Eric O. Recto, BSIE ‘83, made a significant donation to set up the DIEOR Product Design and Development Laboratory! This is one of the key items of the DIEOR’s thrust to enhance the learning, instruction and research capabilities of the Department, which celebrated the golden anniversary of its founding in July 2022.

Eric is presently Chairman of Philippine Bank of Communications, Inc., Chairman & President of Bedfordbury Development Corp., President & Director at Atok-Big Wedge Co., Inc., President & Director at Q-Tech Alliance Holdings, Inc. and President for Sea Refinery Corp. He was recognized in the UP Alumni Engineers 2021 Homecoming event as Most Distinguished Alumnus.

The Golden Pillars Project involves raising PhP 27 Million to set up new and modernize existing laboratories, to establish three professorial chairs, to set up a fund to support DIEOR Faculty in various advance training for industry/ professional certification purposes, and for student support activities. The fundraising and implementation is overseen by UPIEAA, working with DIEOR leaders led by Chairman Prof. Erick Llaguno. UPERDFI provides fund administration.