This much-appreciated accolade came from no less than Secretary Silvestre Bello III of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) when he addressed the ACEL membership as the guest speaker of the Association’s third general membership meeting for the year that was held at One Shangri-La Place last Aug. 13.
“You have shown to be a viable partner of government in nation-building,” he said, specifically citing ACEL’s partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). This, he noted, “has tremendously contributed in supplying the skilled worker requirement of the big-ticket infrastructure projects” under President Rodrigo Duterte’s Build! Build! Build! Program.
ACEL’s partnership with TESDA is a continuing initiative, according to Eduardo P. Trinidad, the Association’s president, who reported to the members during the meeting’s President Time segment, that the two organizations are currently in the process of reviewing the Training Regulation (TR) for Heavy Equipment Regulation. ACEL, he said, provided the technical experts who reviewed and updated the TR which is scheduled to be presented to the TESDA board in the last quarter of this year.
In his update regarding the various seminars and training programs the Association conducted in the first quarter of 2019, Trinidad announced that all ACEL seminars now carry Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points for civil and mechanical engineers.
The well-attended general membership meeting was also highlighted by the induction of Dreambuilders Pro Inc., the Association’s newest member, and by a product presentation from HD Megatrucks and Equipment Inc. and Bridges Framework. The event also provided ACEL with the opportunity to thank its many sponsors. These were Cleamco Industrial Corporation, the Association’s 53rd anniversary sponsor; IM Inframachineries, its Christmas party sponsor; and its annual sponsors made up of Megawide, M.E Sicat Construction, RMD Kwikform, Civic Merchandising Inc., EAP Philippines Inc., Bridges Framework, FA, Boysen, HD Megatrucks & Equipment Inc., Olympic Engineering & Sales Corporation, Eaglecor Inc., Halrey Construction Inc., FFC, Powertrac, Equiprime Optimum Solutions Inc., C.M. Pancho Construction Inc., and -J.E. Manalo & Company Inc.