The UP School of Urban and Regional Planning (UP SURP) will host a public lecture entitled “What are the Current Issues in Urban Rail Planning in Tokyo?” at the 3rd Floor Cariño Multi-Purpose Hall of UP SURP on December 3, 2014, at 3:00 in the afternoon. The lecture will be delivered by Prof. Hironori Kato, of The University of Tokyo, Japan.

Prof. Kato’s lecture shall touch on the characteristics and complexities of Tokyo City’s urban rail system, and how the rail-oriented megacity has benefited from its sophisticated and efficient urban rail network. With the city’s economy highly dependent on its rail network, the presentation shall look into the unique characteristics of Tokyo’s urban rail market, particularly how railway services are provided by private railway companies. A discussion shall be made on how these private companies have been guided by the central government in the development of the rail network to what it is today. The audience shall also be given a glimpse of the latest master plan and the recent developments after the master plan was proposed. Current issues regarding Tokyo’s rail network shall also been discussed in the lecture.

Participants may RSVP to (02) 926-2120 to attend the lecture. There is no entrance fee, but as slots are limited, interested parties are advised to register early.


Prof. Kato is a faculty member of the Department of Civil Engineering, the University of Tokyo, Japan. His interest in the field of transportation planning and policy dates back to 1995, during his time as a Research Associate in the university. His teaching and research interests include areas of transportation planning and policy, transportation economics, transportation finance, and travel behavioral analysis. As a researcher, Prof. Kato’s numerous works have been published in international refereed journals, international conference proceedings, and books chapters on transportation research.

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SURP announces the Admission Exam Result (1st Batch) listing all passers for the Diploma and  M.A. programs for the Second Semester of Academic Year 2014-2015. Please find your name in the attached lists.

2nd 2014-2015 – 1 batch


PhD Admission Exam Result is provided below.

PhD 2nd 2014-2015

Founding Day Celebration – UP SURP@49: Reaching for Gold

The UP School of Urban and Regional Planning (UP SURP) celebrated its 49th Founding Anniversary last October 22, 2014, with the theme UPSURP@49: Reaching for the Gold.


The morning festivities began with the SURParade (fig. 1), held at the UP Oval, with the purpose of “Showcasing Urban and Regional Planning for Low Emission Development Society (LEDS)”. The parade was attended by 180 participants from the SURP faculty and staff, alumni, students of the school, as well as invited guests, including a brass band courtesy of the Quezon City Local Government. This was followed by a “boodle fight” lunch at the UP SURP Garden. (fig. 2)


Fig. 1 Parade

Fig. 2 Lunch











The afternoon’s activities commenced with the School and the UP Alumni Association SURP Chapter awarding the distinction of UP SURP Outstanding Alumnus (fig. 3) to Secretary Ramon Jesύs P. Paje, the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for his invaluable contribution to the field of urban and regional planning, particularly his tireless efforts at the protection and preservation of the environment in the country.  In his acceptance speech, Secretary Paje expressed his strong support to the continued growth of UP-SURP.

Fig. 3 Awarding









This was immediately followed by the ribbon cutting and blessing (fig. 4) (fig. 5) of the newly refurbished SURP Lobby and the launching of the school’s Free WiFi, attended by Sec. Paje and Mrs. Paje as well as by representatives of the Resorts World Manila (officially known as Travellers International Hotel Group Inc.) which sponsored said refurbishment, through the efforts of the UPAA-SURP Chapter, led by its president, Dr. Gabby Lopez.

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Fig. 4 Blessing












A Thanksgiving Mass was then held at the 3rd Floor Cariño Multi-Purpose Hall.  This was followed immediately by the countdown to the 50th Golden Anniversary in 2015, and a presentation of plans for the new SURP Bldg.


Afterwards, the UPAA-SURP Chapter General Assembly, with new officers elected.


Socials were held in the evening to cap off school 49th Founding Anniversary celebration. (fig. 6)


Fig. 6 Socials

UP-SURP celebrating its 49th Anniversary: 22 October 2014

The UP-SURP announces the program for its 49th Anniversary with the theme,


expressing the build-up to next year’s milestone golden anniversary.  The program of activities for October 22, 2014 is shown for your reference.  We enjoin all former UP-SURP faculty and staff, alumni and friends to join the School in this celebration.   RSVP contact information indicated below.




9:00 – 10:00 AM



10:00 – 11:00 AM

SURParade –  Showcasing Urban and Regional Planning for Low Emission Development Society (LEDS) at the UP Oval

11:30AM – 12:30 PM


  UP SURP Garden

1:30 – 2:00 PM

Blessing   of the New  Lobby  and  Launching of the Free WiFi  at  UP SURP Ground Floor

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Thanksgiving Mass

  Venue: 3F, Carino Multi-Purpose Hall

3:00 – 4:00 PM

49th Anniversary Program

Venue: 3F, Carino Multi-Purpose Hall

   1 Welcome remarks

   2  Countdown to 50th Anniversary

   3 Awarding of the UP SURP Outstanding Alumnus – Sec. Ramon Paje, DENR

   4 Address of the Awardee

4:00 – 4:15 PM


4:15 – 6:00 PM

UPAA-SURP Chapter General Assembly

   President’s Report

   Secretary and Treasurer’s Report



6:00 PM  onwards








RSVP: Students – c/o UP PLANO Pres. Steph Gilles – 09178952988

Alumni – c/o Arlene Ty – 09178316694

Faculty and staff – c/o Lina – 9206853; 09228714955








UP-SURP Faculty Member Recognized as 2014 Most Outstanding Zambosurian for Academe

The UP School of Urban and Regional Planning (UP SURP) is pleased to announce the Recognition of Dr. Karen Ann B. Jago-on as the 2014 Most Outstanding Zambosurian for Academe. Dr. Jago-on was awarded by the by the Province of Zamboanga del Sur during the Most Outstanding Zambosurian Night held on the celebration of the 62nd Founding Anniversary of Zamboanga Del Sur last September 13, 2014.

