Forty Eight Years of Existence
By Rey mos
8 Dec 2013
What's your profession? Please describe it.
I have a Civil Engineering bachelor's degree with double Master's degree in urban planning and environmental engineering. I acquired my PhD degree in Built Environment in the UK two years ago.
For the past 14 years, I was actively involved in various environmental and other developmental projects in the Philippines and Thailand. I have a solid training and experience in project administration, business development and training development and implementation.
Specifically, my profession involves management of both international and local-funded projects. These projects include the conduct of Environmental Impact Assessment studies, preparation of land-use and infrastructure development plans, supervision in the operation of water and waste water treatment plants, and management of training programs for watershed and other related environmental management projects. I have background knowledge in the application of Geographic Information System (GIS).
On a parttime basis, I do teach both in undergraduate and postgraduate programs in government universities for the past 12 years. I am handling urban planning, environmental engineering, hydrology, engineering contracts and ethics, and thesis writing.
Where do you do this?
Majority of the clients are in Metro Manila and nearby provinces in the Philippines. I do site visits for monitoring of various mining and environmental development projects in the countryside. On a parttime engagement, a professorial lecturer in two government universities in Metro Manila.
Do you enjoy what you do?
Yes! My job allows me to meet different people and visit both local and foreign places. My work allso provides opportunity to attend international events. On the other hand, my teaching work allows me to share my knowledge acquired abroad to the students and inspire these young minds to be successful in their chosen career.
When you were young, what did you want to "be" when you grew up?
I dreamed to be a doctor! As a child, I wanted to wear the white uniform that doctors wear inside the hospital. I remember that I got a syringe and filled it with colored fluid and mimicked as a doctor while injecting the trunks of bananas near the house.
Do you feel stuck doing what you are doing?
Definitely not! I try to do things differently to make my work enjoyable. With my hobbies, it also help eliminate boredom and every task brings out the best of me.
What are the most and least satisfying parts of your job?
Well, it is not only satisfying but fulfilling endeavor. Working with a project team, compose of staff and consultants and various stakeholders, it is a challenge but it also develop my interpersonality and it offers good networking. My work is not a typical 8-hour work and 5-day week engagement, but it requires beyond the office hours commitment.
How do you combine photography with your job?
Since my job entails traveling, I always take advantage of taking photos of the places that I have visited. With my network, I am also invited to attend events and other special gatherings, including international conferences and exhibits. Furthermore, being part of the CSR team of the company, I also visit several interesting places as venues of the gatherings.
Anything else you'd like to add?
Finally, I love my profession and my interest in photography will also inspire me more to help in protecting the environment as well as managing our town and cities sustainably. Through my photographs, I can inspire people to travel and also to learn other cultures.
It may not be the best job in the world, but my profession will serve as an instrument to change the world for the future generation.