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  • Compensate Underpaid, Overworked Filipino Engineers

    The presumption that engineering is a lucrative career in the Philippines has long been contradicted and labeled as a “scam” by entry-level workers in this profession. It is well past time that engineers, especially fresh graduates, are given their long overdue increase in compensation along with the enforcement of more reasonable workloads. Engineers, irrefutably recognized for their critical role in the society as developers of safe, sustainable, and innovative solutions, contribute to nearly all of the industries ranging from manufacturing and construction industries to research and development services. The need for a decent wage and compensation from employers appears to be beyond dispute considering their diversity in these areas, together with the increasing demand for engineers in almost all sectors. Yet, it seems like the other way around for Filipino engineers. The salary in this field varies depending on the type of engineering profession, experience, company size, and location, among others. For chemical engineers in the Philippines, the average monthly salary ranges from ₱20,000 to ₱24,000, showing a significant gap from the pay given to the same profession abroad, with an average base salary of $6,793. More financial opportunities are essentially why a number of Filipino engineering graduates opt to work outside the country, while some just settle for low compensation in local industries. In addition to these, some also decided to shift out of the field and pursue other professions, choosing to work on a job outside their college degree rather than doing otherwise but coupled with an unjustifiable income. Last 2022, Pro-People Engineers and Leaders (PROPEL), an organization advocating for the rights and welfare of engineers, called for higher compensation, especially for entry-level workers amid the price hike in the Philippines. A spokesperson said that the monthly salary does not justify the amount students spend on tuition fees to finish their degree. Majority of the more experienced engineers certainly have higher salaries. This affirms that it would, indeed, take way more than the years engineers had to study in college before they reach a return on investment. Not to mention the existing aspects uncompensated by some employers, such as unsafe working environments and unreasonable workloads, which become a reason for some to change career paths, disrupting their supposed experience-building in a particular industry. Although there have been efforts by some companies to provide more non-wage benefits, such as transport subsidies, to attract and preserve employees, this will never keep pace with the rising cost of living expenses. Meanwhile, the lack of engineering graduates in the country is far from the real problem. Due to the diverse and in-demand nature of the field, providing various job opportunities in several industries, the Philippines undeniably has a vast number of students pursuing engineering courses. The challenge is for the government and employers to alleviate the decades-long problem of brain drain in the country which produces more migrants and causes slower economic development—all rooted from the low base salary, given especially to fresh graduates, linked with a taxing work environment. As the economy progresses, new and improved solutions must also be developed. This will not be possible with a shortage of talents in the country. This is why finding solutions to reverse brain drain must be one of the priorities of the government and employers to ensure steady national growth. A key remedy is for the government, academe, and industry to have a collaborative effort in creating additional opportunities for engineering graduates—focusing on providing works with job descriptions within their expertise—and in investing more in their employees by offering higher base salaries along with providing flexible workloads conducive to a more stress-free environment. The exploitation of Filipino engineers must come to a stop to encourage engineering graduates to stay in their home country to contribute to national development and to discontinue the cycle of some of them wasting their time studying such a profession just to end up shifting careers. An immediate wage hike for all employees working in this field may not seem very possible, but the message still stands clearly: the government and employers must join forces to remodify the working conditions of engineers, accompanied with justifiable compensation.

