By Elmer James Bandol
LEGAZPI CITY (BicolToday.com/27-March-2012) – Public Works Undersecretary Romeo S. Momo has challenged civil engineers belonging to the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) here to “make a difference and think green” in the exercise of their profession and design programs attuned to climate change by utilizing indigenous resources in the region.
This was the gist of Momo’s speech as guest of honor and speaker during the induction and oath-taking ceremony of the new 15-man board of directors of the local PICE Albay-Legazpi City chapter held Saturday at a restaurant here.
Momo who is also the PICE national president has underscored the organization’s center piece program theme:” Bawasin ang Basura, Bawasan ang Baha” as civic and social responsibility that tends to contribute in the control of flood during rainy season.
As its duty, the PICE will distribute garbage bins to 100 school buildings and install rain collector containers expected to save some 200,000 cubic meters of rain water in preparation for the dry spell in areas where water is most deficient, according to Momo.
Momo also announced the contest for building design dubbed as “Green Field” with P300 thousand PICE fund for education support which is compliant to climate change using indigenous materials. Winners for the contest will receive cash prizes and the winning designs will be constructed in the place of the proponent where it came from.
He explained that the “Green Field” building is expected to fill in the gap of the need for school that require about 60,000 rooms would be the PICE target in 4 months as its “social payback”
“Contests would be a permanent program of the PICE that tends to motivate sustainable technology but without compromising the future generation, and the use of social network to be relevant I would be on-line up to 8:00 PM” Momo said.
“Make a difference, or have at least a 20 per cent reduction of carbon emission which may be not enough but it would be a good start”, he exhorted the PICE officers and members following a power point presentation culled from an audio-video of an American Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth” as members and invited guests were all ears.
Pushing for the amendment of the Civil Engineering Law crafted 50 years ago, Momo said he will propose a mandatory registration with PICE of civil engineers before taken as employed in a government or private office. ”Their license should not be renewed until requirements are met in the continuing education program of the organization”, he added.
Meanwhile, during the turn over rites, Engr. Rosy B. Azupardo, as outgoing president handed the PICE presidential seal to Engr. Clemente A. Ibo as incoming steward of the local chapter and will be assisted by Eleanor L. Ariola as first vice-president; Oliver E. Aligan, 2nd vice-president; Antonio L. Balacano, Jr., secretary; Hazel N. Salimbao, treasurer; Antonio S. Balacano Sr., auditor; Joseph B. Gerard O. Aberin; Nelson A. Azul; Edgar B. Balidoy; Noel Y. Cao; Vierna C. Magdaraog; Sergio C. Uy; Esplana, business manager; and Ruby M. Doro; PRO. [Elmer James Bandol/ BicolToday.com]
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