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December 14, 2018

The Mechanical Engineering Profession:

· The practice of the Mechanical Engineering profession is governed by RA. 8495 or the Mechanical Engineering Act of 1998.

· PRC Issued License to the following profession under RA8495

o Professional Mechanical Engineers (PME)– higher license of Mechanical Engineers earned thru testimonial and interview of the Board of Mechanical Engineering. About 6,000 are in PRC roll

o Mechanical Engineer (ME) – earned by passing the licensure examination. About 100,000 are in PRC roll

o Certified Plant Mechanics (CPM) – earned by passing the licensure examination. About 10,000 are in PRC roll

· Total PRC registered PME, ME and CPM is about 116,000 but we estimate that about 80,000 are practicing or still alive.

o We estimate that 12,000 are working outside of the country and mostly are in the middle east.

 

About Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers (PSME):

· Established in 1952

· The Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers is the integrated association of all Professional Mechanical Engineers accredited as AIPO (Association of Integrated Professional Organization) by the PRC with Certification No. AIPO-004

· All PMEs, MEs and CPMs are required to be member of PSME per RA8495

· PSME is governed by a 15-man National Board of Director elected at large. We are now using online election. The 15-man Board then select from among themselves the set of National Officers including the National President.

· PSME Splits:

o 2006

§ PSME splits into Paredes group Vs the Bayoran Group (groups are named after the address of the respective offices)

o 2016

§ Paredes splits into Paredes Group (headed by Murry Demdam) Vs CAMPA/Conti Group (headed by Leandro Conti)

o 2018

§ Unification of Paredes (NP Roger Reyes) and Bayoran (headed by Ms. Cleofas Maceda) and ended the 12-year split between the two which started in 2006

§ Paredes (NP is Roger Reyes) and CAMPA/Conti (headed by Conti/JaJay) are still feuding and there are attempts to unite the 2 groups after the unity of Paredes and Bayoran

 

Group Leaders

 

Paredes Group

CAMPA/Conti Group

2018

Roger Reyes

Jajay Cruz

2019

Jeffrey Singson

Jeremy Aquinea

 

PSME Legal Documents

 

Paredes Group

CAMPA/Conti Group

S.E.C. Documents

Under Paredes group where Roger Reyes is the PSME President and the whole board is in the GIS submitted to the S.E.C.

Faked the 2015 SEC GIS Documents to show that Engr. Conti is the PSME President.

PSME Bank Accounts

All the bank accounts signatories, passbooks and check books are under the Paredes group control.

 

PSME Name and Logo Trademark

Paredes group filed with IPO and now own the trademark on PSME Name and Logo as issued by the Philippine Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

Illegally using the name and logo of PSME.

PSME Official Receipts

Paredes use the PSME Official O.R.

Use a Chapter’s OR

Funds

About P34 Million as of Oct 31, 2018. Audited Financial Statement in the Convention Souvenir Program.

Reported to be in the red, Negative P3 Million. No audited Financial Statements released

Size of Staff

20 personnel

2 personnel

Court Decision

RTC Manila Branch 24 issued a final and executory decision on August 8, 2016 in favor of the Paredes group with eight (8) Board of Directors and seven (7) for the CAMPA/Conti Group. Able to meet and manage PSME because of presence of Quorum in board meetings.

7 out of 15 Directors. Engr. Leandro Conti’s election as PSME President was declared INVALID by the Court. Cannot meet because of lack of quorum.

 

Relationship with PRC

 

PAREDES

CAMPA/Conti

Position on PRC Supervision

· PSME is an independent entity with its own Bylaws and registered with the S.E.C.

· PRC has no authority to meddle in the internal affairs of PSME.

· Paredes acknowledges the authority of PRC to supervise PSME and issue the AIPO Accreditation.

· PRC can meddle in the internal affairs of PSME and can choose its leaders.

PRC Accredited CPD Provider

· Paredes Group is the PRC Accredited CPD Provider and the authorized signatory for all application is our Vice President for Technical Affairs Nardito Cornelio Jr.

