The B.S. Geology course of the University of Southeastern Philippines aims to satisfy the growing demand for geologists coming from private mining companies and the government.
USEP president Dr. Perfect Alibin said that currently there is a low supply for Filipino geologists because of the lack of schools with geology courses.
It was in 2007 that USEP first offered the course. In 2011 it produced 15 graduates of which 11 passed the board exams for geologists.
Along with USEP, Mapua Institute of Technology, Negros Oriental State College in Dumaguete City, Partido State University in Goa, Camarines Sur are the only schools offering geology courses.
Alibin said that there is so much demand for geologists, citing the first batch of graduates where the 11 board passers are now all employed.
Alibin added that two graduates even without taking the board are now working in Australia.
He said the university is hiring part-time lecturers with experience. He admits they cannot find geologist to teach full-time because all of them are hired and are working in different companies.
There are at least 194 students currently enrolled in the course. About 52 of the students belong to the graduating class.
With more geologists being produced, it can supply manpower need particularly from the government which has only one state geologist in the region, Alibin said.
The government is currently conducting geo-hazard mapping in critical areas of Region-XI but the project is hampered by the lack of geologists due to intense job demand coming from the private sector.
Source: Philippine Information Agency