The De La Salle University was established in 1911 by the Catholic teaching congregation Brothers of the Christian Schools, the first Lasallian school in the country. DLSU positions itself as a leader in molding human resources who serve the church and the nation. The University is a hub for higher education training renowned for its academic excellence, prolific and relevant research, and involved community service.
The DLSU team carries out the implementation of Project NexCities, also called the Water–Energy–Nutrient Nexus in cities of future – an award winning and novel project that will turn sewage into fertilizer.
Dr. Michael Angelo B. Promentilla
Dr. Michael Angelo B. Promentilla is a full professor from the Chemical Engineering Department of De La Salle University, Manila. He received his PhD in Socio-Environmental Engineering from Hokkaido University, Japan. His research interests include application of decision modelling and risk analysis to environmental and energy systems, and as well as, the design and characterization of sustainable engineering materials.
Dr. Promentilla is the DLSU project leader and Philippine team coordinator for the Newton Prize 2019. He oversees the planning and execution of the project and the maintenance of risk register.
Dr. Aileen H. Orbecido
Dr. Aileen H. Orbecido is a full professor from the Chemical Engineering Department of De La Salle University, Manila. She received her PhD in Environmental Engineering from Hokkaido University, Japan. She previously worked on several local projects as a wastewater treatment engineer with GHD Pty. Ltd. Her research interests focus on water and wastewater treatment and management.
Dr. Orbecido is responsible for drafting and implementing technical protocol for the septic-tank wastewater collection, design and operation for fertilizer production process. She oversees the onsite system installation at Salikneta Farm.
Dr. Arnel B. Beltran
Dr. Arnel B. Beltran is an associate professor from the Chemical
Engineering Department of De La Salle University, Manila. He
received his PhD in Environmental Engineering and Biotechnology
from Myoungji University, Korea. His research interests focus on
membrane technology application, wastewater treatment, biological
carbon capture, and material development.
Dr. Beltran is in charge of the technical aspects such as system
installation, batch operation for fertiliser production, and application in three types of farm produce and monitoring during two cycles.
Dr. Emmanuel Garcia
Dr. Emmanuel Garcia is a full-time faculty member from the Chemistry Department and DLSU Food and Water Institute (FWI) Director. He received his PhD in Chemistry with specialization on food bioanalytical chemistry from De La Salle University. Most of his current research is on coffee chemistry.
Dr. Garcia acts as the liaison with the Food and Water Institute, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), and Salikneta Farm. He s in charge of drafting training materials for farmer association and NGO training sessions, disseminating information for technical and media engagement, and conducting social impact monitoring and stakeholder engagement.
Engr. Alberto L. Longos, Jr.
Engr. Alberto L. Longos, Jr. is a full-time MS Environmental Engineering student at De La Salle University, Manila. He completed his BS degree in Chemical Engineering at the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT). He previously worked as project and design engineer in a potable water treatment engineering design firm in Cagayan De Oro.
His responsibilities include assisting in the operation of struvite production, drafting protocols, procurement of equipment, and monitoring of project progress and budget.
Engr. Regina G. Damalerio
Engr. Regina G. Damalerio is a MS Chemical Engineering student at De La Salle University, Manila. She also completed her BS Chemical Engineering at the same university last 2017. She previously worked as a research assistant for an externally-funded project which focuses on the performance evaluation of pilot-scale biological nutrient removal technology (BNRT).
She is responsible for the administrative works and assists in the monitoring of project progress and budget.
Converting wastewater into nutrient-rich fertilizer for a better city of the future