UPV HSU and Dagyaw sa Kaarayadan bring health services to Brgy Lumangan, Miagao

The UP Visayas Health Services Unit, in cooperation with the Dagyaw sa Kaarayadan (Volunteer for Healing), brought health services to Brgy. Lumangan, Miagao, Iloilo through a medical, surgical and dental mission on May 29, 2016. There were 140 residents who availed of the consultation, 91 of which were adult and 49 were very young children. There were 15 who availed of the circumcision and 23 for the dental services. In addition, there were 82 recipients for blood typing and 77 recipients for a random blood sugar testing including residents from the nearby barangay.

Free medicines and multivitamins were given after the consultation. Pain relievers and antibiotics were also given to those who have undergone circumcision.

There were 23 volunteers who participated in the said medical, surgical and dental mission, 11 of whom are medical doctors and dentists. The UPV HSU is grateful for the support of the volunteers, sponsors and donors who shared their time and resources for the success of the said activity. By: Sarina Nacita, UPV HSU

UP Press launches Book 5 of Suguidanon (Epics) of Panay

The University of the Philippines Press launched Kalampay, Book 5 of the Suguidanon (Epics) of Panay on May 27, 2016 at the Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman Quezon City. Kalampay was launched with 13 new other titles published by the UP Press.

UP Press Director J. Neil Garcia and Prof. Jerry Los Baños presented the book to Anna Razel L. Ramirez, Associate Researcher and overall project coordinator for publications of the Suguidanon (Epics) of Panay.

Kalampay tells the story of Matan-ayon (Ayon), the beautiful wife of Labaw Donggon (Abaw), who was lured to the go to the protruding back of the kalampay (crab), which posed as a little island with inviting ripe betel nut trees. The kalampay was sent by the powerful Masangladon, a man who is interested with Matan-ayon and who lives in Panibyungan – a place underneath that leads to the seaworld.

Federico Caballero chanted Kalampay, which was researched more than 20 years ago by anthropologist and UP Professor Emeritus, Dr. Alicia Magos and associate researcher, Anna Razel L. Ramirez in the hinterlands of Central Panay. The book published the epic chants which were translated into the nearest Kinaray-a, Filipino and English.

Suguidanon is a long narrative delivered in the form of chants and tells stories about romance and battles in a maritime setting. Probably one of the longest in Southeast Asia, the publication of the Suguidanon was made possible through the support of UP Visayas administration and the University of the Philippines System.

UPV SoTech scores 100% passing rate in May 2016 Chem Eng Board Exam

The UP Visayas School of Technology (SoTecH) continues to perform well in the Chemical Engineering Licensure Exam, scoring a 100% passing percentage in the recently released May 2016 result.

Despite being a young program offered only in 2007 and producing its first batch in 2012, the BS Chemical Engineering degree program has always managed to be above the national passing percentage of 64.13%. It is often the top performing school in Visayas. For example, the first batch that took the exam in October 2012 had a 90.91% passing rate while the second batch that took the exam in March 2013 had a 100% passing score.

The new Chemical Engineers are: LURENCE JOHN SAGO-AN ARGUEZ, JOELLINE ANN DUHAYLUNGSOD ATES, CHARLES VON BACABAC LAOC, ZANIEL JOHN CACERES BARLUADO, JEMIMAH DEPASUPIL BORJA, MARY ANNE MILLENDES CORTEZ, JULI FRANCISCO FERNANDO, PAUL RAY-AN ARIPIO GONZAGA, JOSEPH RYAN PANES LOZADA, MARC TROI DEO BIÑAS MANLAPIG, and MAE LANN JOY GAMUYAO TAYONA.

Sotech Dean Emeliza Lozada expressed elation over the results of the licensure exam and vows to continue the plan to improve the laboratory facilities of the School. (With sources from http://www.prc.gov.ph/uploaded/documents/CHEM0516ps_j.pdf)

UP Visayas inks MOA with PPP for LGU capacity building interventions

UP Visayas Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Undersecretary Andre C. Palacios, Executive Director of the Private Public Partnership (PPP) Center on May 20, 2016 at the AV Hall, GCEB, UP Visayas , Iloilo City campus.

