MiMaRoPa (Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan)…The destination of Choice

•October 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Pasig River: Finalist – 2017 Thiess International Riverprize Award

•September 15, 2017 • Leave a Comment

PASIG RIVER IN THE PHILIPPINES is among the top finalists in the 2017 Thiess International Riverprize Award. Spearheaded by the International River Foundation, this prestigious award is given annually during the International River Symposium in Brisbane, Australia. The award is the world’s foremost award in river basin management which recognises and rewards organisations making waves in the sustainable management of the world’s rivers, whether at the grassroots or transboundary level. In addition, the award acknowledges inspiring initiatives that demonstrate Integrated River Basin Management to restore and protect rivers, wetlands, lakes and estuaries.

(The succeeding texts were extracted from the website of the International River Foundation). The Pasig River in the Philippines connects Laguna de Bay to Manila Bay, bisecting the capital city of Manila. The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC), established in 1999, is constantly conducting clean ups along the Pasig River system. In 2016 alone, PRRC collected 4,793,262.8 kilograms of solid waste from different locations along the river system. To date, PRRC has resettled 17,561 informal settler families living along the river system into decent socialized housing units in several relocation sites. Environmental Preservation Areas (EPAs) within the 10 and three meter wide public easement spaces along the banks of the river system are established. These currently developed EPAs serve as buffer zones between the river system and its adjoining areas. Dredging and desilting works are conducted to gather contaminated sediments and to maintain the navigability for ships and other watercraft. Bank riprapping and slope protection to prevent scouring and soil erosion are also implemented. The PRRC monitors water and sediment quality gathering data to assess the impact of various rehabilitation efforts and initiatives. The PRRC also identifies and conducts pilot studies and interventions that aim to improve the water quality of the Pasig River system. Most importantly, PRRC was able to recover, rehabilitate and develop 15 out of the 47 identified tributaries as of 2016. In 2017, PRRC is gearing to inaugurate at least three more project sites.

DENR-EMB hosts Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) Training Workshop

•August 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment

eba1This four-day (16-19 August 2017) event held at Greenhills Elan Modern Hotel sponsored by DENR-EMB Climate Change Division focused on Ecosystem-based Adaptation Mainstream in Development Planning/Sustainable Area Development. The course envisioned to enable/capacitate the regional and local level of DENR, including couterparts from the academe, NGOs and local government units in Luzon area.

AACCUP Mid-year Accreditors’ Conference 2017

•July 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

zzzz_aaccupThe Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP) will hold its Mid-year Accreditors’ Confrence at Century Park Hotel,Manila on 24-26 July 2017. This year’s theme: “Progress and challenges in the implementation of the outcomes-based quality assurance system,” the conference will tackle pressing issues on program accreditation, accreditors’ capacity-enhancement and development of the Internal Quality Assurance capability among SUCs.

PASUC @ 50: Congratulations!

•July 5, 2017 • Leave a Comment

High ranking officials from the national government like Foreign Secretary Cayetano, Senator Legarda, and Senator Escudero were the key guest speakers of the 3-day event at the Century Park Hotel, Manila. The event was attended by more than 500 faculty from the various state colleges and universities in the country.

MIMAROPA holds Environmental Summit 2017 at Ramada Hotel, 4-5 July

•July 4, 2017 • Leave a Comment

The event is organized by DENR-MIMAROPA Region to provide updates on the status in the compliance of RA 9003 – Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 among the local government units (LGUs) in the region, particularly on the provision of the establishment of the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) as stipulated in Section 37 of the law.

As of 2016, out of 73 cities/municipalities, almost 60-percent (44) do segregation at source, 106 established MRF in the region, and 61 submitted the 10-year SWM Plan. In particular, all municipalities in Romblon submitted their SWM Plans, with seven (7) existing MRFs; however only one (1) municipality (Concepcion) got approval from DENR. Sadly, Romblon does not have approved sanitary lanfill or controlled  dumpsites.

A nationwide search for “Model Barangay” for Eco-waste Management system on best practices in segregation at source (SA),  segregated collection (SC) and MRF operation to be launched in August as spearheaded by EMB-SWMD. The winning barangays (champions) in all categories (depending on the classes of cities/municipalities) will receive Php1 million, while best MRF and SAS, will get Ph500,000 each.

Thank you… academic recognitions

•May 31, 2017 • Leave a Comment

This is a memorable achievement to receive the “Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) Best Paper Award 2016.” Why – because it was the first time that PICE included a technical session on academic researches during its annual convention. It means that I got the first ever best technical paper. Participated by other state universities and colleges (SUCS) and private schools in the country, the event was held in Davao City in November 2016 during the 42nd PICE national convention. Unfortunately, this recognition was not given during the event but nevertheless, PICE did not fail its promise. Indeed, it was a long overdue (almost 5 months) but it was worth of waiting!

