Wednesday, December 12, 2012

CE Faculty presents Interdisciplinary Research on Ferrocement Garbage Disposal Barge

The researchers and guests of the symposium
An Interdisciplinary Research Symposium, organized by the University Research Coordination Office in cooperation with the Civil, Chemical, and Manufacturing Engineering and Management Departments, on “STRUCTURAL STABILITY AND DURABILITY OF FERROCEMENT GARBAGE DISPOSAL BARGE” was held on December 11, 2012 at the Yuchengco Building. The main proponent for this interdisciplinary research is Engr. Ronaldo Gallardo (CE) and the co-proponents are Dr. Susan Gallardo (ChE), Dr. Nilo Bugtai (MEM), Engr. Cheryl Lyne C. Roxas (CE) and Engr. Irene Olivia Ubay-Anongphouth (CE).

The “Waste Analysis and Characterization Study” was presented by Engr. Norway Pangan, a Ph.D Directed Research student. The “Structural Stability of Ferrocement Disposal Barge” was presented by Engr. Ubay-Anongphouth while Engr. Roxas discussed the “Durability of Ferrocement Disposal Barge”. Dr. Mario de Leon of the Civil Engineering Department and Engr. Renato Ubay, Chairman of the Board and President of Alcantara – Ubay Co., Inc., served as discussants during the symposium.

Engr. Pangan presents the concept of a Garbage Disposal Barge

Engr. Irene Olivia Ubay-Anongphouth (CE)
Engr. Cheryl Lyne C. Roxas (CE) 
The solid waste disposal problem of Metro Manila has received significant attention over the last decade and waste generation has increased by almost 50%. Conventional waste disposal methods proved to be inadequate while advanced methods used in other countries are too expensive for the Philippines to maintain. In addition, these disposal methods compromise the environment and human health, prompting the need for a more effective and sustainable method of permanent garbage disposal. A proposed solution to the given dilemma is the construction of a Ferrocement barge that would incorporate non-biodegradable and non-recyclable solid wastes in the structure.

The symposium did not only serve as a venue for presenting the research outputs but also a venue for the exchange of ideas among different sectors of the society.

Reported by Cheryl Capiz-Roxas
Photos by Dr. Susan Gallardo

Monday, December 10, 2012

CES Prexy is PICE's 2012 MOCES!

Congratulations to Syrus B. Gomari for being selected as the 2012 Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Student (MOCES). The award was announced during the 38th National Convention of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers held on Nov. 21-23, 2012 at the Cebu International Convention Center. Gomari is a fourth year BSCE with specialization in Structural Engineering. He is presently the president of the Civil Engineering Society (CES) and a member of PICE-LNM  DLSU Student Chapter.

From 18 accepted participants from all over the Philippines, the PICE-MOCES 2012 screening committee cut down the participants to the Top 6 Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Students. And from the Top 6,  Syrus B. Gomari from De La Salle University - Manila was declared the WINNER (1st Place) as this year's Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Student of the Philippines.

The criteria for the selection is as follows:
Part I.
  • Academic Performance (40%),
  • Leadership/Involvement in PICE Student Chapter (30%), 
  • Community Service (15%) and
  • Contents of the Essay/Expressed willingness to present the Essay (15%) :-Topic: "HOW SUSTAINABLE IS INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN THE PHILIPPINES?"
Part II: Final Interview

After the awarding on Thursday, November 22, 2012, Gomari  presented his essay on November 24, 2012 during the 15th National Civil Engineering Students' Conference. His essay focused on the development the country needs in our Water Resources, Transportation Systems, andindividual contributions as normal citizens, while maintaining our progress in the Construction Industry.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dr. Dungca attends Regional Conference on Global Environment

Dr. Jonathan R. Dungca participated in the 5th AUN/SEED-Net Regional Conference on Global environment with the theme “Toward a Sustainable ASEAN” on 21 and 22 November 2012 at the Aston Tropicana Hotel, Bandung , Indonesia. This conference was hosted by the Centre for Environmental Studies, Institut Teknologi Bandung.

