Technical seminars presented by the Association of Carriers and Equipment Lessors (ACEL) again proved to be popular attractions for civil and mechanical engineers who attended Philconstruct Manila 2022 that was held last November 3-6 at the SMX Convention Center and World Trade Center, both located in Pasay City.
These seminars, better known as technoforums, have become regular features of Philconstruct, a series of construction industry expos organized by the Philippine Contractors Association (PCA) with ACEL as a co-sponsor. Held every year, this event series usually begins with a Luzon leg, followed by stops in Visayas and Mindanao and then culminates in a grand Metro Manila expo thatserves as the annual meeting place for the construction industry’s movers and shakers, gathering hundreds of leading suppliers and thousands of trade buyers in one venue.
This year’s Metro Manilaexpo featured four ACEL technoforums, all face-to-face sessions which were a welcome change from the seminars of the last two years that were conducted virtually in conformity with the COVID-19 protocols implemented by the government.
The first one was a three-day offering that focused on equipment management. Held at the Hidalgo Room of the World Trade Center on November 3-5, it attracted 37 attendees. It was conducted by Rodolfo C. Menguita, a former director and currently a part-time trainer of the Construction Manpower Development Foundation(CMDF), an implementing agency of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (DTI-CIAP).
A technoforum on “Managing Work-at-Heights” was offered at the Luna Room of the World Trade Center on November 3. Held from 9 AM to 5 PM, this session had as resource speaker Arben F. Gumboc, a system engineer of KStrong Asia/Pacific, in partnership with Benedicto Steel Corporation. Twenty-one participants attended this seminar.
The following day, November 4, a technoforum on the “Basic Principles for Formwork and Falsework” was conducted by Romeo I. Sevillo Jr., the design engineering manager of RMD KwikformPhils. Inc. Another whole-day session that was also held at the Luna Room. It attracted seven attendees.
On November 5, ACEL offered its fourth seminar that dealt with the “Essentials of Supervisory Leadership.”Featuring Louie Galicia, assistant vice president for human resource management of EEI Corporation, this session was attended by 36 participants. Civil and mechanical engineers who attended these seminars will earn continuing professional development (CPD) points. ACEL, in partnership with the CMDF, is currently working to have these points approved and awarded. For updates, technoforum attendees can contact the ACEL Secretariat at 86313136/ 86334994/ 09176251785 or through firstname.lastname@example.org.