ICP Board Election 2016: Results

The ICP Election 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 2016 to 2019 are:

Dr. Fabian Dayrit (54)
Abstain (0)

Maj. Victor Drapete (53)
Abstain (1)

Ms. Ludivinia Avendaño (34)
Ms. Jennifer Maralit (19)
Abstain (1)

(Total Number of Votes: 54)

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

2016 ICP Election Committee
Dr. Glenn Alea (Chair)
Ms. Priscilla Samonte (Member)
Dr. Veronica Migo (Member)

ICP Board Election 2016: List of Candidates and How to Vote

Please click on the following names to view their respective curriculum vitae.

Fabian Dayrit, PhD (Ateneo de Manila University)

Col. Victor Drapete (PNP Crime Laboratory)

Ludivinia Avendaño (Zuellig Pharma Asia Pacific)
Jennifer Maralit (Optimal Laboratories, Inc.)


The Election will be up to 17 June 2016 (Friday). You may download the election ballot by clicking at this link. Additional instructions may be found on the said ballot. Please accomplish the ballot and send it via email to ICPComelec@gmail.com on or before 17 June 2016.

Dr. Myrna Mahinay is 2016 Outstanding Chemist

The Integrated Chemists of the Philippines (ICP) is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Myrna Sillero-Mahinay as Outstanding Chemist of 2016 by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

Dr. Mahinay obtained her BS Chemistry degree from Silliman University and MS Chemistry degree from the University of the Philippines Diliman. In 1986, she placed ninth in the Chemist licensure examination. In 1997, she obtained her PhD in Chemistry from James Cook University in Australia, specializing in Inorganic Chemistry. She held postdoctoral fellowships at Okazaki Institute for Integrative Bioscience in Japan, and at the University of Miami in Florida, USA. At present, she is a professor of the Chemistry Department in Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) in Iligan City, where she has been teaching since 1978. Dr. Mahinay specializes on inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry.

Through the years, Dr. Mahinay became a sought-after expert in her field. In 1997 she was commissioned by the Senate Committee on Environmental and Natural Resources to assess the extent of mercury pollution in Mt. Diwalwal, a study she conducted until 1999. This led to a stricter implementation in the confiscation of smuggled mercury in the area, and the relocation of affected inhabitants out of the vicinity. Her other studies, notably on heavy metal analysis and how heavy metals affect living organisms, have been published in scientific journals and presented in local and international conferences.

Dr. Mahinay is also a builder of future leaders. Since 2001, she has been serving as a mentor to the Bridging Leader Fellows of the Mindanao Bridging Leadership Program, where she aims to improve the capacity of her mentees to achieve their leadership goals within the context of the issue they seek to resolve. In turn, her mentees develop positive solutions for their respective organizations and communities.

Indeed, this year’s Outstanding Chemist awardee is a well-rounded person: a passionate educator, a dedicated researcher, and an active enabler. Congratulations, Dr. Myrna Mahinay!

ICP Board Election 2016: Call for Nominations

The term of office of three members of the ICP Board of Directors expires on 30 June 2016.  Nominations are invited for the election of the ICP Board members who will hold office starting 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019.  According to the By-Laws of the ICP:

 Article I: Board of Directors and Officers of the ICP National

Section 1. Composition of the Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors of the national organization shall be made up of at least nine (9) members of equal representation from industry, academe and government institutions. The term of office of a Board member is three (3) years. Every year, one Board member representing industry, academe and government shall be elected from among the ICP regular members in good standing.  The members of the Board of the Directors may serve for a maximum period of six consecutive years.

End Term
2016 Dr. Fabian Dayrit* Col. Victor Drapete* Ms. Ludivinia Avendaño*


Dr. Glenn Alea

Dr. Lilibeth Coo

Dr. Veronica Migo

Dr. Rosalinda Torres

Ms. Priscilla Samonte

Ms. Edna Mijares

* Terms to expire on June 30, 2016.



  • Only ICP members in good standing can be nominated, submit a nomination, and vote. Nomination forms and ballots will be accepted only from the registered email address of the ICP member.
  • The nominee must confirm acceptance of nomination by signing the attached nomination form or by sending an email indicating acceptance of nomination. Members may nominate one candidate to each sector. Click here to download nomination form.
  • The winning candidate from each sector will hold office for a term of 3 years (2016-2019).
  • The nomination period is until 21 May 2016. Nomination forms should be submitted by e-mail to <ICPComelec@gmail.com>.
  • The list of nominees will be posted on the ICP website (http://www.icp.org.ph/).
  • The election period will be from 23 May to 4 June 2016.
  • The ICP Elections Committee (ICP COMELEC) is made up of the following: Dr. Glenn Alea (Chair), Dr. Veronica Migo, and Ms. Priscilla Samonte.