  • Fuelling Frustrations in PH Biodiesel Campaign

    For what seems like a mere formality, the Philippines again mandates an increase in biodiesel content, with some having low hopes of fully implementing it. So what’s in the way of biofuel’s rise as the prime energy resource next to fossil fuel? As the future looms with the fear of the consequences of climate change, the necessity to utilize biofuels is now as high as ever. The demand for biofuel is predicted to rise at a rate of 4.7 percent annually on average throughout the Southeast Asian region through 2050, faster than the expected growth of 4.4 percent for oil consumption, according to the 7th Asean Energy Outlook (AEO), which was released last September by the Asean Center for Energy. Biofuels have long been named the next alternative to traditional fossil fuel energy sources, offering the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change. As the world sees the dire need to make the transition to more sustainable energy sources, biofuels have gained increased attention. However, despite the promises of government leaders, various challenges hinder the widespread adoption and sustainability of biofuels, such as delayed policies and a lack of wider research initiatives. Implementation Challenges As stated in the Philippines’ Biofuels Act of 2006, all liquid fuels for motors and engines sold in the Philippines shall be blended with biofuels, but as usual concerns of these kinds of laws, it is not fully imposed in the industries. For example, Under the Philippine Energy Plan, diesel should contain at least 5 percent CME blend by 2020. Currently, the market offers only a 2-percent blend. Alas, biofuel-supporting institutions are not blind to these issues. The Department of Energy (DOE) also sees the need to implement the long-awaited and delayed increase in coco methyl ester (CME) content, a common source of biodiesel, especially in a country where 14.5 million tons of coconut are produced every year. This decision stemmed from the suggestions of CME-producing groups, led by the Philippine Chamber of Agriculture and Food Inc., of which some have closed due to weak demand for the said product. The president of the agricultural chamber, Danilo Fausto declared that the Philippines has enough supply of coconut oil for biodiesel utilization. Aside from CMEs, ethanol-producing companies have also stated the need to impose higher voluntary ethanol blends in the current biofuel industry so as to lessen the country’s reliance on imported fossil fuels and in the same way help the improvement of the local bioethanol industry. The authorities should mandate more biofuels in the gasoline and diesel blends to lessen the country's dependence on imported fuel, help local farmers, and fight climate change. But again, this suggestion is not novel to the government. Research Imperative On the other hand, research is critical in each aspect of pushing for biofuel rise. According to David Dickson, a writer for the Biofuels Revolution, commitment to these areas of energy resources should be based on a meticulous assessment of eventual strengths and challenges, not a blind leap of faith. Based on an article written by the Manila Times, the Philippines Energy Plan for the years 2022-2040 has such ambitious goals for biofuel production, even expecting a target of almost 2 billion liters annually by 2040, but looking closely, no specific targets or plans are provided in the energy roadmap about development of other feedstocks such as used cooking oil or post-agricultural waste. Recent analyses from the ASEAN Energy Outlook show that the Philippines and surrounding countries have outdated policies that seem to be the cause of the delay in implementation. One specific example is the lack of rigid policies on the issue of both fuel and food needs competing for space and resources, which brought about higher-than-expected fuel prices. What these suggestions need, however, is policy, financial, and technical support from the government to be able to scale up. Everyone holding leadership responsibilities in the energy department must be intentionally open to change, especially in communicating and accepting new paradigms in research and development leading to the creation of appropriate policies in place of outdated and narrowly thought ones. Policies should be imposed strictly and without further delay, and the Philippine government’s initiatives are critical in this investment well worth making because they will support the country's emissions reduction goals, expand domestic fuel production, and create entirely new businesses and jobs for the country’s future.

  • UP’s Rank among PH Universities: Not a Holistic Reflection of its Education System

