Saturday, August 23, 2014

XU's Engr. Lo, Guest Speaker at Grad Forum on DRR & Infrastructure Dev't (DRRID)

The Department of Civil Engineering, De La Salle University-Manila held a Graduate Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction and Infrastructure Development (DRRID) on August 23, 2014 at 8:30 AM – 4:30
PM at the European Documentation Center Room 13th floor Henry Sy Building. The forum is the culminating activity of the CIV680M/D Graduate Seminar on DRRID wherein each student presented his/her seminar paper related to the course. Attending the forum are graduate students and the faculty. The CIV680M/D course is facilitated by Dr. Andres Oreta and Dr. Lessandro Garciano with the cooperation of Dr. Renan Tanhueco. Resource speakers in this seminar include CE PhD faculty members and  various experts from the industry and academe (List of resource speakers posted earlier).

Engr. Dexter S. Lo, Director/Assistant Professor of the Xavier University Engineering Resource Center (XU ERC) of Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan was the keynote speaker of the forum. The keynote lecture of Engr. Lo entitled "Even Without the Storm: The XU DRRM Story" was inspiring as he narrates his personal experiences starting with a simple and basic research on risk assessment (part of which was his MS thesis at DLSU) in one barangay and which evolved to various DRRM activities and projects which earned awards and funding from several organizations.

Engr. Dexter Lo, a DRR champion shares the XU DRR story

Dr. Oreta and Dr. Garciano present Engr. Lo a certificate of appreciation and token

The seminar paper which is the final requirement of the course is an original paper on a selected topic that addresses the issue of development and disasters and the role of civil engineers in disaster risk mitigation. The papers are products of the students' analysis of DRR data, issues and lessons from past disasters. The papers presented were:
  •  Test for Walkability: Pedestrian’s Safety for Disaster Preparedeness Measures     Paul Anthony M. Pangilinan
  • Disaster Risk Management of Heritage Structures in the Philippines – Marabelle R. del Prado
  • Flood Hazard Risk Management at the Margins (Informal Settlements) near Danger Zones in Metro Manila: Assessment of Government-Based Community Efforts- Melody S. Doliente
  • Improvement of Electrical Supply Resiliency Through Improved Transmission Pole Design – Alden Paul D. Balili 
  •  Pervious Concrete: A Long Term Vision to Minimize Flooding in Metro Manila – Angel N. Alvarez, Jr.
  • Feasibility of Albay’s Best Practices on DRR on Other Localities – Jayvee L. Gaga
  • Assessment of People’s Awareness and Preparedness on the Flood Risk and DRR Plan of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro – Michelle D. Enriquez
  • Impact of DRR on Development at Tacloban City based on Hazard Map Assessment – Marlon Bryan R. Palisoc
  • Land Development Policy to Categorize/Quantify Risks Through the Use of Hazard Maps Provided by the Different Government Agencies – Vincent C. Pagdatoon
  • Proposed Evacuation System for Disaster Risk Reduction of Candelaria, Quezon –  Win John B. De La Cruz
  • Streamlining DRR in Infrastructure Projects of DPWH: Policies, Issues, Gaps and Solutions  Melanie B. Pagcaliwangan
The CIV680M/D Graduate Student Presenters with the CE Professors

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