Dr. Dungca presented a paper entitled “Triaxial Shear Strength of Fly Ash and Bottom Ash as Structural Fill” in the Solid Waste Mangement Session. This paper was co-authored by his former civil engineering students: Janine Faustino, Jacquiline Misa, Rigel Napa and Daniel Jerome Ramos.
Dr. Dungca also chaired the first session on air pollution.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

CE Licensure Exams November 2012

"The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 2,380 out of 5,747 passed the Civil Engineer Licensure Examination given by the Board of Civil Engineering in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo and Legazpi this November 2012." -

Results for De La Salle University, Manila:
25 First Timers:
Passed = 20, Failed = 5, Passing = 80%

11 Repeaters:
Passed = 4, Failed = 7, Passing = 36.36%

36 Total:
Passed = 24, Failed = 12,  DLSU Passing = 66.67%

Total = 5747, Passed = 2380,  % National Passing = 41.41%

Congratulations to the new Lasallian Civil Engineers.

For the list of board passers, visit

Sunday, November 11, 2012

49 Schools participate at the ICCEE2012

108 delegates coming from 49 Engineering schools here and abroad participated at the International Conference on Civil Engineering Education (ICCEE2012) organized by the Civil Engineering Department, DLSU, Manila held last Nov. 9-10, 2012 at the Br. Andrew Gonzalez Hall, DLSU, Manila. The 10th National CE Education Congress was also hosted by the CE Department in cooperation with the Association of CE Educators of the Philippines (ACEEP). The distribution of participants are as follows: Metro Manila (38), Luzon excl. MM (33), Visayas (6), Mindanao (25) and Foreign Country (6). DLSU being the host has the most number of delegates (16) followed by Batangas State University with seven.

The Online Keynote Lecture by Dr. Amelito Enriquez
 One unique highlight of the conference is a keynote lecture delivered live from the USA by Dr. Amelito Enriquez of Cañada College, USA to illustrate how Information Technology (Elluminate) can be used in Engineering Education.
Welcome Speech by Br. Ricky FSC
Br. Ricky Laguda FSC welcomed the delegates while Dr. Ricardo Pama, chair of the Technical Panel on Engineering and Technology of CHED delivered the keynote speech. There were five keynote lectures delivered by distinguished professors from New Zealand, Japan and Thailand. Four plenary sessions were held for the preseantations of 20 papers on Outcomes-Based Education, Information and Computing Technology, Innovative Teaching and Curriculum and Research.

Pre-conference activities were conducted in the morning of November 9, 2012. A seminar on CASEE101, a video showing on Civil Engineering and DLSU CE Laboratory tours were held for the benefit of the delegates.

For more details about the program of activities, go to ICCEE2012 blogsite at

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

CE Dept organizes ICCEE2012 - Nov.9-10

The CE Department, DLSU Manila organizes the International Conference on Civil Engineering Education (ICCEE2012) and hosts the 10th National CE Education Congress in cooperation with the Association of CE Educators of the Philippines (ACEEP) on Nov. 9-10, 2012 at the Br. Gonzalez Hall, DLSU, Manila.
Registration for the ICCEE2012 starts at 8:00 AM at the 17th Floor of the venue.

Parallel pre-conference activities are scheduled for the delegates in the morning of November 9. These activities are:
  • A Seminar on CASEE 101(Certification and Accreditation System for Engineering Education) to be condcuted by Engr. Federico Monsada (Philippine Technological Council President, Resource Speaker)
  • Civil Eng'g on Video - a  showing of instructional and teaching videos on civil engineering
  • Campus Tour - a tour of the DLSU CE laboratories and DLSU's The Museum
The opening program of the conference will start at 1:00 PM at the Natividad Fajardo - Rosario Gonzalez Auditorium, 18th Floor, Br. Gonzalez Hall. Br. Ricky Laguda FSC will deliver his welcome speech while Dr. Ricardo Pama, chair of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Technical Panel on Eng'g and Technology (TPET) will give a keynote speech.

Immediately after the opening program, the Keynote lectures and plenary sessions will follow in the aftenoon and the following day. The keynote lectures will be delivered by distinguished engineering educators and professionals from abroad - Dr. Amelito Enriquez of Cañada College, USA; Dr. Rolando Orense of University of Auckland, NZ; Dr. Victor S. Muhandiki of Nagoya University, Japan; Dr. Atsushi Fukuda of Nihon University, Japan and Dr. Naveed Anwar of AIT, Thailand. Plenary sessions on Outcomes-Based Education, Information & Computing Technology, Innovative Teaching & Curriculum and CE Research will be held. The detailed sked can be viewed at the blogsite of ICCEE2012.

A Welcome Dinner is hosted by De La Salle University and a Fellowship is organized by the ACEEP on Nov. 9, 2012 (6:00PM) at the 20th Floor.

Supporting the CE Department in this endeavor are the Academic Support for Instructional Services & Technology (ASIST), Tokyo Institute of Technology Office (Philippines) and the Civil Engineering Society (CES).

