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SURP has new dean

Delos Reyes (left) is sworn in by
UPD Chancellor Saloma.

(July 6)—New School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP) dean Dr. Mario R. delos Reyes was sworn by UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma in last June 25 at the Quezon Hall.

A professor with strong expertise in environmental and natural resources planning in management, delos Reyes earned his doctor in natural science from the Institute of Geography of the University of Hamburg’s Faculty of Earth Sciences in Germany from 1992–1995.

His dissertation entitled “Geoecology of Laguna de Bay, Philippines; Long-term Alterations of a Tropical Aquatic Ecosystem, 1980s-1990s,” won the Ibaraki Kasigamura Prize for Best Paper at the 8th International Conference on the Conservation and Management of Lakes in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1999.

Prior to this he earned a postgraduate diploma in higher education and international development at the University of Kassel at Witzenhausen, Germany in 1993 and 1994.

He earned his master’s degree in Fisheries/Coastal management from UPD in 1986 after graduating with a bachelor in Zoology from UP Los Baños in 1980.

Delos Reyes began his service to UPD as a senior lecturer at the SURP in 1998 and 1999, during which he became project leader in the CIDS’ Case Studies in Academic-Institutional-Private Sector Collaboration on Urban Environment from 2001-2002.

From 2004-2007, delos Reyes became Director of the SURP’s Training and Extension Services Division, and later on helmed the SURP’s Development of Teaching Materials on Land Administration and Management for the Enhanced Urban and Regional Planning Program for the DENR in 2010.

Among his recent publications include co-authorship of the upcoming article “From Tragedy to Opportunity: Analysis of the Case Study Assessment on the Controlled Disposal Facility in Payatas, Quezon City, Philippines” in Waste Management & Research.

In 2010 delos Reyes co-authored the article “Estimating Traffic and Emissions for Various Scenarios of Freight Vehicle Restrictions in Metro Manila” with Dr. Jun Castro in the first volume of the Asian Transport Studies Journal.

The year before that he collaborated with Prof. Marijk Huijsman of the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies in Rotterdam for a DVD-Rom on “Teaching Guidelines on Sustainable Cities Programme/Environmental Planning and Management.”

Delos Reyes is a member of the Advisory Board for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN HABITAT) Philippines, based in Makati and is also the Regional Node Coordinator for Southeast Asia and the Pacific of the United Nations’ Public-Private Partnership for the Urban Environment - Collaborative Learning Course in Johannesburg, South Africa.

His appointment, which was approved by the Board of Regents in their 1280th meeting, is effective from June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2015.—AKR