PENAL AND CONCLUDING PROVISIONS
Sec. 42. Penalties. – In addition to the administrative sanctions imposed under this Act any person who violates any of the provisions of this Act and its rules and regulations shall, upon conviction be penalized by a fine of not less than Fifty thousand pesos (P50,000.00) nor more than Two hundred thousand pesos (P200,000.00), or imprisonment of not less than six (6) months nor more than three (3) years, or both fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the court.
Section 43. Implementing Rules and Regulations. – The Board shall formulate and issue the implementing rules and regulations to carry out the provisions of this Act.
Section 44. Funding Provisions. – Such sums may be necessary to carry out provisions of this Act shall be included in the General Appropriations Act of the year following its enactment into law and thereafter.
Section 45. Separability Clause. – If any section or portion of this Act shall be declared unconstitutional or invalid, the same shall not invalidate all other sections or portions not affected thereby.
Section 46. Repealing Clause. – Commonwealth Act No. 294, as amended by Republic Act No. 5336, is hereby repealed and all other laws, parts of law, orders, ordinances, or regulations relative to the practice of mechanical engineering which are inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.
Section 47. Transitory Provisions. – (a) Mechanical Plant Engineers possessing valid certificates of registration issued under Commonwealth Act No. 294 with BSME degree shall, after the approval of this Act, register and be issued certificates as professional mechanical engineers to replace their original certificate of registration upon payment of the required fees.
(b)Faculty Members currently teaching mechanical engineering professional subjects in universities, colleges, institutes or schools shall not be allowed to continue teaching after five (5) years from the approval of this Act, unless they are or have become Professional Mechanical Engineers or at least Registered Mechanical Engineers with a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from duly recognized and accredited universities, colleges, institutes or schools.
(c)The present Board shall continue to function in the interim until such time as the new Board shall be constituted.
Section 48. Effectivity Clause. – This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days following its publication in the Official Gazette or a major daily newspaper of general circulation in the Philippines, whichever is earlier.
JOSE DE VENECIA, JR.
Speaker of the House of Representatives
NEPTALI A. GONZALES
President of the Senate
This Act, which is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 1793 and House Bill No. 9806 was finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on February 3, 1998 and January 28, 1998, respectively.
ROBERTO P. NAZARENO
Secretary General House of Representatives
HEZEL P. GACUTAN
Secretary of the Senate
FIDEL V. RAMOS
President of the Philippines
Approved: February 12, 1998