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

DLSU Alumnus earns PhD from Tokyo Tech

The DLSU CE Department - Tokyo Tech partnership bore a PhD graduate in the person of Dr. William Hong, BSCE ID 101. William Hong was the "outstanding civil engineering student" during his batch graduation. Here is his testimony which he entitled "Animo Gozaimasu."

Animo Gozaimasu by William Hong

It was in the year 2007 that I took leap of faith and landed myself in the road less travelled. Five years later, here I am, a full pledged doctor of engineering. 

My name is George William C. Hong, a civil engineering graduate of DLSU-Manila, ID 101. After the licensure board exams and some months of industry experience, I underwent a 5-year integrated doctoral program in the International Development Engineering Department of Tokyo Institute of Technology – Japan. It was all made possible through the Mombusho scholarship and the TokyoTech – DLSU partnership. 

The first two years I had in Japan was a learning experience. I was under the tutelage of Professor Nobuaki Otsuki. His expertise in construction materials research, specifically in concrete and steel durability, makes studying in his laboratory truly a privilege and a challenge worth undergoing. I accomplished my master’s degree with a thesis on stainless steel corrosion in concrete exposed to carbonation. Like my concrete samples, I felt happily immersed in the Japanese culture and international life in Japan. It was during this time that I realized how the discipline of research and the spirit of constant development would mold us into better individuals and professionals; the substance that our country needs. The International Development Engineering Department of TokyoTech brands its students with a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to solve social issues and pursue international development.

The last three years I had in Japan was an eye opening experience. I was given the opportunity to truly try out a multidisciplinary approach when I moved, for my doctoral studies, to Prof. Naoya Abe`s research group - environmental resource economics, policy, and planning. Though quite different from my civil engineering background, I kept focused on utilizing the discipline and skills necessary to solve social development issues at home or in international waters. I literally explored the seas as I pursued my research on the sustainable development of renewable energy systems for off-grid rural electrification in the Philippines. I enjoyed learning about an emerging industry (renewable energy) while being able to find innovative ways of applying it to the rural islands of the Philippines. You can visit my works at While doing research in Japan and attending international conferences abroad, I was seeing a clearer picture of the realities of the present and the possibilities of the future.

Animo Gozaimasu is a term that I wish to share in summary of my stint in Japan. Through the years in Japan I was always reminded of the Animo spirit I put to heart in the LaSalle days. I was fortunate enough to be surrounded with friends and colleagues that shared a similar passion of pursuing things for the greater good.

Gozaimasu is a term used in Japan to express the highest form of respect. It is a word that encapsulates how Japanese treat, with utmost respect and reverence, their works, the environment, and people. The respectful and perfectionist spirit of Japanese is certainly something that I have grown to appreciate through the years and it is the same sprit that I wish to bring back here in the Philippines. Animo Gozaimasu for me means pursuing the greater good with the spirit of respect and perfection. I thank all my professors, peers, and friends for sharing that same spirit in this road less travelled. Animo Gozaimasu!

Monday, October 8, 2012

ASIST & CE Dept. to hold Video Conference for DLSUFaculty

Dr. Amelito Enriquez will be the speaker in the Video-Conference organized by ASIST and the CE Department  on Oct. 12, 2012 (Friday) 10:00 -11:00 AM at the Tereso Lara Seminar Room. The lecture of Dr. Enriquez is on "Improving Teaching Effectiveness and Productivity Through Technology: Confessions of a Reluctant Online Engineering Instructor.Dr. Mike Rapatan will give the opening and closing remarks and Dr. Alvin Culaba will introduce the speaker. Dr. Oreta will moderate the Q&A. The video conference is open to all DLSU faculty members. 

Dr. Enriquez is a professor of Engineering and Mathematics at Cañada College, CA, USA. He is also the Chair of the American Society of Engineering Education Pacific Southwest Section. He was one of nine individuals to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. They were honored by President Obama on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. Enriquez was the only community college professor to receive the award. Enriquez graduated BS Geodetic Eng'g at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.
“The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering, awarded by the White House to individuals and organizations, recognizes the crucial role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science and engineering – particularly those who belong to groups that are underrepresented in these fields. By offering their expertise and encouragement, mentors help prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers while ensuring that tomorrow’s innovators reflect and benefit from the diverse talent of the United States.”

