UP Grad tops Philippine Geodetic Engineering Licensure Exams

CEBU CITY — A graduate of the University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman topped the Geodetic Engineer Licensure Examination on September 2013.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced Friday that 144 out of 384 passed the examination given by the Board of Geodetic Engineering in Manila this month.

UP Diliman’s graduate Noel Jerome Barcellano Borlongan top the list of board passers, garnering 86.60 percent. He was followed by Feati University’s gradute Kevin Guitan Garcia with a score of 86.20 percent. Another UP Diliman’s graduate, John Ray Andalencio Bergado, made it to third place with a score of 86.00

Read more: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/breaking-news/2013/09/07/graduate-tops-geodetic-engineer-licensure-exam-302033

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PHILGEOS 2013

PhilGEOS 2013 is a follow-up activity to the the very 1st symposium on Geomatics in the Philippines (PhilGEOS 2012) that was held last November 2012. In its second year, PhilGEOS 2013 is again being organized by the Department of Geodetic Engineering of the University of the Philippines – Diliman. To be held in November 28-29, 2013, PhilGEOS is envisioned to be a major gathering of educators, researchers and the industry in the field of Geomatics from different parts of the country, with focus on agriculture and forestry.

PhilGEOS 2013 will be a good venue to synthesize and publicize Geomatics practice and application in agriculture and forestry in the Philippines, and more importantly, in finding ways in how to make these important sectors resilient through time.

For more info, visit the PhilGEOS Microsite  
http://philgeos2013.wordpress.com/philgeos-2013/

The New Filipino Time

MANILA — President Benigno Aquino III has signed into law a consolidated bill setting the Philippine Standard Time (PST) and institutionalizing the first week of the year as the “National Time Consciousness Week.”

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte, in a press briefing on Thursday, said Aquino signed last May 15 Republic Act 10535 or “An Act to set the Philippine Standard Time in All Official Sources throughout the country, to provide funds for the installation, operation and maintenance of synchronized time devices to be displayed in key public places and to declare the first week of every year as National Time Consciousness Week.”

The new law otherwise known as The Philippine Standard Time (PST) Act of 2013 is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 3284 and House Bill No. 164 that was passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on February 4, 2013.

The Act mandates all national and local government offices to display Philippine Standard Time on their official time devices, including bundy clocks, in accordance with the official time provided by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) using its network time protocol.

All of these offices shall coordinate, at least once a month, with the PAGASA to synchronize their official timepieces and devices.

The PAGASA’s Time Service Unit, in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), shall be tasked to monitor, maintain and disseminate the PST throughout the country. The PAGASA shall operate and maintain a timekeeping system to perform these functions and shall endeavor to install and maintain sufficiently large and prominently displayed synchronized time devices in all their field stations and in key public places.

The procurement of equipment necessary for the automatic dissemination of time with global positioning system (GPS) shall be in accordance with the provisions of Republic Act No. 9184 (Government Procurement Reform Act). The DOST shall be the procurement overseer of the said equipment.

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) will also require the participation of all government and private television and radio stations to ensure synchronization of timekeeping devices even in the most remote parts of the country.

Owners of private television and radio stations who shall fail to calibrate and synchronize their time devices with the Philippine Standard Time during their broadcast shall, upon hearing and due proceedings, be penalized with a fine of not less than P30,000 but not more than P50,000 in the first offense. A subsequent offense will merit a revocation and cancellation of their franchises to operate.

The fine to be collected as penalty for the violation of this Act shall be deposited in the general fund of the National Treasury.

The law also institutionalizes the first week of the year as “National Time Consciousness Week.”

The PAGASA, in coordination with the DOST, the NTC, the Department of Transportation and Communications, the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Department of National Defense, Department of Health, the Department of Education, and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), shall promulgate the necessary guidelines for the effective implementation of the calibration and synchronization of the timekeeping devices and implementation of this Act within 90 days from the effectivity of this Act.

This Act shall take effect after 15 days from its publication in the Official Gazette or in two 2 newspapers of general circulation. (SDR/Sunnex)

From: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/breaking-news/2013/05/23/aquino-signs-law-setting-philippine-standard-time-283808

GeoSim Faculty attend the Flood Modeling and LiDAR Analysis Training

GeoSim resident members Dr. Rhodora Gonzalez, Jak Sarmiento, Rosario Ang, and Marx Tupas together with Jeark Principe of the EnviSAGE Laboratory and Eugene Herrera and Imee Villalba of the NHRC-Institute of Civil Engineering, attended the Training for the Flood Modeling using LiDAR at the PAGASA Science Garden. This two-week training course was designed to prepare the PAGASA employees, Project NOAH and UP for maximizing the LiDAR datasets of the Philippines. The training is conducted by Dr. Dinand Alkema and Dr. Gabriel Parodi from ITC – The Netherlands, Dr. Menno Straatsma from Utrecht University – The Netherlands and Dr. Martin Isenburg of LASTools, UK. The training was made possible by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), ITC and PAGASA.

Thank you, F.F. Cruz.

F.F. Cruz, a father and an esteemed alumnus of the UP Department of Geodetic Engineering, passed away last Sunday at the age of 93.

Necrological services hosted by the UPCOE, UPAE, UPERDFI will be held on Friday, May 24, 7pm at the Sanctuario de San Antonio, Forbes Park.

Article from http://business.inquirer.net/122793/felipe-f-cruz-phs-construction-pioneer-dies-at-93

MANILA, Philippines — Businessman and construction pioneer Felipe F. Cruz, 93, best known for establishing one of the country’s largest contractors, FF Cruz Co. Inc., passed away late Sunday, people close to him confirmed on Monday.

The magnate was among the Philippines’s building pioneers having established what is known today as FF Cruz almost six decades ago.

The company, which started out as a small surveying firm, eventually transformed into the muscle behind key infrastructure projects within Metro Manila like the C-5 Ortigas Avenue extension interchange. Cruz, an engineer by profession, was described as a “superman” by family members and peers even later in his life.

“He was a superman. He was among the first breed of contractors who grew along with the Philippine economy,” Isidro Consunji, a nephew of Cruz, said. Consunji leads DMCI Holdings, a diversified conglomerate, which also owns D.M. Consunji Inc., one of the Philippines’ premier construction firms today.

“FF Cruz has been a pillar of the Filipino construction industry from the 50s onwards,” Consunji recounted. DMCI and FF Cruz were rivals in the construction sector, but Consunji noted they always found ways to work together when the need arose.

“Yes, we were competitors but we also collaborated,” he said. “He tried very much to develop the construction industry.”

Cruz bagged in 2007 The Outstanding Filipino Awardee for General Construction in recognition of his contributions. FF Cruz’s projects included the Grade Separation of Edsa-Ortigas Intersection, and the Edsa-Kamias-Timog Interchange Project. It also focused heavily on the maritime infrastructure sector and reclamation, building the Batangas Port Development Project.

Other projects Cruz was involved in included the San Roque hydroelectric plant in Pangasinan and geothermal plants in Leyte and Albay.

Cruz was also credited with raising the Philippines for Filipino contractors at a time when the Philippines was just gaining worldwide recognition, Consunji said.

“With several contractors, Filipinos were gradually recognized by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and JICA [ Japan InternationaCooperation Agency as capable of doing even larger and more complex projects locally and abroad,” Consunji said.

Cruz obtained his BS Geodetic Engineering degree from the University of the Philippines. He received his BS Civil Engineering degree from the National University.