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State policies and untrustworthy professionals

By Sara Ena Hernández Hernández

Miembros Colegio de Arquitectos

On February 25, the Mexican newspaper Excelsior published a story regarding the initiative submitted by Senators Arely Gomez, Manuel Camacho Solis and Roberto Gil, all of them members of the Justice Committee, to establish serious legal consequences for non- qualified professionals who create problems for people by not being properly trained or for their lack of ethics.

This event is undoubtedly a breakthrough, as many people have suffered in some way or another at the hands of these “pseudo” professionals, who may have professional certificates they received from poorly qualified universities, giving them the right to defraud those who request a service. That is why unions and qualified evaluation agencies, backed by a serious academic prestige, will be responsible for verifying that the professionals have the necessary minimum skills their certificate implies.

It is painful to hear on the news that some doctors leave behind scissors or dressings in patients after a surgery, causing irreversible damage, lawyers defraud their customers and “architects”—who are not really architects—are allowed to be in business and perform poorly at the expense of their customers. We could enumerate a long list. It is important to raise awareness that, while hiring the services of a professional, it must be confirmed that the individual has the required experience and certifications.

Concerned professionals hope this initiative will be taken into account by all the states and municipal governments.  On the other hand, and against this same policy, the “Código Territorial” (Land Code) was recently approved by both municipalities and the state. We feel that the professional unions have had little or no input in this new policy, which allows any institution to certify a person, thus, an unqualified person who fulfills the profile or has documents (sometimes purchased) can form a union or lead construction work.

We would like to point out that the Union of Architects of San Miguel de Allende AC is composed of university-qualified and ethical professionals who work to make this country grow. Our country deserves the effort.

Why leave much work undone ?

The Professions Department (Dirección de Profesiones) requires all architects in unions to comply with updates, certifications and social service; however, when there is need to support this same union, we sometimes feel ignored.

Sara Ena Hernández Hernández is a member of the Union of Architects of San Miguel de Allende AC


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