Sunday, September 30, 2012

DLSU faculty and students at the TSSP Conference - Bohol

 Dr. Alexis Fillone, head of the DLSU Civil Engineering Transportation Division, along with Dr. Grace Padayhag-Gueta and Engr. Cheryl Lyne Capiz-Roxas attended the 20th Annual Conference of the Transportation Science Society of the Philippines (TSSP) last 28 September 2012 at Alona Kew White Beach Resort, Panglao Island, Bohol. PhD student Engr. Nicanor Roxas Jr.  and four  BS/MS students Raymund Abad, Katrina Ganzon, Kryster Ian Roquel and Paul Bidol also attended the conference. 

This year’s theme is “Taking the Sustainable Path: Convergence of Transport, Energy and Land Use”. The conference highlighted the keynote lecture of Dr. Hirohito Kuse, a professor at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology. He is also the President of Japan Logistics Society and member of the City Planning Institute of Japan and the Eastern Asia Society on Transport Studies. Dr. Kuse discussed the Logistics Management and experience of Japan during the earthquake triggered by a tsunami on 11 March 2011.

There were also presentations by other stakeholders, including  Director Rebecca Garsuta, PMO-BOT about DPWH Sustainable Road Development Program; Atty. Glynda Bathan-Baterina, Deputy Executive Director of CAI-Asia Center about GIZ Clean Air and Climate Change Mitigation for Smaller Cities in the ASEAN Region; and Mr. Paul Lazaro, First Vice President of DBP about DBP Logistics Infrastructure Development Project. 

The paper entitled “Proposed Traffic Management Schemes for the Old Calle Real de Iloilo” was presented by Mr. Adrian Alarcon, an undergraduate student and co-authored by Dr. Alexis Fillone, Mr. Hector Macapagal, Mr. Juanito Dator and Ms. Angelica Ongkingco. Dr. Grace Padayhag-Gueta also presented her research entitled “ Does Number Coding Scheme Really Facilitate to Decongest the Vehicular Traffic in Metro Manila?

The TSSP annual conference serves as a venue where transportation experts, university professors, students and other professionals can exchange ideas for the development of transportation science and systems in the Philippines. TSSP is an organization of experts in various fields of transportation formed to address the multi-disciplinary nature of transportation and allow a comprehensive approach to transportation planning, policy formulation, design and implementation.

Write-up by Cheryl Capiz-Roxas

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

DLSU - Chula U Student Exchange Program 2012

Chulalongkorn University
The DLSU Undergraduate Students Exchange Visit at Chulalongkorn University (CU) proposed in February 2012 was realized last Sept. 2 - 7, 2012 when Irene Ubay, Asst. Professor of the CE Department and seven undergraduate senior students who are undergoing OJT visited CU. The seven  students are Mervy Jan Malvar, Ivan MIguel Lim, Svend Ezer Young, Justin Victor Angeles, Harold Torres, Marcus Kyle Baron and Ismael Concepcion, Jr.

The visit was a mix of cultural tours, research exchange and technical visits. The CU faculty conducted lectures for the DLSU students on the 2nd day. These lectures were about the on-going researches in the master’s level of civil engineering. The specializations in the department were structural, geotechnical, transportation and construction technology management. They showcased several researches which the students may be interested in joining in the future if they apply for a master’s degree in CU. After the lectures, the DLSU participants presented the following for the Student Research Forum:
  •  “Influence of Seawater Curing to Reinforced Fly Ash Mortar Mixed with Seawater” by Mervyn Jan Malvar
  •  “Influence of Various Replacement Ratios of Fly Ash to Reinforced Mortar Mixed with Seawater” by Ivan Miguel Lim
  • “Durability and Structural Stability of Ferrocement Garbage Disposal Barge” by Svend Ezer Young
  • “Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems: An Effective Flood Mitigation Technique” by Justin Victor Angeles and Harold Torres
  • “Application of the Bus Rapid Transit along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue” by Marcus Kyle Baron
  • “Shallow Foundation Design Reference for Metro Manila” by Ismael Concepcion Jr.
The Chulalongkorn University students also presented their thesis and there was an exchange of comments and suggestions to improve the thesis.
The Virtual Reality Tour of a Building
A tour of the CU laboratory was held on the 3rd day. The CU tour showcased the different equipment and tools used to enhance the learning of civil engineering. The CTM lab faculty presented their virtual reality software and hardware. They would model the structure using Autodesk BIM software and then generate it onto the 3D screen which would allow clients or engineers to walkthrough and have a better idea of the structure. The laboratory equipment was incredibly high-tech! The next laboratory visit was for the geotechnical division which was similar to the laboratory in De La Salle University. It had the same testing equipment. As for the full-scale structural laboratory, they had a whole warehouse with several footings, columns, beams and slabs which they would test.
The MRTA site visit
A technical tour was also organized by CU. The site visit was held at a fire laboratory and a construction site. The fire laboratory tests the capability and characteristics of certain objects against fire. For the demonstration, they tested a hotel door and observed at what parts burning would occur during an actual fire. The results showed that it would burn on the upper left part of the door. They did not continue the test until the whole door burned but only until the data which they needed was obtained (example: highest temperature of door and average 10-15 minutes to burn door). After the laboratory testing, we headed to the MRTA or Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand. They showed  the sites wherein they were building the bridges and passages of the MRT for future use. They were building several new lines to create transport for people faraway from Bangkok.
The King's Summer Palace
To complete the visit, cultural tours were also held. They visited Chatuchak Market, summer palace of king of Thailand, several Buddha temples and Samphran Elephant Zoo. The group was joined by the DLSU Alumni (Jamiel Jayme, Daniel Valerio, Erica Uy, and Emilia Sevilla) who are now taking their Master’s Degree in Chulalongkorn University under the AUN/SEED-Net Scholarship.
Street food at Chatuchak Market.
At right is Justin Victor Angeles (the writerof this report)

