Over one thousand teachers and LGU personnel of the Municipality of Lambunao gathered at the Iloilo Convention Center on February 18, 2017 for the Lambunao Education Summit 2017 with the theme: “Teachers for Lambunao: A Partnership for Quality Education.”
The restructuring of the Philippine Education System to K-12 program poses many challenges to the government and the clamour to promote quality education moved different stakeholders in the Municipality of Lambunao to gather in a one-day Summit that inspired and united education stakeholders to find solutions to the challenges that the Philippine Education System is facing.
Spearheaded by Lambunao Mayor, Hon. Jason R. Gonzales, the Summit brought together teachers, LGU representatives (barangay and municipal officials), community members and other stakeholders to discuss ways in troubleshooting the Municipality’s problems, among which, are the low National Achievement Test (NAT) scores and high dropout rates. District Supervisors and School Principals presented not only the accomplishments but also the challenges that their schools are facing.
The UP Visayas Division of Professional Education, in collaboration with the UP High School in Iloilo, hosted the Tech-Know-Kasyon Research Forum with the theme: “Enhancing Service Learning through Community Partnership” on February 22, 2017 at the GCEB Training Rooms, UP Visayas Ioilo City Campus,
This was conducted in accordance with the celebration of 70th Anniversary of the UP Presence in Iloilo. Professors from the UPV community gathered to share their research outputs to graduate, undergraduate and high school students.
The event facilitated learning and exchange of ideas between the resource speakers and the participants. The forum was divided into two parallel sessions that were held separately in the morning and afternoon. Each parallel session have a plenary session with speakers: Prof. Early Sol Gadong who talked about “The Community as a Learning Laboratory” and Prof. Donne Jone Sodusta who talked about “The University’s Public Service Mandate and Graduate Teacher Education Service Learning.”
The forum was further categorized on the following topics: Mathematics and Classroom Management, Communication Arts and Sining ng Komunikasyon, Learning Experiences and Traditions, and Social Science & Literature, which have three research speakers each.
Photos courtesy of Misael Bacani, UP System
President Danilo Concepcion appointed Prof. Nestor G. Yunque as the new UP Vice President for Administration. He took his oath of office before the president on February 10, 2017 at Quezon Hall in UP Diliman, Quezon City. Yunque was immediate-past Vice Chancellor for Administration of the University of the Philippines Visayas.
Yunque was a PhD candidate with thesis proposal approved in November 2000 at the Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He has also a Certificate in Aquaculture (Senior Aquaculturist, Academic Excellence Awardee) from the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia and Pacific Region. He graduated both his Master of Aquaculture and B.S. Biological Sciences from U.P. Visayas, Iloilo.
Yunque is faculty member of the Division of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas. An active advocate and resource person on disaster risk reduction and climate change resiliency campaigns, he was Project Leader of the Project ReBUILD (Jalaur River Basin Component): A project on capacity building for 21 municipalities comprising the river basin of Jalaur directed towards resiliency in relation to Climate-induced disasters. Project ReBUILD was funded by the Government of New Zealand and was managed by United National Development Program and the Philippine Climate Change Commission. Yunque was also declared by former President Pascual as his “man on the ground” in rebuilding UPV Tacloban when Typhoon Yolanda hit the Visayas regions in 2013.
He is married to Lorena T. Yunque, a former TESDA Regional Director, with whom he has two daughters - Dianne Aster and Vanessa Aura.
The Vice President for Administration is directly responsible for administrative operations specifically in the areas of human resources, finance and procurement of the University of the Philippines System.
Heather Angelique Parangan and Marc Leo Layson, Grade-10 students of University of the Philippines High School in Iloilo grabbed the championship trophy during the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet. The competition was held on February 06, 2017, at Buenavista, San Jose, Antique.
They competed against six other pairs in the Junior Category of the Latin American Dance Sport Competition. Under the guidance of Prof. Imelda Catequista as their coach, Parangan and Layson wowed the crowd and did a great performance at the dance floor that made them brought home gold medals.
Parangan and Layson will represent the Region VI in the 2017 in Palarong Pambansa this coming 23rd of April with the venue yet to be announced. Aside from being superb dance performers, they also managed to excel in their studies and in extra-curricular activities. Layson is governor of the Goldies, while Parangan is the president of the Science Club. They serve as an inspiration to many young aspiring dancers and their fellow students at the UPHSI. (Kyla Agnes Ramirez, UPHSI)
Photos courtesy of Lyncen Fernandez
The UP Visayas community gathered at the UPV auditorium of the City campus on February 11, 2017 for the 23rd UPV Employees Cooperative Annual General Assembly (GA).
The two-part GA started with the talk of Atty. Arturo Cangrejo, Chief Cooperative Development Specialist, Provincial Cooperative Development Office, and Province of Iloilo. Cangrejo emphasized that is more profitable to invest in cooperatives than in keeping money in the bank for the following reasons: members get more patronage refund and dividends from cooperatives than in a bank and even from GSIS, the coop can be the member’s savings and retirement program plan, and the member’s money in the cooperative is invested in a profitable business and for which he/she, as coop a member, has a say on how the business should be run.
