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PICE-Qatar: A group with a heart for charity.

AILYN AGONIA

DOHA THE Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE), a professional organisation in the Philippines dating back to the 1970s, has 1,500 members in Qatar and continues to increase in number.

PICE Qatar Chapter, or simply PICE-Qatar, is at the forefront of furthering the development of Filipino civil engineers in the country through education and training programmes on newly-established engineering information communication and technology. It was formed in Doha in 2007 by 25 founding members.

While promoting the professional development of its members has always been the main objective of the organisation, performing outreach programmes for distressed Filipino workers in Qatar ranks high among the priority agenda of the civil engineers.

"One of the major activities of PICE-Qatar is to assist the distressed overseas Filipino workers housed at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (POLOOWWA) compound. Yearly we conduct outreach programmes at the venue to provide our kababayans with some of their basic needs and also to raise funds to purchase plane tickets for those who cant leave the country despite termination of their job contracts simply because they don't have money," said Arnel Punzalan, PICE-Qatar president.

"Another project that benefits not only the Filipino community but other residents in need is our annual blood activity conducted under the auspices of the Blood Donation Unit of the Hamad Hospital. All these, of course, are in coordination with the POLOOWWA office here. The Chapter also supports the Philippine Embassy Doha in its programmes here and in the Philippines." PICE-Qatar has also successfully guided at least 35 new civil engineers through the Special Professional Licensure Board Examinations (SPLBE) Review Program which started in 2009 under the leadership of former president Eric Garcia.

In August 2012, the group gathered representatives from different PICE international chapters in Doha for the 1st International Technical Conference held at the Diplomatic Club Doha. The attendees included representatives from PICE Eastern Province Saudi Arabia (EPSA), PICE Riyadh KSA, PICE Bahrain, PICE Oman, PICE United Arab Emirates (UAE) and PICE Singapore. Officials from the PICE National Chapter also graced the event.

"PICE-Qatar offers Filipino civil engineers in Qatar camaraderie, friendship, guidance and networking, professional update and advancement, a sense of belonging and security and a chance to care and contribute to the Qatari community," said former PICE-Qatar president Eric Garcia.

"I joined the chapter here in Qatar to be able to support the programmes of the group by participating in seminars and other activities and I believed being a member here is important," said Henry Tugano, one of the members of the group.

PICE-Qatar urges Filipino graduates of Civil Engineering course to take part in their initiatives. The group is open to all licensed Civil Engineer as a regular member while non-licensed civil engineers can apply as associate member.

Applicants may contact Arman Tolentino (55259404) or Medel Dalida (66723376). For updates and more information, visit www.piceqatar.com.

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Date:Mar 10, 2013
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