IN Proclamation No. 430, President Benigno S. Aquino III declared November, 2012, as Civil Engineering Month to underscore the need to focus national attention on the importance of the civil engineering profession and highlights its role in nation building. Leading the celebration this year is the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers in conjunction with its 75th Anniversary and 38th National Convention to be held on November 22-24, in Mandaue, Cebu.

Civil engineers plan, design, construct, and operate facilities essential to modern life, ranging from bridges and highway systems to water treatment plants and energy-efficient buildings. Civil engineers are also responsible for the building of good quality transportation systems like highways, airports, rail lines, and seaports. They meet the challenges of pollution, traffic congestion, drinking water and energy needs, urban redevelopment and community planning.

The local history of civil engineering as a profession dates back to 1920 when with members mostly from the government, the Philippine Society of Civil Engineers (PSCE) was founded. In 1937, a group of engineers in the private sector organized the Philippine Association of Civil Engineers (PACE).

Recognizing that both organizations share the same objectives of raising the standards of the profession, promoting research, engineering knowledge, and technology supporting interrelation with other technological and scientific societies, and nurturing fellowship among their members, the PSCE and the PACE merged in 1972 to form the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) which has grown into an organization with more than 70,000 registered engineer members in 97 chapters nationwide.

We congratulate the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers headed by its President Romeo S. Momo, 1st Vice President David G. Sanchez, 2nd Vice President Emil K. Sadain, Secretary Lea N. Delfinado, and Treasurer Miriam L. Tamayo, for their efforts in undertaking a wide range of engineering marvels that are structurally sound and resisting the impact of natural forces. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!