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The annual Science & Technology Expo is a highlight event of FEATI University and will be in its sixth year come February 2009. The Expo is meant to showcase the University’s research and other S&T activities. It has also showcased research works by science high schools starting last year.

At present, FEATI University has memoranda of agreement with the Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) and the Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) of the Department of Science and Technology, as well as with the Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA) of the Department of Agriculture. The university also actively participates in the U-Belt Consortium Research and Extension Linkage through its Office of Research, Development and Extension Services (ORDE).

The FEATI led U-Belt Consortium project, “Application of Sediment Quality Guidelines in Assessing Metal Contamination of Sediments Along Pasig River Tributaries” is being implemented and already in its final stage. Towards the end of last year, our U-Belt Consortium of 13 universities proposed the project to DOST. The project is designed primarily to apply sediment quality guidelines in assessing the extent of metal contamination of the sediments along Pasig River and its major tributaries and provide solid scientific basis for laying down clean up options or restoration efforts for Pasig River. The application of sediment quality guidelines along the tributaries of the Pasig River collectively mobilized faculty and students in the sampling of sediments in their respective esteros and subsequent analyses of the heavy metals and polychlorinated biphenyls contents. This project’s main players are: the U-Belt Consortium, implementing agency; the Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI), co-implementing agency; the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC), cooperating agency; FEATI University, coordinating agency with Dr. Rogelio Panlasigui as Project Coordinator; Department of Science and Technology (DOST), funding agency; and, Philippine Council for Industry and Energy Research and Development (PCIERD), monitoring agency. The project has catalyzed the dynamism of social accountability especially for the students who greatly realized their active role in responding to the call for the rehabilitation of the river’s ecosystem.

The Carlos Palanca Urban Renewal Project, on the other hand, was a comprehensive study aimed at improving the present conditions of the street’s deteriorating components. The project was started through the efforts of the U-Belt Consortium. FEATI University’s College of Architecture’s paper, entitled “Urban Rehabilitation and Renewal of Carlos Palanca: An Oral and Archival History”, written by Dean Joy Mananghaya, was published in the first issue of the U-Belt Consortium Research Journal last May 2007. This led to the creation of Carlos Palanca Stakeholders’ Working Group (CPSWG) represented by various public and private entities. This group is tasked to determine specific measures for the improvement of the street and its immediate environment.

 
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