The Integrated Chemists of the Philippines (ICP) organized its eighth annual Chapters’ Meeting on 27 May 2019 at the Talamban campus of the University of San Carlos in Cebu, hosted by the ICP Cebu Chapter headed by its chapter president Dr. Patrick Lim. Board representatives of the different ICP chapters nationwide attended the event, where pressing concerns were addressed.
Dr. Fabian Dayrit, president of the ICP, started off the meeting with the overall update regarding the organization in his President’s Report. ICP vice president for internal affairs Dr. Glenn Alea gave an update on the latest membership profile of the organization. Concerns regarding membership were likewise taken up, such as how to improve the membership drive of the chapters.
Bulk of the concerns mentioned during the meeting was on CPD-earning events and requirements for the members of the chapters. One initiative mentioned was a collaboration between the ICP and vendor-partners to better expand the ICP’s reach. Ludivinia Avendaño, auditor of the ICP, gave insightful comments and suggestions regarding it.
After a hearty lunch, the chapters took turns in presenting each of their annual report. Events such as promotion of the chemistry profession to high school students through career talks and the holding of seminars on specific chemistry topics were organized by most of the chapters. One notable event that the Southern Mindanao and Bacolod chapters were able to organize was the review session for examinees intending to take the chemical technician licensure examination. Challenges such as low remuneration packages given to chemists and chemical technicians by their respective employers, non-compliance of certain personnel to the Chemistry Profession Act of 2015, and the absence of chemists and chemical technicians in certain areas were also stated.