May 03, 2018
DMCI Homes donates P7.5M to boost UP Institute of Civil Engineering's research capability
Photo shows DMCI Holdings, Inc. Chairman Isidro A. Consunji shaking hands with UPERDFI Executive Director Alfonso Aliga, Jr. after the signing of the deed of donation for DMCI Homes Computational Laboratory in the UP Institute of Civil Engineering. They are joined by (from left to right) UP Professor Errol Quinay, DMCI Homes Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Customer Care Jan Venturanza, UP-ICE Director Maria Antonia Tanchuling, UP College of Engineering Dean Rizalinda de Leon, DMCI Homes Executive Treasurer Edwina Laperal, DACON President and Semirara President & COO Victor A. Consunji, DMCI Homes President Alfredo R. Austria and DMCI Homes Vice President for Design and Engineering Adrian M. Calimbas.
DMCI Homes, the country’s first
Quadruple A developer, has made a P7.5 million donation to the UP Engineering Research
and Development Foundation, Inc. (UPERDFI) for the setting up of a structural
design engineering laboratory in the Institute of Civil Engineering in the UP
Diliman campus in Quezon City.
Held at the DMCI Homes Corporate Center,
the donation agreement was recently signed and officiated by DMCI Holdings,
Inc. Chairman Isidro Consunji. The donor signatories included DMCI Homes
President Alfredo R. Austria, DACON President and Semirara President & COO
Victor A. Consunji, and DMCI Homes Executive Treasurer Edwina Consunji-Laperal
representing the Friends of Engr. David M. Consunji. Alfonso A. Aliga, Jr.,
Executive Director of UPERDFI signed as the donee.
In the six-page agreement, the donated
amount will be used for the purchase of equipment, software, and maintenance of
the computational laboratory to reinforce the instructional and research
capability of the UP Institute of Civil Engineering (UP-ICE).
To be used by the students and faculty
of the UP-ICE, the facility will involve a suite of design software and work
stations, and room furnishings, to better prepare civil engineering students
for practice after graduation.
DMCI Homes Vice President for Design and
Engineering Adrian Calimbas, DMCI Homes Assistant Vice President for Marketing
and Customer Care Jan Venturanza, UP-ICE Director Dr. Maria Antonia Tanchuling
and UP College of Engineering Dean Dr. Rizalinda de Leon, served as witnesses to
the signing of the document. UP-ICE Associate
Professor Dr. Errol Quinay, lead faculty for the DMCI Homes ICE Laboratory, was
also present during the event.
Austria said the donation was in line
with DMCI Homes’ corporate objective to help foster engineering excellence in
the Philippines through industry-academe collaboration via the company’s
Kaakbay sa Edukasyon corporate social responsibility program.
“The facility is part of our continuing
discussion with the UP College of Engineering on further enhancing the quality
of engineering graduates in the country in an age of technological revolution,”
“With UP as the top producer of
high-caliber engineers, reinforcing the instruction and research capability of
the institution will help the whole industry in the long run to handle the
increasing construction requirements in the country,” he added.
For his part, Aliga said that the
laboratory implements what he and DMCI Holdings, Inc. Chairman Consunji have
been discussing for some time.
“Because the Laboratory will make use of
design software commonly used in the industry, DMCI Homes, as well as other
structural design engineering companies, can look forward to tapping the
faculty and students of UP-ICE to do preliminary design work on an outsourced
basis, and to conduct peer reviews,” he said.
Dean de Leon added that the
collaborative arrangement has also been one motivation for a global engineering
company to invest in the Process Design and Simulation Laboratory at the UP
Department of Chemical Engineering, and a mining company to do the same for the
Mining and Metallurgical Engineering Laboratories. Both were donated to UP
Engineering through the UPERDFI.
The recently signed
donation agreement is part of the continuous collaborations of DMCI Homes and
UPERDFI to foster engineering excellence in the country.