Mr. President:

Your Committee on Civil Service and Government Reorganization has the honor to sponsor Senate Bill No. 2103 or the New Metallurgical Engineering Act of 2014, under Committee Report No. 11.

This measure seeks to replace the existing Metallurgical Engineering Law created under Presidential Decree No. 1536 to make it attuned to the recent developments in the field and technological developments in the globalizing world.

Under SBN 2103, the following changes are being proposed in order to enable and equip our professionals as effective partners of the government in nation-building and in order for them to be at par with their global counterparts:

·        First, the re-definition of scope of practice of metallurgical engineering, providing for a clear delineation of functions vis-à-vis its allied professions, such as Mining Engineering and Geology.

·        Second, the creation of a Professional Regulatory Board which shall supervise the practice of metallurgical engineering, including the conduct of examination of prospective metallurgical engineers. 

·        Third, the mandate of continuing professional education of our professionals in order to ensure that they are updated on the latest developments and innovations in their profession.

·        Fourth, the provision of a reciprocity clause which would pave the way for our metallurgical engineers to practice abroad, provided that we afford the same privilege to the citizens of the receiving country; and

·        Lastly, the integration of the metallurgical engineering profession through one and only accredited professional organization as registered under the Securities and Exchange Commission. 

In order to mainstream metallurgical engineering practice in the country, we need to provide a stable and updated framework which will ensure our country a capable and competitive stream of metallurgical engineer professionals. Recognizing the potential of metallurgical engineering in the country, our professionals must keep pace with the changing environment. This bill will help them do that.

A similar measure was passed on third reading of the House of Representatives during the 15th Congress. However, due to time constraints and other priorities, it was not passed here in the Senate.

In recognition of the great potential and importance of metallurgical engineering profession to our country, I ask our colleagues to support the immediate passage of this measure.

Thank you, Mr. President.