By Laws

ASSOCIATION OF STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS OF THE PHILIPPINES, INC.

BY-LAWS

ARTICLE ll

Membership

 

SECTION 1.   Grades – Membership in the Association shall consist of the following grades: FELLOW, REGULAR MEMBER, ASSOCIATE MEMBER and AFFILIATE MEMBER.

 

SECTION 2.   Admission – Application for membership in the Association shall be made in writing in a form approved by the Board of Directors. Admission to membership shall be made in accordance with the procedure and requirements prescribed under these By-Laws.

 

SECTION 3.   Fellow – There shall be no direct admission to the grade of FELLO. Admission shall be only transfer from the grade of Regular Member. To be eligible for transfer to the grade of FELLOW, a Regular Member shall be at least forty (40) years of age and have had responsible charge for not less than ten (10) years, in the grade of Member, of important work in structural engineering and be qualified to direct, conceive, plan or design structural engineering works; or in lieu of such experience, shall have had responsible charge for not less than ten (10) years, in the grade of Member, of important industrial, business, construction, educational, editorial, research, or engineering society activity, requiring the knowledge and background gained from the structural engineering training and experience. A FELLOW shall have the privilege of using the title “FELLOW, ASSOCIATION OF STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS OF THE PHILIPPINES” or “F.ASEP” in connection with his professional practice.

FELLOWS shall constitute the College of Fellows and elect annually the Chancellor and Scribe from among themselves. The College of Fellows shall be the highest advisory body to the Board of Directors.

 

SECTION 4.   Regular Member – A REGULAR MEMBER at the time of his admission shall be a Registered Civil Engineer regularly and extensively engaged in the practice of structural engineering for at least five (5) years, two (2) of which shall be continuous, full time and immediately prior to his application for admission to the Association and who possesses the knowledge and had shown competence as a structural engineer. A degree of Master of Science in Engineering, major in Structures, shall be equivalent to two (2) years of active practice and a Doctorate Degree in Civil Engineering with Structures as the Specialization shall be equivalent to three (3) years of active practice. A REGULAR MEMBER shall have the privilege of using the title : “MEMBERS, ASSOCIATION OF STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS OF THE PHILIPPINES” or “M.ASEP” in connection with his professional practice.

 

SECTION 5.   Associate Member – An ASSOCIATE MEMBER at the time of his admission to the Association shall be a Registered Civil Engineer engaged in full time continuous active practice in structural engineering for at least two (2) years immediately prior to his application for membership. An ASSOCIATE MEMBER shall have all the privileges, duties, and benefits of a member except to be nominated and to be elected to office. An ASSOCIATE MEMBER shall have the privilege of using the title “ASSOCIATE, ASSOCIATION OF STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS OF THE PHILIPPINES” or “A.ASEP” in connection with his professional practice.

 

SECTION 6. Affiliate Member – An AFFILIATE MEMBER at the time of his admission to the Association shall be a graduate Engineer with at least five (5) years of experience in structural engineering and analysis but who has not passed the Philippine Licensure Examinations for Civil Engineers. An AFFILIATE MEMBER shall have all the privileges, duties, and benefits of a member except to vote in election, to be nominated, and to be elected to office. An AFFILIATE MEMBER shall not have the privilege of using any ASEP title in connection with his professional practice.

 

SECTION 7.   Certificate of Membership – The Association shall issue a certificate of membership to each member, which shall be in a form  approved by the Board of Directors. In case a certificate is loast, destroyed, or mutilated, a new certificate may be issued upon payment of a reasonable replacement fee which the Board on its discretion may require. In case a members resigns, ceases to be a member, or is suspended or expelled, the member shall return the certificate of membership to the Secretary for cancellation or safekeeping at the headquarters of the Association.

 

SECTION 8.   Good Standing – Any member whose dues and other fees or assessments to the Association are fully paid, has not violated any provision of these By-Laws, Rules and Regulations, and other issuances of the Association, and has complied with all the obligations, duties, and undertakings of membership shall be considered a member in good standing.

 

SECTION 9. Right to Vote – At every meeting of the members of the Association, every qualified member in good standing and not on leave of absence or otherwise ineligible according to these By-Laws is entitled to one vote.

Voting by proxy shall be allowed, provided that it shall be in writing according to the standard format prescribed by the Secretary, signed by the member, showing an intention to empower the person to whom it is given to act as agent in voting, and is filed with Secretary at least Twenty-four (24) hours prior to the meeting.

