CE Month in Iloilo to open with Fun Ride

The Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) – Iloilo Chapter will be going south this October 30, 2022, Sunday at 7:00 AM as it kicks of the opening of the Civil Engineering Month with a bicycling event.

Interested bicyclists are invited to join the fun ride event that will be held in the Municipality of Miagao, Iloilo.

“Iloilo has been known for its growing bicycle culture and we want bicyclist to know that the civil engineers are supportive with the current developments for them,” PICE Iloilo Chapter President Engr. Mary Earl Daryl Grio shared.

The route will stretch at approximately 18 kilometers which will start in the town proper of Miagao all the way to Barangay Banbanan and then back.

Registration is open until October 28, 2022, Friday and can be made either by contacting the PICE Iloilo Secretariat or the online registration.

A registration fee of PHP150 will be collected via GCash that will cover a post-race meal and water.

The first 100 registrants will also be given the official event shirt and everyone will get a chance to win special raffle items.

Free transport service is also available for those coming from Iloilo City and are advised to assemble at Shell Tabucan. This service will depart Iloilo City at 6:00 AM.

This event is made possible by the PICE Iloilo Chapter and its partners, the Municipal Government of Miagao, Iloilo and Boysen Paints Philippines, Inc. and with the support of Abright Builders Corporation, Ace Tech, F. Gurrea Construction, and Iloilo Central Lumber.

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PICE Iloilo Board Member joins RDC VI 2022-2025 PSR roster

The Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) – Iloilo Chapter will be holding the banner of all civil engineering professionals in the Regional Development Council (RDC) VI, the highest policymaking and planning body in Western Visayas.

After its successful accreditation as private sector organization in the RDC VI, the PICE Iloilo Chapter went on and nominated Engr. Felvin Gurrea, member of the Board of Directors, as one of the 12 sectoral private sector representative (PSR) to the council.

Twenty-five percent of the RDC VI is comprised of PSRs as mandated by Executive Order No. 325, series of 1996.

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) VI, which serves as secretariat, shared that private sector representation in the RDC ensures participatory decision-making process and substantial representation in terms of agenda formulation and addressing multi-sectoral regional development concerns through policy recommendation and formulation.

Engr. Gurrea, 1st from right in the front row, takes oath as Private Sector Representative in the Regional Development Council VI (NEDA VI Photo)

Engr. Gurrea had to undergo a sectoral committee election to secure one of the three slots in the Infrastructure Development Committee on August 16, 2022 and he was formally inducted to the full council of the RDC VI on August 18, 2022.

Having been inducted for a three-year term from 2022 to 2025, Engr. Gurrea will be joining the quarterly meetings of the IDC and the RDC where he can amplify the sentiments of the civil engineering professionals as well as the construction industry.

Engr. Gurrea

Engr. Gurrea is currently the Vice-President for Construction of F. Gurrea Construction, Inc. He graduated from De La Salle University in Manila and earned a bachelors degree in civil engineering major in construction technology and management.

RDC VI accredits PICE Iloilo Chapter

The Regional Development Council (RDC) VI confirmed the accreditation of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) Iloilo Chapter for the period of 2022 to 2025 through a letter dated August 2, 2022.

The RDC VI accredits private sector organizations (PSOs), which serve as the council’s main source of potential private sector representatives (PSRs).

By virtue of Executive Order No. 325 (as amended), the PSRs of the RDC VI comprise a quarter or 25 percent of the members of the fully constituted RDC.

“The accreditation of the RDC VI is an essential part of the realization of PICE’s goals in nation-building,” PICE Iloilo Chapter President Engr. Mary Earl Daryl A. Grio shared.

The RDC VI is the highest policymaking and planning body in Western Visayas and serves as the primary institution that coordinates and sets the direction of all economic and social development efforts in the region.

The PICE Iloilo Chapter, being the premier organization of civil engineers and civil engineering practitioners, aims to look after the infrastructure development sector in the region through this accreditation in the RDC VI.

“We worked hard to achieve this accreditation and we are grateful to the RDC VI for the selection of PICE Iloilo Chapter. This will open opportunities for us and our members to collaborate and contribute directly to the region’s development,” Engr. Grio added.

Among the minimum criteria for the selection included: (1) legal personality, (2) performance, and (3) nationality.

