UP President Danilo Concepcion shared news on infrastructure development in the University at the Alumni Council Meeting.
He pointed to road repairs for the campuses in Diliman, Los Baños, Mindanao, and Cebu. He also talked about the upcoming renovation of buildings such as Vinzons Hall, where the canteen was first to be finished; the UP Health Service in Diliman; and the UP Diliman (UPD) Main Library.
Camia, Molave, and Yakal Residence Halls in UPD are also up for renovation. Concepcion said that dorm residents would be provided temporary housing while the buildings were being fixed. The International Center’s renovation, meanwhile, is already underway.
He reported that “Tribute to Higher Education” by the late National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon Abueva would be rehabilitated. These sculptures are found on both sides of the University Avenue in Diliman and serve as portals to the campus. The Oblation Plaza in front of Quezon Hall will also be restored to what it once was: a reflecting pool with fountains.
Later this year, the promenade donated by Upsilon Sigma Phi Fraternity will be inaugurated. The P12-million project commemorates the organization’s centennial this year. It intersects Beta Way, which the Beta Epsilon Fraternity plans to renovate. Benches will also be placed around the Lagoon, courtesy of the UP Alumni Association in America.
UPD’s sports facilities are undergoing improvement as well. The complex that houses the football field, track oval, and stadium is being completed. The newly constructed Epsilon Chi Fraternity Wellness Gym is currently being used by the basketball team as its practice venue while it waits for its own practice gym to be constructed.
The construction of an Olympic-size swimming pool is ongoing and is expected to be finished by mid-2019. The old pool, Concepcion said, will remain as part of a recreational facility akin to a clubhouse. A P15-million donation from entrepreneur JJ Atencio will go to the renovation of the area, which includes the construction of a two-story building. The second level will be a gallery where students, faculty, and alumni can hold exhibits.
To save on water expenses, Concepcion revealed that the construction of a P50-million reservoir in UPD will finally allow the campus to utilize gray water from Manila Water for its grounds. He explained that each day 5,000 liters of gray water from the company was being wasted because UPD had no provision for storage, so that the water requirements of maintaining campus grounds made utility expenses higher.
New structures will also be put up in UPD. Villadolid Hall will be replaced by a seven-story building that will house the Archaeological Studies Program and the Resilience Institute. A Student Union building will also be constructed behind Vinzons Hall. With a budget of P270 million, it will house the offices of the sectoral regents and student organizations, a function room for student activities; and it will support facilities such as a bookstore, cafe, and ATMs.
The Faculty Center, which burned down in 2016, will be resurrected as the six-level Faculty Commons. The P675-million building will have conference facilities and multilevel parking. Concepcion said that plans for the Shopping Center, which burned down earlier this year, were finished. He expressed confidence that the procurement process for both projects would soon be underway.
One of the UP administration’s biggest infrastructure projects is the construction of the P9-billion Philippine General Hospital (PGH)-Diliman complex, which includes, among others, a 1,400-bed hospital, the UP Manila College of Medicine, a cancer research institute, and a large-capacity comprehensive laboratory. Concepcion said that the National Economic Development Authority had made PGH-Diliman a flagship project. (Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo, UP MPRO)
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