 

SECTION 10.  Title or Interest in Funds and Assets – No member shalla have or acquire any right , title or interest in the funds and Assets of the Associataion nor be entitled to share in the distribution of any Assets of the Association. All funds and Assets of the Association shall be utilized and applied by the Board of Directors for the attainment of the purposes and objectives as stated in these By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation.

 

ARTICLE lll

Status of Membership

 

SECTION 1. Transfer to the grade of Fellow – The Membership Screening Board shall make nominations to the grade of FELLOW to the Board of Directors. The affirmative votes of at least eight (8) Directors shall be required to transfer  a Member to the grade of FELLOW.

 

SECTION 2. Admission as Regular Member, Associate Member, or Affiliate Member – Admission to the Association as REGULAR MEMBER, ASSOCIATE MEMBER, or AFFILIATE MEMBER shall be in accordance with the following procedure. The applicant shall submit to the Membership Screening Board an application duly endorsed by at least three (3) members form the same or higher grade. A unanimous vote of the Membership Screening Board is required for an application to be favourably endorsed to the Board of Directors who shall review the findings of the Membership Screening Board.

The applicant shall be duly admitted upon receipt of at least six (6) favourable votes of the Board of Directors. Transfer form ASSOCIATE MEMBER to REGULAR MEMBER shall be processed following the same procedure as admission to new REGULAR MEMBER.

 

SECTION 3. Leave of Absence – If all his dues have been paid, a member of the Association may apply for leave of absence for not more than two (2) years by written communication to the Secretary subject to the approval by the Board of Directors. The Board may at its discretion grant extensions of leave of absence provided that a member shall not be on leave for more than six (6) consecutive years.

A member on leave of absence shall not head a committee, nominate, be nominated, or be elected to office.

 

SECTION 4. Resignation – A member of the Association may resign from the Association by written communication to the Secretary to be presented to the Board of Directors for notification.

A member on leave of absence for more than six (6) consecutive years shall be automatically considered to have resigned. A member thus resigned who has no unpaid dues may be reinstated by the Board of Directors without payment of an entrance fee upon filling of a new application for membership to be processed following the same procedure as admission of new members.

 

SECTION 5.   Cessation of Membership – Any member whose dues are more than two (2) years in arrears shall automatically cease to be a member of the Association. Any member of the Association who ceases to be a member may apply for reinstatement within three (3) months reckoned upon receipt of notice of cessation of membership and shall be accepted  upon payment of his/her arrears. Any member who fails to reapply for reinstatement within three (3) months shall only be accepted if he/she desires to apply for reinstatement after two (2) years and shall be required to file a new application for membership to be processed following the same procedure as for new members.

 

SECTION 6. Suspension or Expulsion – The Membership Screening Board shall initiate proceedings toward the suspension or expulsion of a member for gross incompetence or gross violation of the Code of Ethics or Standards of Practice set forth by the Association upon receipt of information that a member has committed any of the above causes for suspension or expulsion. The Membership Screening Board shall review  the case and if there appears a prima facie evidence of guilt, it shall refer the matter to the Board of Directors which shall advise the accused of the charges against him who, if he so desires, may present a defense either in person or in writing which shall be considered at a meeting of the Board of Directors of which he shall receive due notice. A Member may be suspended or expelled from the Association by vote of at least six (6) officers and members of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE IV

Dues

 

SECTION 1.   Entrance Fee – Standard entrance fees for members shall be as fixed by the Board of Directors from time to time but in no case shall be changed more than once in two (2) years. When a member is elevated to a higher membership grade, he shall pay an entrance fee as fixed by the Board, except that no fee shall be required for elevation to the grade of FELLOW. The entrance fee shall accompany the application and shall be returned if the application is rejected.

 

SECTION 2. Annual Dues – The annual dues for FELLOW, REGULAR MEMBER, ASSOCIATE MEMBER and AFFILIATE MEMBER shall be as fixed by the Board of Directors from time to time but in no case shall such annual dues be changed more than once in two (2) years. Annual dues shall be payable in advance, before the start of the fiscal year.

 

SECTION 3. Assessments – Any additional money required to carry on the activities of the Association may be raised through Assessments, the total of which, for any one fiscal year, shall not exceed the annual dues.

 

SECTION 4.   Manners of Payment – The Board of Directors, at its discretion, may upon application from any member  and for justifiable causes, allow the remittance  of part or all of the dues or Assessments of the member of the extension of the time for payment.

 

SECTION 5.   Contributions – The Board of Directors is empowered to receive contributions from any source, provided the funds so receive are used to further the objectives of the Association.