by Patricia Isabel Gloria
The University of the Philippines Integrated School (UPIS) is set to finish the transfer of necessary equipment from the old campus along Katipunan Avenue to the new buildings inside the UP campus.
Preparations for the move started June 2011, according to Principal Ronaldo San Jose. A committee was formed to implement transfer guidelines and oversee supply inventories.
This week, various departments and offices of UPIS finalized the move, which is slated to end yesterday.
Ayala Land Incorporated (ALI), who is now renting the old UPIS lot with their newly-opened UP Town Center, lent a truck to aid the transfer.
The truck, however, only arrived Monday due to the daytime truck ban.
“Kahit ganun pa na na-delay yung truck (ng ALI), nakagawa naman ng paraan kaya hindi na-delay ang Filipino, Math and Social Studies departments (Even if the truck (of ALI) was delayed, we were able to find our way around for the Filipino, Math and Social Studies departments),” San Jose said.
The Town Center started its operations on Sept. 30.
The Department of Practical Arts held a small opening ceremony on Oct. 14 to bless the new UPIS buildings, located at the old Narra dormitory site beside Vinzons Hall.
The grand launch of the new UPIS is scheduled on Dec. 7. Among the guests will be UP System and Diliman administrators, the College of Education faculty, donors and sponsors.
The University allocated P20 million for the completion of the acoustic system of the auditorium, the gymnasium roof and the sinks of the science laboratories. These projects are still up for bidding as of this writing.