COE, JICA form partnership through rural electrification project
Access to electricity in rural communities—this is the primary goal of a three-year project between the College of Engineering and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
In a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed recently, JICA donated P10.8 M to finance the establishment of the Center for Micro-hydro Technology at De La Salle University-Manila.
This move will strengthen the University’s capability to provide technical services in the fields of development, as well as in the operation and management of micro-hydropower (MHP) plants. The over-all goal of the project is to help the Department of Energy accelerate the sustainable MHP development for rural electrification in the Philippines.
The availability of affordable electrical as well as mechanical power and the thermal energy could spur the setting up of agro-processing and cottage industries, creating employment opportunities in rural areas, generate disposable income, and decrease the drain on foreign exchange spent of importing fuel oil, rice, and other agricultural products.
The JICA-Community Empowerment Project has expected outputs within the span of three years. These are: improvement of testing and manufacturing facilities at the Center; preparation of references of locally manufactured micro-hydro equipment; demonstration power plants will be implemented and monitored; regular training for local manufacturers, non-government organizations, and local government units on MHP development, manufacturing equipment and operation and maintenance; and, establishment and strengthening of the network for technical assistance among stakeholders concerned.
The project will commence in the early quarter of this year.
Admin gears up for implementation of 10-year plan
Administrators of De La Salle University-Manila gathered last week for the year-end planning workshop to determine the priorities for next school year based on the strategic decisions for DLSU-Manila for 2003-2013. Executive Vice President Dr. Carmelita Quebengco initially outlined the achievements of the University in the previous school year, and acknowledged the work of the administrators who helped make these possible. Later, she discussed action plans for next school year to operationalize the University’s long-term goals.
Quebengco has identified think tanks to work on four major areas of the University’s operation. These are academic programs to be chaired by incoming Vice President for Academics and Research Dr. Allan Bernardo, with sub-committees on academic services and faculty development; research, Quebengco; fund generation and external linkages, System Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs Jose Kalaw, Jr.; and physical plant and development, Assistant Vice President for Administrative Services Enrico Cordero. The EVP gave the think tanks a one-year schedule for drawing up a blue print which will guide the University in implementing programs aligned with the University’s targets.
The EVP also stressed the interrelationships of the think tanks, and advised the chairs to work closely with one another because decisions in a group can affect another.
In detailing the priorities for 2003-04, she reiterated that the focus of the University’s initiatives is the students. “We should take our responsibility seriously in the development of future professionals and leaders,” she remarked.
On being concurrent EVP of DLSU-Manila and OIC for the DLSU System, Quebengco said that she will continue to chair major committees such as the Operations Council, Council of Deans, and the Management Information System Committee, and sit in the Physical Facilities Committee. Every week, she will devote the first two days to the System units, and the next three to DLSU-Manila.
Meanwhile, DLSU System President Br. Rolando Dizon, FSC emphasized the “special mission” of DLSU-Manila and other System units to the country. He affirmed his confidence on the administration to carry the torch well in responding to the educational needs of the country.