Tuesday, June 30, 2009

PICE held Mid-year Confab at Bacolod City

Over 1,500 members from the construction, consulting, academic, and commercial sector took part in the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) 2009 National Midyear Convention held last June 25 – 27, 2009 at the Bacolod Pavilion Resort Hotel in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.

Hosted by PICE Negros Occidental Chapter, the convention carried the theme, “Civil Engineers Sustaining Infrastructure Development Amidst Global Economic Crisis”. According to PICE National President Venancio I. Besavilla Jr., the convention aims to tackle technical issues involving construction management and engineering, transportation engineering and structural engineering.

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. graced the opening ceremony and served as keynote speaker. His keynote address was followed by the inspirational talk of Engr. Jose Mabanta, recipient of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) “2009 Most Outstanding Civil Engineer Award”.

Dr. Benito M. Pacheco, officer-in-charge director of the Institute of Civil Engineering in the University of the Philippines College of Engineering, gave an overview of the workshop on the PICE disaster mitigation and preparedness strategies and disaster quick response program.

Other speakers were:

The guest speakers discussed topics on engineering technologies related to the five division of PICE such as Construction and Management Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Water Resources, and Hydraulic Engineering.

The PICE 2009 National Midyear Convention also featured the PICE Construction Technologies Services and Building Materials, Exhibit, Sports Tournament, Plenary Session, Technical Tracks, Job Fair, and Fellowship. The event was capped with the PICE Building Project Grand Slam Raffle where they gave away laptop bags, traveling bags, DVD players, a fax machine, cell phones, a digital camera, a digital video camera, a laptop and a brand new Nissan Navarra.

For more information about the PICE 2009 National Midyear Convention, contact the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers at (632) 448-7488 to 90, 376-4215 or visit their website at www.pice.org.ph/


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