By Genno Gabriel Rabaya | February 8, 2024
Four organizations from the College of Engineering and Design ranked among the top 20 performing student organizations evaluated by the Silliman University Student Government (SUSG) Committee on Student Organizations (ComSO) for the first semester.
Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) – SU Student Chapter placed first while American Concrete Institute Philippines (ACIP) in third. They were followed by the United Architect of the Philippines Student Auxiliary (UAPSA) – SU in 14th place and the Silliman University Future Electrical Engineers (SUFEE) in 17th.
Moira Elizabeth Sy, PICE President, confirmed this is the first time their organization claimed the top spot since its official registration.
She added that the notable increase in student engagement and collaboration with other organizations in events contributed to PICE’s ranking.
“PICE-SUSC views this achievement not as a conclusion but as a beginning, laying the foundation for greater goals and contributions within our PICE community and beyond,” Sy said.
Meanwhile, ACIP President Danielle Still Tinambacan said their organization was able to “rebound” to its current position after going through setbacks during the pandemic.
The ACIP ranked 19th in the overall top-performing organizations for the 2nd semester of 2022-2023.
Tinambacan said that ACIP was able to conduct six outreach programs, established the ACI Fall Convention, an international event with professionals of the concrete industry, and introduced the ACI Foundation, which made scholarships available for students who plan to study abroad.
UAPSA President Una Nikka Angela Geconcillo noted that one of their organization’s accomplishments was with their Hibalag 2023 booth and being able to “uphold [their] organization’s legacy of winning the “Best Booth” recognition.”
SUFEE President Kate Lyka Rosales also said, “I am very proud to see that the College of Engineering and Design is not only home of brilliant future engineers nor ‘Home of the Champions’ during intrams, but also HOME OF TOP ORGS!”
On ComSO’s point system
ComSO Co-Chairperson Jedidiah Clarin said that each organization was given a set of points depending on the type of event and “variable points.”
The accumulated points at the end of the semester resulted in the rankings of the organizations.
Clarin added that the engineering and design-related organizations that placed in the top 20 were a result of them working together.
“I remember during Hibalag, they made their booths into one. [They] came together in one booth and [based on] what I observed [as well], they really worked hard [to earn] their spot,” she said.
Some organizations included in the top five were the SU Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (second), REDSHIELD Sorority/Fraternity (fourth), and SU Medical Students’ Association (fifth).