    The University of the Philippines (UP) was once again named as one of the leading universities in the country for the year 2024, ranking first based on the data from Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), while running second according to Times Higher Education (THE). These well-known organizations have been providing world university rankings for years, but do their analytics actually measure the quality of education and learning experiences in these universities? Assessment of higher education performance is crucial for the universities, the students, and even the government. Data analytics are advantageous for institutions to recognize their strengths and to examine which part of their education system could be improved. High school students, meanwhile, can utilize this information to weigh their university options based on key factors they deem important for their tertiary education. THE focuses on research-related standards in ranking world universities. Their indicators, modified into a new methodology just recently, are classified into five categories—each with its own criteria—namely teaching, research environment, research quality, international outlook, and industry. In the year 2024, they considered over 1,900 universities. QS, on the other hand, has nine indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio, international students ratio, international research network, employment outcomes, and sustainability. Their rankings include approximately 1,500 institutions. While, as indicated previously, university rankings are significant on some level, they may not reflect the holistic learning experience provided by the institution to its students, which is a major factor in education system quality. Considering the criteria of the two organizations, it is evident that their assessment of universities is confined to only a few indicators—with research-related standards as the key basis for THE rankings, and reputation surveys as the major criteria made by QS. UP, regarded as the national university of the Philippines, is known for its numerous alumni who significantly contributed to the country’s national development, with exceptional leaders in healthcare, politics, and sciences, to name a few. Without a doubt, UP knows how to produce outstanding students. Reinforced by the recent university rankings, UP has again elevated its reputation both in the national and international scene. However, as of the time of writing, UP students and faculty still experience difficulties in the education system of the university. UP Los Baños students have yet to experience a smooth enrollment process due to the constant malfunctioning of the constituent’s registration site. Additional student spaces on campus are one of the calls of UP Diliman students. Moreover, and what seems like the underlying and major cause of the university’s struggles, the entire UP system continues to experience budget cuts from the government. With all these problems directly affecting the whole studentry and the UP’s performance, the recently released university rankings may have been no more than a measurement of the institution’s global reputation and an indication of its prestige as a powerhouse of groundbreaking research and development. The learning and teaching experiences are, indeed, way harder to quantify and can only be assessed thoroughly not by numbers, but by the students and professors themselves. Having a sense of urgency in resolving the national university’s recurrent concerns is the least thing the government and the UP administration can do—firstly by setting aside their sole concern for higher rankings and actually seeing the real issues the students and faculty are facing at the moment. University rankings shall not become the end, but rather just one of the means to improve education quality. If these underlying problems continue to persist, one can only expect that UP students will also continue to demand a better and more inclusive education system.

  • UPLB SChemES showcases Carbon Capture Technology on 37th Anniversary Exhibit

    Following its 37 years of establishment, the UPLB Society of Chemical Engineering Students (UPLB SChemES) launched its annual exhibit with this year's theme "Beyond Emissions: The Future of Carbon Capture and Utilization" as a way to inform the CEAT community of innovative and sustainable technologies, last September 26 to 29, 2023 at the CEAT Lobby. In its opening ceremony, UPLB SChemES President Ms. Patricia Anne Mae Dalisay and Senior Adviser Assoc. Prof. Ramon Christian Eusebio led the unveiling of the 37th Exhibit with their opening remarks, and a succeeding ribbon cutting. CCU is the mechanism of capturing unwanted carbon dioxide gas and further reusing it for either physical, chemical, biological, or mineralization purposes. It also has advantages of being focused on economic opportunities, and having several capture technology routes to choose from. However, it comes with challenges such as its energy requirement for conversion of carbon to products, cost-effectiveness, and temporary carbon storage. Nevertheless, the future of this technology shows promise in the sustainable circular economy, by first addressing the issues of CCU, as it lessens the impacts of hydrocarbon combustion in climate change. The 37th Anniversary Exhibit continues to uphold the goals and values of The Society after its return to a physical set-up since the pandemic.

