December 6, 2018
NAVAL, Biliran – Alfredo L. Bollido, Assistant District Engineer of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Biliran District Engineering Office (DEO) is the first in the district office and the first in the Province of Biliran to be an accredited member of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Engineers.
The accreditation was conferred to Bollido on November 13, 2018 during the 36th Conference of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organizations (AFEO) from November 12-14, 2018 held at the Resort World Convention Center, Sentosa, Singapore. The theme holds: “Engineering Rail Connectivity” and “Excellence in Engineering Education”.
According to Bollido, there were a total of 150 Filipino engineers from different professional engineering organizations who were recognized as ASEAN Engineers in the recently held conference with the majority from the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE).
Other professional engineering organizations are from Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines (GEP), Society of Aerospace Engineers of the Philippines (SAEP), Philippine Society of Agricultural Engineers (PSAE), Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers (PIChE), Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers (IIEE), Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines (IECEP), Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers of the Philippines (PSME), Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SONAME), Philippine Society of Mining Engineers (PSEM), Society of Metallurgical Engineers of the Society of Sanitary Engineers (PSSE), and Philippine Institute of Industrial Engineers (PIIE).
In the latest batch of conferment, Bollido added that he is the only one from Region VIII who received the ASEAN Engineer Award and become part of the AFEO.
According to Bollido, the prestigious organization requires high set of standards and guidelines for the applicants.
Bollido shared that it took him three years of waiting before his application was approved during the AFEO Mid-Term Meeting held in Jakarta, Indonesia last August 5-7, 2018.
“You really have to show your competence, focus on quality and excellence on your accomplishments,” Bollido said.
To become part of AER, one must have a degree recognised by the Home Institution, must be full time member of the engineering or technological association and licensed to practice in the home country and must have a minimal of 7 years post-graduate working experience in an engineering environment.
“Becoming a member of the ASEAN engineer means that you are not just an ordinary engineer, but an internationally competitive engineer,” said Bollido.
Opportunities of becoming an AER includes bigger market for expertise, better employment prospects, and wider networking and strategic alliances among others.
AER members shall also be entitled to the exclusive use of the title ASEAN Engineer (ASEAN Eng.) after their names.
The ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) is a non-governmental body. Its members are the engineering institutions and organisations of ASEAN countries with the following main objectives: To promote goodwill and mutual understanding and to establish and develop an ASEAN baseline standard for the engineering profession with the objective of facilitating the mobility of the engineers within the ASEAN countries.