The Kapisanan nang Wika at Panitikan (KAPWA) of UP High School in Iloilo, College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas in cooperation with Hubon Manunulat held a poetry reading event dubbed as “Basahay Binalaybay sa Yupihay” on August 23, 2016 at the Center for West Visayas Studies Center courtyard, UPV, Iloilo City campus.
Prof. Early Sol Gadong and Dr. John Barrios, faculty members of the UPHSI spearheaded the poetry reading which was in celebration of the Buwan ng Wika this August.
Members of the Hubon Manunulat who read their poems during the activity were Dulce Maria Deriada, Noel Galon and Gil Montinola. Students of UPHSI also participated in the poetry reading which was attended by UPV faculty, staff and students. (With sources from UPHSI)
August 22, 2016 marked the unveiling of the perspectives of the Regional Research Center (RRC) and the new School of Technology (SoTech) buildings at the UP Visayas Miagao Campus. UP President Alfredo E. Pascual, Vice-President for Academic Affairs Gisela P. Concepcion, Vice-President for Planning and Finance Joselito G. Florendo, and Faculty Regent Philip Ian P. Padilla graced the event.
The program began with a prayer followed by the singing of the Philippine national Anthem . Two SoTech students, Roi Lagon and Roy Palmares, then interpreted a composo written by Palanca awardee, Professor Alice Tan-Gonzales of the Division of Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences.
UPV Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa welcomed the UP System officials as well as the UPV officials present namely, Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension Ricardo P. Babaran, Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Emilia Santos-Yap, Vice-Chancellor for Administration Nestor G. Yunque, Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Development, Prof. Ruben M. Gamala, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Dean Crispino A. Saclauso, College of Management Dean Mary Ann T. Gumban, and School of Technology Dean Emeliza C. Lozada.
According to VCRE Babaran, “The RRC is envisioned as a hub for research in fisheries and aquatic sciences, not only in the Visayas region and in the entire country, but in the Southeast Asian region as well.” He further said that he looks forward to a center that has state-of-the art equipment to be used in the conduct of relevant and critical research.
Faculty members of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), UP Visayas served as resource persons in a “Lecture Series in Fisheries” conducted by the Aklan State University, New Washington, Aklan this month.
Dr. Nathaniel Añasco of the Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanology (IMFO), Dr. Harold Monteclaro of the Institute of Fisheries Policy and Development Studies (IFPDS), and Ms. Karen Grace Andrino-Felarca of the Institute of Aquaculture (IA) shared their knowledge and expertise to the faculty, staff, and students of the College of Fisheries and Marine Sciences of the said university.
Añasco, whose expertise is on fisheries biology, marine chemistry, and chemical oceanography, discussed aquatic resources and ecology on August 6-7, 2016. Monteclaro lectured on capture fisheries on August 13~14, 2016.
Meanwhile, Felarca talked about the fundamentals of aquaculture, cultured aquatic organisms, fish diseases, and other updates in aquaculture on August 20-21, 2016. Her lecture include topics on the foundations of aquaculture, site selection and preparation, water quality, nutrition and feeding, aquaculture engineering, aquaculture species (broodstock management, nursery and grow-out culture), genetic concepts, and fish health management/fish diseases. (With sources from Ms. Karen Grace Felarca)
The UP Visayas Gender and Development Program (GDP) conducted a capacity building activity on GAD Planning and Budgeting with GAD Focal Point System members and GAD advocates of UPV on August 17, 2016 at the AV Hall of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UPV Miagao Campus. Fifty-one UPV employees participated, which largely include administrative staff from the different colleges and units both in Miagao and Iloilo City campuses. GDP Director Dr. Mary Barby P. Badayos-Jover gave the lecture during the said activity.
As a follow-up activity of the GAD Summit conducted on June 27, 2016, this capacity building activity also served as an echo of the UP Systemwide Workshop on the same topic held on July 18-20, 2016 in UP Diliman. The primary goal of the activity is to enhance and strengthen UPV’s GAD Focal Point System through re-orientation on the GAD planning and budgeting process and introduction to gender audit using the Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework (GMEF). Furthermore, it also aims to involve all UPV units and offices in the preparation of UPV’s GAD plan and budget for the year 2018 so that all GAD-related programs, activities and projects are integrated. The activity likewise served as venue for the identification of additional GAD FPS members coming from various UPV units or offices.
