I would like to congratulate the Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers (PSME)-Panay Chapter headed by their president Engineer Niño G. Blones for successfully conducting the Midyear Assembly Meeting on July 7, 2018 with the theme “Continuing Professional Development Towards Achieving Global Recognition.”
The meeting was attended by more or less 135 Mechanical Engineers from various industrial plants, power plants, private companies, government line agencies, local government units (LGUs), private higher education institutions and state colleges and universities (SUCs) from the Visayas, among others. The PSME is an integrated association of Mechanical Engineers and a PRC accredited professional organization.
It is observed that there is a dearth of Professional Mechanical Engineers (PME) in the country today. The country needs more mechanical engineers (ME) in the next 3 to 5 years.
For this reason, the Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers (PSME)-Panay Chapter had been conducting a series of advocacy programs to promote the Mechanical Engineering profession to the incoming college freshmen. The popularity of the course is one of the main reasons why many of the senior high school graduates missed to enroll in the Mechanical Engineering program. Starting academic year (AY) 2018-2019, the new Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) curriculum will be offered as a 4-Year course in all public and private higher education institutions (HEIs) in the country.
As stipulated in Republic Act No. 8495 (ME Law) otherwise known as “An Act Regulating the Practice of Mechanical Engineering in the Philippines”, no firm, company partnership, association or corporation may be registered or licensed as such for the practice of mechanical engineering unless authorized by law.
Studies showed that very few of the total establishments nationwide are religiously implementing the said ME Law. This may pose danger to their operation and may be the reason for fatal industrial related accidents that occurred in the country in the past several years.
Hence, the PSME is seeking the help of the Department of Justice (DoJ), the Local Government Units (LGUs) together with concerned government agencies to see to it that all establishments are hiring and employing licensed mechanical engineers in their respective operations.
In the latest Mechanical Engineers Licensure Examination results given last February 2018 in Manila, Cebu and Baguio City, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Board of Mechanical Engineering announced that a total of 933 out of 1,983 examinees, or 47.05%, passed.
In the regional level, six engineering schools in Western Visayas out of 11, or 54.5%, performed high or with a passing percentage higher than that of the national level: three (3) in Iloilo City, two (2) in Negros Occidental and one (1) in Aklan.
High performing engineering schools from the region with more than 10 examinees are Garcia College of Technology in Kalibo, Aklan (67% passing) and Western Institute of Technology in Iloilo City (57% passing).
One out of 6 high performing engineering schools in the Region, or 17%, is a state university (TUP-Visayas) while 5 are private higher education institutions (PHEIs). The Region produced 47 passers out of 90 takers, or 52.22% passing percentage. This is higher than the national passing percentage.
The country needs more Mechanical Engineers now to cover the dearth of mechanical engineering professionals in the country in the next 3 to 5 years. This is the reason why the BS Mechanical Engineering program is included in the top priority courses identified by CHED.
In the region, two additional higher education institutions (1 private HEI and 1 SUC) announced their intention to offer a BS Mechanical Engineering program starting this academic year (AY) 2018-2019.