· Under pressure from Comm Reyes, anybody can now use this PSME CPD Accreditation including those who are misrepresenting themselves as PSME, clearly violating the rights of PSME.

· No CPD Provider Accreditation

PRC AIPO Accreditation Renewal

· Application certified by PRC to be in order and PSME has paid the application already. With endorsement from BME and awaiting approval for 4 months already.

· Comm. Yolanda Reyes unreasonably delay its approval.

· No application.

Otober 23, 2018 Meeting

PRC Commissioner Reyes initiated meeting. Agreement is for both groups to do confidence building measures to bring unity and peace. Agreed to meet on November 9 for the initial friendly meeting

Agreed with Confidence Building Measures but later on decline it and embrace the “15-man interim committee”

November 9, 2018 Meeting

Commissioner Reyes broke the agreement on Confidence Building Measure and instead tried to pressure the 2019 Incoming Officers into submission on her “raffle” and “interim” solution. This resulted to Paredes filing a complaint against her at the Ombudsman seeing her bias towards CAMPA/Conti.

Connived with Commissioner Reyes knowing in advance the “raffle” method.

Commissioner Reyes by-passed the Board of Mechanical Engineering.

· Commissioner Reyes by-passed the Board of Mechanical Engineering in her order to move the Oathtaking from November 26 to November 23 to favor the CAMPA/Conti group. This resulted to great losses for those who organized the event.

· The Board of Mechanical Engineering protested this to the PRC Chairman. The PRC Davao complain about this in its letter to the PRC.

CAMPA/Conti initiated the move to change the date and venue by requesting Commissioner Reyes who approved it. Commissioner Reyes broke the law by usurping the BME’s authority to conduct oathtaking per RA 8495 (ME Law of 1998).

Contempt of Court

· PRC will be in contempt of Court should it recognize any other group as PSME leaders per Manila RTC Branch 24 Final & Executory Decision dated August 18, 2016.

 

Delay in the approval of CPD Seminar

· PRC Commissioner Reyes (YDR) on many instances delayed and even shelve for a long-time many application for CPD seminars without valid grounds just to tilt the balance in favor of the CAMPA/Conti group to the detriment of thousands of PSME Members.

· This adds to YDR incompetence as oversight commissioner of CPD program (RA 10912)

 

Revised PSME Constitution & Bylaws of 2017

· Through an Online Referendum in 2017, PSME now has a revised Constitution and By-Laws which was submitted to PRC for final approval as required by SEC. This has been awaiting PRC approval for several months already.

· Incorporated in the Bylaws are changes that will ensure that PSME will have long-term peace.

 

 

CHAPTER AFFILIATIONS

 

Paredes Group

CAMPA/Conti Group

Luzon 33 VS 3

ALBAY-LEGASPI

AURORA

BACON-MANITO

BAGUIO-CORDILLERA

BATAAN

BATANGAS

BATANGAS EAST

BENGUET SOUTHWEST

BULACAN EAST

BULACAN NORTH

CAGAYAN VALLEY

CAMNORTE-DAET

CAMSUR-NAGA

CAVITE

CENTRAL LAGUNA

CLARK – PAMPANGA

CLARK PAMPANGA

EASTERN RIZAL

LA UNION

MAKBAN

MANKAYAN - MT. PROVINCE

MASBATE

NUEVA VIZCAYA

PALAWAN

PANGASINAN

QBL

QUEZON PROVINCE

RINCONADA

RIO TUBA

RIZAL-ANTIPOLO

SUBIC

TARLAC

WESTERN BATANGAS

ILOCOS

NUEVA ECIJA

PAMPANGA

NCR 20 VS 2

LAS PINAS MUNTINLUPA

LOGOMEAP

MAKATI CBD

MANDALUYONG

MANILA (HOST)

MANILA WEST

MEDICAL SERVICES

METRO MARIKINA

NCR ACADEME

NCR METRONORTH

NCR METROSOUTH

ORTIGAS PASIG

PARAÑAQUE

PASAY

PASIG

QC NORTH

QC UNITED

QC DILIMAN

QUEZON CITY

TAGUIG

MAKATI

QC CENTRAL

Visayas 18 VS 4

AKLAN

CEBU CENTRAL

CEBU HOTEL & BUILDING ENGRS.

