PICE Iloilo holds first CPD webinar

The Iloilo Chapter of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) held its first-ever virtual seminar this May 29, 2021 that provided eligible participants with continuing professional development (CPD) credits.

This seminar featured software trends in civil engineering particularly discussions on current software applications essential in the structural engineering and construction specialization such as building information modeling (BIM), Tekla Structures, and Visual Basic Applications for Excel (Macro-Programming) in Construction Estimating.
The PICE Iloilo Chapter invited industry-leading Filipino professionals here and abroad namely, former PICE Singapore Chapter President Romualdo Lex S. Garcia, Marvin Josol Gracia and Felemuel D. Bullos, Jr.

R. Garcia is currently the BIM Manager of Asia Projects Engineering Pte Ltd, a 40-year old company in Singapore catering international infrastructure developments including some of the largest energy suppliers in Singapore and Indonesia in its stable of clients. He was named as Most Outstanding Graduate from the University of San Agustin in Iloilo City where he earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering back in 2005. He discussed the first session entitled, “BIM for Contractors: Value Added on Design and Engineering Projects”.

Meanwhile, M. Garcia is currently a technical specialist of Trimble Solutions, the maker of the highly sought after software for structural engineers, Tekla. He was the resource speaker for the second session entitled, “Integrated Digital Delivery with Tekla Constructible BIM”.

The final session entitled, “Estimating Automation using Excel VBA Macro Programming” was delivered by F. Bullos, Director for Engineering and Technology in RV Architecture + Engineering + Technology. He is a veteran in the civil engineering industry particularly in the private and academic sectors. He topped the August 2010 Master Plumber board examination in the Philippines in 2010 and also placed 19th in the November 2001 Civil Engineering board examination.

PICE Iloilo President Oscar “Richard” Garin Jr., welcomed the participants together with PICE National President Erdsan Rene Suero.

This activity is organized by the PICE Iloilo Chapter with the generous support of Davies Paints and co-presented by Ace+ Review Center and Ilonggo Engineer Blog. (PICE Iloilo/RAM)

Pres. Garin: “Empowerment, technology can both work”

As a way of inspiring and challenging the next generation of civil engineers, PICE Iloilo Chapter President Oscar “Richard” Garin Jr. emphasized that the their skill plus their age is an essential component to sustain the demands for the civil engineering profession.

In his opening remarks during the first-ever webinar of PICE Iloilo Chapter on May 29, 2021, he shared that the pandemic itself has been an opportunity for every professional where they became more reachable through technology.

“Empowerment and technology [can] both work to the advancement of the profession,” he shared.

The PICE Iloilo chief executive shared that the organization has been in the forefront in ensuring civil engineers especially those in their early careers are empowered despite the effects of the pandemic.

Through the webinar which took about eight hours with three high-caliber speakers, he thought of technology’s evolution and the need of upgrading the skills of Ilonggo civil engineers. (PICE Iloilo/RAM)

Ilonggo earns post in International Road Federation

An Ilonggo civil engineer was appointed as one of the four members of the leadership team of the International Road Federation (IRF) Young Professionals (YP) Program.

Engr. Ray Adrian C. Macalalag, currently a senior economic development specialist in the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region VI, was selected by the IRF to be the YP Lead for East Asia and Pacific region.

Engr. Ray Adrian C. Macalalag

Holding the term for two years (2021-2022) he will be responsible for coordinating activities of the program and executing the strategies and plans of the IRF. He will be the main contact of his region assignment and will be the public face of the program.
“I know this will not be easy but I know the future of making our roads safe for all road users starts here. I know there is more that we can do for transport and mobility sectors and low-middle income countries will be part of this journey,” said Macalalag.

“As I take this new role entrusted to me by the International Road Federation through its young professionals program, I commit myself to ensuring no low-middle income country will be left behind in the ideas and innovations our team will be coming up,” he added.

Macalalag is joined by three other members from Belgium, India and Zimbabwe.

The IRF-YP is a platform of next generation of leaders and specialists in the road and mobility sector to propose initiatives, share ideas, and be engaged in the overall activities of the IRF.

Building on its vast network and expertise, the program has as its mission to present the road and mobility sector as a multidisciplinary area for development for young professionals from various backgrounds.

Director-General Susanna Zammataro of the IRF based in Geneva, Switzerland announced and welcomed the team on Twitter on January 13, 2021, and called for colleagues in the various sectors to support them.

Macalalag worked for over five years in the Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Office VI before transferring to NEDA Region VI. He is a civil engineering graduate of the University of San Agustin and he also earned his master’s degree in engineering from the Western Institute of Technology. (Iloilo Today/Nonoy Taclino)