June 14, 2024 Jester P. Manalastas 186 views

SPEAKER Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez has paid tribute to the solid contribution the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers have made on Philippine progress through massive infrastructure, where he also called them to help government achieve “inclusivity and accessibility.”

“In ensuring a better future for Filipinos, we must also focus on inclusivity and accessibility. The infrastructure we build must be designed to meet the needs of all citizens, including those in underserved and remote areas,” he suggested to the members of the 87-year-old organization.

The leader of the House of Representatives was the guest of honor of about 5,000 civil engineers who attended the 2024 PICE Midyear Convention, International Engineering Expo, and Technical Conference at the SMX Convention Center in MOA (Mall of Asia) Complex in Pasay City.

“By bridging gaps and connecting communities, we pave the way for equal opportunities and sustainable development. Our legislative efforts aim to support these initiatives, ensuring that no Filipino is left behind as we move forward,” the Speaker said.

Romualdez said it is the vision of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. for the Philippines to be a country that “stands tall on the foundations of integrity, sustainability and progress,” and where citizens have access to “quality infrastructure, education, and opportunities.”

“The future we envision for the Philippines is one where every Filipino has access to quality infrastructure, education, and opportunities. It is a future where our engineering sector continues to thrive, driven by innovation, resilience, and a commitment to excellence,” he said.

“The bridges you build, the roads you pave, and the buildings you construct are not just structures of concrete and steel; they are symbols of our collective aspirations and the foundation of our future,” the first district congressman of Leyte added, acknowledging the importance of engineers.

After all, the administration stalwart pointed out that “nation-building is a collective effort that requires the dedication, skills, and innovations of every sector of society.” “As engineers, you are the architects of progress, shaping the infrastructure that forms the backbone of our nation.”

“Through your expertise, you ensure that our communities are resilient, our economy is robust, and our nation is prepared to face the challenges of the 21st century. Your role in nation-building extends beyond the physical structures you create,” the Speaker stressed.

“You are pivotal in fostering a culture of innovation and excellence, inspiring the next generation of engineers to dream bigger and reach higher,” he said as he called on PICE to continue its programs of producing competent professionals who keep on innovating for the benefit of the country.

The House leader, who also sits as president of the ruling Lakas-CMD party, noted that it has been very “evident that the collaboration between the government, private sector, and professional organizations like PICE is instrumental in driving progress.”

“The House remains steadfast in its commitment to support the engineering profession and industry through robust legislation and effective governance. Let us continue to work together, innovate, and build a better Philippines for future generations,” the Speaker declared.

“I would like to commend each and every one of you for your unwavering dedication and contributions to the field of engineering. Your efforts are the backbone of our nation’s development, and your innovations pave the way for a brighter, more sustainable future,” he said.