Engr. Gerhard P. Tan with his parents and officials from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC),
Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the Philippine Technological Council (PTC)
Engr. Gerhard P. Tan, an alumnus of the University of Saint Louis (USL), has been conferred to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Engineering Register joining other new Filipino APEC engineers last Jan. 26, 2018 at the AG New World Manila Bay Hotel in Manila.
The conferment was done by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the Philippine Technological Council (PTC).
Tan is the first USL alumnus to be conferred with the title. He is also the first APEC engineer from the Philippines’ telephone company (telco) industry.
Tan took his secondary studies in USL (then Saint Louis College of Tuguegarao) from 1996 to 2000. He finished Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering in USL in 2005. He graduated his Master of Science in Engineering at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in 2016.
The new APEC engineer is presently the Director for Access Network Technology Strategy and Planning at Globe Telecom, Inc. In 2012, he was awarded with the Globe Excellence Award for Leadership and was sponsored by the company to pursue the Globe-AIM Management Development Program at the Asian Institute of Management, which he completed in 2013. He was awarded as Outstanding Electronics Engineer in the field of communications by the Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines, Inc. (IECEP) in 2013.
Tan serves as a visiting professor at the USL graduate school. He is also currently a research reviewer and member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is an incumbent member of the board of directors of IECEP and chairman of Young Engineers Section (YES) Philippines.
Becoming an APEC engineer of the Philippines will allow one to join overseas projects and practice his/her profession in APEC engineering economies such as Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, the United States, and other Asian countries without having to undertake further examination or interview.
Eleven general areas of practice are currently available for registration as APEC engineer: agricultural engineering, civil/structural engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, electronics and communications engineering, sanitary and environmental engineering, geodetic engineering, mechanical engineering, metallurgical engineering, mining engineering, and naval architecture and marine engineering.
Tan urges more professional Filipino engineers to apply to the APEC Engineering Register as the PTC aims to showcase to the world the brilliant minds and skills of Filipino engineers.
Tan is also an ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) engineer, the first USL alumnus to become one.