UPV to host Master in Urban and Regional Planning Program
The University of the Philippines Diliman School of Urban and Regional Planning will be offering the Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning (MAURP) in Western Visayas effective 2nd semester of academic year 2016-2017. The UP Visayas through the College of Management will host the said degree program.
President Alfredo E. Pascual signed executive Order No. PAEP 16-01A for the implementation of this program in the region, which was launched on August 23, 2016 at the UPV Auditorium, Iloilo City campus. It was witnessed by Dr. Mario de los Reyes, Dean of the UP Diliman School of Urban and Regional Planning who represented Chancellor Michael Tan. UPV Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa, CM Dean Mary Ann Gumban and other UPV officials were also present.
During the launching program, Pascual delivered a message that calls for “Investing in Human Capital for Urban Planning in LGUs.” The following lectures were also delivered: “Urban Planning and the Urban Environment of Western Visayas,” by Ms. Ro-Ann A. Bacal, Regional Director, NEDA 6.; “GIS in Urban Planning,” by Mr. Ubo V. Pakes, CIM Integrated Expert and GIS Coordinator; and “Governance Structure and Policy Direction for Smarter LGUs,” by Ms. Maria Calpiza J. Sardup, CESO V, Asst. Regional Director, DILG 6. The open forums were moderated by Dr. Rhodella A. Ibabao and Arch. Elizabeth Ann A. Daquita.
The MAURP program objectives are to provide opportunities for career development and professional growth of local government planners and professionals in the region as well as to develop a pool of qualified professionals in the UPV CM for the eventual adoption of the degree program by the College. Concomitantly, the UPD SURP aims 1) to institutionally regionalize its academic programs, as part of its regionalization agenda; 2) to generate quality research and publications from students and faculty members in the MAURP program focused on Urban and Regional Planning to synchronize with the development agenda of the region; and 3) to contribute to direct services by way of capacity building and training and similar human resource development programs in the region – both in the academe and in the public service sectors.
The advance course leading to the MAURP program will be offered primarily, but not limited to qualified enrollees who are graduates of the Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) of UPV CM. Students who will enroll will have to comply with UPD SURP academic requirements to include application and admission requirements, and academic coursework. The program duration will be three academic years.
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) provided subsidy for the tuition and allowances of some students of the DURP and MAURP programs. (With sources from CM)