"I would definitely come back to Thailand after this trip. It’s a place worth visiting again because of its sophistication and food!" remarked Justin Angeles.

Write-up based on the report
by Justin Victor Angeles

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The 18th Congress of IABSE 2012 Seoul, Korea

DLSU alumni civil engineers - Bertrand Teodosio, Iris Malabatuan, Analyn Yee Concepcion and Dr. Andy Oreta

Dr. Andres Oreta attended the 18th IABSE Congress-Seoul, Korea 2012 last September 19-21, 2012 at the Sheraton, Walker Hill, Seoul, Korea. The paper on “Deriving Optimum Mix Designs For High Strength Concrete Using Genetic Algorithms” co-authored with Alden Paul Balili and former students Iris Malabatuan, Bertrand Teodosio and Analyn Yee Concepcion was presented in a poster session and the extended abstract included in the 18th Congress of IABSE Seoul 2012 Report on Innovative Infrastructures – Toward Human Urbanism (ISBN 978-3-85748-127-7). Joining Dr. Oreta at Seoul, Korea were his co-authors and former undergraduate students.
A total of 446 papers were submitted from 44 countries but only 278 papers were accepted for oral and poster presentations. Only two papers came from the Philippines. The conference highlighted keynote lectures on “Towards Humanism of  Cities”, “Sustainable Conceptual Design of Strucures," :The Integration of Engineering and Architecture,” “Lessons learned from collapse” and “Seismic performance of tall buildings.”  Oreta also attended IABSE2012 social functions and tours such as the welcome reception on Sept. 19 and the cultural tour on Sept. 20. The DLSU alumni attended the Young Engineers Program on Sept 19.
With IABSE Secretariat
Philippine membership to IABSE increased since the DLSU former students and now alumni who also attended the conference joined as new members. Eventually the Philippine Group of IABSE will be formed by this Philippine IABSE members with DLSU faculty and alumni as core members.
With bridge engineer, Peter Mulqueen of New Zealand - awardee of the outstanding paper in the IABSE quarterly Journal Structural Engineering International (SEI)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Dr. Grace is now "Dr. Grace Padayhag - Gueta"

Mr. and Mrs. Lounell and Grace Gueta with the principal sponsors (male)
(Photo by Susan Gallardo)
The happy couple with CE Dept. faculty
(Photo by Jocelyn Lejano)
The  DLSU Department of Civil Engineering congratulates Dr. Grace Padayhag who tied the knot with Dr. Lounell Gueta on Sept. 8. 2012. Engr. Ronaldo Gallardo, chair of the department and Dr. Alexis Fillone, TRE division head were principal sponsors of the bride and groom during the wedding ceremony.

Cheers for a blissful marriage!


Friday, September 7, 2012

Dr. Padayhag presents paper at Toronto

Dr. Grace Padayhag presented her paper co-authored with Dr. Lounell Gueta (University of Tokyo), "The Effect of Number Coding Scheme on Trip Pattern in Metro Manila, Philippines" at 13th International Conference on Travel Behaviour Research held at Toronto, Canada last 15-20 July 2012.

