Photo from Cebu City BRT Facebook page photo album.
Complex urban transport problems warrant a continuous search for solutions. The need for mobility is a given in today’s cities where commute trips tend to become longer as a result of urban sprawl and the growing mismatch between residential and employment locations which result in more trips made in terms of volume and distance. With a growing middle class whose tendency is to acquire and use private cars as the main mode of travel and the existence of low-quality public transport services, traffic congestion worsens with its attendant economic and environmental externalities. …
A Place and the Case for UP and DOST’s MonorailThere is no better endorsement for a rail system in a congested city than the existing ones. The amount of patronage the Light Rail Transit and the Metro Rail Transit are getting despite the long lines and system breakdowns attests to the lengths commuters are willing to put up with just to get a traffic-free, automated ride toward their destinations.
The Dignity of Travel: The Cebu BRT ProjectComplex urban transport problems warrant a continuous search for solutions. The need for mobility is a given in today’s cities where commute trips tend to become longer as a result of urban sprawl and the growing mismatch between residential and employment locations which result in more trips made in terms of volume and distance.
Academic Leadership in a Globalized, Technology-Driven WorldIn UP, the country’s lone national university, leadership is central to our existence and purpose. The UP Charter of 2008 (Republic Act No. 9500) mandates us to provide our unique and distinctive leadership in higher education and national development. In clear and categorical terms, we are called upon to serve as a graduate university, providing 21st century skills and specializations for our country’s aspiring academics and decision makers.
Internationalizing the National University: The UP President SpeaksIn an interview with the UP FORUM, the UP President shares his insights on internationalization and what it means to UP as the national university. In particular, he discusses (1) UP’s purpose and how it contributes to the internationalization efforts of the higher education sector; (2) the challenges in pursuing internationalization; (3) UP’s strategies to pursue it; (4) key points in the internationalization of higher education institutions (HEIs); and (5) the impact of ASEAN Community 2015 on Philippines HEIs.
Mutual Recognition of University Degrees and Professional Licenses in the Context of ASEAN Integration and InternationalizationIn 2015, the ten ASEAN countries will establish the ASEAN Integration. In this context, the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint will be implemented, featuring a single market and production base, characterized by free flow of professionals and skilled workers, among other things.
President Alfredo E. Pascual is 2014 Presidential Lingkod ng Bayan AwardeeUniversity of the Philippines President Alfredo E. Pascual has been chosen as one of the 2014 Presidential Lingkod ng Bayan awardees. The award serves as a recognition of President Pascual’s continuing efforts to making UP a great university in the 21st century.
UPCAT 2015 Results now available!The Office of Admissions has published the results of the UPCAT 2015 held last August 2014. To view the list of successful examinees, please click this slide. For questions and other concerns regarding the UPCAT, you may visit the Office of Admissions website (http://upcat.up.edu.ph/).
CampusesThe University of the Philippines (UP) is the country’s national university. This premier institution of higher learning was established in 1908 and is now a university system composed of seven constituent universities and one autonomous college spread throughout 15 campuses in the archipelago. As of 2012, the UP System’s student population was at least 57,000.
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UP Professor says high power rates can be reduced
Professor Rowaldo del Mundo. Photo by Diana Ruth Rinon Arcega via UP CIDS.
The Philippines has the highest power rates in the ASEAN region but these can be reduced by up to 20% by ensuring security of supply, said UP professor Rowaldo del Mundo at a public lecture on April 16, 2015.
Prof. del Mundo of the UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute, explained before a crowd of students, civil organizations representatives, private sector, government officials and policymakers as well as UP faculty members that the reduction of power rates can be done by aggregating the power demand of electric cooperatives and …
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UP Forum issue on Transportation off the press
This is volume 15, number 5 of the bi-monthly UP Forum. This is a special issue for the months of September to December 2014, which tackles the issues on public and mass transportation in the country.
Among the contributors in this issue are School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP) Associate Professor and National Center for Transportation Studies (NCTS) Faculty Fellow, Dr. Cresencio Montalbo; and UP Diliman Office of Design and Planning Initiatives and SURP Graduate Studies Director and Professor, Dr. Hussein S. Lidasan.
Senator Grace Poe and University of Canberra Center for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Nicole …
- Esteemed forensic scientists in UP symposium, April 7
- Memorandum No. PAEP 15-19: eUP System Shutdown on 2 April to 5 April 2015
- Critical Pedagogy Lecture Series: Krisis at Rebolusyon, Tugon ng GPH at NDFP
- Memorandum No. PAEP 15-37: Half Day Work on 01 April 2015
- Mark Valenzuela and Pablo K. Capati III in “Terraforming”
- Call for applications to CIMB Young ASEAN Leaders (CYAL) program
- UPD Institute of Biology to hold Forensic Science Symposium on April 7
- Good practices, successful models to be discussed in UP System-wide Academic Leadership Conference
- Call for applications to ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme (AYVP)
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Photo from Cebu City BRT Facebook page photo album.
Trust Pinoy wit to come up with the most appropriate name for the nightmare of bumper-to-bumper traffic within the metro: Carmageddon.1 Monsoon rains, road repairs, accidents, annual holidays, even a single misbehaving private or public utility vehicle can turn our roads into a virtual parking lot, while lines of people waiting to catch a ride on the MRT-3 snake down all the way to the sidewalks, and crowds of commuters spill over onto the middle of the street.
The financial costs of traffic congestion are staggering—P2.4 billion today, and likely to increase to P6 billion a day by 2030 if the …
MMDA Deputy Chairman Undersecretary Alex Ramon Cabanilla.
They are massive in scale. They breathe smoke and fire. They cause tremendous amounts of inconvenience, not to mention great financial losses. They are consistently aggravating and occasionally directly life-threatening. But the difference between dragons and traffic congestion is that one of them is all-too-real and much more complicated to deal with.
Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Deputy Chairman Undersecretary and former UP School of Urban and Regional Planning associate professor Alex Ramon Q. Cabanilla put it another way: “Our traffic problem is the product of years and years of benign neglect. It started out …