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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Applications for Second Semester, Academic Year 2014-2015

Please be informed that the schedule related to entry for second semester of Academic Year 2014-2015 are as follows:
              Application Submission Deadline – 8 October 2014 (Wednesday)
              Qualifying Examination – 15 October 2014 (Wednesday)
              Announcement of Examination Results – 12 November 2014 (Wednesday)
For your use, you may download the application forms and guidance:

JURP call for papers

The Journal in Urban and Regional Planning issues a call for papers for its next issues. Details are shown in the accompanying graphic.

Manuscripts should be laid out using the template provided by the Research and Publications Division which bears the official journal identifier and format for the publication. A Cover Page and duly accomplished JURP Manuscript Submission Form should also accompany the submission.


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SURP new electronic journal now online

Starting June 4, 2014, the School has made its Journal in Urban and Regional Planning (JURP) available online.   The first issue features 5 articles which cover various aspects in urban and regional planning.    Articles are available for download at the following website:

JURP is hosted by the University of the Philippines (U.P.) Diliman Journals Online, which is a free online service exclusively offered to U.P. Diliman journals.

The School hopes to encourage and inspire more individuals to conduct urban and regional planning-related researches.  For JURP authorship guidelines, please refer to:


SURP Dean and JURP Editor-in-Chief "push the button" to make first JURP issue available online

SURP Dean and JURP Editor-in-Chief “push the button” to make first JURP issue available online


Woodbury University President is SURP 2014 Commencement Speaker

Dr. Luis Maria Calingo, president of Woodbury University, calingo graciously accepted SURP’s invitation for him to give this year’s Commencement Address at SURP on April 27.  Dr. Calingo, a very distinguished SURP alumna, shared his experiences with the 2014 graduates, in the hope of inspiring them to accomplish their individual dreams and to contribute to the betterment of society.


About Dr. Calingo:

Luís María R. Calingo is the 13th President of Woodbury University, the second oldest institution of higher education in Southern California (established 1884).  He was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of the Dominican University of California and previously served as business school dean at Dominican University of California; John Carroll University; California State University, Long Beach; and California State University, Fresno.  He also previously served as visiting professor or senior fellow at the Nanyang Technological University, the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and the UP College of Business Administration.  He has served as a member of the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award since 1997.  The Baldrige Award is America’s highest national award for quality, continuous improvement, and performance excellence, which the President of the United States has awarded every year since 1988.

Luís Calingo is an internationally recognized expert in strategic planning and total quality management.  As technical expert to the Asian Productivity Organization, which is a regional intergovernmental organization of 20 member-countries, Dr. Calingo has served as principal adviser to the governments of Indonesia, Mongolia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam on the establishment of their national award programs for quality and performance excellence.  He also assisted in the infusion of quality management into higher education in the Philippines and Thailand as Fulbright senior specialist and World Bank consultant.

Luís Calingo has also been an active contributor to the community and his profession.  He serves on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and the San Fernando Valley Economic Alliance.  He received his M.B.A. with honors (1981) and Ph.D. in strategic management (1984) from the University of Pittsburgh, and his B.S.I.E. (1976) and M.U.R.P. (1978) degrees from the University of the Philippines.  He is a lifetime member of the University of the Philippines Beta Epsilon Fraternity.  He received the Distinguished Alumnus in Industrial Engineering Award during the University of the Philippines Centennial Year 2008.  He is also the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award in Education and International Development from University of the Philippines Alumni Association in America.  He has been married to Gemeline for 32 years and they have three daughters Ashley Marie, Alexandra Nicole, and Arienne Louise.


Dr. Calingo’s Commencement Address:

Honored graduates; proud parents, spouses and significant others; distinguished faculty; and esteemed guests:  Magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat.

Being invited to be your speaker on this wonderful occasion is especially gratifying because it gives me the feeling of solidarity with the fulfillment and expectations that commencement and recognition ceremonies celebrate.

