Technological Institute of the Philippines

T.I.P. renews ties with PICQS, pushes for quantity surveyor education in the country

(in photo, from top left, clockwise) PICQS Founder Julie Christie dela Cruz; T.I.P. President Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz; PICQS National President Engr. John Chavez; T.I.P. Vice President for Academic Affairs (Manila) Rosalinda Valdepeñas; T.I.P. Vice President for Academic Affairs (Quezon City) Cynthia Llanes; and PICQS Philippine Chapter President Engr. Sharon Pascual during the virtual MOU signing.

The Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) has renewed its partnership with the Philippine Institute for Certified Quantity Surveyors (PICQS), in a move to empower Filipino youth engineers and bolster quantity surveyor (QS) education across the country.

T.I.P. and PICQS virtually signed a Memorandum of Understanding last June 16, 2021, led by T.I.P. President Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz and PICQS Founder Julie Christie dela Cruz.

Also in attendance were T.I.P. Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs Cynthia Llanes (Quezon City) and Rosalinda Valdepeñas (Manila), PICQS National President Engr. John Chavez, and PICQS Philippine Chapter President Engr. Sharon Pascual.

"As national president and head of the regulatory board, I can only see the benefits that this agreement will bring to the future students of T.I.P.," said Chavez, who is also a T.I.P. alumnus.

With the renewed partnership, T.I.P. is now set to offer certificate courses, elective tracks, and a diploma program in quantity surveying. The alliance likewise provides for a PICQS student chapter in T.I.P., granting its fellows provisional membership in the organization upon graduation.

To achieve chartered or certified status, quantity surveying practitioners undergo rigorous training and an Assessment of Professional Competence. In the aftermath of a natural or man-made accident, for example, top quantity surveyors are called to assess property damage and replacement cost.

"We really are in a global practice, but we only have a few chartered or certified quantity surveyors. The signing of this agreement will not just bring more joint collaborations between T.I.P. and PICQS, but hopefully inspire more students to take on quantity surveying as a profession," said dela Cruz.

Headquartered in the Philippines, PICQS is a 2,500-strong all-Filipino organization of QS-trained engineers. It has chapters in the United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, KSA, North America, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia and Indochina-BIM.

T.I.P. and PICQS first partnered in 2018 when the latter introduced the QS profession to the school's engineering and architecture students. Some PICQS members have likewise taught in T.I.P.'s Professional Science Master's (PSM) Degree Program in Construction Management.

"Our collaboration with PICQS was productive, to say the least. Today, we renew our partnership with an enhanced common goal. We shall be working together to address precisely the need for competent practitioners in quantity surveying," said Dr. Lahoz.

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