ICP Board Member Among 2016 PFCS Awards Recipients

For 2016, Ms Ludivinia Avendaño, ICP board member since 2013, has been awarded the PFCS Award for Chemical Industry. Other recipients include: Dr. Myrna S. Rodriguez (UP-Los Baños) for Chemistry Education (Tertiary Level); Dr. Rochelle T. Papasin (PSHS-Southern Mindanao) for Chemistry Education (Secondary Level); Dr. Relicardo M. Coloso (Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center) for Chemical Research; and Victoria Isabel Noel and Florencio Gabriel Noel (House of Representatives) for Service to the Chemistry Profession.

Ms. Ludivinia “Ludy” Avendaño’s more than three decades of service to various leading companies is testament to her being an outstanding asset to the Chemical Industry as a whole. From 1980, her involvement in the laboratory has not been limited to the Philippines but to the Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States as well. Her understanding and appreciation of chemistry flourished and her techniques refined throughout the years. In a span of 36 years in the industry, she has been applying the fundamentals and technical concepts learned from her alma mater which is founded on discipline and determination. These concepts are not derived from hard core researches, reactions, or theories in the academe, but rather, the unpretentious procedures used in the industry such as specifications, sampling, quality control, quality systems, productivity, efficiency, effectiveness, leadership and management, which she has adhered to consistently.

Ms. Ludivinia “Ludy” Avendaño is at present, the Quality and Business Process Manager, Region Quality Assurance of Zuellig Pharma Asia Pacific. She is responsible for reviewing and monitoring of Quality Assurance processes for pharma distribution centers and provides leadership and direction on the development and use of Quality Assurance processes and tools to improve performance.

Before her stint at Zuellig, she had the opportunity to hone her skills as a chemist and leader from her experience and hardworking years at UP Diliman, San Miguel Corporation, Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, and Coca Cola Bottling Investment Group. She held various company positions exhibiting excellence in carrying out her duties and constantly producing exemplary output for the company. She does not shy away from responsibilities whether chemistry related tasks or not. She sees them as challenges. She believes and openly declares that “the world is open for us to embrace; be ready to take over. It will not be easy but Chemists are ahead of the League”. Chemists are not defined by the profession; chemistry just enhances it.

Ms. Avendaño rose from the ranks. At San Miguel Corporation, she started as a laboratory chemist to Water Treatment Plant Quality Control Dept head, to Asst. Brew Master supervising Brewing operations, to Plant and then Beverage QA Manager. In Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines Inc. (CCBPI), she worked as the Senior Asst Vice President and Quality Assurance Director responsible for the Quality Assurance programs of the integrated Carbonated and Non-carbonated Beverages of CCBPI and Cosmos Bottling Corporation (CBC). In CCBPI, she was responsible for all QA heads and Quality system Heads of the 19 plants of CCBPI, 5 plants of CBC and 7 plants of PhilBev. Concurrently as QA Director, she acted as Process and Technology Group Manager from 2005-2008.

In 2008, she was made Director of the Coke One program. She was responsible for the successful deployment of Coke One in the CCBP, a corporate mandated program for its business transformation initiatives. Coke One integrated the E2E Business Processes of the entire organization enabled primarily by SAP to automate the operations and provide complete visibility of day-to- day transactions. Under her leadership, the project was completed a quarter earlier that the set timeline and within the approved budget. She also worked on the stabilization and optimization of deployed Coke One in CCBPI with about $24 Million worth of both hard and soft savings.

In 2012, Ms. Avendaño was appointed Director of Business Process Management, Coca-cola Bottlers Business Services Inc. She headed the team responsible for ensuring the stabilization and standardization of Business Processes and solutions; return of Investments through Optimization; and consultancy services on value optimization initiatives of Coke One.

Ms. Avendaño moved to Zuellig Pharma Asia Pacific in 2015 where she delivers measurable improvements utilizing continuous improvement strategies and drives harmonization of standard operational and quality-related processes and appropriate actions to reduce variation and eliminate waste, and liaises with multiple Quality organizations to drive timely resolution of Quality related issues.

Ms. Avendaño is one of the Board of Directors of the Integrated Chemists of the Philippines (ICP). She made valuable contributions in assisting the Board of Chemistry draft the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for the Chemistry Profession Act (New Chemistry Law). She is also a member of the Philippine Society for Quality and an Assessor of the Accredited Philippine Quality Awards.

Ludy is a mother of two daughters and a son; she is a wife to a very supportive loving husband; a sister and a daughter; a niece and a sister-in-law; a mentor and a friend.