Discussions have started with the Philippine Constructors Association (PCA) for the equipping of ICE Laboratories, sparked by UPERDFI members Roger Murga and Lilit Tumbocon, both past PCA presidents who sit in the board of the PCA Foundation. Visiting alumnus Francisco β€œKit” Ramos (ME ’80), who is the Project Manager of the Research Enterprise of Northwestern University in Illinois, has also discussed the setting up and operations of R&D assets utilizing private-sector funding with Dean Rizalinda de Leon and DChE Chairman Terence Tumolva.

UPCOE and UPERDFI are working with the guidance of UP President Danilo Concepcion and UP VP for Planning and Development Elvira Zamora regarding self-sustaining laboratories. The consultation meeting with President Concepcion and VP Zamora was held on February 18, 2019 with UPCOE Dean de Leon, UPERDFI Chairman Lilit Tumbocon, President Chato Calderon and ED Tito Aliga.

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