Thank you to Dean Mario de los Reyes for giving me this opportunity to return to my alma mater.  I owe much of what I have professionally achieved to my education at U.P. Diliman—in and out of the classroom.

This year marks the 36th anniversary of my graduation from the MURP program of the then U.P. Institute of Environmental Planning or IEP and my induction to the Pi Gammu Mu honor society.

I recall my own undergraduate commencement ceremony in 1976.  President Ferdinand Marcos was the commencement speaker, and he spoke for nearly one hour.  As I sat in the UP Amphitheater under the hot sun, I told myself, “Someday, I will do just that.”  Fortunately, that won’t be today.  I’ll make a deal with you.  If you give me your full time and attention, I promise to deliver the 15-minute version of my hour-long speech.

Before I delve into my message to the graduating class, please allow me to share with you a quick reflection of my years at the University of the Philippines.

I entered U.P. as a high school student in 1967 and left U.P. with two degrees eleven years later.   Nearly all of us here share at least one thing in common.   We all graduated from the best university in the Philippines.  Like you, I have been told countless times that we are the cream of the crop, the crème de la crème, or the people’s scholars.

Despite my expatriate status or self-exile in a country that I have called home for 34 years now, I share with all U.P. alumni a moral and ethical obligation to give back to the people who invested in our education.

Although I spent the majority of my life outside the Philippines, I owe much of my intellectual formation to U.P. Diliman.

It was here where I went to high school at the old campus in Katipunan Road.  It was here where I was more than an innocent bystander to the Diliman Commune and the First Quarter Storm and student activism in the 1970s.  It was here where professors at the College of Engineering developed my competence in systematic analysis and quality assurance.

I attended the MURP program on a scholarship from the then Ministry of Public Works and Highways — taking classes in the morning, reporting to work in the afternoon, and preparing my homework assignments on nights and weekends.  It was during my MURP days when I first got published.  The late Professor Adrienne Agpalza liked my review paper on rural development programs in the Philippines and had it published in the Philippine Planning Journal.  My case study on evaluating a USAID-assisted small-scale irrigation project became a required reading in project development and management courses at the then UP College of Public Administration.

Ironically, it was also during my MURP days when I got my first exposure to the limits of reason and scientific explanation on everything that happens in the world.  To the old-timers who might remember, the school year 1977-1978 was when IEP professors and research assistants shared stories of the ghost of a murdered American soldier employing poltergeist tactics in the women’s restroom — of all places.

It was at the Institute where my MURP professors, notably Dr. Primi Cal and the late Dr. Ben Cariño after whom this hall is named, would leave their imprint on the pedagogical methods that I had formed at the beginning of my academic career five years later.  After finishing the MURP program in 1978, I was immediately seconded to the Ministry of Human Settlements to lead a staff of MURP graduates and industrial engineers who developed what was to become the Bagong Lipunan Sites and Services or BLISS Program.  Those years at MHS were the best years of my professional life in the Philippines — thanks to my MURP education.

Two weeks ago, I traveled on university business to the city of Tijuana in Baja California, Mexico.   While on that trip, the scope and scale of the city planning problems there — from the informal settlements to the transportation problems — reminded me of that classic by the late Kevin Lynch, The Image of the City.  That was the book that the late Professor Tito C. Firmalino required us to read in Planning 201.

When I began working on my doctoral dissertation on designing strategic planning systems more than thirty years ago, I reread Christopher Alexander’s classic Notes on the Synthesis of Form and its design principles came in very handy.

Throughout my career as a business professor and now as an educational administrator, I have cultivated my passion for designing complex social systems — an interest that the MURP program has kindled within me.   The discipline of looking at organizations as complex social systems is a perspective that has made me distinctive among my academic peers to this day.

May you be as proud a U.P. alumnus as I have been!

On this wonderful day when we are gathered together to celebrate your induction to the society of the learned, I would like to talk to you about the challenges that you will face as professionals and citizens of a democratic society and the world.

