PUBLIC ASSESSMENT OF WATER SERVICES (PAWS)

The PAWS Project aims to implement a public performance assessment of the services provided by the two private concessionaires responsible for water distribution as well as sanitation and sewerage services within the concession area.  Performance categories were Network Quality, Water Quality and Service Quality.  Performance measures for each category included water pressure, water supply, compliance to drinking water quality standards, response to billing complaints, response to water interruption, among others. The performance ratings were based on two data sets: Consumer Perception & Satisfaction Survey at the household level and network telemetry data collected by data loggers.  Numerical as well as Qualitative Ratings are generated using a performance rating system.  Results of the Annual Performance Rating are reported to the Regulatory Office and both concessionnaires.

Faculty Involved:  Dean Aura C. Matias (PL), Prof. Erickson Llaguno, Prof. Adeline  A. Pacia

Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS)

 

 

 

PUBLIC ASSESSMENT OF SEWERAGE AND SANITATION SERVICES (PASS)

The PASS Pilot Study aims to develop a set of performance indicators and implement a performance rating system for sewerage and sanitation services of the two concessionaires. This rating system included both Consumer-Level and Service Performance-Level assessment mechanism. Consumer-Level assessment required the conduct of a consumer survey in several barangays in the concession areas while the Service Performance-Level dealt with the assessment of selected sewage treatment plants (STPs) and compliance of the concessionaires to set standards and targets by different regulatory agencies.

Faculty Involved:  Dean Aura C. Matias (PL), Prof. Erickson Llaguno, Prof. Adeline  A. Pacia

Partner Institution: DENR, MWSS-RO

 

 

 

ASSESSMENT OF WATER DEMAND UNDER THE MAYNILAD FRANCHISE AREA

The projects aims to to provide technical assistance to Maynilad to undertake a demand forecasting study within its concession area. The results of the study will be used in developing programs/strategies for Maynilad to meet medium-term to long-term consumer demand requirements.

The research activity was aimed to: (a)  Analyze historical demand patterns per customer class, estimate price and income elasticity and determine customers’ willingness to pay; (b) Understand the demand patterns in other emerging markets; (c) Identify key drivers of demand (e.g., economic and population growth, availability of “substitutes” such as ground water source, water-saving appliances such as waterless urinals, etc.); (d) Review the concessionaire’s latest demand assumptions, and; (e) Prepare medium-term (next 5 years through 2015) and long-term (through 2037) demand forecasts (aggregate and per customer class).

Faculty Involved:  Dean Aura C. Matias (PL), Prof. Erickson Llaguno, Prof. Adeline  A. Pacia

Partner Institution:  Maynilad Water Services

 

 

 

ASSESSMENT OF WATER DEMAND UNDER THE MANILA WATER FRANCHISE AREA

The project aims to provide technical assistance to Manila Water to undertake a demand forecasting study within its concession area. The results of the study will be used in developing programs/strategies for Manila Water to meet medium-term to long-term consumer demand requirements.

The research activity aimed to: (a)  Analyze historical demand patterns per customer class, estimate price and income elasticity and determine customers’ willingness to pay; (b) Understand the demand patterns in other emerging markets; (c) Identify key drivers of demand (e.g., economic and population growth, availability of “substitutes” such as ground water source, water-saving appliances such as waterless urinals, etc.); (d) Review the concessionaire’s latest demand assumptions, and; (e) Prepare medium-term (next 5 years through 2015) and long-term (through 2037) demand forecasts (aggregate and per customer class).

Faculty Involved:  Dean Aura C. Matias (PL), Prof. Erickson Llaguno, Prof. Adeline  A. Pacia

Partner Institution: Manila Water Company

 

 

 

ALTERNATIVE FUELS VEHICLE TESTS AND RESEARCH PROGRAM AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN ROAD TRANSPORT         

The project aims to (a) develop and establish fuel efficiency, safety and performance standards for alternative fuel vehicles fuelled by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), AutoLPG, Electricity (EVs); and New and Advance Energy Technologies (NAETs); (b) train and educate government agencies involved in the implementation of the Program; and (c) create awareness on the importance of judicious conservation and efficient utilization of energy in the land transport sector.  Deliverables include the conduct of tests and researches on alternative fuels and new and advance energy technologies; and trainings and seminars on road transport.

