To respond to the need for the preparation during calamities, the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineering (PICE) gathered more than 200 civil engineering students and professionals during the 10th Technical Conference at the Sacred Heart Center on Oct. 11-12.
The PICE conference which convened 245 civil engineering students and 39 civil engineers from the four chapters of the region Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya, focused on the different works of a civil engineer and calamity plans. It also aimed to update engineers of the new trends of the said profession.
“This conference regards about the work of an engineer and the importance of this is to update our civil engineers to the new trends, so the topics were centered to the discussion about our response to the effect of climate change and calamities,” said Engr. Myrna Grospe, School of Engineering and Architecture, civil engineering department head.
According to a participant, it is important to attend the said seminar to widen his knowledge and how to solve climate change.
“This is a requirement for us civil engineers to attend because it is a part of the Continuous Program Education or CPE. Mahalaga ang seminar na ito sa amin as CEs para mai-widen ang knowledge about climate change at kung paano ito masolusyunan,” said Engr. Jordan Nuez, instructor of Florencio L. Vargaz College, Tuguegarao City.
A participant also said that the seminar was helpful to update them to the new technology and engineering approach that can be used in their profession.
“Sa trabaho namin, we construct roads, drainage, dams and houses kaya this seminar is very helpful para ma-update ka sa mga bagong technology at bagong engineering approaches na magagamit sa trabaho,” said Engr. Efren Dolores from Santiago City.
According to a civil student, they attended the seminar for them to learn how to construct buildings without harming the environment.
“Kasi ang mga topics natin is flood control, decision making tapos global warming which are basically issues today and ang mga structures today is as much as possible ay ginagawa nilang eco-friendly kaya ‘yun ang importance sa amin as future civil engineers,” said Aurus Jodeo Tiam, Junior PICE president of SMU.
Topics discussed were Flood Basics and Flood Control Procedures, Bio-Engineering with Coconets for Erosion Control, landslide assessment, Investigation, Analysis and Remediation, and Responding to the Impacts of Climate Change.
The conference was themed “Responding to the Risks of the Climate Change.”

Reynaldo Coloma & Jimboy Manitchala