ICP Holds 2014 National Meeting in Naga

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The ICP held its national chapters meeting on 8 April at the Fernando Hall of the Ateneo de Naga University in Naga, Camarines Sur, a full day before the start of the 29th Philippine Chemistry Congress. Presidents of local chapters as well as members of the national board of directors attended the said meeting. Each chapter president shared the events they have done for the past year. In particular, Mr. Michael Casas (ICP-Southern Mindanao) discussed his chapter’s early preparations for next year’s Philippine Chemistry Congress. Meanwhile, Mr. Glenn Jansalin (ICP-Leyte) shared his chapter’s ordeals after Supertyphoon Yolanda struck the province.

The meeting also discussed the recently-concluded referendum vote for the ICP Constitution, in which majority of those who voted are in favor of it. Suggestions to improve the membership drive were also tackled.

2nd Excellence in Chemistry Award given to High School Students in Davao City

Chem Award 2014 winners

Ten outstanding high school students in Davao City are given the Excellence in Chemistry Award for the second year by the Integrated Chemists of the Philippines- Southern Mindanao Chapter. The awardees are selected from the nominees of Secondary Schools. They are the following:

1. Colegio de San Ignacio – Daniel Dominic C. Lemana
2. Phlippine Science High School-SMC – Lemuel E. Samson
3. Daniel R. Aguinaldo NHS – Renzo Edrian G. Reyno
4. Ateneo de Davao High School – Kobe Brian F. Peteros
5. Davao Christian High School – Philip John J. Tampus
6. Brokenshire College – Rowi Mae M. Guerra
7. Holy Child Colllege of Davao – Camille Trisha C. Aguilon
8. Davao City National High School – Bliss A. Capidos
9. University of Immaculate Conception – Jennicel Jane M. Acosta
10. Davao Central High School – Melissa C. Amban

Nominees were evaluated according to: Grade in Chemistry (60%), Participation in Science/Chemistry Quizzes & Events (30%), Recommendation (10%). The top ten students are given medals and certificates.

Public Hearing held on the New Chemistry Law (Senate Bill 914)

ICP with Sen TrillanesChemists greet Sen. Antonio Trillanes at the Senate public hearing on the New Chemistry Law, SB 914. In the photo are (left to right): Dr. Fabian M. Dayrit (President, ICP), Dr. Adoracion Resurreccion (Chair, Board of Chemistry), Ms. Edna Mijares (Vice President, ICP), Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, Dr. Lilibeth Coo (Treasurer, ICP), and Dr. Aida Aguinaldo (Outstanding Chemist 2004).

The Senate Committee on Civil Service and Government Reorganization, under the chairmanship of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV conducted a public hearing on the proposed revision of the Chemistry Law on January 27, 2014, at the Senate Building.

Senate Bill 914, entitled “AN ACT TO REGULATE AND MODERNIZE THE PRACTICE OF CHEMISTRY IN THE PHILIPPINES, REPEALING FOR THE PURPOSE REPUBLIC ACT NUMBERED 754 ENTITLED “AN ACT TO REGULATE THE PRACTICE OF CHEMISTRY IN THE PHILIPPINES”, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES” was also filed by Sen. Trillanes last July 18, 2013 in the Sixteenth Congress.

Dr. Adoracion Resurreccion, chair of the Board of Chemistry, attended the public hearing representing the Professional Regulation Commission. The Board of Chemistry manifested its support for SB 914.  Also present to endorse SB 914 were the officers of the ICP, Dr. Fabian Dayrit (president), Ms. Edna Mijares (vice-president), and Dr. Lilibeth Coo (treasurer). Dr. Aida Aguinaldo, Outstanding Chemistry professional for 2004, also attended the public hearing to show her support.

The bill will be finalized by a technical working group before being presented again in another public hearing. A House version of the bill has also been filed by Congresswoman Victoria Isabel Noel and is awaiting public hearing at the Batasan.

 

View the Senate Bill 914 HERE.

View the Board Position on the Senate Bill 914 HERE.

PRC Announces Rescheduling of Chemist Board Exam in 2014

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Professional Regulatory Board of Chemistry announce today, January 13, 2014 the rescheduling of the Chemists board exam originally scheduled on May 14-15, 2014.

The Board of Chemistry resolved to amend PRC Resolution No. 2013-782 by issuing Board Resolution No. 1 dated January 8, 2014 rescheduling the Board Licensure Examination for Chemists to SEPTEMBER 16-17, 2014 and the deadline for the filing of applications on AUGUST 27, 2014.

According to the Board, the move to reschedule the date of the exam is based on the clamor of the academe and members of the Integrated Chemists of the Philippines to retain the old schedule which is on September of every year on account of the limited time to afford prospective examinees to secure the examination requirements and to prepare for the examination itself.

Retrieved from PRC Board News Website.

ICP, PRC Conduct 2013 Oath-Taking of New Chemists

Text by Nick Tan

The gloomy weather did not deter the 320 newly-licensed chemists, their parents, and distinguished guests to attend their Oath-Taking and Induction, organized by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) and the Integrated Chemists of the Philippines (ICP), at the historic Manila Hotel last October 11.

General Liza Sabong, PNP Chief Superintendent and President of the PNP Cluster of ICP, served as the honorary speaker for the said event. She stressed the importance of duty and service to her role in the Philippine National Police, and asked everyone to do the same. She also invited the newly-licensed chemists to partake in the rising role of forensic chemistry as a way of nation-building.

This year’s board topnotcher, Miguel Francisco de Jesus of the University of the Philippines – Manila, gave a speech in behalf of the other passers. He underlined the uniqueness of chemistry and how it is imbibed in all of us. He also stressed the interdisciplinary characteristic of chemistry nowadays, and challenged his fellow passers to use the skills that they have learned in the classroom in solving the problems of our society.

The event was also an opportunity to induct Dr. Fabian Dayrit (Academe), Dr. Antonio Laurena (Government), and Ms. Ludy Avendano (Industry) as newly-elected board members of the ICP. They will serve the organization for three years.