Faculty Involved:  Prof. Adeline A. Pacia (PL), Dr. Edwin Quiros, Engr.  Jose Gabriel Mercado, Engr. Binoe Eugenio Abuan, Dr. Miguel Escoto, Dr. Karl Vergel         

Partner Institution: Department of Energy (DOE)

 

 

 

DEVELOPMENT OF CASE STUDIES USING PHILIPPINE LONG-RANGE ENERGY ALTERNATIVES PLANNING (PH LEAP) MODEL

The Analysis of Investment for Low Emissions Growth (AILEG) Project being implemented by Abt Associates has facilitated a grant to UPNEC from USAID in support of the development of Philippine LEAP data, models and case studies. These are intended to enhance the capacity of energy policy-makers and planners as well as the academia in the Philippines in using analytical tools such as LEAP for energy planning and simulating scenarios for climate change mitigation.

Faculty Involved:  Prof. Rowaldo Del Mundo (PL), Prof. Michael Angelo Pedrasa, Prof. Adonis Emmanuel Tio, Engr. Wilbert Rey Tarnate,Engr.  Russel John Gallano  

Partner Institution: Abt Associates, AILEG, USAID

 

 

 

NCCA COMPREHENSIVE ORGANIZATION REVIEW PERFORMANCE AUDIT ASSESSMENT (CORPAA) PROJECT

UPNEC was tapped to conduct the Performance Review and Assessment (PR&A) component of the CORPAA Project for the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA).  The component aims to identify NCCA’s performance indicators in terms of effectiveness, relevance, efficiency, and financial viability.  Based on these indicators, the study will determine the organization’s level of achievement and recommend the framework for institutional performance evaluation.

Faculty Involved:  Dr.  Aura C. Matias (PL), Prof. Erickson Llaguno, Prof. Lorelie Grepo

Partner Institution: Mapua Techserv, Inc.

 

 

 

CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR THE STUDY, PRELIMINARY ENGINEERING AND DETAILED ENGINEERING DESIGN OF THE ROXAS BOULEVARD SEAWALL, MANILA CITY

The projects generally aims to determine the factors and conditions, which led to the overtopping of the Roxas Boulevard Seawall and provide mitigating solutions in order to protect the seawall from future damage caused by storm surges.  Deliverables include, among others, engineering parameters needed for design; results of a geotechnical study; detailed engineering designs of the selected mitigating measure; detailed engineering documents for bidding; and engineering documents for construction.

Faculty Involved:  Dr. Eric C. Cruz, Prof. Jeane Camelo. Dr. Mark Albert Zarco, Prof. Adeline A. Pacia

Partner Institution: Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)

 

 

 

ALTERNATIVE FUELS, ENERGY TECHNOLOGY AND EFFICIENCY (DOE Phase 2)       

The project aims to: (a) establish fuel economy rating and performance standards of alternative fuel vehicles through the conduct of researches and tests on routes with more passengers, longer distances and longer travel time, and different road conditions from shorter city routes; (b) provide adequate consumer information, education communication on the performance of the vehicles using alternative fuels through the conduct of IECs; and (c) train DOE staff in conducting Feasibility Studies for Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs).

Faculty Involved:  Prof. Adeline A. Pacia (PL), Dr. Edwin Quiros, Engr.  Jose Gabriel Mercado, Dr. Miguel Escoto, Dr. Karl Vergel, Engr. Job Encarnacion

Partner Institution: Department of Energy (DOE)

 

 

 

SVPCF 02. PROTOTYPING OF A DIESEL-ELECTRIC PARALLEL-SERIES HYBRID VEHICLE FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

This research aims to develop a working prototype of a bus using a novel parallel-series hybrid drive train for public transportation in the Philippines.  Focus will be on operating the engine at optimum efficiency with the hybrid motors as load compensators and charging devices.  The expected output would be a public utility bus with similar performance yet with significantly reduced fuel consumption and emissions.

