Projects

The Project Development and  Management Division(PDMD)

The UPNEC has been offering research and consultancy services since 1982. At present, all these activities are being coordinated and managed by the UPNEC Project Development Office which was reorganized in January 2013 was primarily to assist project leaders in developing project proposals and manage the NEC database of projects and experts.

Projects were undertaken for private and government institutions in different areas in engineering. The projects were implemented by the UPNEC, with faculty members acting as consultants. Memoranda of Agreement are signed to seal the partnership.

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COMPLETED AND ON-GOING RESEARCH PROJECTS OF THE UPNEC (2007 to PRESENT)

1. PUBLIC ASSESSMENT OF WATER SERVICES
The objective of the PAWS Project was 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
Funding Institution: Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS)

2. PUBLIC ASSESSMENT OF SEWERAGE AND SANITATION SERVICES (PASS)
The objective of the PASS Pilot Study was 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
Funding Institution: DENR, MWSS-RO

3. ASSESSMENT OF WATER DEMAND UNDER THE MAYNILAD FRANCHISE AREA
The objective of the project was 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
Funding Institution: Maynilad

4. ASSESSMENT OF WATER DEMAND UNDER THE MANILA WATER FRANCHISE AREA
The objective of the project was 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
Funding Institution: Manila Water Company

5. 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 foralternative 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
Funding Institution: Department of Energy (DOE)

6. 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
Funding Institution: Abt Associates, AILEG, USAID

7. 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: Dean Aura C. Matias (PL), Prof. Erickson Llaguno, Prof. LorelieGrepo
Funding Institution: MapuaTechserv, Inc.

8. 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. JeaneCamelo. Dr. Mark Albert Zarco, Prof. Adeline A. Pacia
Funding Institution: Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)

9. 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, Engr. Binoe Eugenio Abuan, Dr. Miguel Escoto, Dr. Karl Vergel
Funding Institution: Department of Energy (DOE)

10. 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: Dr.Gerard Jo Denoga, Engr. Ralph Jose, Engr. Jose Gabriel Mercado, Engr. Samiel Louie Arrojado, Dr. Edwin Quiros, Prof. Adeline A. Pacia
Funding Institution: DOST-PCIEERD

11. 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. Adeline A. Pacia
Funding Institution: Department of Health (DOH)

12. 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 (CHK) (PLs), Prof. Adeline A. Pacia,
Funding Institution: Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)

13. 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)
Funding Institution: National Irrigation Administration (NIA)

14. 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)
Funding Institution: Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)