PMEs conduct ocular inspection at USTP CDO project sites
By; Melissa Agawin, SPME Technical Writer
The Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) offices from USTP Cagayan de Oro (CDO) and USTP System conducted an ocular inspection at the five ongoing projects of the USTP CDO campus. The inspection was held on March 20, 2023, which covered the USTP CDO Food Innovation Center, the University Health Center, the USTP CDO Campus Residence Building, the Integrated Technology Building for the College of Medicine (COM), and the Education and Student Center building.
PME team at inspection site | Photo by Vicmar Suazo
The inspecting PME Team consisted of Ms. Elva Maramara, PME CDO Director, and her staff, Ms. Khairon Cañete and Mr. Vicmar Suazo. Also in attendance were System PME staff Ms. Altea Labita, Statistician; Ms. Melissa Agawin, Technical Writer; and Ms. Precyfel Jampit, Data Analyst.
The first site inspected was the nearly completed USTP CDO Food Innovation Center. The PMEs, who were guided by Architect Dennis Cahansa, Engr. Willie Tan Jr., and Engr. Kristine Asperas, explored the new building, which featured spaces for offices and laboratories. The new Food Innovation Center also featured world class holding areas to accept all kinds of clients from the food industry.
PMEs inside new FIC Building | Photo by Vicmar Suazo
PMEs inspecting an area of one of the office spaces of the new FIC Building | Photo by Vicmar Suazo
Overlooking view of the interior, FIC Building | Photo by Melissa Agawin
The second site visited was the 3-Storey University Health Center, which was nearing its Phase 1 completion. The center, which shall help USTP students, faculty, and staff prioritize and improve their health, features spacious rooms and holding areas fit to help the USTP community recuperate. Its strategic location also enables patients to access medical services right away.
PMEs entering the new University Health Center | Photo by Vicmar Suazo
Inspecting Team listening to the project updates given by one of the engineers | Photo by Vicmar Suazo
Another site that was visited was the Education and Student Center Building, the project which was originally planned to be completed last 2017. However, construction was halted in 2016 due to unforeseen circumstances. Construction of the building was resumed this year after recent approval of its continuation by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and other overseeing agencies.
The Education and Student Center Building | Photo by Vicmar Suazo
PMEs climbing up to inspect the Education and Student Center Building | Photo by Vicmar Suazo
PMEs also visited the upcoming USTP CDO Campus Residence Building. At the site, PMEs were able to discover the issues that slowed down the progress of the project. Discussion with the engineers also gave the PMEs a better understanding on the best strategies moving forward with the project. The project will feature living spaces and residences for the USTP community.
The project site of the USTP CDO Campus Residence Building | Photo by Vicmar Suazo
Finally, the PMEs inspected the renovation progress of the Integrated Technology Building for the College of Medicine (COM). In preparation for the university’s upcoming College of Medicine, the renovated building is set to feature classrooms and laboratories for USTP’s future health practitioners.
Inspection of one of the laboratories under construction, Integrated Building for COM | Photo by Vicmar Suazo
As the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines prepares to be one of the leading state universities in the country, it invests in building infrastructure that will help support its ambitions and goals. The Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation teams play a vital role in overseeing such projects, making sure that the university stays on track in its Strategic Plan. The PMEs finished their ocular site visit on a positive note as all five project sites show progress and development.