By Joe Palabao
An estimated of more than five thousand (5,000) Civil Engineers from all over the country attended the recently concluded prestigious 37th Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, Inc. (PICE) Annual Convention held at the City of Cagayan de Oro last November 17-19, 2011 at the Atrium, Limketkai Center. The Hon. Secretary Singson of the Dept. of Public Works and Highways was the Guest of Honor. Dr. Guadalupe O. Mansueto, PRC 2011 Most Outstanding Civil Engineer from Oroquieta City voted by the civil engineers all over the country gave very inspiring words of wisdom to all the delegates. Dedication to work that leads to excellence and integrity being infrastructure builders for nation development.
Civil Engineers are building infrastructures that are crucial to a developing nation-for it is the foundation which the Philippine economy is built on and the vehicle upon the crucial services are delivered to the people-the government recognizes the vital role that the engineers play in the construction and maintenance of the important enablers of development. With the theme “PICE AT THE CREST FOR COMPETITIVENESS, RESILIENCE & TRANSPARENCY” is an appropriate theme as the Civil Engineers of the nation expands their horizons and strengthen their foundation and nurture senses of responsibilities not only for communities but also for national development.
The convention also tackled environment, locally, nationally and globally that is constantly reminding the civil engineering works must be concerned also with environment and energy engineering which includes disaster risk management. Conscientiously they support the society’s campaign for resilience against natural and environmental disaster campaign. The country then needs structures and infrastructure that comprise in it that the foundation of economy is built on and as a vehicle upon crucial services are delivered to the people.
The 37th PICE Annual National Convention was hosted by PICE National Board of Directors with its concurrent National President Benito M. Pacheco from Quezon City and supported by PICE Misamis Oriental-Cagayan de Oro Chapter with its active President Engr. Rey Peter Gille. In an interview, Immediate Past President of the Misamis Oriental-CDO Chapter-Engr. Saniel Raypon of Zenniel Builders Construction, Co. told Business Week Mindanao that this is the second time the Chapter hosted an annual convention: One was in 2007 and also had hosted four (4) PICE Mid-Year Conventions.
With more than five thousand participants of the convention-Cagayan de Oro City is now considered as the Center for Meetings, Incentive, Conventions and Exhibits (MICE) in Mindanao and in the Philippines today.