Faculty Involved:  Prof. Rolano Ramon C. Diaz, Dr. Gerard Jo Denoga, Engr. Ralph Jose, Engr.  Jose Gabriel Mercado, Engr. Samiel Louie Arrojado, Dr. Edwin Quiros, Prof. Adeline A. Pacia, Prof. Benette Custodio, Prof. Gaudan Albert Chekov Castillo             

Partner Institution:  DOST-PCIEERD

 

 

 

DEVELOPMENT OF THE HEALTH ENTERPRISE PROOF OF CONCEPT SERVICE BUS FOR THE PHILIPPINE HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGE PROJECT UNDER NP-CS-GOP-2014-27

The major objective of the project is to develop a proof of concept or working prototype of the HESB using an open source product or customized ESB.  Specifically, the project aims to: (a) streamline/optimize health data exchange between heterogeneous applications; (b) facilitate real time message exchange to support real time provisioning/de-provisioning of services; and (c) promote operational efficiency.

Faculty Involved:  Dr. Philip Christian Zuniga (PL), Prof. Rose Anne Zuñiga, Prof. Joseph Benjamin Del Mundo, Prof. Edgardo Felizmenio, Prof. Adeline A. Pacia

Partner Institution: Department of Health (DOH)

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES FOR THE FOREIGN SERVICE BUILDINGS DESIGN EXCELLENCE PROGRAM OF THE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS                

With the recent developments in the construction of world-class intelligent buildings, the DFA intends to deliver, through a Unified Design Excellence Program, a singular set of guidelines for the construction and fit-out of all Philippine Missions worldwide, showcasing the cultural and climatic context of the Philippines’ and Manila’s position in the global economy, while looking after improvements in its operational infrastructure and consideration of its inherent security and risk management programs.

Faculty Involved:  Dr.  Fernando Germar and Prof. Mary Ann Espina (Team Leaders), Prof. Dolores Cecilia Madrid, Prof. Adeline A. Pacia

Partner Institution: Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)

 

 

 

REVALIDATION OF ALL STUDIES PERTAINING TO BALOG-BALOG MULTIPURPOSE PROJECT PHASE II (BBMPPII)AND THE PROPOSAL FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR             

The main objective of the study is to review the technical specifications and conduct reliability analysis and value engineering of both the proposed NIA Balog-Balog multipurpose dam and the proposed Tarlac Water and Electroc Development Corporation (TWEDCO) multiple dam system as two alternative components of the Balog-Balog irrigation system.

Faculty Involved:  Dr.  Guillermo Tabios (PL)

Partner Institution: National Irrigation Administration (NIA)

 

 

 

REVIEW AND VALUE ENGINEERING STUDY OF THE FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT PROJECT FOR CAGAYAN DE ORO RIVER           

The UPNEC, through the NHRC, will serve as a third party to conduct an independent audit and value engineering study of the Cagayan de Oro River Flood Risk Management Plan.  The results of the investigation shall be incorporated in the detailed engineering design of the project.

Faculty Involved:  Dr.  Guillermo Tabios (PL)  

Partner Institution:  Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)

 

 

 

CONSULTING SERVICES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF REVISIONS TO THE NATIONAL BUILDING CODE OF THE PHILIPPINES AND ITS IMPLEMENTING RULES AND REGULATIONS TO MAINSTREAM DISASTER RISK REDUCTION (NBCP WB)

The project aims to review and reconcile the provisions of the National Building Code including its IRR and the different laws/codes/standards related to public safety of buildings and structures and develop recommendations to resolve any apparent overlaps or contradictions, as well as to address disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in building design/construction/maintenance/use/occupancy.

