December 12, 2017
DMCI Homes and UP Engineering tie-up for research grants, collaborate for innovations
Photo shows (from left to right) DMCI Homes AVP for Marketing Jan Venturanza, DMCI Homes President Alfredo R. Austria, UP College of Engineering Dean Rizalinda de Leon, and UPERDFI Alfonso Aliga, Jr. after the signing of the agreement at the DMCI Homes Corporate Center recently.
Aiming to foster engineering excellence
in the country, DMCI Homes has signed an agreement recently with the UP
Engineering and Research Development Foundation, Inc. (UPERDFI) supporting the
institution’s College of Engineering (UPCoE) with research grants and awards
through the Faculty Retention and Development Program.
Led by DMCI Homes President Alfredo
Austria and UPERDFI Executive Director Alfonso Aliga, Jr., the agreement aims
to utilize more than Php 3 million fund intended exclusively to provide for
four years a total of 12 professorial chair awards and 29 teaching research
grants to deserving faculty and staff of UP CoE. The agreement commenced this year and will
run until academic year 2020.
“This is just one of the numerous
partnerships we have forged with UP through the years in our constant pursuit
of product quality and engineering excellence. We hope to do more
collaborations in the future for the benefit not just of our company but of the
construction industry as a whole,” the real estate firm’s chief disclosed.
The agreement was signed by
Austria and Aliga at the DMCI Homes Corporate Center together with the real
estate firm’s Assistant Vice-President for Marketing Jan Venturanza and UP
CoE’s Dean Rizalinda de Leon.
With both DMCI Homes and UP gearing
towards excellence in engineering, the agreement has also paved the way for
both institutions to collaborate in order to create innovations that will benefit
engineering, design and construction industries in the future.
Last October, teams from DMCI Homes
Design and Engineering and UP CoE senior faculty members gathered for an
initial discussion exploring various possible ways, methods, systems and program
applications that would be beneficial to both institutions.
“Since the 1950s, UP Diliman in general
and the College of Engineering in particular have been the recipient of the
generosity of the DMCI Group, particularly in the construction of buildings and
flood control facilities. Thanks to their leaders and UP Engineering alumni,
the late DMCI founder David Consunji, DMCI Holdings Chairman Isidro Consunji
and DMCI Homes President Alfredo Austria. After the new ICE Building, DMCI
Homes is now working with us to set up the Structural Design Engineering
Laboratory, which will involve a suite of design software and work stations.
This lab will prepare students for productive CE practice right after
graduation,” shares Aliga.
The recently signed
agreement and collaboration are part of DMCI Homes’ Kaakbay sa Edukasyon, one
of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility programs.