  • DChE, UPLB SChemES Welcome New Freshmen to UPLB Chemical Engineering

    On August 29, 2023, UPLB Society of Chemical Engineering Students (UPLB SChemES), together with UPLB Department of Chemical Engineering (DChE), welcomed the newest batch of BS Chemical Engineering students in its trademark partnership activity: UPLB ChE New Freshie Orientation at the CEAT Lecture Hall. The orientation served as the primary introduction of the freshies to the chemical engineering program and the culture within it. Starting off the opening remarks, Ms. Patricia Anne Mae Dalisay, the current and the 37th president of UPLB SChemES, shared some words of warm welcome and greetings towards the freshies. Followed by the Department Chair, Dr. Monet Concepcion Detras introduced the faculty members and the organizational chart of the chemical engineering department. Onto the academics, the Curriculum and Instruction Committee Chair, Dr. Jewel Capunitan, shared the overview of the chemical engineering education, its components and the distinct specializations here in UPLB. To further illustrate what it’s like to be a UPLB Chemical Engineering student, two testimonies of different university standings told their own stories, with messages to their co-ChE students. For the freshie testimonial, Ms. Allena Jeunice Herrera started and ended her testimony with congratulatory remarks to her batchmates. For the senior testimonial, Ms. Sofia Cunanan detailed her experiences in her inspiring speech for the freshies. To honor the cream of the crops of the latest batch, an awarding ceremony for the Top 10 UPCA qualifiers was held where they were given certificates and tokens, courtesy of UPLB SChemES. Nearing the end of the activity, a photo opportunity was done where all the ChE freshies, DChE faculty, and UPLB SChemES resident members came together to take wonderful pictures of this milestone event. Led by Dr. Detras, everyone re-created the iconic “DChE” pose which is a popular pose in UPLB chemical engineering community. May the essence of being a UP student, upholding the values of honor and excellence, be with you always. Best of luck ahead in your chemical engineering journey in UPLB, freshies!

  • UPLB SChemES Inspires Future Engineers via Pathfinder 2023

    Last September 2, 2023, University of the Philippines Los Baños Society of Chemical Engineering Students (UPLB SChemES) held an annual, one-day career orientation webinar entitled “Pathfinder 2023: Defying Dogma, Empowering Inquiry, Engineers and the Alchemists of the Modern Era” for junior and senior high school students interested in pursuing engineering-related careers. Along with the invited speakers from UPLB College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology (CEAT), Pathfinder’s main goal is to give an overview of the engineering programs offered in UPLB, namely BS Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (BS ABE), BS Chemical Engineering (BS ChE), BS Civil Engineering (BS CE), BS Industrial Engineering (BS IE), BS Electrical Engineering, and BS Mechanical Engineering (BS ME) and the newest addition to the slate, BS Materials Engineering (BS MatE). Assoc. Prof. Butch G. Bataller, Assoc. Prof. Ramon Christian Eusebio, and Dr. Jey-R Ventura shared their valuable experiences as engineers, the overall experience of what it is like to be an engineering student in UPLB, and gave helpful tips in navigating or finding the students’ path after high school graduation. After the speakers gave their own talks, the webinar had an open forum to entertain inquiries and satisfy the curiosity of the students. After an informative and fruitful discussion on engineering fields, the event ended with an icebreaker to ease the students, for which they won various prizes. Tokens of appreciation were given to the esteemed speakers for their dedication of time and effort towards the success of the event. Continue pathfinding your way to the top, future engineers of this nation!

  • “Green at Full Tank: Biofuels Spark Revolution in Sustainable Energy”

