ENGINEERING THE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH
THE CIVIL ENGINEERING PROFESSION
by Henry P. Turalde
Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges
The idea of a society having an improved quality of life or better standard of living is the bottom line of national development. This has been pursued by nations from the ancient times to the present.
The quality and quantity of goods and services available to the people and the way these goods and services are distributed within the population are measured by certain standards. There are many factors being considered in measuring these standards. Some factors are measured by economics, infrastructure development, political and social stability and many others.
However, the delivery and access of these goods and services to the people are highlighted by the quality of infrastructures, “the economic and social underpinnings of a community or nation” (MS Encarta Premium 2006). And the quality of the infrastructures depends on the quality of people given the task of building these infrastructures—the engineers, in general; or more specifically appropriate, the civil engineers.
In fairness to other professions, because of the underlying factors national development needed to be engineered by the civil engineers.
II Infrastructure in National Development
Generally, infrastructure is a “set of interconnected structural elements that provide the framework supporting the entire structure. The term has various meanings in different fields, but is perhaps most widely understood to refer to roads, sewers, and the like, the infrastructure of a city or region. These various elements may collectively be termed civil infrastructure, municipal infrastructure, or simply public works, although they may be developed and operated as private-sector or government enterprise. In applications, infrastructure may refer to information technology, informal and formal channels of communication, software development...