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UPD’s major infrastructure upgrade

Front row, from left: Araneta, Flores, Santos-Roa, Saloma, Devanadera and Aynera. Back row, from left:
Diamat, Gonzales and Marzan.

(November 16)—UPD’s Science and Engineering complexes are the new campus landmarks, but many other infrastructure projects are quietly but vividly changing the landscape.

Some P250 million in construction projects have been allocated to UPD by members of the House of Representatives and the Senate and implemented with the assistance of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Projects range from the rehabilitation of classrooms to the construction of entire buildings.

Just this year, renovation works were made in the Colleges of Education, National College of Public Administration (NCPAG), Human Kinetics and Engineering. Vinzon’s Hall, Kamia Residence Hall, the UP Women’s Center and the Carillon Plaza also underwent rehabilitation.

Even with all the construction going on, UPD is also keen on making campus roads just as well cared for.

Much-needed improvements were done on key thoroughfares on campus. National roads C.P. Garcia and University Avenues were widened and reblocked, respectively, and campus roads like Magsaysay, are being repaved with concrete and are having sidewalks widened, while Osmeña and Roxas Avenues have been given a fresh asphalt overlay.

Even the minor roads inside Pook Ricarte, Pook Palaris and Pook Dagohoy underwent needed maintenance.

Several more projects are in store for 2013, the most high-profile of which is the first phase of UPD’s Olympic-size pool, enabled through the efforts of Representative Feliciano R. Belmonte, Jr. The groundbreaking ceremonies are scheduled for January 2013.

Representative Fatima Aliah Dimaporo of Lanao del Norte’s 2nd District is generously supporting the construction of a new auditorium for the College of Architecture, to be finished by the end of 2013.

Construction of the Law Forum at the Law Complex, facilitated by Senator Miriam Santiago in 2012, is still ongoing.

Various renovation works are also scheduled for the colleges of Law and NCPAG through Belmonte and Senators Pia Cayetano and Trillanes.

The projects were coursed through the Project Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Members of the UPD administration and officials of the DPWH came together in a luncheon meeting hosted by UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma at the Balay Tsanselor on November 14.

Representing DPWH at the meeting were District Engineer Ramon Devanadera, and Engrs. Benedict Diamat and Art Gonzales from the DPWH Quezon City 2nd Engineering District. Belmonte was represented by his Chief of Staff, Margie Santos-Roa.

The other UPD officials were Vice-Chancellor for Community Affairs Melania A. Flores, CMO OIC Alden Aynera, Engr. Omar Marzan from the Office of the Campus Architect and Diliman Information Office Director Maureen Anne Araneta.—AKR