    Source: Rivera, 2023 In the search for sustainable energy sources, there's a new contender that hold the potential to support both environmental and economic objectives while filling the gap in our demands for liquid fuels—biofuels. A liquid lifeline that leads to a renewable promise, biofuels offer a lifeline when other energy sources, such as solar panels and wind turbines, fall short. For example, in our transportation needs where liquid fuels like diesel, gasoline, and jet fuel are necessary, biofuels provide a renewable substitute. One day, just about every vehicle on the road will run on renewable energy and these are biofuels, which are liquid fuels made from two biologically renewable sources: plants and algae. Experts are hard at work progressing to achieve this future. Feedstocks fulfill the role of "green engineers." The foundation of this green revolution is a range of feedstocks, or raw materials for biodiesel, which have the potential of transforming industries and how we fuel our automobiles. The traditional players. Soybean, canola, and sunflower oils have always been the major players in the biodiesel industry. These materials from the agricultural industry have long served as the cornerstone of the biodiesel industry. Because of their accessibility and versatility, they are trustworthy solutions that ensure a consistent supply to fulfill the growing demand for renewable fuels. Waste not, want not. What if waste could be transformed into liquid gold? True enough, more and more waste vegetable oil, animal fats, and residual cooking oil are being used as feedstocks for biodiesel. Recycling leftover garbage not only reduces pollution in the environment but also promotes the circular economy. The fact that waste can be transformed into biodiesel is proof of the inventiveness of our biofuel scientists. The non-food are sowing their seeds. One of the challenges in manufacturing biodiesel is meeting the world's need for fuel while also meeting food needs. Introducing non-food feedstocks, which are particular energy crops that won't jeopardize our ability to consume. New non-food crops that show promise for coexisting with food production include jatropha, camelina, and pongamia. Imagine the marvels of microbiology waiting around all day and night to become not just fuels, but biofuels. These algae, either macro- or micro-, make excellent biodiesel feedstocks due to their high lipid content and rapid growth rates. The promise of algae-based biodiesel is the large-scale, sustainable production of algae. The Philippines’ biodiesel bounty is definitely not the least ‘cause it’s gonna last! In the Philippines, the biodiesel story is inextricably related to indigenous resources. When mixed with fossil fuel, the country's abundant supply of coconut oil is a significant component in the production of biodiesel, also known as coco-biodiesel. As the government considers expanding the biodiesel blend from B2 to B5, the economic and environmental effect of using coconut oil as a significant biodiesel feedstock is being highlighted. Enumerating the general procedures involved in producing biofuels, the following reveals the chemistry of biodiesel manufacturing. Gathering the Green Gold: Feedstock Selection The choice of feedstock, or the raw material that will be converted into an environmentally beneficial clean and green elixir, is what matters here. Animal fats, used cooking oil, and vegetable oils (soybean, canola, palm, and sunflower) are common feedstocks. A critical step is choosing, which takes availability, cost, and environmental impact into account. The Biodiesel Transformation: Converting Oils through Transesterification After the feedstock is collected, the procedure is carried out in the transesterification reactor. The fats must react with an alcohol, usually methanol or ethanol, in the presence of a catalyst (often potassium hydroxide or sodium hydroxide) in order to carry out this chemical reaction. Both glycerol and biodiesel are produced by this process. Clean and Green Elixir: Removal of Impurities Biodiesel is made by the transesterification process, however it is not yet engine-ready. It is refined to remove impurities, catalyst residue, and glycerol. Methods such as centrifugation or water washing ensure that the biodiesel satisfies biofuel requirements and is ready to power a sustainable future. Glycerol: A Useful Byproduct Every byproduct produced during the making of biodiesel has a purpose. A