The PPP Center of the Philippines has the primary mandate to facilitate the implementation of the country’s PPP programs and projects; and provide technical assistance to national government agencies (NGAs), government owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs), state colleges and universities (SUCs), local government units (LGUs) and private sector to sustain national economic growth.

In the agreement, the PPP will partner with UP Visayas as its Local Capability Building Institution (LCBI) in the provision of capacity building interventions to LGUs in various locations. The PPP Center, on the other hand, will provide the initial trainer’s training to UPV and will assist in updating its expertise on PPP to help position it as an adjunct learning center on PPP.

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Civil Service Commission and Pag-ibig benefits discussed in UPV

The All UP Workers Union in cooperation with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration and the Human Resource Development Office of U.P. Visayas organized two forums for government employees including those working in UP on May 13, 2016 at the Training Rooms of the Graduate and Education Building of UP Visayas, Iloilo City campus.

Director Rodolfo B. Encajonado of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Regional Office 6 discussed the benefits the civil servants are entitled to as mandated by the government. He also talked about the different leave privileges allowed by CSC that include the following: vacation leave, sick leave, maternity leave, paternity leave, adoption leave, rehabilitation leave for job-related injuries, solo-parent leave, special leave privileges, anti-violence against women and children, special calamity leave, and special leave benefit for women. This is in addition to the current leave privileges enjoyed by UP employees because of the Collective Negotiation Agreement between UP and the AUPWU.

Atty. Stanley F. Alayon, Attorney IV of the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) in Iloilo presented the different programs that Pag-ibig offers to its members and these are: housing loans, multi-purpose loans, calamity loans, and provident savings. According to Alayaon, Pag-ibig fund also offers housing loan restructuring programs.

Moreover, he said that the Pag-ibig loyalty card that was recently introduced will allow participating members to avail of discounts from Pag-ibig partner institutions and establishments, including school tuitions and medicine costs. To know more about its programs, Alayon encouraged the audience to visit the HDMF official site at http://www.pagibigfund.gov.ph.

UPV, APhiO service project benefits 156 boys, among others

A total of 156 circumcision operations on boys, ages 6-13 years-old, 10 dental procedures, medical consultations and provisions of medicines to 12 patients were accomplished by UP Visayas through the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) Alumni Council of North America (ACNA), UPV-Health Services Unit and the Alpha Phi Omega Kappa Gamma (UPV chapter).

The blistering heat on the Saturday of May 14, 2016 did not deter the volunteer doctors and nurses of APhio and UPV from delivering these services. They were joined by three medical volunteers from the 82nd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army in Camp Monteclaro, Brgy. Igtuba, Miagao, Iloilo. ACNA President Alexander Garcia, responsible for overseeing and facilitating the funds for the project, as well as Prof. Pepito “Sonny” Fernandez, Jr. who was the project proponent and coordinator, were present during the event.

On December 18, 2015, UPV, APO-ACNA, through the Alpha Phi Omega Kappa Gamma (UPV chapter), partnered together to adopt Barangay Malagyan in Miagao Iloilo. The service project chose Malagyan, the biggest relocation site of residents affected by the establishment of UPV in Miagao, as the recipient of a year-long Feeding and Nutrition Program for children, Well-Baby Clinic, Medical Clinic and Dental Services both for adults and children.

On January 16, 2016, the first feeding program for 50 children was conducted as well as the medical and dental services at the Barangay Malagyan Health Center. The feeding program also included the giving out of multivitamins to the children and is done every Saturday at the Health Center. Meanwhile the dental and medical services are held every month. The service project will run for a year. The circumcision procedure was an additional service given to Brgy. Malagyan in response to its request.

Justice Carpio on the West Philippine Sea Dispute in UPV Forum


Photos courtesy of Ramon Ramirez

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio gave a lecture on the West Philippine Sea Dispute on April 22, 2016 at the UP Visayas Auditorium, Iloilo City.

Attended by members of the UP Alumni community, lawyers and students of UPV and other universities, Carpio gave a brief on the law of the sea that and the disputed reefs in the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea.

