Priority University Projects
The administration under President Alfredo E. Pascual has a vision to make UP a great university, taking a leadership role in the development of a globally competitive Philippines. Members of its community—students, faculty, researchers, staff and alumni—are all part of the achievement of excellence in academics and operations.
Excellence in these areas results in responsible and competent leaders, innovative technologies, creative works and extension services—all of which contribute to national development through UP’s relationships with other institutions of higher learning, government, business and industry, international organizations and the people in general.
The eUP Project is a five-year project that aims to design, develop and implement integrated, interconnected, harmonized and interoperable Information and Communication Technology (ICT) systems and infrastructure across all UP campuses. This project will help promote administrative efficiency and help create an enabling environment conducive to academic excellence.
The project, which officially started on January 2012, involves all UP constituent units and satellite campuses, and will have the following components: policy formulation, organization and mobilization; benchmarking and ICT audit; information systems development and deployment; infrastructure development; ICT competency building.
The Automated Guideway Transit System
UP contributed concretely in helping the country’s mass transportation situation by helping develop the first all-Philippine elevated rail transit.
It hosts the “Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) Prototype” project of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), which officially broke ground early in the first year of my administration.
Previous to the launch, my administration designated a Project Team to coordinate with DOST for the harmonization of R&D plans, detailed engineering designs and other technical activities. UP shared relevant information on plans and studies it had already prepared and has made available to DOST all pertinent records and information such as feasibility studies, design and engineering works, and technical studies conducted for the project and similar past projects.
The UP System took the lead in coordinating with DOST during the preparatory stages leading to the signing of the MOA, and in the initial organizational meetings for the setting up of the Project Teams and drafting of preliminary work plans and schedules. On 16 November 2011, the UP System then officially turned over to UP Diliman the management, administration, and implementation of the AGT prototype project. Still, the UP System stays on as project manager.
On 14 December 2012, the AGT made a short maiden trip on campus along the experimental track with UP officials aboard. Currently, the AGT continues
performance testing and is putting up ticketing stations for track-passenger flow simulation. It is also conducting a feasibility assessment for track route extension to Katipunan and Philcoa.
The presence of UP in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig brings its professional schools closer to the central business district where they are needed by various industries.
The Bases Conversion Development Authority donated a 4,300-square meter lot to UP for this purpose in 2011. In 2014, SM Investments Corporation signed a memorandum of agreement with the University for the construction of the UP Professional Schools building.
A year earlier and further south of the county, the UP Professional Schools – Cebu South Road Properties was inaugurated. It offers graduate degrees in Business Administration, Education, Computer Science, and Environmental Studies.
Under the Green UP initiative, the Pascual administration aims to make the UP campuses environment-friendly while saving on the cost of utilities, thereby contributing to the efficient use of funds. In line with this environmental thrust, the administration coordinated and implemented Green UP policies across the system, including green building standards, energy audits, replacement of lamps and equipment to improve energy efficiency, water and solid waste management, monitoring of building maintenance standards, environmental management and other related strategic initiatives.
In terms of monitoring the utilities-consumption across UP’s campuses, the constituent universities have made improvements and shared best practices in utilities management, such as electricity, water, communications and maintenance, which led to reductions in the costs of utilities and savings that run to hundreds of thousands a month. Throughout the UP System, training workshops have been conducted to develop competency and skills for utilities management and building administration.
One component of the Green UP thrust is the conduct of energy audits and retrofitting of existing buildings to improve energy efficiency. In keeping with this, a Memorandum of Agreement on a sustainable energy initiative was drawn up between UP and the Bank of the Philippine Islands, as a prelude to the engagement of energy service companies (ESCOs) for the retrofitting of lamps in UP Diliman, UP Los Baños, and UP Manila and the Philippine General Hospital. A MoA between UP and the Department of Energy for the retrofitting of lamps in UP Manila/PGH, UPLB and the UP Open University was also implemented. In addition, my administration is in the process of integrating the system-wide policies and guidelines on planting, maintenance and disposition of trees within the various UP campuses with the UP Master Development Plan, in accordance with applicable laws.
Also under the Green UP initiative, my administration saw to it that the construction of the new UP Integrated School building complex, located at the old Narra Dormitory site in Diliman, pursued two general green-design strategies: the application of the major principles of sustainable design, and the use of green solar strategies starting from the easiest and least expensive ones and moving up to the most difficult and expensive strategies.
Another new UP building that utilizes green principles is the UP Professional Schools-Cebu SRP (South Road Properties). Construction at the site included the planting of native trees; the establishment of an urban wildlife habitat park in the Cebu SRP campus; and the use of permeable stone pavers for the sidewalks, parking area and plaza. The building itself is oriented to minimize heat gain and maximize natural ventilation. Daylight is utilized for building interiors through the provision of large, operable windows, glass blocks and skylights, while high-efficiency lighting fixtures such as CFLs and LEDs are used to lower power consumption. The roof is angled for the installation of photovoltaic cells so as to make use of solar power, while provisions for rainwater harvesting have also been installed.