Citing education’s lasting impact on nation building, the University of the Philippines-Institute of Civil Engineering (UP-ICE) has lauded the Consunji Group of Companies for its unwavering support for the improvement of the quality of education in the country.
UP-ICE Director Maria Antonia Tanchuling said this in appreciation of the conglomerate’s recent donations to the institution that include a 260-seat theater inside the UP-ICE main building. It was named after one of the institute’s esteemed alumni and acknowledged “Grandfather of Philippine Construction Industry,” the late Engr. David M. Consunji.
“Investing in education goes a long way to all stakeholders from the students and to the nation as a whole. I think that’s UP’s contribution to nation-building—to produce graduates who are not only competent but at the same time who are honorable,” Tanchuling stated.
“So we’d like to thank the private sector for the support to the university all throughout these years. DMCI, the Consunji family have been supporting the university especially the ICE. We’re really very grateful for all the support that has been given to us,” she added.
Inaugurated in November 2017, the P9.2 million-worth modern theater has hosted student assemblies, research colloquia, seminars, and more recently the first recognition rites of graduating students of the UP-ICE on June 20, 2018.
“We have a large population of students so now we have a facility where we can have assembly of our students. So it’s really a big help,” she said.
Apart from the David M. Consunji Theater, DMCI Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries donated for the construction of various facilities and scholarships to the UP-ICE including professorial chair and teaching grants, lecture room, and canteen.
DMCI Homes and Dacon together with Friends of Engr. David M. Consunji also donated early this year P7.5 million for the setting up of UP ICE’s computational laboratory which is expected to be completed before the year ends.
DMCI Homes Executive Treasurer Edwina Consunji-Laperal, on the other hand, expressed her gratitude to the University of the Philippines for allowing her family to become part of the institution’s pursuit of academic excellence.
“For us, this is a way to honor the memory of our late father, Engr. David M. Consunji, who always believed in the importance of education and continuous learning. For him, these are critical in the evolution and advancement of the industry that he was truly passionate about,” Laperal said