Abstract of Paper:
Travel demand management (TMD) is an application of areas. In Metro Manila, the number coding scheme is created by MMDA as a TDM measure  to decongest the busy and major thoroughfares. This study investigates the effects of the scheme on weekday trips of commuters who are employed in the  non-government entities. The study revealed that during number coding day when their car is banned from plying the streets, commuter would still use their car in expense of extending their total activity hours, meaning they would go to work early and go home late using their car to avoid the ban period. The result implies the scheme could be a key element to encourage people to use public transport.  However, public transport to become attractive to commuters, who are car dependent, must provide the quality and service on a par with having a car.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

DLSU TRE Students win best paper presentors at the 5th ATRANS

Filipino Delegation at the 5th ATRANS Conference
with ATRANS Secretary-General Dr. Tuenjai Fukuda
DLSU BSCE Transportation Engineering Majors (TRE) Students successfully presented their papers at the 5th Asean Transportation Research Society  Symposium (ATRANS) at the Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand last August 24-25, 2012.

Best Student Paper Presentation
The student paper, "A Proposed Circulation System for the Old Calle Real de Iloilo City, Philippines presented by by Hector Macapagal and Adrian Alarcon was selected as the best paper presentation in the student chapter session of the 5th ATRANS.

The 5th ATRANS with the theme, "Transportation for a Better Life: Preparing for ASEAN Integration", attracted more than a hundred participants not only coming from ASEAN countries but all over the world, including government officials, researchers, academicians, and students involved in the field of transportation.

Dr. Alexis Fillone with Thai Prof. Sorawit
Dr. Alexis Fillone of the Civil Engineering Department-TRE Division presented during the main symposium about the "Pedestrianization of the Proposed Heritage Site in Iloilo City, Philippines."  In the student chapter session, DLSU graduating students presented papers based from their undergraduate thesis. The student papers presented were:
  • Applicability of the Bus Rapid Transit System along Epifanio de los Santo Avenue, Metro Manila by Caroline Escover, Mayumi Tsukamoto, Marcus Kyle Baron
  • A Proposed Circulation System for the Old Calle Real de Iloilo City, Philippines by Hector Macapagal, Adrian Alarcon, Juanito Dator, and Angelica Ongkingco
  • Modeling the Impact of On-Street Parking on Vehicular Traffic by Eriko Luis Hallare, Marc Alvin Lim, and Jesus Gerard Briones
  • Establishing the Vehicular Speed-Density-Flow Relationships along Selected Primary Roads in Iloilo City by Keane Gregory Landoy, Miguel Antonio Pena, and Joselito Luis Pabiton
  • Impact of Road Infrastructure Improvements along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City by Elisa Joyce Prescillas, Jeddalyn Gallero ,Melvin Flores.
The Filipino delegation at the symposium came from DLSU and  the Central Philippine University (CPU), Iloilo City. CPU is led by Engr. Daryl Grio who presented a paper entitled, "Proposed Parking Facilities for the Local Heritage Site of Iloilo City" by Paul Vincent Lacsao, Jolly Mae San Luis, and Razel Davila. DLSU TRE Division has an ongoing collaborative research partnership with CPU.

The ATRANS symposium is a yearly event held in Bangkok, Thailand. Incoming forth year Civil Engineering students from DLSU-Manila especially those majoring in Transportation Engineering are therefore encourage to work hard on their thesis so that they could get accepted to this yearly symposium. The student paper presenter is given free roundtrip ticket and accommodation.

Photos from Erika Uy (FB)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

AlumNews: Earl De Guzman - grad student at University of Manitoba (Canada)

Earl De Guzman, a magna cum laude graduate in BSCE (Structural Engineering) in 2011 was accepted as a graduate student at the University of Manitoba, Canada with Prof. Marolo Alfaro as adviser. Prof. Alfaro was a visiting lecturer at DLSU in August 2010.

Earl narrates his reflections on his present quest:

"I recently arrived in Winnipeg, Manitoba last August 8, 2012 to undertake my graduate studies in the University of Manitoba (U of M). Everything was happening so fast after my student visa application was approved last July 27, 2012. In almost a year’s time of applying to the University, I finally arrived safely in Canada and another step closer in becoming a full fledged Civil Engineer.

