Solon files bill on uniform paint colors of gov’t buildings

  • A congressman filed a bill that would require all government buildings to be painted in beige
  • The proposed law aims to eradicate the practice of painting facilities based on the political leanings of government officials
  • The lawmaker said the government will benefit from the financial savings that the proposed law would bring

A lawmaker from Quezon City urged all government agencies in the country to eradicate the practice of painting public facilities according to their political leanings by filing a bill that requires all government-owned buildings to be painted in a uniform color.

In an article published by Coconuts Manila on August 5, 2016, it was disclosed that 2nd District Rep. Winston Castelo filed House Bill 1591 also known as the “Beige Uniform Paint Color on All Government Buildings Act of 2016” during a regular session of the 17th Congress.

According to the proposed law, the government will benefit from the savings the uniform paint of buildings will bring since all public facilities will be of the same color.

“Simple economies of scale dictate that it will be significantly advantageous for the government if all buildings or structures built and constructed through public funds have a single, uniform and standard requirements for their protective coatings and official color, which henceforth should be established for common application,” the bill’s explanatory note stated.

In September 2011, Castelo also filed a measure that prohibits the practice of planking, where individuals would lie on their bellies following the craze that started on social media.

The lawmaker explained that the bill that would have been known as the “Anti-Planking Act of 2011” would prevent incidents wherein “bus drivers and law enforcement authorities might just ram through these warm and living bodies rolled out on highways.”

Castelo was referring to protesters who lie on the streets during demonstration activities.