Prof. Candido A. Cabrido Jr., former dean of the UP School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP) from 2007 to 2012, passed away on May 24. He was 71.
A licensed environmental planner, his research interests were on urban and regional planning, climate change and disaster risk reduction management studies, environment and natural resources planning and management, and sustainable development policy and modeling to government, private and international organizations.
Cabrido had more than 35 years of work experience in the Philippines and abroad as a consultant and had prepared more than 70 plans for various national government agencies and local government units and international organizations.
The Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners at its Facebook page said Cabrido had written 125 manuscripts and articles, and 61 papers on environmental planning and management and related subjects published in local and international journals.
In 2019, Cabrido served as Team Leader and International CCA/DRR Specialist of the European Union-French Development Agency Project on Disaster Risk Management and Institutional Strengthening of the Department of Interior and Local Government; Team Leader of the Baguio City Urban Carrying Capacity Project; and Land Use Planning Specialist of the United Nations Development Programme Project on Sustainable Land Management.
He sat as technical adviser of Shell Philippines Exploration’s Sustainable Development Council and the Board of Malampaya Natural Gas Foundation. He was also the past president of the Planning and Development Research Foundation, Inc. (PLANADES).
For his outstanding works in urban planning, Cabrido was awarded in 2011 by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) the Most Outstanding Environmental Planner of the Year. He was also awarded with the Professorial Chair on Sustainable Development at the University of Asia and the Pacific by the Shell Philippines Explorations, Inc. in 1999.
Cabrido earned his PhD in Environmental Science from UPD, his MSc in Environmental Engineering and Diploma in Environmental Science and Technology from the Institute for Hydraulic and Environmental and Environmental Engineering in Delft, The Netherlands.
As a tribute to Cabrido, a virtual memorial service hosted by UP SURP, UPAA-SURP Chapter and the UP Planners Organization is scheduled on May 27, 3 p.m.