Mapúa collaborates with IA for habitable Intramuros

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Mapúa Institute of Technology, and the Intramuros Administration collaborated to make a “habitable” Intramuros, and is on the pilot stage of implementation.

As part of Mapúa’s mission to provide state-of-the-art solutions to problems of industries and communities, the School of Civil, Environment, and Geological Engineering (CEGE) is collaborating with the Intramuros Administration (IA) for a “habitable” Walled City.

Last March 31, Mapúa president and chief executive officer Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea, CEGE dean Dr. Francis Aldrine Uy, and IA administrator Atty. Marco Antonio Luisito V. Sardillo signed a memorandum of agreement to engage as partners in “undertaking and implementing the restoration, redevelopment, mobility pilot and traffic plan for Intramuros.”

“The purpose of the tie-up is to provide and develop avenues for partnership and collaboration in making Intramuros ‘habitable’ and self-sustaining,” Dr. Uy said. He added that this can be done by improving vehicular traffic, using non-motorized transportation, and improving pedestrian safety and walkability in the area.

The Institute, through CEGE’s faculty and researchers, will provide technical assistance in improving sustainability, mobility, and the transport plan of Intramuros. Mapúa will also help promote programs of the IA with regards to pedestrian safety, walkability, and other engineering solutions generated through research.

Mapúa will also assist the IA in the implementation of transport programs and provide solutions to transport-related problems. Research about transportation mobility and other engineering-related studies will be shared between the two parties.

CEGE will also have its students involved in the project. According to Dr. Uy, the students will be responsible for data-gathering activities such as conducting socio-economic and parking studies surveys, as well as geometric analysis and evaluation. These surveys will determine the trip generation, trip distribution, mode choice, and trip assignment characteristics in the area.

CEGE will also submit a proposal for the advancement of parking management and fee collection.

“Currently we are tasked to build the baseline transportation model for the entire Intramuros area, which will be done through the use of a transportation modelling software,” Dr. Uy said. “The computer model of Intramuros shall be useful in planning for measures and other traffic management strategies, and shall be a more cost-effective means to test proposed traffic regulations and measures instead of directly implementing it without further studies.”

He added that the baseline transportation model, which they hope to complete within the year, will help determine the right combination of strategies before actual implementation, lessening the direct and indirect cost of trial and error strategy.

“There are a lot of measures that IA would like to consider. Those that are being implemented now are just few of those proposed measures and strategies,” concluded Dr. Uy.