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.
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.
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.
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)
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)