As continuation of UPV’s capacity-building activity, a workshop on the preparation of UPV’s 2018 GAD plan and budget is scheduled in October 2016. (By: Dana Lee M. Durana, UPV-GDP)
UP President Alfredo E. Pascual visited the UP Visayas Iloilo City campus on August 22, 2016 to inaugurate newly constructed and renovated infrastructure projects. With him were Vice-President for Academic Affairs Gisela Concepcion and Vice-President for Planning and Finance Jose Florendo.
The UP System officials were received and assisted by UPV Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa, Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Emilia S. Yap, Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension Ricardo Babaran, Vice-Chancellor for Administration Nestor Yunque, Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Development Ruben Gamala, College of Management Dean Mary Ann Gumban, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Resurreccion Sadaba, UP High School Iloilo (UPHSI) Principal Lourdes Zamora, Office of the Continuing Education and Pahinungod Director Ma. Joji B. Tan, Sentro ng Wika Overall Coordinator Julie Ramirez, and other UPV officials.
Science, biology, and chemistry and physics classes of the junior high school students and the new entrants of the K-12 senior high school students will be accommodated in the newly renovated UPHSI laboratory classrooms. A total of P5M was allocated for the renovation of these four classrooms including its amenities.
The P3M “Balay Wika” of the Sentro ng Wikang Filipino will spearhead programs of the university in connection with the propagation of the Filipino language. It will also serve as a center for study, research, extension work and consultation of teachers of Filipino in Western Visayas and nearby regions.
The University of the Philippines Visayas signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) VI for the publication of a book on the traditional knowledge systems of Panay and Guimaras on August 19, 2016 at the UP High School in Iloilo Conference Room, UPV, Iloilo City campus. Regional Director Jim O. Sampulna and Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa signed the MOA for DENR IV and UPV, respectively. Atty. Elizur Militar, DENR VI Legal Counsel and Dr. Ricardo B. Babaran, UPV Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension witnessed the signing of the MOA.
Dubbed as “From Reef to Cliff: Panay-Guimaras Traditional Knowledge Systems for Cultural Resiliency and Sustainable Development,” the book aims at revitalizing the core of Panay-Guimaras culture. The choice of these concerns as overreaching themes is anchored on the idea of environmental protection and conservation advocated by the DENR where the ecosystem is treated holistically as a prized heritage by itself.
The project acknowledges that Traditional Knowledge Systems are vital in maintaining equilibrium in the physical, socioeconomic and cultural ecosystem since these provide frameworks in the operation of human interaction and adaptation to environment especially on the satisfaction of basic needs and utilization of resources for survival and sustainability; and that modernity and globalization have drastically altered their normal functioning.
Forest and Biodiversity (Forestry), Water Bodies and the Coastal Environment (Fisheries), Arable and Habitable Terrains (Agriculture), Sustainable Arts and Crafts (Arts and Crafts), and Environmental Rituals and Traditions (Literature and Rituals) will be the project’s five major themes.
The Affirmative Action Program for Mindanao or AAPM was a UP System program that aimed to extend the benefits of UP education to students from Mindanao who do not have access to it. The mandate for implementing it was given to UPV specifically to the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) during Academic Year 1991-1992 and was later transferred to the Office of Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs beginning Academic Year 1994-1995.
The AAPM Committee oversaw the six-year implementation and evaluation of the program and worked to assist in the academic and personal development of the grantees. In various years of its implementation, the members of the committee who worked to achieve the goals of the program were: Ms. Carmencita Simpas-Handinero, Prof. Diana Edna G. Corda, Ms. Azucena P. Pestaño, Prof. Celia F. Parcon, Prof. Marilyn Z. Alcarde, Prof. Emmeline L. Cabalum, Ms. Miriam Bethel Estenor, Prof. Gianina P. Cainglet, Ms. Mylene M. Mondejar and Prof. May D. Pison as the last Chairperson. The University Research Associates of the program were Romeo dela Cruz Jr. (1991-1993), Sonja Yasmin C. Gacutan-Jusayan (1994), Fe P. Villanueva-Tafalla (1995), Alice Prieto-Carolino (1992-1996) and Cherry Pilapil-Anasco (1996-1998; AAPM 1st batch grantee).