The most significant challenge that educators face today is that we are preparing our students for jobs and careers that do not yet exist, using technologies and solutions that have not yet been invented, to solve problems that society does not yet recognize as problems.

Just take a look at the freshman class who joined our colleges and universities last year.   They were born around 1995.  This generation of digital natives have already been well connected to each other.   They have always been able to plug into USB ports.  As their parents held them as infants, they may have wondered whether it was the baby or Windows 95 that had them more excited.   A tablet is no longer something you take in the morning.   Java has never been just a cup of coffee.   The cassette or CD player on their parents’ car is soooooo ancient, inefficient, and embarrassing.

The amount of new technical knowledge doubles every two years, meaning that half of what you learned in graduate school will be obsolete in two years.  So let us speculate about the future that we face.   Allow me to cite just a few predictions of the world’s futurists.

First, by the year 2100, 70 percent of the world’s 10 billion inhabitants will live in cities.  By 2025, there will be 27 megacities around the world, each with populations exceeding 10 million.  The real population explosion is not the sheer number of the world population, but the relentless urbanization in places unprepared for this growth.  Megacities in northern Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, China, and Indonesia, where poverty is already severed will face more environmental pollution and become havens for terrorism and crime.

Second, tablet PCs, netbooks, and laptops will be extinct by 2022.  Instead of relying on hardware, workplaces will become ubiquitous computing environments, where everything around you such as the door knob, the coffee pot, and the window will have connectivity and computing capabilities.

Third, by 2020, data will have a life of its own.  Algorithms will talk to other algorithms, things will connect with millions of other things, and sensors will gather even more data, processed by more computers, all scarcely discernible to humans.

Fourth, the “cloud” will become more intelligent, not just a place to store data.  Cloud intelligence will evolve into becoming an active resource in our daily lives, providing analysis and contextual advice.  Virtual agents could, for example, design your family’s weekly menu based on everyone’s health profiles, fitness goals, and taste preferences.

Some of you may be familiar with mathematician John von Neumann’s theory of technological singularity, which is the hypothetical moment in time when artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence.  Proponents of singularity predict that singularity would occur between 2017 and 2112, with a median year of 2040.  Some of us may still live to see that day.

How are we to prepare for this uncertain future?  It was the great American President Abraham Lincoln who first said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”   The Spanish poet Miguel de Unamuno later said, “We must try to become the parents of our future rather than the offspring of our past.”   While we must certainly honor the past, we must with even greater enthusiasm embrace the future.

There is a story that goes that “Thomas Edison failed more than 1,000 times when trying to create the light bulb.” When asked about it, Edison replied, “I have not failed 1,000 times, but I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways that will not work.”   He also reportedly said that the light bulb is an invention with 1,000 steps.          The point is that America was founded on taking risks and nurturing your resources.   To me, a failure is simply a postponed success.

Many of you may have read the Harry Potter fantasy series.  The author J.K. Rowling did not succeed overnight.  Penniless, recently divorced, and raising a child on her own, she wrote the first Harry Potter book on an old manual typewriter.  Twelve publishers rejected the manuscript!   A year later, a publisher gave her the green light, agreeing to publish the book but on one condition.  J.K. Rowling had to find a day job because the publisher believed that she had little chance of making money in children’s books.  What if J.K. Rowling stopped at the first rejection?   The fifth rejection?    Or the tenth?

What about Walt Disney, the man who gave us Mickey Mouse and Disneyland?         A newspaper fired him because the news editor felt that Walt lacked creativity and imagination and had no good ideas for cartoons.  His first animation company went bankrupt.  The story in my university town Burbank is that Walt Disney was turned down 302 times before he got financing for creating “The Happiest Place on Earth.”

When it comes to excellence and achievement, never give up.   Dr. Walter Edward Dandy is one of the founding fathers of neurosurgery who practiced in the first half of the twentieth century.   The first 13 of his neurosurgeries were not successful.   Imagine if you were patient number 14?

