The New Era University Association of Civil Engineering Students (NEU-ACES) started their first virtual activity for 2021—a webinar dubbed as “IntenCEty 2021”—on January 11, 2021, at 1:00 p.m.
Three engineers served as the speakers for the said event: Engr. Leonardo Maxino, who discussed the ongoing projects and future plans in the Philippine railway systems; Engr. Winfred Liwanag II, who talked about the designs and constructions of sea-crossing bridges; and Engr. Clinton Jay Heruela, who shared some insights on project management in the new normal.
Maxino explained the costs of each railway project, its location and purpose, and the expected time of completion. One of ongoing railway projects that he highlighted was the Unified Grand Central Station-Common Station Area A, which will connect MRT 7, LRT 1, MRT 3, and the Metro Manila Subway. “A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transportations,” he noted.
In his turn, Liwanag showed an audio-visual presentation about the proposed Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge, also known as Manila Bay Bridge. Once completed, it would be the longest bridge not only in the Philippines but also in the entire ASEAN region. “We also look into the possibility of having a potential connection to Corregidor Island to boost tourism [there].” He also discussed the idea of constructing sea-crossing bridges and their protection from ship impacts.
As a project manager, Heruela explained the traits an engineer should have when handling projects during the pandemic. “Before, the traffic is on the highway, but now it’s on the virtual network, so you don’t need to commute for many hours or minutes. Today, we conduct our classes through online meetings—it’s the same with those in the construction sites,” he said. He also encouraged the participants to never stop innovating. “Change is always there, so we need to adapt to it,” he added.
“Having these events is such a big help for us, students,” said Exlas Yzabelle T. Trinidad, a third-year B.S. Civil Engineering student. “Hearing knowledge from them made me do and study more because we are the future.”