Faculty Involved:  Dr.  Benito M. Pacheco (Team Leader), Dr. Fernando J. Germar (Asst. TL), Prof. Adeline A. Pacia, Dr. Mark Albert Zarco, Dr. Grace Ramos, Dr. Ricardo Sigua, Dr. Eric Cruz, Dr. Allan Nerves, Prof. Ulpiano Ignacio, Dr. Maria Antonia Tanchuling, Prof. Mary Ann Espina, Dr. Nathaniel Diola, Dr. Eugene Herrera, Dr. Kristoffer Berse, Prof. Diocel Harold Aquino, Prof. Armin Sarthou, Jr., Prof. Christian Orozco   

Partner Institution: The World Bank

 

 

 

NBCP-WB ADDENDUM

The additional scope covered by this Addendum will support the development of the corresponding Implementing Rules and Regulations of the proposed new Act, focusing on the integration of climate resilience standards and on implementation and compliance mechanisms.  Specifically, the additional scope of work will include: a) the preparation of technical materials for the information, education, and communication (IEC) campaign for the proposed Philippine Building Act (PBA); b) the provision of technical advisory support to DPWH senior management to coordinate information dissemination within DPWH and other agencies that are involved in building regulation on the proposed reforms in the building regulatory system; and c)  the preparation of a draft template for the new Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the proposed PBA and the initial creation of the Building Regulations and Standards Council.

Partner Institution: The World Bank

 

 

 

CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF WATER DEMAND IN THE EAST ZONE (MANILA WATER)

The study aims to provide technical assistance to Manila Water to undertake a demand forecasting study within its concession area.  The results of the study will be used in developing programs/ strategies for Manila Water to medium-term and long-term customer water demand requirements.

Faculty Involved:  Dr. Aura C. Matias (Team Leader), Prof. Adeline A. Pacia, Prof. Erickson Llaguno, Dr. Eric Paringit, Dr. Rex Halao, Dr. Iris Martinez, Engr. Raymond Freth Lagria, Engr. Angelo Ani      

Partner Institution: Manila Water

 

 

 

CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF WATER DEMAND IN THE WEST ZONE (MAYNILAD)

The study aims to provide technical assistance to Maynilad to undertake a demand forecasting study within its concession area.  The results of the study will be used in developing programs/ strategies for Manila Water to medium-term and long-term customer water demand requirements.

Faculty Involved:  Dr. Aura C. Matias (Team Leader), Prof. Adeline A. Pacia, Prof. Erickson Llaguno, Dr. Eric Paringit, Dr. Rex Halao, Dr. Iris Martinez, Engr. Raymond Freth Lagria, Engr. Angelo Ani      

Partner Institution: Maynilad

 

 

 

PHILMECH COFFEE SORTER PROJECT

The project aims to supply a color sorting component prototype based on an LED-based color sensor and color detector controlled by a microcontroller system.

Faculty Involved: Prof. Miguel Escoto, Jr. (Proj Leader), Prof. John Patrick Baduria 

Partner Institution: Philmech

 

 

 

RR EXERCISE –BORACAY ISLAND

The overall purpose of the consultancy in the second Rate Rebasing Exercise is to determine a fair and reasonable rate for the water and sewerage services in Boracay Island with the assistance of the Interim Regulatory Office.  Likewise, the UPNEC is expected to provide the Interim Regulatory Office and/or TIEZA concerned personnel sufficient training in the conduct of the Rate Rebasing Exercise.

