The first Joint Webinar Conference (Webicon) was held recently by the multi-awarded Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers Qatar (PICE Qatar), in collaboration with the PICE Region 2 Philippine chapters.
The one-day event, held under the theme 'International and regional chapters collaboratively bridging technology transfer through challenging times and beyond', was attended by more than 600 people from all over the world.
The Webicon was divided into two parts. Part 1 started at 8am with PICE Qatar president Rolan E Nevado addressing all attendees and guests who graced the event. He also expressed gratitude to all the chapters and individuals who made the event possible.
PICE national president-elect April Frances Agatha Flores congratulated and praised everyone for the event, a first-of-its-kind that could serve as a model for other local and international chapters.
PICE national president Ador Canlas also lauded the organisers and said the theme of the event was timely, particularly in the sharing and transfer of technology and skills with fellow professionals, especially amid difficulties currently being experienced.
Later, Roy Baquiran, PICE Qatar founding president and PTC deputy presidential adviser, said through the Webicon, PICE Qatar Chapter has reached another important milestone while deserving the highest accolades.
This was followed by the keynote speech by Dr Arthur Ibanez, Region 2 co-ordinator, who emphasised the importance of civil engineers in nation-building. Guest of honour Adam Musa, the Philippine labour attaché in Qatar, later delivered a message with an assurance that the Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO) is engaged in constant communication and collaboration to provide the best services to all Filipino Overseas Workers in Qatar.
Following the motivational messages of the keynote speakers and after reading the event House Rules, the event's overall chairman, PICE Qatar first vice-president Elvin Fajutagana officially opened the Webicon, followed by presentations by speakers.
Following the morning session's presentations, a Q&A session was held with all the participants.
To open the afternoon session of the Webicon, Maria Catalina Cabral - president of the PICE Batanes Chapter - delivered an inspirational message and expressed gratitude for the invitation from PICE Qatar to attend the event.
She stressed the need to link members from local and international chapters to promote national resilience amid challenges and crises.
In his keynote speech, PICE Cagayan chapter president Ruben Borleo reiterated the benefits gained from attending collaborative events through the rich experiences, knowledge, wisdom and lessons learned from outside the country.
Elmo Rodriguez began the second part of the Webicon Technical Presentation with the topic 'Guide to flexible pavement construction and solutions to common surface defects', followed by other presentations.
Second vice-president Loraine Radan delivered her closing remarks to officially end the event.
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