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School of Statistics soon to see construction


(From left) Dr. Romulo A. Virola, Mr. Nico de Jesus, Dr. Ana Maria L. Tabunda, Mr. Tomas P. Africa, former UP President Dr. Emerlinda R. Roman, UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma, UP President Alfredo E. Pascual, UP School of Statistics (UPSS) Dean Erniel B. Barrios, Engr. Ronald Bocana and Prof. Josefina V. Almeda at the groundbreaking of the UPSS building. (Photo courtesy of the UP School of Statistics)

(July 11)—Groundbreaking ceremonies for the UP School of Statistics’ (UPSS) building were held July 10, auspiciously marking the School’s 60th anniversary.

The UPSS building will rise beside the National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education opposite the offices of the University Registrar and Admissions along Quirino St.


(Center, from left) UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma,
former UP President Dr. Emerlinda R. Roman and
Dean Erniel B. Barrios with the UPSS faculty.

The building will be up to a 4-story complex that will be constructed in two phases. Phase 1 will house the classrooms, library, computer laboratories, conference rooms and faculty rooms. Phase 2, on the other hand, will accommodate additional classrooms, training rooms, discussion rooms (for graduate students and study groups), research support facilities, two 150-seater lecture halls, a 400-seater auditorium, student area and cafeteria.

Organizing the rites were UPSS faculty officials and staff led by Dean Erniel B. Barrios, Dr. Ana Maria L. Tabunda and Prof. Josefina V. Almeda.


Architectural perspective of the UP School of
Statistics building.

Among the guests were former UP president Dr. Emerlinda R. Roman, UP President Alfredo E. Pascual, Vice President for Planning and Finance Lisa Grace S. Bersales, UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma, Tomas P. Africa, Nico de Jesus and Engr. Ronald Bocana.

The new building is expected to be fully constructed by summer of 2014. —H.C.P.