Faculty Involved: Dr. Aura C. Matias (Proj Manager and Team Leader), Dr. Maria Antonia Tanchuling Prof. Erick Llaguno, Prof. Christian Orozco

Partner Institution: TIEZA

 

 

 

CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR THE CONDUCT OF FLOOD STUDY FOR THE SAN JUAN RIVER AND ITS TRIBUTARIES

The study aims to:

a)  Collate and evaluate recent and relevant data for hydrologic and hydraulic model development for the San Juan River basin and its river network for the purpose of simulating the surface water hydrology from various storm scenarios under prescribed hydraulic conditions;

b) Calibrate hydrologic and hydraulic models using available historical flood information such as observations made during Ondoy and Habagat;

c) Provide technical assessment of the causes of flooding in the San Juan River basin and its river network; and

d) Test various structural mitigation measures for the purpose of comparing possible alternative solutions to address the flooding in critical areas in Quezon City.

Faculty Involved:  Dr. Roberto Soriano (Proj Leader), Dr. Eugene Herrera, Prof. Richmark Macuha, Dr. Eric Cruz, Dr. Ariel C. Blanco, Prof. Louie Balicanta

Partner Institution: Quezon City Government

 

 

 

LABORATORY TESTING OF SOLAR POWER COMPONENTS

Laboratory testing of solar panel components.

Faculty Involved:  Prof. Miguel T. Escoto, Jr. (Faculty in Charge), Engr. Gaudan Albert Chekov Castillo

Partner Institution: UNDP

 

 

 

HYGROTHERMAL STUDY FOR THE SAN AGUSTIN CHURCH PROJECT

The study aims to determine how the natural dynamics of the indoor environment is affected by outdoor climate and human presence.

Faculty Involved:  Dr. Bryan Pajarito (Proj Leader), Dr. Rizalinda L. De Leon, Prof. John Andrew Kane Jovellana

Partner Institution: NCCA

 

 

 

PROPOSED ARCHITECTURAL AND ENGINEERING (A&E) DESIGN FOR THE DFA MIRROR SITE IN PAMPANGA

Generally, the Project aims to develop an architectural, structural and other engineering design (electrical, mechanical, fire protections, plumbing and sanitary) for the DFA Regional Center in DMGC Pampanga.

Faculty Involved:  Prof. Adeline A. Pacia (Program Manager), Prof. Mary Ann Espina, Col of Arki Team (to be announced)           

Partner Institution: DFA

 

 

 

CLIENT/STAKEHOLDER SATISFACTION SURVEY

The survey aims to determine the overall level of satisfaction of the LWUA stakeholders, particularly the General Managers of the local water districts, on the services being provided by LWUA for CY 2017. The level of satisfaction shall be reported on a five-point satisfaction scale, with scale numbers 4 and 5 as measures of being “satisfied” while scale number 3 as measure of “neutrality.”

The survey shall also elicit the respondents’ expected scope of LWUA services and which among these services were met by LWUA in CY 2017.   The questions in the survey shall be designed so that they can be repeated annually, and eventually compared to a baseline.

Faculty Involved:  Dr. Aura C. Matias (Proj Leader), Prof. Erick Llaguno

Partner Institution: Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA)

 

 

 

TECHNICAL ASSESSMENT OF THE NATIONAL ENERGY POLICY REVIEW

The project aims to conduct an independent and unbiased technical of the NEPR Inception Report and recommend in-depth studies that are needed to guide the CCC in crafting climate-related energy policies.

Faculty Involved:  Dr. Mili-Ann M. Tamayao

Partner Institution:  Climate Change Committee

 

 

 

THE GECKO PROJECT

The GECKO project aims to develop capabilities and implement best practices based on employability and regional cooperation on higher education. The project will support two major activities, which were identified by the consortium partners as principal needs, in order to better adapt the current curriculum to the local labor market, thus promoting regional integration. The first activity includes the development and implementation of a multidisciplinary curriculum, supported by innovative teaching materials and modern teaching technologies, by international academic teams in order to enrich teaching and learning in the classroom and at home.  The second activity focuses on improving regional cooperation to promote open-minded, critical, and innovative thinking in international teams.

Faculty Involved: Dr. Rizalinda De leon, Dr. Mili-Ann Tamayao

Partner Institution: Erasmus