Various sectors of the Lasallian
community recently formed the Alliance of Lasallians Against
Erap, or ALSA-Erap, in an effort to pool talents and resources
for the removal of President Joseph Estrada from office.
The group was established following
the community’s release of “A Call for Collective Action”.
Members of ALSA-Erap come from the College of Liberal Arts
(CLA), Student Council, Council of Student Organizations,
Political Science Department, Political Science Society, and
the Center for Social Concern and Action.
According to CLA Vice Dean
Dr. Eric Batalla, one of ALSA-Erap convenors, the alliance
has already gathered 1,100 members, mostly students, to undertake
projects like mobilization, research and education, recruitment,
production, and communications.
ALSA-ERAP led the DLSU-Manila
community during the national Jubilee Martyrs March and Mass
last December 7 at the Malate Church. The activity, which
fell on the first day of the Senate impeachment proceedings,
was organized by Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin to commemorate
the heroism during the Second World War of our forebears,
and to challenge the people to follow their patriotism and
loyalty to the Church.
For its initial activities,
ALSA-Erap held a noise barrage led by DLSU System President
Brother Roly Dizon last November 28 at the South Gate. Also,
it released a flyer on the contact information of the senators.
The alliance plans to sustain
the community’s vigilance on important social issues and to
help in national reconstruction.
faculty in JSPS Environmental Engineering Workshops
Faculty members of the Department
of Civil Engineering recently participated in workshops conducted
under the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Program in Environmental Engineering. The JSPS program involves
the collaboration of researchers from Japan and Philippine
Alexis Fillone presented a
paper titled “Bus Passenger Demand Models for Metro Manila”
during the workshop on Urban Infrastructure Development and
Environmental Management at UP-Diliman last November 17. Senior
CE students in the Transportation Engineering Division also
attended the workshop.
Dr. Andres Winston Oreta presented
his research on “Application of Neural Networks in Seismic
Performance Studies of Reinforced Concrete” while Dr. Romeo
Estanero talked on “Mitigating by Retrofitting.” CE vice chair
Jonathan Dungca discussed his paper, “Liquefaction Risk Assessment
of Metro Manila.” Oreta, Estanero, and Dungca made the paper
presentations on November 20, also at UP-Diliman.
Renan Ma. Tanhueco and Danilo
Terante participated in the workshop on the Manila Bay-Laguna
Lake System held on November 23 and 24 at Hotel Rembrandt
in Quezon City. Tanhueco was a key person in the module on
“Socio-Economic Development and Infrastructure.” The group
discussed “The Atmospheric Circulation of Water and Air and
Started in 1999, the JSPS Core
University Program in Environmental Engineering is a ten-year
program with the CE Department. In this program, DLSU-Manila
CE faculty members get the chance to visit universities and
research institutions in Japan, as well as conduct short-term