RCh: Some Perks and Privileges of Being a Registered Chemist

Congratulations for passing the chemist licensure examination! After years of studying to earn your bachelor’s degree, after all these months (perhaps years even!) of reviewing either on your own or with a group, after answering questions from the five core subjects in the two-day board exam, you are now part of an elite few who passed it, an elite few who will further mold the shape of the chemistry profession in our country.

But what comes after it? How can you help improve the state of chemistry in the Philippines with your newfound profession? The Integrated Chemists of the Philippines (ICP) is more than happy to offer assistance on this matter.

Being the “RCh” Kid

Just like medical doctors who may affix MD after their names, a registered chemist like you may add RCh after your name; this is according to Section 38 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10657, otherwise known as the Chemistry Profession Act of 2015.

But having it does not mean you can flaunt it anywhere. You may include it in your curriculum vitae; in a professional sense, you may add it when you are certifying the results of laboratory analyses. However, it is not to be used as a bragging right, like when ordering at a coffee shop or filling up certain registration forms that do not require such to be written. Other acts that taint the chemistry profession are highly discouraged and may be subject to disciplinary action when needed.

Head of (Chemical) Household

Aside from performing chemical analyses and syntheses, a registered chemist can become the head of a chemical laboratory, as well as supervise chemical work done in a chemical laboratory; no other professional (such as a chemical engineer) must become a chemical laboratory’s supervisor or head. You are also able to oversee your laboratory’s purchase of chemicals and chemical equipment.

In the academic setting, only registered chemists may teach professional chemistry subjects in an educational institution’s BS-Chemistry program, or offer review classes for examinees about to take the chemist licensure examination.

For more on this, kindly click on the link of the IRR above.

Seal is the Deal

According to Section 37 of the IRR, each registered chemist must obtain his or her own chemist seal. Have you had the chance to go to a government office to notarize some papers just so they can be declared as true? This is very much like it. Results of laboratory analyses, certification reports, and other official documents must bear this seal, in addition to your signature, so the public may know that such papers are indeed correct.

This chemist seal is durable and should last a long time. Click on this link to purchase your own chemist seal.

Welcome to the ICP

The ICP is the accredited professional organization of all registered chemists in the country. As a bona fide chemist, you may now apply as a regular member of the ICP. Once the appropriate fees have been paid, your membership to the ICP is good for three years.

The ICP organizes events such as seminars and conferences frequently to further enrich the general public on timely and relevant matters concerning the chemistry profession. These events come with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit units as the ICP is a recognized CPD provider; collecting the necessary number of CPD units is required whenever you need to renew your license. By joining the ICP as a regular member, you may avail of discounted registration fees to such events, and even in the annual Philippine Chemistry Congress. Plus, you get to bond with your fellow ICP members during such events, share best practices with them, and formulate solutions to enhance our country through chemistry. If helping other chemists is your thing, you may even run as an ICP board officer!

Click on this link to learn how to become an active ICP member.

With great power comes great responsibility, or so the famous comic quote goes. Being a registered chemist is not just an achievement; it is also a commitment. The designation RCh may be just three letters, but it carries so much weight once you affix it after your name. So, go out there and put this great power of yours to good use!

ICP Board Election 2019: Results

The ICP Election 2019 Committee is pleased to announce the results of the elections for ICP Board of Directors. The newly elected board members (in bold) who will serve from 2019 to 2022 are:

Academe
Fabian Dayrit, PhD (118)
Abstain (3)

Government
PLtCol. Victor Drapete (107)
Abstain (14)

Industry
Ms Maria Josephine Gonzales (90)
Mr Mark Grajeda (26)
Abstain (5)

Ballots received:
Valid: 121
Invalid: 9
Total: 130

We would like to thank all those who voted / participated in this election. Let us all continue to support the different activities of the ICP.

Sincerely,
ICP Election 2019 Committee
Glenn Alea, PhD (Chair)
Ms Nenita Marayag (Member)
Ms Priscilla Alice Samonte (Member)

ICP-SoMin Makes History, Elects Own ChemTech Board of Directors


The Integrated Chemists of the Philippines-Southern Mindanao Chapter (ICP-SoMin) made history as it has elected its inaugural set of Chemical Technician Board of Directors during their general assembly last 27 June 2019.