According to Carpio, the country’s sovereign territory covers 12 nautical miles from our territorial sea baseline and 200 nautical miles from our sovereign territory is the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

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UPV Library conducts ASFA training

The UPV Library in Miagao began a five day training for librarians of selected SUCs on the use of ASFIS or the Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Information System that started on May 2, 2016.

ASFIS is an international cooperative information system for the collection and dissemination of information covering the science, technology and management of marine and freshwater environment.

The principal information product of ASFIS is ASFA (Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstract), an abstracting and indexing service covering the world’s literature on the science, technology, management, management, and conservation of marine, brackish water, and freshwater resources and environments, including their socio-economic and legal aspects.

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The UP Oblation Bike Trail Adventure

Like most bike trails, the path is never paved, smooth or even. Rough roads, uphill climbs and steep, downhill paths that pull your descent and increase your chance of tumbling, are all part of the game. Throw in obstacles like huge, gnarled roots of trees, a brook or a river here and there and the adventure is complete.

This could have described the UP Oblation Bike Trail that the UP Alumni Association – Iloilo (UPAAI) organized on May 1, 2016 at the sprawling UP Visayas Miagao campus but there is more.

Half-way through the trail, each of the competing biker had to get down and plant a tree at the Alumni Park that is being developed on top of the many hills found inside the scenic Miagao campus. This was what made the event unique from other bike trail competitions - riding, competing, enjoying and investing in the future of our environment.

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UPV Miagao student leaders conduct mock elections

The UP Fisheries Guild in collaboration with UPV University Student Council and College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), conducted a Presidential and Vice Presidential Mock Elections at the Miagao campus of UPV. It was launched on April 6, 2016 with a Voters’ Education lecture at the CFOS audiovisual hall and ended on April 22, 2016.

The mock election was conducted to know the pulse of UPV community including the faculty, staff, and the students of the three degree granting units in the Miagao campus in relation to the upcoming national election on May 9, 2016.

The ballots and ballot boxes were placed at the Pidlaoan Hall lobby and the students passing by were encouraged to cast their votes. In addition votes were also cast from the staff of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) as well as from the residents of the UPV’s dormitories in the Miagao campus.

There were 450 respondents who participated in the mock election that included mostly students, faculty, and staff from CFOS, CAS and the School of Technology. Even some of the tricycle drivers that ply inside the campus also cast their votes.

All the year levels were also represented as well as the male and female voters although the number of respondents from each year level and the male and female voters were not proportionate to the total student population in the Miagao campus.

Santiago was the winner at 62.22%, followed by Duterte at 24.44%, Poe at 4.88%, Roxas at 4.00% and Binay at 2.44%. Two percent abstained from voting. In the Vice Presidential candidates, Robredo was the preferred choice at 43.78% followed by Marcos at 17.11%, Escudero at 13.33%, Cayetano at 11.77%, Trillanes at 2.44% and Honasan at 1.33%. Those who abstained were 2.89 %.

The Presidential and Vice Presidential bets of the campus were ranked based on a vote percentage from the total number of votes cast by the respondents. (With sources from the UP Fisheries Guild)

Class ’75 brings in more support for UPHSI

The UP High School Class of 1975 formally turned over their donation to UP High School in Iloilo, College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas on April 26, 2016. The donated items include 21 computer units, 1 printer, 2 ceiling fans, 1 wall fan, and 1 air conditioning unit for the new high school building.

Prof. Amy D. Tanoy, Director of the UP Visayas Office of Alumni Relations, who also belongs to the donating class, hosted the program. Dr. Lourdes C. Zamora, UPHSI Principal welcomed the guests and gave updates about UPHSI. Dr. Crisostomo Akol and Dr. Elmer Alger both gave messages in behalf of their class. Akol and Alger recalled some of their fond memories and talked about how their teachers and experiences influenced them.

Representatives of Class’75 and UPHSI later signed the Deed of Donation.

UPV personnel, HS faculty, and alumni of HS Class ’75 were present during the ceremonies.

The ceremony was organized by UPHSI and UPV Office of Alumni Relations.

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