The point is perseverance.   And this says a lot about the ability to learn from your mistakes and to learn from what others do.

The U.S. civil rights leader Julian Bond once wrote:

The pessimist looks out from his corner to the world and bewails the present state of affairs and predicts woeful things for the future.   In every cloud he beholds a destructive storm, in every flash of lightning an omen of evil, and in every shadow that falls across his path a lurking foe.   He forgets that the clouds also bring life and hope, that lightning purifies the atmosphere, that shadow and darkness prepare for sunshine and growth, and that hardships and adversity nerve the race, as the individual, for greater efforts and grander victories.

The late Dr. Samuel Massie was the first black professor to teach at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.  Dr. Massie used to give an inspiring speech to young black children in the American South.   It was called “The Flight of the Bumblebee.”   In it, Dr. Massie compared to the lowly little bumblebee the seemingly insurmountable obstacle that blacks have faced trying to achieve their goals.

He noted that the bumblebee by all accounts is aerodynamically unsound and should not be able to fly.   Yet the little guy gets those wings going like a house afire and off he goes to collect pollen from every plant his chubby little body can land on.

Bumblebees are the most persistent creatures.   They do not know that they cannot fly, so they just keep buzzing around collecting pollen and making honey.  Like the bumblebee, you should not give up in the face of challenges.   Do not know that you cannot fly, and you will soar like an eagle.   Do not regret that you did not do something because you lost heart in the face of obstacles, or worse, because you were too afraid of the risk of failure.

Challenges are opportunities in disguise.   Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.   In my opinion, the best way to prepare ourselves for this uncertain future is preparation through a process of lifelong learning.

When I left U.P. in 1978, there was not a scintilla of thought in my mind or in my heart that I would pursue a career in academia, let alone join the so-called “dark side” of the academy — administration.  My career progression has been a journey of self-discovery, continual development, and breaking barriers.  It is a journey where the support and understanding of a loving spouse and family have been paramount.

For every challenge, you have an opportunity to rise higher and higher.   Every challenge you meet and conquer will spur your confidence and your self- respect.   Every obstacle you overcome will provide you with another stepping stone to reach for your dreams.

And as you climb, be sure to reach back and give the person behind you a hand to help them climb too.  For you must have a spirit of goodwill, and a moral compass that you must nurture and polish so that it will shine throughout your being.

This is a fitting segue to a reminder that the motto of U.P. is “honor and excellence.”  It is not “excellence and honor.”       You cannot compromise honor and excellence, even in small things.   You must be forever vigilant against corruption.  There is no such thing as a “small” amount of corruption.  All corruption eats at the spirit and brings you into conflict with yourself.

As iskolars ng bayan, your ultimate obligation is to repay society.  In exchange for a great education and the right to practice your profession, each of you are expected to give back to society and to be what the Jewish people refer to as a mensch — a generous, honest, socially responsible, and fully moral person.

To be called a mensch is the highest form of praise one can receive from the people whose opinions matter.  Being a mensch means helping people who cannot help you.  A mensch pays society back.   There are many “currencies” other than money: giving time, expertise, emotional support, and educating others.   A mensch joyfully pays back—for goodness already received — and pays forward, with no expectation of return.

The past several years have been filled with toil and tears … joys and rewards.   But it was all worth it — you all survived.   And today, you leave with fond memories and a treasure of experiences that have built your knowledge, confidence and character.   You are prepared to meet the future.

And, as you navigate that future, I hope that you will have the extraordinary ability to create, to discover, to build, and, more importantly, to experience the joy and completeness and satisfaction of a life well lived.

Thank you and congratulations!


SURP Admission Exam Results

Below is the scanned official admission exam results for the First Semester of Academic Year 2014-2015 (First Batch) for the for the following courses:

1) Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning

2) Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning

3) Doctor of Philosophy in Urban and Regional Planning


For queries, please contact the office of the Director for Graduate Studies at 920-6854.