useful byproduct of transesterification is glycerol, which is separated during the process. Despite the fact that the primary product of this method is biodiesel, glycerol finds several applications in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and even animal feed industries. Quality Control: Ensuring the Gold Standard The quality of the finished product is vital, just like in any chemical process. Biodiesel is put through a rigorous testing process to ensure that it meets specifications and is a dependable, efficient, and ecologically friendly alternative. In order to ensure optimal biodiesel performance, variables such as oxidative stability, kinematic viscosity, and flash point are monitored. Blending In: Biodiesel and the Conventional Fuel Mix A hybrid fuel that blends the greatest qualities of both worlds can be created by varying the percentages of conventional diesel and biodiesel. Frequently used blends include B20 and B5 (95% diesel, 5% biodiesel). Enabling a gradual transition while minimizing the impact on present engines, this smooth blending offers the advantages of a more sustainable fuel supply. That being said, the Philippines is still at the 2% blend mandate. Moving on, biofuels in the Philippine roadmap is a story of commitment and challenges. Although the manufacture of biodiesel offers a potential route towards a sustainable future, it is not without difficulties. Obstacles that academics and policymakers had to overcome include competition with food production, worries about land usage, and the requirement for effective cultivation techniques. The biodiesel journey remains centered on the thin line balance between environmental sustainability and economic feasibility. However, the future of this green revolution is being shaped by developments in the manufacture of second and third generation biodiesel from waste materials and non-food feedstocks. The Biofuels Act of 2006 (R.A. 9367), which requires the blending of biofuels in all liquid fuels for motors and engines sold in the country, was enacted in the Philippines, one of the countries in Southeast Asia committed to biofuels research, with the goals of reducing poverty, promoting energy independence, and mitigating climate change. Also leading the charge, the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) established a Biofuels Team committed to expanding the frontiers of research and development. Since its establishment, the Biofuels Team has taken the lead in interdisciplinary research and development projects concerning the synthesis of biofuels from non-traditional feedstocks, such as waste cooking oil, oil palm, napier grass, sweet sorghum, soybeans, malunggay (Moringa oleifera, L.), cassava, vutalao (Calophyllum uminophyllum), macro- and microalgae, Jatropha curcas, and coconut, etc. The team has also conducted in-person interviews with farmers across the nation to learn about their needs, concerns, and goals. Nonetheless, there are other obstacles in the way of a future powered by biofuels. Despite its aim, the Biofuels Act of 2006 presents challenges in the form of regulations and blending dilemmas. Even as fuel prices climb, discussions are taking place over the proposal to raise the biodiesel blend from B2 to B5. The Department of Energy (DOE), as badly expected, plans to carry out the long-delayed 2020 rise in coco methyl ester (CME) content of biodiesel until 2024 due to logistical issues brought on by the pandemic and lack of guarantees regarding the sufficiency of biodiesel supply. On the other note, what if adding more biodiesel to the mix not only cuts pollution but also boosts the region's coconut business? Raising the mix, according to the United Coconut Associations of the Philippines (UCAP), may result in a decrease in diesel imports and an increase in the demand for domestic coconut oil. At this critical juncture, when economic and environmental factors must be balanced carefully, biofuels must demonstrate their value outside of the lab. The Philippines must adopt a comprehensive strategy as it negotiates the biofuel industry. Imagine a future in which all, and not just select farmers, are involved in the biofuels sector on a full-time basis, together with researchers. A sustainable biofuel ecosystem may be created by collaborating and fortifying ties with important stakeholders. The Biofuels Team's farmer outreach programs are a prime example of the possibilities for a coordinated, nationwide effort.