I am in the University of Manitoba under the tutelage of Dr. Marolo Alfaro, Professor and Associate Head of the Department of Civil Engineering. Dr. Alfaro is also a Filipino who once gave a lecture in DLSU-M under DOST’s Balik Scientist Program last August 2010. I never knew him back then and surprisingly he was looking for an interested student to study in the U of M and have a M.Sc. degree. After Dr. Dungca’s recommendation, I and Dr. Alfaro are continuously in dialogue to check out my application in the U of M. I have been accepted last February 2012 while I was still reviewing for the CE Board Exam. I took the Board Exam in May, oath taking as a professional in June, worked as a research assistant in July, and August is the time I flew to Canada, a month before the Fall Term in U of M will begin. In addition to my status as a graduate student, I will be a teaching assistant to a professor’s subject every term. I am currently a teaching assistant under Dr. Alfaro’s Geotechnical Materials and Analysis (soil and rock mechanics) for this Fall Term.

It has been a great adventure preparing for my graduate studies. Nevertheless, I look forward to challenges of being a graduate student both in the classroom and in the field, at the same time being away from family and friends.

I take this opportunity to thank my professors in DLSU-M for supporting and encouraging me to pursue my graduate studies; my friends who were always there to listen and whom I share the joys I have in life; to my family who never failed to support and continuously love me in all endeavours and choices that I made; and to a God whom without none of this will be possible.

Yours in St. La Salle, Engr. Earl Marvin B. De Guzman."

Monday, August 6, 2012

Dungca: Gawad Lasalyano 2012 Awardee!

Dr. Jonathan R. Dungca of the Civil Engineering Department will be one of the recipients of the Outstanding Lasallian Mission Partner for Gawad Lasalyano 2012. The awarding ceremony will be held on August 10, 2012, 5pm at the Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium.

"Gawad Br. Cecilio Hojilla FSC recognizes faculty, staff, parents, alumni and external partners who contribute to the propagation of the Lasallian values of faith, zeal for service, and communion in mission by volunteering their time, talent and treasure as a formator.” Such honour is among many prestigious awards given to recognize achievers promoting excellence in various fields such as leadership, community engagement, discipline formation, faith formation , sports, campus media, culture and arts, and military service."

Dr. Dungca is an associate professor in civil engineering. He has been an awardee in the Students Search for Outstanding Teachers (SSOT) in several years and was recognized as an outstanding student organization adviser of the Civil Engineering Society (CES).

Congratulations, Dr. Dungca! May you continue to be an inspiration and may the spirit of St. John Baptist De La Salle, and our Lord Jesus Christ continue to live in your heart.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Balili inducted as ASEP Director

Engr. Alden Paul Balili shares some remarks during the induction program

CE Dept. Asst. Professor, Alden Paul Balili was inducted as one of the directors (2012-2013) of the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines, Inc. (ASEP) by USEC Romeo Momo of DPWH last July 6, 2012 at the Metro Club, Rockwell. Engr. Balili has been active in the ASEP activities serving as resource speaker in several continuing education seminars and conferences. DLSU CE Dept. fulltime faculty members have been active members of ASEP. Among the ASEP members from DLSU are Dr. Andres Oreta, Dr. Bernard Lejano, Dr. Jonathan Dungca, Engr. Ronaldo Gallardo, Dr. Lessandro Garciano and Ms. Mary Ann Adajar.ASEP is the structural engineering professional organization of civil engineers recognized by PICE. The president of ASEP Is Engr. Miriam Tamayo.
Induction of ASEP Officers and Directors 2012-2013
asep board, board, bod, 2012-2013

Friday, July 6, 2012

CHED endorses the ICCEE2012

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) through its chairperson, Hon. Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, issued a Memorandum endorsing the International Conference on Civil Engineering Education (ICCEE2012) with the theme "Addressing Global Challenges in CE Education"  being organized by the Civil Engineering Deaprtment on Nov. 9-10, 2012.

The memorandum states that "in accordance with the pertinent provisions of Republic Act 7722, otherwise known as the Higher Education Act of 1994, this office endorses the above undertaking organized by the Department of Civil Engineering, De La Salle University-Manila for the support and participation of all concerned."