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My technical paper is part of my dissertation conducted during my PhD program in Northern Ireland, UK. It is entitled, “Performance Indicators of Mixed-Use Scheme Towards Sustainable Built Environment: International Development Perspective.” The paper focused on how to assess the success of mixed-use development projects in Belfast, Dublin and London.

Blog My Town 2017: Sibuyan Island, Province of Romblon

•May 31, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Discover the hidden wealth of the “Galapagos of Asia” – Sibuyan Island in the Province of Romblon. Aside from its natural resource of “marble”, Romblon offers stunning tourist attractions and found in Sibuyan. You can explore the crystal clear blue seawater of Cresta de Gallo, and other beautiful falls and rivers in the main island, including its majestic mountain, Mount Guiting-guiting.

The video below was shown in “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, Channel 7-GMA last May 14, 2017.

For additional information about my hometown, click my previous article at Boracay Sun.

Welcome to my eWorld…

•May 30, 2017 • 21 Comments

Hello to my eWorld!

Well, this is not my first created blog but whatever journals written here will complement with my existing blogs powered by other free websites. Basically, this site will serve as the mother portal of all my personal accounts for easy management – updating, uploading and sharing.

My existing sites feature my interest in photography, travel, reading and writing or something worth solo.jpgexploring. In relation to photography, I included some of the images taken during my travels or just simply interesting places that capture my eyes through my digital camera.

In terms of moving around the globe, I joined several travel sites to share my experiences and provide assistance to other travellers making their future trips memorable and enjoyable, and be able to explore stunning places around the world. I also included my interest in writing reviews with my membership to ciao and dooyoo. Finally, my other accounts from free websites.

For quick links of these pages, just click the subheadings listed or the thumbnails images below:

My World : This section simply focuses on my fascination of Mother Earth – how we could protect and conserve its natural beauty for future generations. This also covers my academic world as an engineer, planner, manager and or an ordinary human being (social and spiritual being).

Travel Blog: Provides a list of my travel journals with images

Trivago: A travel site which I am getting extra income for posting of images, reviews and other travel info

Consumer site: Highlights my membership with dooyoo and ciao where I post reviews of products and services, anything that I want to share with the rest of the consumers worldwide

Atbp: Provides a space for my personal interests and hobbies, something worth exploring

Hope you enjoy reading my blog and please come again and I am happy to receive your comments. Again, click the photo thumbnails below for direct links to the rest of my blog pages. Best REYgards!

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Three-Minute-Thesis (3MT) developed by Uni of Queensland (Australia)

•March 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment

2016 Asia-Pacific 3MT Winner – Joshua Chu-Tan “Targeting the Root of Vision Loss” from Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) on Vimeo.

World Water Day 2017

•March 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

zzzzwaterdayDo what you can, do it with others, and do it with passion – Guy Ryder, Chair of UN-Water

Every year on March 22, we celebrate the World Water Day. According to WorldWaterDayOrg “it is about taking action to tackle the water crisis.” Based on statistics, 1.8 billion people today are using a contaminated source of drinking water, putting them at risk of water-borne diseases. Click HERE for unwater.org official website.

Anthology: Architecture+Design, 31 March-01 April 2017

•March 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Anthology Architecture and Design Festival 2017 is a three-day celebration of architecture and design to be held on March 31 to April 2, 2017 at the Puerta del Parian in the historic walled city of Intramuros, Manila, Philippines. Having the theme “Content and Intent,” the festival aims to increase awareness about architecture and design and how it matters in our daily lives, and to provide a place for sharing of ideas and experiences. The event will feature guest speakers, dialogue panels, designer interviews, and the eponymous exhibit as well as various competitions and activities for all the participants. (Click the image above for details).

ETD Symposium 2017 – Exploring Global Connections, 7-9 August

•March 11, 2017 • Leave a Comment

zzzzz_ETD2017This 20th international symposium on electronic theses and dissertations is set on 7-9 August 2017 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Washington, D.C. The event will be hosted by George Mason University with additional support from Washington Research Library Consortium members in cooperation with the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) and the United States Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association (USETDA).

ETD2017 will provide excellent educational opportunities for professionals and others who work with electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs), institutional repositories/archiving, graduate students, and scholarly communications. Moreover, it will offer relevant, practice-oriented content to support ETD productivity improvement, ETD professionals, advance ETD operations and encourage the formation of regional ETD associations and networking communities. Finally, it will promote open access in scholarly communications as well as to provide useful and innovative resources, standards, and technology for the development and support of ETD programs.