Dr Jago-on finished her undergraduate degree in Community Development at the UP College of Social Work and Community Development, and went on to earn her Masters, and consequently her Doctorate Degree in Developmental Science at Hiroshima University in Japan. She joined the Faculty of the UP SURP in 2011, where she is currently an Assistant Professor. She is one of the school’s experts in the field of environmental planning, specializing particularly in the topics of Development/Environmental Economics, and Human Impacts on Subsurface Environments. A prolific researcher, Dr. Jago-on has been involved in works published both locally and internationally. Dr. Jago-on is likewise the main convener of the Consortium of Urban Subsurface Environment Management in Asia.

Visiting Japanese Professor to lecture on Urban Freight Policy Measures in Tokyo

The UP School of Urban and Regional Planning will be hosting a public lecture on September 9, 2014 (Tuesday) at 2 pm, entitled “Urban Freight Survey and Policy Measures in Tokyo Metropolitan Area” which will be delivered by Dr. Tetsuro Hyodo, a Visiting Professor from the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology.

The lecture shall focus on the results of the decennial Urban Freight Survey (UFS) that was recently conducted in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area, touching on the importance of logistics/freight transportation.

The public lecture will highlight the chief purposes and activities outline of the Urban Freight Survey (UFS), focusing particularly on the results of the decennial UFS that was recently conducted in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area, with Dr. Hyodo chairing the Tokyo USF Committee. The lecture will likewise present the features and importance of logistics/freight transportation. Discussion on logistics facility allocation model and large size truck’s route choice behavior in relation to policy measures from the view point of public infrastructure planning will also be undertaken.

Registration to the lecture is free. Interested participants may RSVP to (02) 926-2120, or email to

SURP hosts UP Diliman Faculty Socials

In UP Diliman, life is not all academics, lecture, and research.

As part of its effort to nurture friendship and camaraderie among the officials and faculty of UP Diliman, various colleges of the university are selected to hold the UP Diliman Faculty Socials each month.

Last July 31, 2014, the UP School of Urban and Regional Planning was privileged to host to the Faculty Socials at the 3rd Floor Cariño Hall of UP SURP. The event was graced by President Alfredo E., Pascual, former President Emerlinda R. Roman, as well as other officials of the university. Despite heavy rains, deans, and faculty members represented their colleges, all of whom were treated to an evening of good food, great company, jamming and dancing to the band – another well-deserved break from the daily academic challenges at the university.

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UP-SURP Research Agenda Academic Year 2014-2015

UP-SURP has formulated this research agenda, organized according to specialty clusters of UP-SURP:


1. Environment and Natural Resource Planning

a. Impacts of flooding on the built environment and populations
b. Climate change adaptation and mitigation
c. Disaster risk reduction and management
d. Public-Private Partnerships to Improve Local Services Delivery
e. Environmental Assessment as a Planning Tool
f. Biodiversity conservation in local land use and development planning
g. Ecological Approach to trans-boundary planning
h. Emergency Resource Planning
i. Environmental Resource Management (Top-Bottom/ Bottom-Top Approach)


2. Estate Planning

a. Slum upgrading
b. Rural development
c. Informal settlements growth
d. Resettlement Planning
e. Art and culture in urban development
f. Green urban design
g. Inclusive urban regeneration: planning policy, social capital development
h. Adaptive reuse of heritage districts
i. Parks and open public areas: collaborative governance, development and management
j. Urban planning for persons with disabilities (PWD’s): policy, design and governance
k. Gender-sensitive estate planning: impact to policy, design, governance
l. Disaster resilient settlements
m. Post-disaster rehabilitation planning
n. Tourism planning (tourism enterprise zones, medical tourism, retirement and leisure estates)

3. Public Works Planning

a. Public-Private Partnerships and other implementation arrangements
b. Funding infrastructure projects
c. Risk analyses
d. Exit strategies for old/ obsolete public work projects: planning for reuse, recycling and disposal


4. Transportation Planning

a. Public transport supply and demand
b. Inter-island travel demand
c. Mobility in cities
d. Non-motorized transport
e. International, regional, sub-regional, city logistics
f. Low-carbon transport systems
g. PPP modalities for transport system development
h. Regulation and integration potentialities of informal transport systems
i. Traffic management patterns, challenges & opportunities: impact to policy, design, governance
j. Humanitarian Logistics

Registration Flow Chart (1st Sem. AY 2014-2015)

Incoming and returning students are provided with the attached Registration Flow Chart for their guidance.

Please click the link below to load the 2-page PDF file.


Admission Exam Results for First Semester of Academic Year 2014-2015

SURP announces the Admission Exam Result (Second Batch) listing all passers for the Diploma, M.A. and Ph.D. programs for the First Semester of Academic Year 2014-2015.

Please find your name in the attached lists.

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result 3

result 1