New members, CE grads honored

The PICE Iloilo Chapter organized a two-in-one event to welcome new members of the organization and to recognize civil engineering graduates on July 30, 2022 at Smallville 21 Hotel, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

Nineteen new members with most of them recently passing the May 2022 Licensure Examination for Civil Engineers were formally inducted into the PICE Iloilo Chapter.

New members of the PICE Iloilo Chapter together with officers and Guest of Honor, Mayor Oscar “Richard” S. Garin, Jr.

They were inducted by Immediate Past President and now Miagao, Iloilo Municipal Mayor Oscar “Richard” S. Garin, Jr., who was the Guest of Honor of the event.

The new members also underwent the ceremonial capping which symbolized their official entry into the profession of civil engineering and the ceremonial pinning which symbolized their membership in the PICE and to fully enjoy all its rights and privileges as member.

New members take their oath before Engr. Garin.

PICE Iloilo Chapter President Mary Earl Daryl Grio shared her piece on the symbolism of the caps during the ceremony and emphasized the new roles and responsibilities that each new engineer should carry.

Meanwhile, exemplary BS Civil Engineering graduates were recognized and were given medals and certificates pursuant to the awarding criteria set forth by the PICE Iloilo Chapter.

These awards include the Leadership Award conferred to presidents of student chapters including the federated union of chapters, PICE Iloilo Student Affiliates; and the Academic Award conferred to honor graduates duly endorsed by their respective academic institutions.

The awarding of graduates was led by Engr. Neil Edwin Escalona, Auditor of the PICE Iloilo Chapter with Engr. Grio handing in the medals and certificates to the awardees.

The induction of new members and awarding of exemplary civil engineering graduates was organized by the PICE Iloilo Chapter with the generous support of Boysen Paints Philippines.

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New PICE Iloilo Chapter Members:

  1. Allapitan, Limuel
  2. Azusano, Renzo
  3. Barbo, John Patrick
  4. Bocala, Rhonald
  5. Fandiñola, Ernce Jullian
  6. Gabriel , Arnel Jr.
  7. Galo, John Paul
  8. Go, Cristian
  9. Hernando, Nevin Nel
  10. Ho, Michael
  11. Mandalawi, Madrigal
  12. Norial, Edzar
  13. Palacios, Gabb Riel
  14. Raga-as, Francis Amro
  15. Ruiz, Christian
  16. Sanco, Ian John
  17. Seasat, Sean Val
  18. Sobrevega, Jason
  19. Tagal, Mark Joseph

Exemplary Civil Engineering Graduates

Leadership Award

Central Philippine University

  • Paul Christian Alado, 2021-2022
  • Norbert John G. Gloria, 2020-2021

University of San Agustin

  • Kenneth Sean Barredo, 2021-2022 (PICE Iloilo Student Affiliates President)
  • Paul Leonil Esteba, 2020-2021

Western Institute of Technology

  • Cyril Leccio

Academic Excellence

Central Philippine University

  • Paul Christian Alado (Cum Laude)
  • Ciril Lowence Amacio (Cum Laude)
  • Gerard Ian Areño (Cum Laude)
  • Wyena Matandac (Cum Laude)
  • Kimberly Nicole Ong (Cum Laude)
  • Romulo Tindoy, Jr. (Cum Laude)
  • Fedie Tabaquirao (Magna Cum Laude)

University of San Agustin

  • Joshua Vicente (Cum Laude)

Western Institute of Technology

  • Cyril Leccio (Cum Laude)
  • Eunice Avegail Lambuson (Cum Laude)

Induction of New Members set on July 30

The PICE Iloilo Chapter will be holding an induction of new members on July 30, 2022, 6:00 PM at Smallville 21 Hotel, Mandurriao, Iloilo City. Register at: https://bit.ly/ILOPICE220730

The induction of new members will be a face-to-face activity. To ensure the safety of all participants, only those who are fully vaccinated are allowed to join.

Please have the following documents ready before proceeding in this registration:

(1) PICE Membership Application Form (may be downloaded at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aHRrCOgJrBHu3z0O7O3jpALk5iSok366/view?usp=sharing )

(2) 2×2 ID Picture

(3) Proof of Payment (Minimum of PHP3,500.00 via GCash Account No. 0919 684 3484. The said amount covers the membership fee to PICE, dinner, souvenir program, pins, hardhat, and pin. For those with additional guests to attend the event, an additional PHP750.00 will be charged per pax)

(4) PRC ID

(5) Proof of Full Vaccination (at least one dose of Jansen and two doses for other brands. The proof may be the vaccination card or the vaccination certificate generated from https://vaxcert.doh.gov.ph/ )

Also note that the following hard copies must be brought to the event upon entry:

(1) PICE Membership Application Form
(2) 2×2 ID Picture
(3) PRC ID

All attendees must be in Business Attire.