First publication using ISSUU…

•March 10, 2017 • Leave a Comment

My work entails publication of reports for easy printing and online sharing. ISSUU provides a platform to make documents look better and enhance good reading. The above report was my first online publication. It is an Annual Report of my former office as the Planning Head. The preparation of this report somehow led me to wear eye glasses! It really made my eyesight turned bad. Despite of this health concern, the report seemed worth sharing.

Australia Awards 2018 – study grants for Filipinos

•March 7, 2017 • Leave a Comment

ZZZZ_australia WHAT YOU NEED to submit on or before the deadline (30 April 2017) of the application for 2018 intake are as follows: fully accomplished application form, Curriculum Vitae, Transcript of Records, Certificate of GWA/GPA, and Reentry Action Plan (REAP). CHECK IT OUT MORE FOR DETAILS or click the photo.

The annual study grants are offered to qualified and deserving Filipinos by the Australian Government which  mainly aim to train Filipinos to become competitive global leaders. This opportunity will allow the recipients to develop their skills and knowledge that will drive change, consequently help build enduring people-to-people networks with the donor country, Australia.

Passion for Fashion 101: Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) – Made for my style of clothing

•March 6, 2017 • Leave a Comment

zzzz_abercrombie“We design our clothes to fit you and your life. The things you do. The places you go. We hit the streets and found actual folks to try on the new A&F. They liked the clothes so much, they wanted to keep them. Because these are clothes for real people…just like you.” – A&F

zzzz_reymosThis is the first reason why I love to shop in the US or UK. Not because I am rich, but A&F’s merchandize is worth to wear it! You may think that this for the elite or fashionistas, but believe me everyone can wear it. It is just having a perfect timing when to shop at A&F. I rarely buy the regular price, except for the cologne which the store does not offer discounts. But for the rest of the clothings, you can grab at a discounted tag price.

My cousin’s family was surprised that instead of shopping at GAP or American Eagle, I insisted and persuaded  them to try A&F. With posh entrances and interiors, you feel that this place is not for “masa” because the ambience (even the smell) is quite different from the normal stores. It was funny because when we presented our selected items in the counter for payment, it turned out that my cousin and her kids have brought many items than what I have! They loved it! Since then, they are now frequent visitors of A&F.
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SUCs Filipino Researchers: DOST-PCIEERD Call for proposal 2018

•March 5, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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AACCUP 30th Annual National Convention 2017 (15-17 Feb)

•February 16, 2017 • Leave a Comment

aaccup2.jpgHON. PATRICIA B. LICUANAN, Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) was the guest speaker of the 30th AACCUP Annual National Conference at Century Park Hotel (Manila). She emphasized the relationship between quality and internalization in higher education. She cited examples of CHED programs and projects on quality assurance towards excellence in the delivery of higher education in the Philippines. She also mentioned two CMOs that identify the policy framework, strategies and initiatives in the internalization of Philippine HE which also in lined with globalization and ASEAN integration. Some of the initiatives are ASEAN mutual recognition arrangements (MRAs), bilateral agreements and student/faculty mobility.

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DBM conducts seminar on RA9184 Revised IRR 2016

•February 13, 2017 • Leave a Comment

13-14 FEB 2017. ICON HOTEL (Quezon City). The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) MIMAROPA Region conducted a seminar on the revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 9184, commonly known as the Government Procurement Reform Act. The seminar covers general overview of the Act and its revised IRR 2016, competitive bidding procedure for procurement of goods and infrastructure projects, contract implementation guidelines, and consolidated guidelines for the alternative methods of procurement.


For the IRR 2016, visit this link: Revised IRR 2016For updated version of the Philippine Bidding Documents (5th Edition), visit GPPB website

Lea Salonga’s Songs from the Stage (17-18 Feb 2017: PICC, Philippines)

•February 6, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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20th International River Symposium (18-20 Sep 2017) Brisbane, Australia

•February 2, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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IN SEPTEMBER 2015, I was one of the presenters of this international conference held in Brisbane, Australia. My paper entitled “Rehabilitating Pasig River and its Tributaries: Strategies and Challenges” is accessible at http://riversymposium.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Rey_Ramos.pdf.

As stated in the official website, this event  “brings together river managers, policy developers, scientists, consultants, students, NGOs, indigenous and community organisations and business and industry representatives from around the world to share their knowledge, learn from others and collaborate on innovative ideas to improve the sustainable management of river basins.”

