommend guidelines, standards, criteria, and systems for the survey and design, construction, rehabilitation, maintenance and improvement of all public works and highways;

(2) Conduct or sponsor research on construction materials and formulate and recommend policies, standards and guidelines on materials and quality control;

(3) Undertake or cause to be undertaken specialized technical studies to advance the inhouse technology of the Department and secure the most complete information for project development and implementation purposes;

(4) Formulate technical training programs for Department technical personnel, including the identification of appropriate local and foreign training programs, and recommend the selection of Department personnel for such programs;

(5) Review and study, for the purpose of recognizing new technologies especially those utilizing indigenous resources, current national building and construction standards and procedures and make appropriate recommendations thereon;

(6) Promote, publish and disseminate technical publications;

(7) Provide technical assistance to the Department Proper, other Bureaus, Regional Offices and other agencies on matters within its competence, including technical assistance in the upgrading or updating of the Building Code, and other services;

(8) Cooperate or coordinate with other established research, development, and engineering centers in areas of common or national interests; and

(9) Perform such other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned or delegated by the Secretary or as may be required by law.

SECTION 16. Bureau of Design.—The Bureau of Design shall ascertain that all government infrastructure project implementation plans and designs are consistent with current standards and guidelines. For this purpose, it shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

(1) Conduct or initiate, supervise and review the results of field surveys for highways, flood control and water resource development systems, and other public works projects, including aerial, hydrologic, hydrographic, topographic, geotechnical and other investigations;

(2) Conduct or initiate, supervise and review the preparation of schemes, designs, specifications, estimates, tender and contract documents covering the architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical and other technical design aspects of highways, flood control and other projects of the Department or of other departments upon request or agreement;

(3) Review and evaluate the designs, specifications, estimates, tender and contract documents covering the architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical and other technical design aspects of public works projects of all agencies in accordance with current standards and guidelines;

(4) Provide technical assistance in the selection of firms or entities that shall undertake actual construction of public works projects via participation in the technical evaluation aspect of the bidding/award process; and

(5) Perform such other related duties and responsibilities as may be assigned or delegated by the Secretary or as may be required by law.

SECTION 17. Bureau of Construction.—The Bureau of Construction shall provide technical services on construction works for infrastructure projects and facilities. For this purpose, it shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

(1) Formulate policies relating to construction management and contract administration;

(2) Review and evaluate construction programs, estimates, tender and contract documents;

(3) Inspect, check and monitor construction and works supervision activities of field implementing offices for the purpose of ensuring that such activities are being conducted in accordance with the current standards and guidelines of the Department;

(4) Provide specialist support to implementing field offices on construction management and contract administration; and

(5) Perform such other related duties and responsibilities as may be assigned or delegated by the Secretary or as may be required by law.

SECTION 18. Bureau of Maintenance.—The Bureau of Maintenance provides technical services on the maintenance and repair of infrastructure projects and facilities. For this purpose, it shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

(1) Formulate policies relating to the maintenance of infrastructure projects and facilities;

(2) Review and evaluate maintenance programs, estimates, and tender and contract documents;

(3) Inspect, check, and monitor maintenance activities of implementing field offices for the purpose of ensuring that such activities are being conducted in accordance with the current standards and policies of the Department;

(4) Provide specialist support to implementing field offices on the maintenance of infrastructure projects and facilities;

(5) Perform such other related duties and responsibilities as may be assigned or delegated by the Secretary or as may be required by law.

SECTION 19. Bureau of Equipment.—The Bureau of Equipment provides technical services on the management of construction and maintenance equipment and ancillary facilities. For this purpose, it shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

(1) Formulate policies relating to the management of infrastructure equipment and ancillary facilities;

(2) Review and evaluate programs, estimates, tender and contract documents for equipment;

(3) Inspect, check and monitor the management of equipment by regional equipment services and area shops for the purpose of ensuring that such activities are being conducted in accordance with the current standards and policies of the Department;

(4) Provide specialist support to implementing field offices on equipment management; and

(5) Perform such other related duties and responsibilities as may be assigned or delegated by the Secretary or as may be required by law.

Executive Order No. 292
ADMINISTRATIVE CODE OF 1987