Department of Geodetic Engineering

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The Department of Geodetic Engineering celebrates 72 years of national significance and noteworthy service to the Filipino people, providing not just unparalleled academic quality in the fields of geodesy and geomatics, but also providing public service through technical training and relevant research. Since its formal establishment in 1937, the department has continuously been upgrading its resources, through constant faculty training and facility improvement to correspond to the changing demands of the country and the international arena. With the center of excellence in geodetic engineering bestowed upon the department in 1999, the department has maintained its status as the country’s focal point in advancing the science of geodetic engineering for national development and the pursuit of academic excellence. From its humble beginnings of being simply measurement science, the department has reinvented and developed the surveying profession and has led the charge in promoting geo-informatics and advance geo-spatial analysis in the country.
The department currently boasts of five laboratories for surveying, photogrammetry, GIS applications, remote sensing, and applied space technology research, which some are now under-going renovation and upgrading. Through cooperative consortium and association with various government agencies and some private practitioners, the department is able to acquire state-of-the art equipment and instruments that have been used to better simulate the practice of the profession and advance the level of research capabilities of the department.


In recent years, the department has embarked in more challenging and nationally significant endevours to increase the relevance of the department in nation-building. Since 2007, the department has been working very hard in the Land Administration and Management Project Phase 2 (LAMP2) for the advancement and upgrading of land management in the country. In February of 2008, the department signed a Memorandum of Agreement with NAMRIA for several research projects in aid of the implementation of Philippine Reference System of 1992. Through this agreement, NAMRIA will finance four key research components to establish the needed guidelines and standards to be used in various survey techniques, which will aid in the full implementation of PRS92 as the country’s national geodetic reference. The department shall be providing the technical expertise and lead the survey works in the research. Since April of 2008, the department has been working tirelessly with the Institute of Philippine Real Estate Appraisers (IPREA) gearing towards the institution of Value Engineering, specifically on the real-estate valuation. This move aims to professionalize the field of valuation and to infuse technical research in the industry.


The department has also started to work closer with the Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines (GEP), the country’s sole authorized professional organization for geodetic engineers. The industry has also been tapped to facilitate out-of-the-classroom learning experience through the OJT program in the curriculum, which saw 11 graduating GE students becoming trainees in various companies and organizations namely: DMI Consultants, RASA Surveying and Realty, FF Marine Corporation, Geodata, and TAO Pilipinas . This closer relations with the GEP and the industry not only aims to better equip the students with the expertise and practical know-how needed by today’s workforce, but also to contribute in professionalizing the practice and infusing more research thrust in the industry.
The student population now reaches 120 undergraduate students and 60 graduate students. Each one is given the opportunity to excel in both academic and extra-curricular activities, with actual fieldwork and research projects provided for under the close guidance from the faculty. Last semester, 12 students were able to successfully defend their theses, which they later presented in symposiums including the GEP-NCR annual convention. And with the regular evaluation and updating of the curriculum, GE students are secure in the knowledge that their learning will lead them to become successful geodetic engineers when they graduate.
The department boasts of its immensely talented faculty with varying fields of expertise, which have brought the learning process diversity in perspective, but with synergy in approach. Now being led by the new GE Department Chairman, Dr. Enrico Paringit, the following are the hardworking and dedicated men and women of the GE-Department:

  • Prof. Epifanio Lopez
  • Dr. Rhodora Gonzales (also COE Associate Dean)
  • Prof. Florence Galeon
  • Dr. Ariel Blanco (also COE College Secretary)
  • Prof. Oliver Macapinlac
  • Prof. Matthew Oliver Ralp Dimal
  • Prof. Czar Jakiri Sarmiento
  • Prof. Louie Balicanta
  • Engr. Joanne Bisonaya
  • Engr. Anjillyn Mae J. Cruz
  • Engr. Vanessa Dela Cruz
  • Engr. John Louie Fabila
  • Engr. Darrel Alvin Ong
  • Engr. Ranel Padon
  • Engr. Jeark Principe
  • Atty. Amado V. Deloria
  • Engr. Jessie Linn Ablao
  • Engr. Alexander Caparas
University Extension Associates
  • Julius M. Bangate
  • Jojene Santillan
  • Rodolfo Y. Isip
  • Elizabeth J. Villaflor
  • Edilberto B. Gabas
  • Alfredo C. Gorio

And to top it all off, the department is very proud of the quality of the graduates it has produced. UP GE alumni have travelled long paths to success and proven not only to be men and women of enormous aptitude, but also individuals of dignified and noble character. And in the near future, the department plans to again undertake giant leaps that may revitalize and revolutionize not just the profession of geodetic engineering in the country, but the concept of spatial analysis and measurement science as we know it.

Faculty and Staff of the Department

See Also


3124 - Director
3125 - Secretary
3126 - Faculty Room MH224
3127 - RS/GIS Teaching Laboratory
3147 - AGST Research Laboratory
3148 - Instructors' Room MH324