The benefits of being a participant/presenter are graphically presented below.

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2016 Miss Universe live in Manila Philippines, 29 Jan 2017 (30 Jan, Manila Time)

•January 29, 2017 • Leave a Comment

UPDATE: For online voting on the day of the competition, CLICK HERE for the mechanics and rulstes to vote your favourite contestants. For the live telecasts, CLICK HERE for networks’ links via FOX at 7/6c from the host country, the Philippines on the 29th  January. Good luck to Maxine Medina, the Philippine representative to this prestigious event.

Happy Chinese New Year 2017

•January 28, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Green Business Forum for Asia and the Pacific, ADB Philippines 22-24 Nov 2016

•November 21, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is currently hosting the  First Green Business Forum in Manila, Philippines for three days. This is in recognition that green business is a key component and mover of green growth and progress. The event allows green business practitioners and professionals to have an open dialogue and share their best ideas and experiences. (Click the image for details) #ADBGreen2016, #ADBGBF2016, #GreenBizAsia

Environmental Planning Ebook at Bookfi

•October 21, 2016 • Leave a Comment

environmental-planning-for-site-development_beer_higginsEnvironmental planning forms the basis of all site development decisions and deals with the factors that must be considered before a site plan can be drawn up. The book emphasises the man/nature interface and explains how nature limits and controls what can happen on every piece of land. The text is clearly set out and will help the reader understand exactly what information is needed for a site planning proposal. A new chapter covers the topical subject of sustainable development and uses a live case study to demonstrate how GIS system are now assisting in the design and decision process as communities increasingly participate in local decisions. (Local Agenda 21) Additional line drawings are being added to illustrate key issues addressed in the text. (Source:http://en.bookfi.net/)

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More books to inspire you to read…CLICK HERE!

6th STIRDC at Occidental Mindoro State University, 8-10 Nov 2016

•September 27, 2016 • Leave a Comment

zz_stirdc_logoFor this year’s Southern Tagalog Islands Research and Development Consortium (STIRDC)Research and Extension Conference will be hosted by Occidental Mindoro State College on November 8-10, 2016 at Occidental Mindoro State College-Labangan Campus, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.

The Romblon State University was the host of last year’s event. Check it out HERE.

Choose Philippines Awards 2016

•September 27, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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Asian Devt Bank’s Green Business Forum for Asia and the Pacific 2016, 22-24 Nov

•September 22, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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This is the first international forum hosted by the Asian Development Bank that will bring together business practitioners, experts, and various stakeholders to meet-up and share their knowledge and experiences in promoting “green business” solutions in the Asia-Pacific Region. It also showcases a number of “best practice” examples in the emerging green markets, and it will stimulate collaborations for green businesses and opportunities.

Grants to study in Germany 2017-18

•September 13, 2016 • Leave a Comment

zzz_germanEvery year, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) or the German Academic Exchange Service supports foreign students – one of the biggest funding institutions worldwide. Grants are offered to aspiring applicants from developing and newly-industrialized countries to study a postgraduate, Master’s degree or PhD at state-recognized German universities. The financial assistance covers the monthly payments of 750 euros for graduates or 1,000 euros for doctoral candidates, including payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance, and travel allowance to cover the expenses from the home country to Germany.

For details, click the image above or CLICK HERE.

Scholarships for Graduate Studies Abroad

•August 15, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Foreign Scholarships expose higher education faculty and staff to expertise and training in emerging disciplines that are still in the initial stages of development locally, and paves the way for l…

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Philippine-Australian Alumni General Assembly and Outstanding Alumni Awards 2016

•June 18, 2016 • Leave a Comment

18 June 2016. SHANGRI-LA MAKATI, PHILIPPINES. It coincides with the celebration for the official declaration of the first 70 years of friendship between the Philippines and Australia, the Philippine Australian Alumni Association, Inc. (PA3i) holds its 2016 National General Assembly and Alumni Awards Night.

Senior Trade Commissioner will deliver a keynote speech, and an inspirational talk from the Counselor (Political and Public Affairs), Australian Embassy on Philippine and Australia: Partnership on Defence, Education in Mindanao Peace and Stability. This day will also launch the new Australia Global Alumni brand. It provides a platform for you to connect, engage, and share stories with other professionals.

The Alumni Awards night on the other hand, will acknowledge some of the accomplished alumni nationwide. This prestigious awards started in 2010.
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118th Year of Philippine Independence

•June 12, 2016 • Leave a Comment
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Photo: one of the islands in the country – Sibuyan Island, Province of Romblon where the majestic Mt  Guiting-Guiting is located…