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