UP Aggregates, Inc.
The University of the Philippines Aggregates, Incorporated also known as UP Aggregates, Inc. or simply Aggre is a non-profit, academic organization of civil engineering students based in the Institute of Civil Engineering of the University of the Philippines Diliman.
- 1 History
- 2 Organization structure
- 3 Members
- 4 Activities
- 5 Excellence
- 6 External links
UP Aggregates was established in July 1985 when the need for a more fulfilling student organization arose in the hearts of 29 civil engineering students - an organization that would recognize their academic objectives as well as provide an outlet for meaningful extra-curricular participation.
Quickly establishing itself as an active participant in numerous campus activities, the organization has organized a few of its own activities such as film showings, sales, seminars, and outreach programs.
In 2003, through the hard work of the resident members, the organization has been recognized by the Securities and Exchange Commission and has become, UP Aggregates, Incorporated.
On its 33rd year, UP Aggregates, Inc. envisions an invigorating environment that strengthens companionship and delivers extensive opportunities for collective growth. The organization seeks to fortify its identity as a community geared towards the pursuit of unity and camaraderie. Aggre aspires to ignite passion among its constituents in their continuous efforts towards academic excellence and holistic growth.
To ignite empowerment, the organization will commit to a continuously evolving program for personal and professional development. It will strive to provide its members with well-inspired platforms to discover and develop knowledge and skills whilst encouraging improved communication and productive collaboration. As it continues to mold youth leaders through managing and partaking in efforts inspired by the call to serve their community, Aggre remains fueled by the determination for member welfare and inclusivity.
The 2013 constitution of UP Aggregates, Inc. highlights the structure of the organization. It is headed by the President, who is elected by all active members at-large. The organization is divided to eight standing committees, namely the Academics Committee, Professional and Alumni Relations Committee, Applications Committee, Finance Committee, Logistics Committee, Internals Committee, Press and Publicity Committee and Externals Committee. The people who handle these committees are called committee heads and are also elected by all active members at-large.
The Board of Directors
All committee heads, together with the President, constitute a separate group known as the "Board of Directors" that are involved with most of the decision-making and planning within the organization.
The Committee for Internal Affairs handles all internal and external affairs of the organization and is headed by the Membership Committee Head. He also holds the office of the Vice President of the organization. The Membership Committee is also responsible to promoting the well-being of the members of the organization, proper classification of membership and is second in the order of precedence after the President.
The Committee for Logistics and Secretarial Operations assists the Secretary in the discharge of his duties. The head of the Logistics Committee is also the executive secretary of the organization. He is responsible for taking care of all records and documents of the organization, meeting schedules, correspondences and properties of the organization.
The Committee for Finance takes charge of all finances and internal income generating activities of the organization. The head of the Finance Committee is also the executive treasurer of the organization. The treasurer keeps all financial records and assets of UP Aggregates, Inc., collects all dues from the members, prepares financial statements and acts as the handlers of all business transactions of the organization.
The Committee for Academic Affairs stimulates all academic activities of the organization. The head of the academic committee tracks academic performance of its members, sets review sessions and activities that boost academic welfare of the organization and organizes the Aggregates academic archives.
The Committee for Professional and Alumni Relations serves as the link between the resident members and alumni of UP Aggregates, Inc. The head of the alumni relations committee acts as the official representative of UP Aggregates, Inc. to all meetings of UP Aggregates Alumni Association, holds the alumni database and conducts induction of members into the alumni association.
The Committee for Applications processes the all application for membership activities of the organization. The head of the applications committee organizes events and other things to promote bonds and companionship between applicants and members of the organization.
The Committee for Press and Publicity leads all external and internal communications and publicity of all events and activities of the organization. The head of the press and publications committee is also the editor-in-chief of Sieve, Aggre's official paper.
The Committee for External Affairs is involved with all external money generating activities of the organization such as sponsorship and marketing proposals. The head of the ways and means committee is also the marketing officer of the organization and manages the corporate portfolio of UP Aggregates.