With a noted plateauing in the income of UPVEC, Atty. Cangrejo also encouraged it to expand its business and diversify into safe investments such as real estates and franchises.
“We need to continue promoting the culture of saving and investment through cooperatives and secure the future of members by investing their money well,” he pointed out.
Photos courtesy of Gian Genoveza and Lyncen Fernandez
“Pagpasidungog, Pagdayaw, Pagpasalamat - to honor, to praise, to thank…these are the thoughts and emotions echoed by UP Visayas as it gathered its faculty, REPS, staff and students for a tribute to UP President Alfredo E. Pascual on February 15, 2017 at the Grand Xing Imperial Hotel, Iloilo City.
A 5-minute video produced by the Information and Publications Office opened the tribute that highlighted the achievements of the Pascual administration.
All sectors of the community – the students, faculty, staff, REPS expressed their acts of pagpasidungog, pagdayaw, pagpasalamat, through speeches, songs, dances, a violin solo and a skit.
President Pascual, whose moniker is PAEP in the UP community, also received a two-foot statue of the sea goddess, Luyong Kabig, as a gift in grateful appreciation for his most valuable support to the mandate of UP Visayas in protecting the sea and its marine life. According to the Suguidanon (Epics) of Panay, “Luyong Kabig is a goddes of the undersea world. She is a powerful deity governing all sea creatures including Bagsang, the seven-headed sea snake. She is both wise and strong because she settled a long conflict between two brave people – Labaw Donggon from the terrestrial world and Masangladon from the undersea world.”
President Alfredo Pascual, the 20th President of the University of the Philippine turned over the presidency to the 21st President, Atty. Danilo Concepcion on February 10, 2017 at the Quezon Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.
President Pascual’s Term was marked by strategic initiatives that launched UP on the path of a great university in the 21st century. He implemented bold reforms and programs to transform UP into a research intensive university, internationalize it as a global university, and strengthen it as a public service university. He formalized quality assurance of degree programs, incentivized faculty performance and development and ensured access of qualified students with financial difficulty.
President Concepcion was Dean of the UP College of Law before he was elected by the UP Board of Regents on November 15, 2016. President Concepcion, or Danicon as he is fondly called, is widely respected as one of the Philippines’ leading authorities in corporate law, specifically corporate governance, rehabilitation, and insolvency.
In his vision statement President said that the “task of the next president is to ensure that UP remains to its ideals. The essence of UP, he explained, is not merely to transmit knowledge, but to serve the nation; and this sense of mission should pervade all fronts of the univerisity’s functions from educating its students, to caring for its personnel, to defining its role in nation building... Honor and excellence with compassion should be the next UP President’s clarion call to encourage the UP community in serving the Filipino people.”
It was the Municipal Board of Iloilo that made representations to the University of the Philippines to open a UP brand of education in the province. On December 18, 1945 the Board authorized a resolution for the opening of a branch of UP in Iloilo, donating what was then the Iloilo City Hall to be its site. In 1947 the University of the Philippines Iloilo College (UPIC) opened its doors in Iloilo City.
UPIC started with a Lower Division for 3rdand 4thyear high school students and an Upper Division for 1st year and second year college levels. Back then, those who finished the two years of study were given an Associate in Arts certificate and had to go to UP Diliman, other UP units or other higher education institutions to earn or finish a baccalaureate degree.
Seven years after, UPIC earned the status of being a full-fledged college and was renamed UP College Iloilo (UPCI) in 1954; offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as a four-year high school education through the UP High School in Iloilo.
Fast forward to 2017, UPCI now renamed UP Visayas, boasts of not one but three campuses located in Iloilo City, Miagao, Iloilo and Tacloban City. Its five degree-granting units continue to offer the UP brand of education marked by a high standard of academic excellence from its undergraduate to graduate programs in fisheries education, the arts and sciences, environment and technology, and management.
Photos courtesy of Raffy Tabpho
Jeffrey C. Voloso, a fifth year BS Accountancy student from the Division of Management, UP Visayas Tacloban College, was among the 12 college students and 10 young professionals from the Philippines who took part in the recently-concluded Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) program. The program, with the theme "Economics – Small and Medium Enterprises," was held on January 29 to February 7, 2017 at various locations in Japan, including Tokyo and Osaka.
The delegates from the Philippines, along with the other delegates from the ASEAN region, were welcomed by the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo upon their arrival. They were then divided into sub-groups, with Voloso joining the group that took part in the activities in Osaka.
His group learned about regional industries and future developments on economic cooperation between Japan and the ASEAN region at the Entrepreneurial Museum of Challenge and Innovation (EMCI) and the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI).
The group also visited the Monodzukuri (Manufacturing) Business Information-center Osaka (MOBIO), a government-supported facility which exhibits innovative manufacturing products and technology developed by local inventors.