The Council of
Engineering Consultants of the Philippines (CECOPHIL) Young Professionals Forum
(YPF) in partnership with Autodesk Philippines conducted the CECOPHIL YPF Launch
last February 19, 2016 at the F1 Hotel, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro
Manila. The CECOPHIL YPF is an organization within CECOPHIL established to cultivate
and promote young professionals (YPs) as future dynamic leaders in the global
Engr. Henry A.
Muallil, President of CECOPHIL, officially opened the event by welcoming and
giving a short inspirational message to the nearly 70 YP participants from
CECOPHIL member firms. Afterwards, Engr. Patrick John R. Ramos, current chairperson
of the YPF, jumpstarted the morning session by providing a quick glimpse of
this generation’s YPs, who are mostly labelled millenials. He first set out the common misapprehensions about YPs
and millenials based on current
surveys and some of their frequent work-related issues, then transitioned to how
they really think and what they truly aspire for. Consequently, he explained how
the CECOPHIL YPF could be beneficial to them in achieving their goals and in
helping with their career and personal growth. He concluded his presentation by
encouraging everyone to be part of the CECOPHIL YPF family.
Oathtaking of the current
CECOPHIL YPF Steering Committee officers followed next. Engr. Muallil led the
ceremony and inducted to office the YPF Steering Committee officers for the
period from July 2015 to June 2017 consisting of Engr. Ramos of Philkoei
International, Inc., Engr. Manny Lauresta of Pertconsult International (Vice
Chairperson), Ms. Leigh Lunas of SRDP Consulting Inc. (Secretary), Engr. Jonah Malolos
of AMH Philippines (Treasurer), Engr. Franz Furby Ramos of Woodfields Consultants
and Engr. Lean Michael Tapel of DCCD Engineering Corp. (Directors).
Joel F. Cruz, President of SRDP Consulting Inc., began the technical sessions
with a presentation about the significant contribution and prospects of
advanced drone technology in the field of engineering. Drones according to him
are already forming an integral part for innovations in the construction industry.
Whether they are used to relay progress shots and survey, to show clients and
potential clients an aerial overview of ongoing or completed projects through
onboard high resolution cameras, to monitor jobsites to ensure safe practices, or
to inspect and gather data of the entire project study area, drones have the
potential to become an important tool to the industry. The value of drones in engineering
and construction is more or less tied to their ability to venture where humans
and heavy machinery cannot.
Then, Engr. Sonia
Valdeavilla, Officer-in-Charge of the Construction Industry of the Philippines
(CIAP), talked about what lies ahead for YPs in the construction industry. She
tracked down the life and aspirations of a usual YP starting from being a
student in college, to a licensed professional, up to entering the corporate
world. She urged YPs to never stop yearning for knowledge and continuous self-development.
She then briefly explained about the upcoming ASEAN integration where there
will be a freer movement of professionals in the ASEAN region as their
education, license, and experience will already be recognized in other ASEAN
member states. Thus, she encouraged YPs to further develop their skills and
experience in order to be more globally competitive in the future.
The afternoon session commenced with a product demonstration on Building
Information Management (BIM) 360 software by Engr. Noah Aries of Autodesk
Philippines, CECOPHIL’s official partner for the YPF launch. Basically, the BIM
360 is cloud-based BIM management software that has linkages on the entire
project cycle from pre-construction to the construction stage. Through this
Autodesk innovation, the entire project data and models are virtually
accessible anytime, anywhere through smart phones, desktop, tablets, or any other
computer gadgets. Certainly, it is an efficient tool that YPs can utilize in their
design, engineering, and construction supervision tasks.
Subsequently, another interesting and worthwhile
topic was delivered by Engr. Salvador P. Castro, Jr., Chairman and President of
SPCastro Inc. and an international accredited FIDIC contracts trainer. Engr.
Castro shared the fundamentals of FIDIC contracts and highlighted the benefits of using FIDIC procedures and contract conditions
for the successful management and delivery of projects. In the end, he
enticed the participants to learn more about FIDIC contracts and more
importantly, to actively participate in the upcoming programs and activities of
the CECOPHIL YPF, which is the country’s official link to the FIDIC YPF, ASPAC
YPF and other regional YPFs as well as a window to various FIDIC-related
opportunities that can help in their professional advancement.
To officially close the
event, Engr. Gina A. Milarion, former chairperson of CECOPHIL YPF, expressed
her deepest gratitude to the CECOPHIL YPF Steering Committee, members of the
launching team, and to all the participants, for making the event a success.
Indeed, the CECOPHIL YPF Launch served as a great platform for empowering the
YPs to be competitive not only as members of their companies, but also as part
of the global consulting industry
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