There were 6 batches with a total of 335 grantees from all over Mindanao that benefited from the program. Unique in its implementation were the financial, psycho-social and learning assistance that were provided to the grantees during their stay in the Miagao and Iloilo city campuses. Roughly 65% of them eventually graduated from UPV.
Unilab Ideas Positive is an annual nationwide youth competition of the Unilab Foundation that selects and funds innovative community health projects towards promoting a healthier Philippines. The Unilab Ideas Positive Run 6 was dominated by teams from UP Visayas. A total of 148 youth teams submitted proposals and 4 out of 6 teams made it to the top 15 and 3 of the 4 made it to the top 5. Team PH Cares of UP Visayas was declared the Grand Champion of the competition on August 12, 2016 at the Bayanihan Center, Mandaluyong City. Team Sinag (a team composed of UP College of Medicine and UPV students) was 3rd place and Team Grin Movement was in 5th place. These teams were mentored by Dr. Philip Ian Padilla, faculty member of the Division of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, UPV and the current UP Faculty Regent. Dr. Calvin de los Reyes and Dr. Marilyn Sumayo of UPCM, and Mr. Rommel Gestuveo of the Division of Biological Sciences, CAS, UPV served as the co-advisers.
Team PH Cares that won first place is composed of BS Public Health students namely, Romena Castor, Bea Marisse Daayata, Carl Laurence Deala, Krisleen Marie Mayormita, and Maulene Mae Namuag .Their community health project entitled, “Oplan 4Ks: Kaakibat Kontra Kuto sa Kabataan” was able to eradicate pediculosis or lice infestation in more than 500 elementary school children in Miagao West Central Elementary School. Their innovative health solution to this neglected public health problem included the creation of a comic book that tells the story of lice infestation and why children with this condition should not be bullied. They conducted storytelling events and hygiene lectures during the 6-month duration of their project.
The team partnered with Deborah Altschuler and the National Pediculosis Association, Inc. based in Massachusetts, USA in distributing Lice Meister combs in their “Kontra Kuto Kits” to families of the school children. Other than conducting health campaigns to the school and the neighboring communities, the team also conducted free hair cut sessions and “hairobics”, a new way of exercising that highlights the importance of hair hygiene.
As part of the community immersion of the BS Public Health program of the University, Team PH Cares was joined by other BS Public Health students namely, Jessa dela Cruz, Angela Joy Fernandez, Stephen Miayo, and Raymee Tabobo. With the added manpower, the team was able to reach more affected children in their chosen community.
The newly constructed dormitory in the main campus of UP Visayas in Miagao had a soft opening on August 15, 2016 marked by a mass and blessing of the building. Office of Students Affairs (OSA) Director, Prof. Ruben Gamala welcomed the small crowd that gathered at the event comprising mostly of the OSA staff, dormitory heads and staff, and personnel of the Campus Development and Maintenance Office.
Gamala said that he has done a survey for the name of the new dorm so that it will have its own distinction just like Balay Lampirong, Gumamela, Kanlaon, Madia-as, and Apitong in Miagao and Balay Ilonggo in the Iloilo City campus.
The new dorm has two floors, each floor has 8 shower stalls, 2 urinals and 6 toilets. It has a total of 20 rooms and can accommodate 120 students.
UP Visayas signed a Memorandum of Agreement with St. Anthony’s College (SAC) of San Jose de Buenavista, Antique for UPV to develop an electronic registration system called eRegistration System for Educational Institutions or eRSEI to be used by SAC. In return, SAC will provide the funds, the environment, infrastructure and other support needed by the UPV IT personnel to develop the program. The MOA was signed on August 16, 2016, UPV Miagao campus.
UPV Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa signed the MOA together with Rev. Fr. Edione R. Febrero, SAC College President while Prof. Emilia Encarnacion Yap, UPV Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Ms. Leda T. De Gracia, SAC Vice-President for Administration served as witnesses.
Febrero and Espinosa both expressed that a fruitful collaboration between UPV and SAC would go beyond the MOA signing.