There is also an Auditor who is elected at the end of every semester and will have power for one academic semester. The Auditor is not part of the Board of Directors and should not be a member of the Finance Committee. He checks and balances all financial status of the organization and validates all financial statements released by the Treasurer.
UP Aggregates, Inc. has ninety-six (96) active members for the first semester, 2012-2013.
President: Ederlyn Bandong
Press and Publications
Ways and Means
Application for membership to UP Aggregates, Inc. occurs every semester. Application process is designed to promote cooperation, bond and excellence among the organization's members and applicants. While the applicants started to learn more about the organization, their natural gifts and abilities as a student and as a leader are also enhanced and unfolded.
The UP Aggregates, Inc. conducts the following activities yearly, in an effort to achieve scholastic excellence, foster unity and camaraderie and encourage leadership in all fields among its members and other people involved.
Annual Civil Engineering Talk
This symposium which primarily aims to present the civil engineering profession to civil engineering engineering students from various universities. This event has grown to be the major event of the organization that is held annually. This year, the CE Talk garnered over 1600 student participants from the National Capital Region, Region III, and Region IV. Guest speakers such as outstanding faculty members, civil engineering professionals, and alumni are invited as speakers for the event.
The members of the organization have been offering their free labor service to help build houses for the less fortunate people. This has become an annual event in which we cooperate with groups such as Gawad Kalinga in providing aid in shelter and site development for underprivileged communities.
In an effort to further spread and enlarge the ideals of this activity, the organization is including the participation of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) Aggregates chapter. This promises an outreach program that is bigger in scale than any previous years.
The UP Aggregates, Inc. Engineering Science (AggregatES) Quiz or simply ES Quiz is a competition open to all engineering students which covers topics in engineering sciences such as statics, dynamics, and mechanics of deformable bodies. Among others, the ES Quiz has been a trademark activity which the UP Aggregates Inc. conducts every year.
This is a board game contest which features word factory as the elimination round and scrabble as the final round.
A competition for amateur photographers aiming to showcase the role of civil engineering in the environment and in the society. This contest is available to college students, CE or non-CE, nationwide.
State of the Art Seminar in Civil Engineering
The State of the Art Seminar in Civil Engineering, on its second year, provides the latest topics and trends in all fields of engineering and is participated by engineers in profession. The seminar shares knowledge and expertise among civil engineers in the research and industry and the academe.
Engineering Week events
Since the Engineering Week is near Christmas, the organization has arranged a lantern making contest. The lanterns made will be graded by art professionals coming from the UP College of Fine Arts. After deliberation, all the lanterns will be displayed in the halls of the engineering building.
It is a whole day adventure race around the UP Diliman campus. This competition is open to all university students. Within the route, there will be 15 stations that will not only challenge the participants physically but also mentally.
The main event that UP Aggregates, Inc. will be hosting is the Filmfest. It challenges students to show their artistic side as they make a 20 minute film on a predetermined theme. There will be two screenings of all the films in order to give chance to all students to watch the movies even in their busy schedules. Like any film-making contest, there will be an award ceremony; not only will the best picture win, but there will also be a category for best actor, best actress as well as best director. The films will be judged by professional film-makers from the UP College of Mass Communication.
Members of the UP Aggregates, Inc. exhibit excellence, most notable in the field of academics. UP Aggregates, Inc. is home to class valedictorians of the Institute of Civil Engineering for the last three years and to topnotchers of the civil engineering board exams:
- Romeo Longalong (Magna cum laude '10, Top 3 in November 2010 CE Board Exam)
- Elvin Bernardo Cruz (Magna cum laude '11, Top 6 in November 2011 CE Board Exam)
- Benjamin Suarez (Top 8 in May 2012 CE Board Exam)
- John Phillip Lapidez (Magna cum Laude, '12)
Some members of the organization also participated and obtained awards from different prestigious engineering competitions in and outside the country:
- Introducing and Demonstrating Earthquake Engineering Research in Schools 2011, 2012 (Taipei)
- Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Student Award of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers
- 2012 Executives' Challenge (UP Los Banos)
- 2010 Engineering Math Competition (UP Los Banos)