Friday, June 29, 2012

CE Dept's Gold Thesis Awardees 2012

The gold medal award for most outstanding undergraduate thesis in Construction Technology and Management (CTM) is awarded to the research entitled; “Permeability Characteristics of Road Base Materials Blended with Fly ash and Bottom ash”
CTM Awardees: ALDAY, Jesreel C., BARRETTO, Maria Angelica F., BAUZON, Matthew Kristoffer G. and TOLENTINO, Angelo N.
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Jonathan R. Dungca

The gold medal award for most outstanding undergraduate thesis in Hydraulics and Water Resources (HWR) Engineering is awarded to the research entitled; “MCDA: A Tool Used to Develop a Land-Use Management Strategy for Marikina Watershed”
HWR Awardees: CONSULTA, Karen Mae S.P. and RIVERA, Ana Consuelo M.
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Danilo C. Terante

The gold medal award for most outstanding undergraduate thesis in Structural Engineering (STE) is awarded to the research entitled; “Allowable Bearing Capacity Maps of Metro Manila”
STE Awardees: CONCEPCION, Ismael R. Jr., LIMYUEN, Moises Christian Mickhail G., SEE, Terence Oliver C. and VICENCIO, Marion Ryan A.
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Jonathan R. Dungca

The gold medal award for most outstanding undergraduate thesis in Transportation Engineering (TRE) is awarded to the research entitled; “Applicability of the Bus Rapid Transit System Along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue”
TRE Awardees: BARON, Marcus Kyle T., ESCOVER, Caroline D.,
MENDOZA, Jella Rose C. and TSUKAMOTO, Mayumi R.
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Alexis Fillone

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Nicanor Roxas, Jr.

The groom and bride
The CE Daprtment congratulates the newly wed, Engr. Nicanor Roxas, Jr. and Engr. Cheryl Capiz who tied the knot last May 26, 2012 at the Paco Church. Engr. Cheryl Capiz is an asst. professor and the vice-chair (2011-2012) of the department. Engr. Nicanor Roxas, Jr. was an asst. professor in the transportation division of the department. He resigned  this year as a faculty since he will pursue his PhD in Civil Engineering under the ERDT scholarship program.

The faculty members and staff of the department were almost 100% present during the wedding and reception. CE Dept. Chair, Engr. Ronaldo Gallardo and TRE head, Dr. Alexis Fillone were principal sponsors of the couple.

A group picture during the reception at the Blue Leaf, Mckinley Hill.
We wish you a blissful marriage.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Balili: Resource Speaker at the ASEP Summit 2012

DLSU CE Department assistant professor, Engr. Alden Paul Balili will deliver continuing education lectures in structural engineering at the ASEP Summit 2012   on June 8-9, 2012 at the La Breza Hotel, QC. The ASEP Summit 2012 which is organized by the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines highlights two major events: (1) The 3rd ASEP Convention on Concrete Engineering, Practice and Technology (A.CONCEPT3) where Balili will lecture on "Design of RC Bridges" on June 8, and (2) the ASEP Continuing Education Summit where Balili will deliver a lecture on "Advanced Modeling and Analyis of Building and Bridges using SAP2000" on June 9. The outline of the lectures can be viewed at the ASEP Summit 2012 blogsite  .

Engr. Balili is a graduate of BSCE and MSCE at DLSU. He is a fulltime faculty member of the CE Department - Structural Engineering Division. He is an active member of ASEP. He is also a member of the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineers (IABSE).

Monday, May 14, 2012

US Presidential Awardee as keynote speaker at ICCEE2012

US Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring 2011, Dr. Amelito Enriquez will be a keynote lecturer at the International Conference on CE Education (ICCEE2012) being hosted by the CE Dept., DLSU-Manila. His lecture, “Improving Teaching Effectiveness and Productivity Through Technology: Confessions of a Reluctant Online Engineering Instructor” will be delivered online
during the conference.

Dr. Enriquez is a professor of Engineering and Mathematics at Cañada College, CA, USA. He is also the Chair of the American Society of Engineering Education Pacific Southwest Section. He was one of nine individuals to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. They were honored by President Obama on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. Enriquez was the only community college professor to receive the award. Enriquez graduated BS Geodetic Eng'g at the Univrsity of the Philippines, Diliman.

The  US Presdiential Awardees with US Pres. Obama
“Enriquez has attracted more than $10 million in state and federal grants to the Redwood City community college over the past three years. He has developed a series of programs designed to help underrepresented students achieve success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs. Enriquez has established an intensive summer math program aimed at helping students improve their math test scores; he’s established a Summer Engineering Institute for underrepresented students; he’s partnered with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to establish an internship program for students; and he’s partnered with San Mateo County to help veterans transition from the military into engineering careers.”

“The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering, awarded by the White House to individuals and organizations, recognizes the crucial role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science and engineering – particularly those who belong to groups that are underrepresented in these fields. By offering their expertise and encouragement, mentors help prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers while ensuring that tomorrow’s innovators reflect and benefit from the diverse talent of the United States.”

Dr. Enriquez is a "poster boy" for Cañada College