By KaB. Laliebeth Petancio

The Philippine Technological Council (PTC MENA), represented by its presidential adviser Engr. Trese T. Bustamante in collaboration with the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE UAE Chapter), spearheaded an Assessment and Technical Evaluation workshop for the more than 40 engineers aspiring to become ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineers (ACPE), Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Engineers or ASEAN Engineer Registration (AER).

The event held at Radissun Blu Hotel and Resort last January 25 was attended by Filipino civil engineers, mechanical engineers, electronics engineers and electrical engineers residing in the UAE.

This is the second phase in the process after the write-shop and orientation conducted last November, which is the recent workshop that intends to assess and evaluate the documents of the applicants and further assist them through the compliance of the requirements for the registry.

“This is the sequel of what we have done last year of which the ASEAN APEC Engineering Register has been initiated in order for our engineers to be reaching to their advance level for their careers and practices”, quoted Engr. Bustamante in an interview with Kabayan Weekly said.

“A lot of documents are extended for us to see whether the inputs that they have written are extracted from the standards, which are to be evaluated by PTC to ensure that contents are really based on the international standards”, Bustamante added.

He said that the current workshop is a coaching stage wherein focus was given on writing the problem statement.

“Oftentimes, they [applicants] undermine stating the problem statement correctly and of which the result does not give a correct solution as well,” Bustamante stressed.

Meanwhile, Filipino engineers saw the importance of the certifications in their career.

“If you will get registered, your name will be in the database of professional engineers in which top companies have the access to your specializations or qualifications. Magiging part tayo ng globalization (around the world) and the continuous improvement of our country, the Philippines,” said Engr. Robert Noel Peria, a mechanical engineer and an ACPE registered.

“This gives you the opportunity na ma recognize ang natapos mo [degree] globally or internationally and become equal footing doon sa mga chartered engineers or professional engineers sa ibang bansa”, said Engr. Alberto Soriano, an APEC applicant.

“Being an APEC engineer, kahit saan tayo e- rerecognize tayo as a professional engineer at hindi technician level,” stressed Engr. Salibel Jatulla, an ASEAN engineer and applying for APEC.

They have advised the Filipino engineers to properly document their projects and experiences to be able to prepare for their applications to international certifications. For the ASEAN/ACPE/APEC/AER, an engineer must have a minimum seven years of cumulative professional experience with two years of full-managed projects.

The ASEAN engineers have the work mobility and recognized within the 10 ASEAN member countries while APEC engineers are recognized in US, Russia, Australia, Canada and Europe countries.

Filipino engineers in UAE can reach the PTC MENA assistance through its Deputy Engr. Vinzor Yee Concepcion by sending an email to