Engineers, researchers and scholars from different government offices, universities, organizations and private sectors gathered together for the 2016 Research Symposium of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), thru the initiative of its Bureau of Research and Standards (BRS).
Eighteen (18) research studies were presented at the symposium with the theme “Providing infrastructure that improves quality, traffic and road safety” which was held at the GT-Toyota Asian Culture Center in the University of the Philippines, Quezon City.

In his welcome remarks, Undersecretary Raul C. Asis emphasized that the research symposium is aimed to welcome uncharted ideas and new perspectives to improve the infrastructure sector and the field of research and development.

“The DPWH acknowledges not just these researches per se but as well as the call to partake in the collaborative efforts of incorporating these innovations in our mandate as being the infrastructure arm of the government,” said Asis.

Asis described the 2nd Research Symposium as an opportunity to accomplish together the challenges not just as research enthusiasts but as Filipinos.

The presentation includes researchers from Tokyo Institute of Technology, University of the Philippines, University of Sto.Tomas, De La Salle University, University of San Jose-Recoletos, Technological Institute of the Philippines, Central Mindanao University, Shell Bitumen Philippines, Solid Cement Corporation, Krah Pipes Manila, Inc., Earth Structure Philippines, Tertex International, R. A. Kelman, Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers and DPWH offices such as BRS and Bureau of Quality and Safety (BQS).

The research papers which focused on infrastructure safety and new construction methodology were presented to a group of panelists composed of Director Dante Potante (Bureau of Design), Engineer Ma. Visna M. Manio (Bureau of Maintenance) and District Engineer Arthur Pascual, Jr. (Cavite 2nd District Engineering Office).

The research symposium also featured infrastructure companies as exhibitors including Rebtrade International Corp., Onduline Philippines, Flat Glass Alliance of the Phil. Inc., Sealbond Chemical Industries, Macro Industrial Packaging Products Corp., Eagle Cement Corp., CCT Chemicals, PGATECH Group of Companies, Holcim, and Parex Group Inc., Evercrete Phils. Limited Inc., Boysen Paints, Takigami Steel Construction Co. Ltd., Republic Cement Inc. and Polymer Products Inc.

BRS Director Judy Sese, on behalf of DPWH, expressed her gratitude to all DPWH offices, academic institutions and organizations who participated in the said event. “We hope that this activity will be conducted every year and we will be seeing you again,” she concluded.
The 1st Research Symposium was held on November 2015 at the DPWH Central Office.

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