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Re: CE's and SE's on Philippine setting

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this is to clarify a misconception that a lot of engineers have in the
philippines regarding being CE or SE. current law regulating practice allows
all CE to design and stamp drawings for all structures. however, the
Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) only allows them to stamp it as CE,
only CE's with PRC recognition as SE's are allowed to stamp drawings under
the title of SE. the SE recognition is given to CE's who have met the
requirements. SE recognition process is 3-step. the CE's experience and
qualification is first evaluated by ASEP (no, it is not true that all SE's
are members of ASEP and not all members of ASEP has the SE recognition). the
evaluation is made based on a criteria approved by PRC. if a candidate meets
the qualification, ASEP makes a recommendation. PRC then forwards this to
PICE (the CE's professional organization) which in turn makes an evaluation
based on PICE criteria. PICE then submits its own evaluation to PRC. the PRC
board makes a final determination, and awards the SE recognition to the
qualified CE.

most of the SE would be practicing on their own or are with the larger
consulting firms. it makes sense since the compensation will be higher. one
cannot just compare salaries, you would need to look at the employer too.
foreign companies doing business in the philippines will be in a position to
pay higher wages. a CE with about 10 years experience in structural design
can get as much as $1000/month from foreign employers. specialized firms
doing industrial work can also pay higher. in general local firms will pay
lower but some what have profit-sharing schemes. needless to say, that
compensation is always dependent on qualifications.


Edward Y. C. Tan
American Structural Engineers