 

The elected Chemical Technician Board of Directors for ICP-SoMin Chapter are the following:
1. Juneis Cabilogan
2. Eduardo Callao, Jr.
3. Karen Mae Obillo
4. Mary Grace Pomarin
5. Jessica Enciso
6. Cherry Ann Banagua
7. Kristine Claire Gonzales
8. Catherine Sayson
9. Mariell Ross Vinculado

ICP President Dr Fabian Dayrit and VP External Affairs Ms Edna Mijares witnessed the chapter’s historic achievement. The initial batch of board of directors will get to select their own positions, and two of them will represent their group in the ICP-SoMin Board of Directors.

Congratulations to ICP-SoMin for such a momentous feat. The ICP salutes the chapter’s pioneering batch of chemical technician board of directors. We look forward to a more fruitful cooperation for the betterment of chemical technicians in Southern Mindanao and nearby areas!

ICP-SoMin Successfully Holds 15th General Assembly, GLP Seminar


The Integrated Chemists of the Philippines-Southern Mindanao Chapter (ICP-SoMin) successfully held their 15th General Assembly last 27 June 2019 at the World Palace Business Center in Juna Subdivision, Matina, Davao City. It was participated by about 160 chemists, chemical technicians and guests.

ICP President Dr. Fabian Dayrit and ICP Vice-President for External Affairs Ms. Edna Mijares graced the chapter’s annual event. It came as a surprise for them that they were each awarded with the Chapter’s Flask of Recognition as a Lifetime Achievement Award for their valuable contribution to the growth and success of the chapter.

The election for the three available seats for the Board of ICP-SoMin were voted upon by the body. Ms. Christine Marie Tupaz (Philippine-Japan Active Carbon Corporation) was re-elected for another term for the Industry sector, Mr. Kim Ryan Won (FDA XI Satellite Office XI) was elected for the Government Sector and Mr. Roland Mindo (Ateneo de Davao University) was elected for the Academe Sector.

It was not all serious business during the event as raffle prizes were given away to majority of the participants. Mr. Kris Tan of Davao del Sur State College came out as the grand winner of PHP 5,000 cash prize sponsored by Shimadzu Philippines.

A seminar on Good Laboratory Practice was likewise held, which served as an offshoot of the topics from the 2nd National Conference of Chemical Laboratories. The seminar was undertaken for one and a half day (27-28 June 2019). One-hundred twenty participants mostly coming from the academe, industry, and government sectors in Mindanao attended the event.

The speakers on the first day of the Good Laboratory Practice Seminar were the following; Ms Edna Mijares for GLP-Resources and GLP-Characterization; Mr. Alvin Basco (Ostrea Mineral Laboratories, Inc.) for GLP-Rules and GLP-Results; Ms. Joy Beleno (Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc) for GLP-Quality Assurance Meanwhile, the speakers for the second day were: Ms. Luzviminda Ranay (San Pedro College) for GLP in the Academic Setting; Ms. June Ann Bonilla (Davao Analytical Laboratories, Inc.) for Equipment Management with UV-VIS maintenance and Mr. Aries Ordoña (NML-ITDI) for Good Weighing Practice. DKSH Philippines, serving as a major sponsor, also gave their product presentation and touched on some GLP information as given by Mr. Evan Han.

The event of ICP-SoMin Chapter was supported by DKSH, Shimadzu, XPRT Ventures, Yana Chemodities, Inc., WVN Research Supplies, Guill-bern Corp., Krypton International Resources, Sigmatech, RDL Pharmaceuticals, Coca-Cola Bottlers Phils., Inc., PJAC Corp., Malagos Ventures, Inc., DALINC.

ICP Board Election 2019: List of Candidates and How to Vote

The following individuals have been nominated for the 2019 ICP Board Election (click on a candidate to view their respective CV; sensitive details have been redacted):

Academe
Fabian Dayrit, PhD (Ateneo de Manila University)

Government
LtCol Victor Drapete (PNP - Eastern Police District Crime Laboratory)

Industry
Ms. Maria Josephine Gonzales (Nestlé Philippines)
Mr. Mark Grajeda (Berris Agricultural Co., Inc.)

The election will be from June 17 (Monday), 9AM until June 28 (Friday), 11:59PM.

Voting will be done online (link found below). Only active REGULAR members of the ICP are allowed to cast their votes. Associate members of the ICP (those with "A" in their membership card number, or members who are chemical technicians) are NOT required to vote.

Voters are required to enter either their (1) PRC chemist license number or (2) ICP membership card number. The ICP Election 2019 Committee shall verify the validity of the voter's active membership to the ICP before his/her ballot is duly counted.