Mapúa University is partnering with General Santos City for better transportation.

General Santos City Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera and Mapúa Dean and Professor Francis Aldrine A. Uy signed a memorandum of agreement last April 8, 2019, formalizing a research collaboration between the two parties.

Dean Uy is head of the Mapúa Transportation Operations Management and Assessment System (TOMAS) Lab. The lab is named after Tomás Mapúa, the first registered architect in the Philippines and the founder and first president of the Mapúa Institute of Technology (MIT), which is now known as Mapúa University.

The TOMAS Lab is working on the Data Analytics for Research and Education (DARE), a two-year project funded by the Commission on Higher Education – Philippine-California Advanced Research Institutes (CHED-PCARI). DARE is a collaboration among Mapúa University, the National Institute of Physics and the National College of Public Administration and Governance at UP Diliman , and the University of California Berkeley, USA. In this regard, the TOMAS Lab is developing TRACES: an advanced, next-generation platform involving transportation measurement, modelling, and optimization, which shall serve as a dynamic decision-making tool for policy-makers and researchers.

GenSan shall provide the TOMAS Lab with a suitable area of study for real-time transportation measurements, calibrations, and simulations. In return, the TOMAS Lab shall share their research findings with the GenSan City Government, particularly transportation data and optimization.

TOMAS Lab personnel Dr. Larry A. Vea, Engr. Billy I. Rejuso, Engr. Matthew G. Binag, and Mr. Ryan B. Pinca visited GenSan last April 8 to 10, 2019 for the MOA signing and initial ocular inspection for field work.