THE Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Board of Chemical Engineering announced that a total of 737 out of 1,043 examinees nationwide, or 70.66%, passed in the Chemical Engineer Licensure Examination given in Manila and Cebu this November 2018. Six hundred fifty nine (659) out of 851, or 77.44%, of the first takers passed. Seventy eight (78) out of 192, or 40.63%, of the re-takers passed.
None among the top performing Chemical Engineering schools in Western Visayas has 50 or more examinees. Marc Louise Mana-ay Failon of Central Philippine University (CPU) in Jaro, Iloilo City ranked number 10 among the successful examinees who garnered the ten (10) highest places in the national level. Central Philippine University is CHED Center of Development (COD) in Chemical Engineering in Western Visayas. Congratulations to the University President Dr. Teodoro C. Robles!
In the Regional level, 3 engineering schools in Western Visayas out of 7, or 42.86%, performed high or with a passing percentage higher than that of the national level: one (1) in Iloilo City, one (1) in Iloilo and one (1) in Bacolod City. High performing engineering schools from the Region with 10 or more examinees are Central Philippine University (100% passing) with 20 examinees; Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod (100% passing) with 15 examinees; and UP-Visayas (91.43% passing) with 35 examinees. Two (2) out of 3 high performing engineering schools, or 66.67%, are private higher education institutions (HEIs). The Region produced 97 passers out of 149 takers, or 65.1% passing percentage. There were 120 first takers and 29 repeaters who took the said examination. The first takers passing percentage is 69.17%. The repeaters passing percentage is 48.28%. The repeaters pulled down the overall performance of Chemical Engineering schools in the Region.
The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering is one of the traditional engineering programs offered in the country today with lesser number of enrollees. Popularity of the course is one of the main reasons why many of the senior high school graduates missed to enroll in the said Engineering program. Starting school year 2018-2019, the new Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSChE) curriculum will be offered as a 4-Year program in public and private HEIs in the country. Some of the common jobs for Licensed Chemical Engineers are Project Engineer, Chemical Engineer/Chemist, Quality Assurance Officer, Production Supervisor, Process Design Engineer, Research and Development Officer, Chemical Engineering instructor/professor, among others. There are also a lot of job opportunities abroad for graduates of BS in Chemical Engineering. Filipino Chemical Engineers are in demand in other countries, such as, in Singapore, China, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, USA, Europe, among others. Some of the common jobs for Licensed Chemical Engineers abroad are Facilities Chemical and Gas Engineer, Safety Engineer, Process (Chemical) Engineer, Instrumentation Engineer, Package Engineer, Service (Chemical) Engineer, Environmental Specialist, among others.
Many factories, firms and power plants in the Philippines are not enough to cater engineers who are ready to practice their professions. As a result, many engineers, including those who didn’t pass in the licensure examinations are sometimes forced to go to teaching jobs or choose jobs that are not related to their field of specialization. Furthermore in the next decade there are identified major challenges in all engineering professions in the country. Demand for Chemical Engineers is projected to increase over the next ten years. Demands for Chemical Engineers’ services depend on the number of manufacturing industries here in the country and abroad. In this era of climate change, there is a need to educate our engineers to learn new ways to promote green engineering and the need to identify viable alternatives or non-conventional energy resources in manufacturing plants and industries.