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CMO gets new vehicles

The landcruiser is flanked by Golondrina, Saloma, Flores and Aynera.

(August 23)—Friday, August 17 was a windfall for the Campus Maintenance Office (CMO) as it received two vehicles, one from a private company and the other from the National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS).

The first vehicle, a manlift truck donated by the Zuellig Group through Bridgebury Realty Corporation (BRC) as part of its Washington Sycip Garden of Native Trees project, is expected to be instrumental in the maintenance of UPD grounds, primarily of its famous foliage but also of the electric posts on campus.

Standing at a maximum of 25 feet and operated by two personnel, the diesel-powered truck is outfitted with a hydraulic crane that holds a static-free fiberglass “bucket,” which can accommodate one or two people.

Present at the ceremony—which included a blessing for the truck—were UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma, consultant to the Chancellor on UP Campus beautification Dr. Edgardo Gomez, Campus Architect Gerard Lico and CMO head Engr. Alden Aynera.

Representing the Zuellig Group were BRC Director Daniel Zuellig and BRC Marketing and Communications Director Elizabeth Locsin.

At the same time, the NIGS turned over one of its long-standing, fully functional four-by-four vehicles—a diesel-powered 1983 Toyota Land Cruiser—to the CMO.

The donation began with talks between NIGS director Dr. Carlo Arcilla and Saloma in early August, around the same time the University was recovering from the aftermath of the monsoon rains.

Representing the NIGS at the turnover ceremony was building administrator Rolando Golondrina while Saloma, Aynera and Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs Melania Flores accepted the donation.—AKR