UP and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) are teaming up for infrastructure development across the University System through a memorandum of agreement signed on September 6.
This capacity-sharing initiative, according to UP President Danilo Concepcion, signifies the University’s trust in the technical and professional expertise of DPWH, the national agency mandated to undertake infrastructure projects for the government. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, meanwhile, expressed confidence that the Department will meet the expectations of UP.
The agreement includes road improvements in UP Visayas, rehabilitation of the UP Cebu Undergraduate Studies Building, and renovation of UP Diliman (UPD) structures, such as the main library, the University Health Service, the gym, and Kamia, Molave, and Yakal Residence Halls.
The partnership also involves the construction of the following: the Faculty Center, Multipurpose Hall, Resilience Institute, faculty and staff housing, public restrooms, and water impounding lagoons in the UPD campus; the Agronomy, Soils, and Horticulture Building, and a dorm for graduate students in UP Los Baños; the Neuroscience Institute in UP Manila; the UP Open University Multimedia Production Building; the UP Mindanao student dormitory; and the first phase of the Puerto Galera Biodiversity and Environmental Research and Outreach Center.
“Through cooperation and collaboration, these projects will be completed with better outcome,” Concepcion said. (Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo, UP MPRO)