Officers take higher posts in Iloilo Province, DPWH-6

Two members of the PICE Iloilo Chapter recently climbed the ranks in the civil service cementing their excellence in their profession through nation-building.

Engr. Romeo Andig, Vice-President for Government of the PICE Iloilo Chapter is the new Provincial Engineer of the Province of Iloilo while Engr. Jose Al Fruto, former President and currently Member of the Board of Directors of the PICE Iloilo Chapter is now the full-fledge Assistant Regional Director of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office VI.

Engr. Andig succeeded Engr. Gracianito Lucero who retired earlier this year.
He took his oath of office along with six other provincial government heads in the Iloilo Provincial Government officiated by Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Jr. on September 21, 2021.

His son, Vincent, lauded his father’s commitment to civil service being connected with the Provincial Government of Iloilo for at least 38 years.

“You deserve this big break for all your hardwork, sweat, tears and sacrifices. I’m pretty sure your workmates, friends and colleagues would attest to that, 38 years and counting serving the Province of Iloilo,” he shared in his Facebook account.

Meanwhile, Engr. Fruto who served as officer-in-charge of the Office of the Assistant Regional Director was promoted to the position of Director III earning him a designation as the full-fledge Assistant Regional Director.

He took his oath of office on November 13, 2021 along with several other appointees officiated by DPWH Secretary Roger Mercado during the DPWH Unified Directors’ Meeting held in Baguio City.

Secretary Mercado pleaded to them to work towards maintaining and broadening public confidence with a strong commitment to personal integrity.

“I wish to congratulate all the appointees and greatly look forward to your commitment to public service and perform the responsibilities of the position with the highest sense of integrity”, he shared. (PICE Iloilo/RAM)

Outstanding CE graduates lauded

NINE Bachelor of Science major in Civil Engineering graduates earned recognition for their accomplishments in academics and leadership during their college years.

The Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) Iloilo Chapter held its first virtual PICE Iloilo Student Awards on August 30, 2021 to adapt with the logistical challenges and health and safety protocols in the wake of the ongoing pandemic.

Among the awardees, five come from the Central Philippine University (CPU), one each from the University of Iloilo – PHINMA (UI) and the University of San Agustin (USA), and two from the Western Institute of Technology (WIT).

The Academic Excellence award is conferred to honor graduates while the Leadership Award is conferred to presidents of the PICE student chapter of the respective schools.

The lead among the awardees was Christian Ruiz from CPU who earned both the Leadership Award and Academic Excellence Award.

His schoolmates, Clarezza Mae Dolor, Frank Lloyd Magno, Madrigal Mandalawi and Jason Sobrevega, were also conferred the Academic Excellence Awards.
Meanwhile, Arianne Shane Sogo-an of UI and Donna Saquilon were conferred with a Leadership Awards.

For WIT, Narbie Joy Paclibar was conferred with the Academic Excellence Award while Janice Tillor was conferred with the Leadership Award.

In his opening message, PICE Iloilo Chapter President Oscar “Richard” Garin, Jr., emphasized the importance of the civil engineering profession and its contribution to the society.

“This is a celebration of what [we have] accomplished at the core of our organization. Our values of fraternity, camarederie and fellowship… committed to society’s progress and development,” he shared in his message.

On the other hand, Engr. Antonio Belarga, PICE Iloilo Chapter ex-officio and Immediate Past President rendered an inspirational message and reminded the graduates that they are entering a new phase in their lives as professions.

“You [will be] on your own and your preparations to become successful civil engineers depend on you… Nevertheless, we wish you all the best and we look forward to having you as active members of the PICE,” he ended his speech with this challenge to the new graduates.

The PICE Iloilo Chapter confers these awards annually and are usually given during separate occasions in each respective higher education institution.

Due to the pandemic and with the lack of graduation ceremonies or any gathering, the Board of Directors decided to hold this virtual event in lieu of the past tradition. (PICE Iloilo/RAM)

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)