Inviting all practicing engineers to attend a short seminar in becoming an APEC Engineer
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Engineer Competence Agreement or APECEA is in place between several members of the APEC for the purpose of recognizing engineers and qualifying them using the same professional standards. This means that an APEC Engineer is treated the same in any of the APEC countries
The Philippines have just joined the agreement and have certified less than 200 of all of its engineers in the Philippines. In 2012, DOLE reported that there are more than 3.2 million engineers in the Philippines. Some of them are working abroad but a huge proportion of them are not treated as engineers in the stricter terms but as engineering technologists or assistant engineers. Later this decade, the Philippines moved towards making Filipino Engineers internationally recognized through the APEC Engineer registration. Perhaps because of the need for international recognition, many of our civil engineers working abroad have gone through the rigorous process of application and has finally been recognized as APEC engineers. To date, at least three have successfully been inducted into the elite group of APEC Engineers from the Philippines. Namely;
1. Bryan Dabuet (2019)
2. Randy Santua (2019)
3. Ronilo Gacura (2019)
Before becoming an APEC Engineer, they were first registered as ASEAN Engineers.
1. Bryan Dabuet (2015)
2. Joas Solibaga (2016)
3. Randy Santua (2017)
4. Ronilo Gacura (2017)
5. Christopher Albeza (2018)
1. Albert Caras (2017)
2. Rogelio Garol (2017)
3. Gilberto Rivera (2017)
4. Ronnie Prayco (2019)
The Philippine Technological Council, one of the lead organization towards Philippine’s entry into the APECEA aims to improve the number by encouraging qualified engineers to become ASEAN Engineers and later be registered as APEC engineers. One of the challenges to the new APEC engineers is to disseminate and encourage others to also apply for the same certification, the reason why SSU and the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers – Samar Chapter with one of the APEC Engineer Bryan Dabuet agreed to conduct the orientation seminar this coming April 26, 2019, Friday at SSU Convention Center.
There is a huge demand for APEC engineers because of the “Build Build Build” program of the government. These projects require highly specialized activities which are expected to be implemented by foreign engineers from APEC countries. The Philippines need counterpart engineers for the foreign (APEC) engineers. Furthermore, becoming an APEC engineer will bring higher benefit to Region 8 engineers as they will be considered equal to other engineers from the APEC countries.
A minimal registration fee will be asked from the attendees just to shoulder food (snacks and lunch) for the participants and other logistical costs. The organizers (College of Engineering) enjoins everyone who will be attending to email the organizer at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill-up this registration link. We need your confirmation of attendance not later than Wednesday, April 24, 2019, for preparation.