CEBU SOUTH

CEBU WEST

DATU SIKATUNA BOHOL

ILOILO

ISABEL LEYTE

LAPU-LAPU

MANDAUE

METRO BACOLOD

NEGROS DEL NORTE

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL

NEGROS ORIENTAL

ORMOC KANANGA

PALINPINON

SAN JUANICO (Leyte)

TOLEDO

CAPIZ

CEBU

NEGROS ISLAND

PANAY

 

Mindanao 14 VS 9

AGUSAN

BUKIDNON

CAGAYAN DE ORO

COTABATO

DAVAO CENTRAL

DAVAO OCCIDENTAL

ILIGAN CITY

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL

PAGADIAN

SARANGANI

SURIGAO

TAGANITO CLAVER

WESMIN

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE

ALLAH VALLEY

DAVAO

DAVAO DEL SUR

GENERAL SANTOS

ILIGAN BAY

MT. APO

POLOMOLOK

SULTAN KUDARAT

ZAMBASULTA

Abroad 7 VS 7

JEDDAH WESTERN REGION

KSA RIYADH

QATAR

SAUDI ARABIA

SINGAPORE

STATE OF KUWAIT

UAE-ABU DHABI

BAHRAIN

CRSA

JEDDAH

KUWAIT

OMAN

UAE – DUBAI

YANBU-RABIGH

Total

92 (79%)

25 (21%), some are inactive

 

Respective Group 2018 Performances

 

PAREDES

CAMPA/Conti

Funds

Grow from P27 Million to P34 Million (as of Oct 31, 2019)

Negative. Deeper into debt

Luzon Regional Conference

In Baguio. All-time Record Number of Delegates

In Bataan

Visayas Regional Conference

Bacolod. All-time record in Visayas in number of delegates

Bacolod. Few attended

Mindanao Regional Conference

Surigao. All-time record in Mindanao in number of delegates

General Santos. Few attended

66th National Convention (2018)

Manila. Biggest in PSME History!

All-time record number of professional delegates at 4,553

All-time record number of student delegates at 3,800

Total delegates 8,353

Record Income at P14 Million

Venue: SMX, 75% of 2nd floor & 100% of ground floor

Trade Exhibition: Philippine Machinery Exhibition is the biggest industrial equipment and components exhibition in the Philippines

Number of delegates: estimated to be 700 professionals and 500 students

Net loss as reported

Venue: SMX, 10% of 2nd floor and 5% of ground floor

Training Centers

1 in Manila, 1 in Davao and 1 in QC

None

Seminars Conducted organized by PSME National

100 seminars for 2017 to 2018

None organized.

Technical Conferences Organized

Four (4):

Boiler Conference, Maintenance Conference, MVACRe Conference, ME Education Conference

None

Cluster Conference organized by PSME National

One (1):

Central Luzon Regional Conference

None

Public Forum

Flashpoint: 2 conducted

Topics: Fire Protection,

Boiler Safety/Operation/Maintenance

None

Technical Divisions Organized

Eight (8):

Power & Energy

MVAC/Re

Boiler, PV and Piping

Plant Engineering and Maintenance

Environmental Engineering

Mechanical Education

Fire Protection

Safety & Health

None

Peace Agreement Signed

Able to End the 12-year conflict between Paredes Group and the Bayoran group of PSME

None

Donations

About P600,000

None

Incentives Given to help the PSME Chapters

P2.5 Million

None and actually beg for funds from their own chapters to help them stay afloat.

TV/Radio Interviews

About 10 including with ABS-CBN, PTV4, DZMM and Inquirer TV

None

 

Solution to Have Unity and Peace in PSME

 

Paredes

CAMPA/Conti

How the Split Started?

