The 38th Annual Regional Convention of the Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines, Regional Division VIII opened today March 21, 2013 at Ritz Tower de Leyte, Tacloban City.  Keynote Speaker was Dir. Manolito D. Ragub, Regional Executive Director of DENR region 8 who challenged them to be globally competitive in the midst of technological changes and reminded them of their critical role in various environmental projects of the DENR.  He was introduced by Regional Technical Director Ramon Unay who is also a geodetic engineer.  Region Division 8 President Henry G. Velasco welcomed the more than 80 delegates with a solicited gesture of everyone standing and saying hello to their seatmates.  Ex-Officio Engr. Carlos E.Cordero introduced the delegates from the private practice and the government sector.  Also attending were 5 GE students from the Eastern Visayas State University and the equipment suppliers Surveytech Trading, Rainbow, MJAS and Siccion Marketing.

Technical Session speakers are Engr. Roberto M. Recamunda, Engr. Epifanio Lopez, Engr. Alfredo D. Antonio, Engr. Winston Solite, LRA John C. Pastrana , Engr. Carlos Cordero,Engr. Reynaldo Villas and RTD Ramon Unay.  National President Jimmy Francinilla was represented by National Board Governor Dioleta Velas.