  • One step at a prime

    Lakas! Lupit! Astig! Those words echoed in the once eerie corridor as I was rushing towards my next class. As I got closer and closer to that section of the building, the sound just kept getting louder and louder. It felt like my eardrum was going to explode. “Who was shouting?,” I thought to myself. Catching my breath, I stopped for a few moments. I then looked up and immediately saw a small gap between a door and its frame. Out of curiosity, I went nearer and nearer until I was able to peek through it. And lo and behold, people wearing these navy blue polo shirts were shouting the three distinct words as if it’s their last breath. “That’s amazing,” I whispered. After some time, I retrieved myself and scanned the wooden door, desperately looking for at least a flyer posted on its surface. “Oh, it’s UPLB SChemES,” I uttered. Cheering with fierceness and conviction, as well as never being afraid nor provoked, that is how the UPLB Society of Chemical Engineering Students (UPLB SChemES) has been inspiring and steering its mighty ship towards the waves of success. Navigating blazing trails and inspiring evolution, they have been a forefront for influence and strength in numbers. Throughout the years, they have always been a part of positive changes within the community as they express their discrete ways of unity by camaraderie, like in their yell, “Iba kasi kaming mga miyembro, lahat sumisigaw, ‘UPLB SChemES!’” Thirty seven years of honoring professional and academic excellence, UPLB SChemES, to be regarded as the ‘Society’ henceforth, has always been the face of realization of how excellence can be achieved by being organized and united. Their monumental journey started on a memorial day, the 11th day of September, year 1986, wherein the efforts and impeccable determination of twenty Chemical Engineering students gave birth to the organization. Despite being an esteemed organization, it has strived to become the main housing of Chemical Engineering students within the institution. Equipped with the appropriate skills and the hopes of becoming the leading academic organization in chemical engineering, the organization aspires to keep its burning passion alive as it steers its mighty vessel into the uncharted waters. In its yearly commemoration, the Society has aimed to give back to its community as well as to celebrate its milestones. It has launched incentivized competitions, outreach programs, review sessions, and community-centered initiatives. However, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected the organization’s face-to-face operations. Hence, it had no other choice but to strive in an online setup, posing a certain struggle as communication was quite limited. But with the betterment of the living conditions and fully lifting of the COVID-19 restrictions, the Society is now back on its two feet and are fully-driven to celebrate its 37th year, the first year of life after the pandemic. With high hopes, the Society has never been stronger. With the theme, “Awaken: Navigating blazing trails, inspiring evolution,” its 37th anniversary celebration brought light into the society’s progression and its perseverance despite adversities. Showcasing their strength by numbers, the astounding highlights of the anniversary activities has locked its place in its history books. MEET THE BOARD With the board exams standing in-between a Chemical Engineer and their license, the Society has strived to be of aid by partnering with the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). Meet the Board is an annual forum, disseminating an overview of the upcoming chemical engineering licensure exam in its respective year. Moreover, the PRC also imparts study tricks and tips in order for the aspiring takers to pass with flying colors. Held in the NCAS Auditorium, UPLB last August 2023, the year 2023 installment of Meet the Board was as successful as can be. NEW FRESHIE ORIENTATION Each year, UPLB welcomes its freshmen, hailing from different walks of life, into its majestic campus. And with that comes the aspiring Chemical Engineering freshmen, taking their first step into the path towards being a licensed Chemical Engineer. With that, the Society has coordinated with the UPLB Department of Chemical Engineering (DChE) to extend a warm welcome to the aspiring freshmen. Other than a warm welcome, introduction to Chemical Engineering and the degree program’s syllabus, opportunities within the field and a formal introduction to each and everyone in the DChE faculty are also presented in the orientation. PATHFINDER The Engineering world has been constantly evolving and with that, opportunities are increasing day-by-day. Taking advantage of the many opportunities in this realm, Pathfinder was born. Pathfinder is an annual activity by the Society to encourage Junior and Senior High School students to enter the realm of engineering and embark on the various categories of the profession. This activity allows the students to explore the field, learn more about the contribution of engineering to the society, and be inspired by certain engineers and their achievements in their respective fields. OPEN TAMBAYAN A part of the Society’s initiatives is to give back, especially to the College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology (CEAT) community. After careful formulation, the Open Tambayan was launched. The Open Tambayan is an annual activity wherein the Society aims to give back by providing free food and also free transportation, via Libreng Sakay, for the CEAT community. Coupled with games and a program, this activity also provides entertainment while the astounded students are filling up their bellies. ANNIVERSARY EXHIBIT It may have been four years since the Society’s last physical exhibit, but that did not hinder its drive to bounce back and bring the exhibit onto the table. In this year’s edition, the Society shed light onto innovative and sustainable solutions to combat climate change Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU). Research has shown that CCU has the potential to drastically lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This is through the utilization of excess carbon dioxide in industries, recycling them, and ultimately posing an alternative solution for the world’s climate change problem. The ultimate goal of the Society’s annual exhibit is to present information on a relevant sector related to chemical engineering and to showcase the organization’s members and accomplishments. LEGAL MINDS Commonly known as “LM,” Legal Minds is an interdepartmental debate competition which caters to all of the engineering departments in UPLB. This competition gives way for the discussion of relevant issues in the world of engineering as well as technological breakthroughs in recent years. Student representatives are given a way to open up meaningful talks and exchange of points that concerns the different motions while representing their respective departments. Even in its 37th year, the Society has always strived for perfection. But rather than complete perfection, the Society has always kept its service to the public as the driving force and the heart of its activities. Rather than mere success, the 37th anniversary highlights the progression of the organization and its burning passion to to hold true to its commitment and dedication to the community. And these experiences and accomplishments do not stop at the end of the year, rather, they serve as the building blocks for the perfect formula of the organization, inspiring the next generation of members for the years to come.

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