1. Won the case where the eight of the 15-man board is from Paredes

2. Manila RTC Branch 24 invalidated the election of Leandro Conti (CAMPA/Conti) as PSME President

1. Split is initiated by the CAMPA/Conti group when they broke away in 2015 after losing the election then getting the COMELEC to reverse it.

2. Filed the first court cases at RTC Manila Br 24 to try to get a T.R.O in the election of Paredes PSME National Officers

3. Asked immediately for the PRC to recognize them knowing that former BME OIC Engr. Leandro Conti has a good working relationship with the then PRC Commissioners Angelina Chua-Chiaco and Yolanda Reyes and Chief of PRC Legal Department Atty Riego

4. They then set-up a new office at CAMPA Street at the back of the PRC Head Office.

5. The CAMPA/Conti group defied the resulting decision of the RTC Manila Branch 24 where the order is to invalidate the election of Engr. Conti as PSME President and confirm the election of 15 directors where 8 belong to the Paredes group.

Objectives in Unification

1. To preserve the peace in the Paredes group (the main group) that allow PSME to grow fast and serve members well

2. To avoid losing the momentum and continue with the transformation of PSME that resulted to the great achievements of PSME under the Paredes group.

3. To prevent return to the tumultuous year just before CAMPA/Conti initiated the split that is bad for the Society & the members,

4. To have long-term peace in PSME.

1. For Campa leaders to be at leadership positions in PSME,

2. To address the financial problems of the Campa group,

3. For Chapters Leaders to fulfill the clamor of their members to return to the main group,

4. No Condition – Meaning just go back to the environment when they broke away. This will result to years of conflict within PSME and will lead to another split anytime. Back to chaotic days.

 

How to Unite?

1. Confidence Building Measures to remove animosity between the groups

2. Find the root cause and implement solutions to have long-term peace in PSME

3. For Campa/Conti group to disband and for Paredes group to continue governing PSME – Campa has no legal basis to exist!

4. One Election and One Convention in October 2019

1. Unification Now Na! – regardless if the split can happen again anytime due to the Campa’s attitude and existing defective systems. Wala naman mawawala sa kanila. Will benefit in the resulting chaos. Return to King-maker regime.

2. PRC Unification Initiative – Comm Yolanda D. Reyes dictated and unilateral solution: “15-man interim committee” to handle AIPO – rejected by Paredes Group. Rejected by DOLE. Only Comm YD Reyes wants this, not all PRC.

3. Campa group repeatedly said that they will respect whatever decision of PRC. (Knowing that Comm Reyes is deeply bias for them and will always decide in their favor).

Confidence Building Measures

Paredes offered the following:

1. Four (4) non-voting seats in the national board for the CAMPA/Conti group

2. Deputy VP positions for the CAMPA/Conti group

CAMPA/Conti group decline the offers.

How to have long-term peace in PSME?

1. Some personalities who instigated (the trouble instigators) the split must waive membership rights for 3 years. The instigators number less than 10 persons.

2. Approval of PRC of the revised Constitution and Bylaws. This already with PRC for approval.

3. PRC Oversight of Mechanical Engineering to be transferred to other PRC Commissioners

4. Approval of AIPO Accreditation Renewal

5. PRC/BME stop meddling on internal affairs of PSME.

Just go back to where PSME is before the split – ensuring that problems will still persist, and the split recur.

 

Other Important Information

 

PAREDES

CAMPA/CONTI/Conti

Integrity & Performance

Highly praised by the PSME membership for the exemplary performance, big accomplishments and inspiring leadership that even led some of the allied chapters, members and officers of Conti group to acknowledge and switch alliance to Paredes group.

 

(CAMPA/Conti chapters that switch alliance:Cotabato, Cebu South, Davao Occidental, Negros Oriental)

 

Claims of impropriety in the use of funds led to the Conti group’s ouster at the PSVARE (Philippine Society of Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineers), another association that the Conti group used to control.

 

“It is part and parcel of responsible leadership to address the root cause of the split and ensure that PSME will be in a much better shape to serve the members going forward after the unification not plunge it deeper into a chaotic situation and bigger problems.”