UPV & EDC partner to rescue endangered Philippine trees


It was not just your typical tree-planting event. The trees planted were highly endangered and premium Philippine tree species.

The partnership between UP Visayas and the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) through the latter’s BINHI project made possible the planting of these trees. This was formalized through a commitment signing on September 23, 2016 at the UP Visayas Miagao campus.

Chancellor Rommel Espinosa who welcomed the guests from EDC expressed his enthusiasm over the partnership as it supports the continuing effort in the “greening of UP Visayas” and is likewise consistent with UP’s strategic environmental thrust.

Ms. Teresa Peralta, head of the EDC Corporate Social Responsibility Development explained that the BINHI program is a nationwide reforestation effort that particularly focuses on the restoration of vanishing native and premium Philippine tree species.

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Chemistry prof wins best paper award in Palawan Symposium

Prof. Concepcion P. Ponce, a faculty member of the Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas won the Best Paper Award (Oral Presentation, Professional Category) during the 3rd Palawan Research Symposium (National Research Forum on Palawan Sustainable Development) held at the Citystate Asturias Hotel, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on September 15, 2016. “Towards Innovative Environmental Research for Sustainability and Climate Resiliency” is the theme of the symposium.

The winning paper, “Mining Seafood Wastes for Valuable Materials,” is an output of a brainstorming session with experts at the Impact Center, University of Toronto. The said session was conducted to come up with projects suited to the limited resources in the Philippines, but would still generate high impact to society. The study involved conversion of fishery wastes resources into high value nitrogen-doped carbon quantum dots, which have valuable applications in diverse industries especially in solar cells, bioimaging and catalysis.

Ponce just returned from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK Canada where she completed all the requirements for a Ph.D. in Chemistry degree and is just waiting for her convocation in October 2016. (By: Enrique N. Legaspi III)

CAS admin personnel participate in PRMA seminar-workshop

Six administrative personnel from the College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas participated in the live-out seminar-workshop on “RM201: ISO-Compliant Records Management Processes and Control” organized by Philippine Records Management Association (PRMA), Inc. on September 13-15, 2016 at the Deluxe Hotel, Capt. Vicente Roa, Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental.

The three-day seminar-workshop aims for the participants to be able: 1) to know how to classify records; 2) to learn the most efficient ways of filing, saving time in locating records, as well as saving on office space, and 3) to know the legal time period for keeping and disposing a records.

The participants from the different CAS units include Ms. Ma. Susan C. Otero (CAS Dean’s Office), Ms. Jenelie A. Acosa (Division of Professional Education), Ms. Maritess C. Ferraris (Office of the CAS College Secretary), Ms. Gene Ann F. Camaymayan (Division of Biological Sciences), Mr. Enrique N. Legaspi III (Department of Chemistry), and Mr. Samuel L. Funtecha (Division of Social Sciences).

The PRMA is a non-profit organization organized and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It is a professional organization that specializes in the sharing of knowledge about records and information management at the national and international levels. (By: Enrique N. Legaspi III)

URA Bagsit qualifies for a Fulbright grant

“I will be pursuing my PhD in Coastal Resources Management at the East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. My background is marine fisheries and my work as a researcher at the Institute of Fisheries Policy and Development Studies (IFPDS), College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UP Visayas, brought me closer to real issues on the ground. I’d like to focus my research work on helping the small-scale fisheries in our country as this hosts a gamut of issues, and remains a marginalized sector.”

With this in mind, Farisal U. Bagsit, Univiversity Research Associate I of IFPDS left for the United States in August this year to pursue a Ph.D. under the Fulbright Scholarship Program (FSP).

Bagsit said she first applied for a slot under the FSP 2014 and was shortlisted for an interview but did not make the final list of scholars for the 2015 intake. She applied again the following year and her perseverance paid off and was selected as one of the principal candidates for the Fulbright Classic Program. This was something to be happy because only 10 slots out of the 191 applications were received for the 2016-2017 intake. Bagsit also patiently went through the entire application, selection and placement process that took more than a year. Finally, after completing all the requirements, she is now enrolled at the East Carolina University.

In addition, Bagsit pointed out that she applied for a Fulbright scholarship because of its reputation wherein only the best are selected. She recalled an occassion wherein UP Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gisela P. Concepcion, was a speaker. Concepscion said that, “If you want a rigid training, you go to the United States.” Bagsit said that Concepcion’s message was very clear and resonated to all who were listening including her.

“It was what made me decide to apply for a Fulbright scholarship. I knew it’s going be hard, but excellence entail hard work. It’s a continuing process,” she said of the work ahead of her.

Review of Tilapia, Mud Crab R&D Programs held

The University of the Philippine Visayas conducted the annual review and industry consultation on the research and development of shrimp and tilapia, aquafeed and mussel on September 14-16 at the Training Rooms of the Graduate and Continuing Education Building of UP Visayas, Iloilo City campus.

Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa welcomed the participants and Dr. Dalisay DG. Fernandez, Director of Inland Aquatic Resources Research Division Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (IARRD-PCAARRD), Department of Science and Technology.

The Tilapia and R&D programs that focused on “Increasing Productivity of Tilapia Farms Using Product and Technology Innovation” include: 1) On-farm trials of phytoandrogen for sex inversion of tilapia - Dr. Ravelina Velasco, CLSU; and 2) Pilot scale application of aquashade to reduce water temperature in hatchery systems for tilapia - Dr. Emmanuel M. Vera Cruz, CLSU.

For the “Refinement of Mud Crab Hatchery Technology,” Dr. Emilia T. Quinitio, SEAFDEC/AQD presented the Sustainable production of mud crab through selective breeding.

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Maquiran, other Metrobank awardees presented in Malacañan

Prof. Dominic J. Maquiran, 2013 Metrobank Outstanding Teacher awardee along with other Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos, was presented to President Rodigo R. Duterte on September 13, 2016 at the Malacañan Palace in Metro Manila.

Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino is a collective term for the winners of the Metrobank’s Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), Country’s Outstanding Police in Service (COPS), and The Outstanding Soldiers of the Philippines (TOPS).

Winners of these awards for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 were acknowledged during the ceremony.

Maquiran is a faculty member of the UP High School Iloilo, College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas.

Graduate orientation dares students to contribute to national development


“…be steadfast, remain focused, persevere, be determined and work hard for the kind of education that will make you proud. Graduating with a Tatak UPV education… will demand a lifetime of service to our people and nation. This is what the oblation symbolizes, to dedicate ourselves totally and unselfishly to a higher cause greater than ourselves and to make a difference in the lives of our countrymen.”

With this message, UPV Chancellor Rommel Espinosa hoped to inspire the incoming graduate students as well as the returning ones during the Graduate Orientation Program on September 10, 2016, UPV auditorium, Iloilo City.

Sharing about the UPV graduate student experience, Ms. Abegail Bayona, (Master in Education – English as a Second Language II) said that doing graduate studies in UPV is far from being a piece of cake, sleep would be a luxury for them as they work and study at the same time and learning is tough because one is exposed to a whole new world.

“Studying in UP made me realize that there is so much to do for the Philippines,” she pointed out, imbibing the sense of nationalism and service to the country that the University instils in its students.

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UPVTC gets 95.83% passing rate, produces two Top 3 passers in psychometrician board exam


(L-R): Camposano, Cyrene and Pestilos, Cristy

With a 95.83% passing rate and two examinees who both ranked third, UP Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC) performed strongly in the August 2016 Psychometrician Licensure Examination administered by the Board of Psychology of the Professional Regulation Commission in various parts of the country.

The two UPVTC alumnae who landed in the Top 3 spot are Cyrene Camposano and Cristy Pestilos. The other successful examinees are Glenda Elaine Alas, Angelika Ambal, Angie Asumbrado, Patrick Vense Bajamunde, Deanna Jill Balagasay, Christine Joy Bato, Faye Jessa Egargo, Regine May Gayon, Richie Labaclado, Elaine Medalla, Jane Louwella Nicart, Loricar Orais, Rosemarie Orbeta, Rogene Ramos, Leonel Relis, Regine Saberon, Jaycel Sison, Dhorie Jane Sulla, Louille Ann Tan, Kimberly Mae Tañola, and Sybil Yanong. The examinees were tested on four subjects namely, Theories of Personality, Abnormal Psychology, Industrial Psychology, and Psychological Assessment.

The 23 board passers made history as UPVTC’s first ever batch of psychometricians. UPVTC’s psychology curriculum was revised from Bachelor of Arts Social Sciences program to a full Bachelor of Arts program in 2012. (By: Pierce S. Docena, UPVTC)

UPV joins CSC’s RACE to Serve VI Fun Run

In coordination with Civil Service Commission (CSC) Regional 6 office, UP Visayas once again supported the Commission’s RACE to Serve VI Fun Run, which was one of the events lined up for its 116 th Anniversary.

This year’s theme “Sigaw ng Lingkod Bayani: Malasakit para sa Taumbayan, Kapwa Kawani at Kalikasan,” aims to instil “malasakit” (compassion) for one’s health, the environment and deserving public servants. The proceeds of the run will continue to go to the “Pondong Pamanang Lingkod Bayan” an endowment fund for the benefit of the families of civilian public officials and employees who died or were killed in the performance of their duties.

The fun run was held nationwide on September 3, 2016 and in Iloilo City, the venue was at the SM City grounds.

Philippine Army honors UPV Library’s “Books for Peace Project”

The 82nd Infantry (Bantay Laya) Battalion, 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division of Philippine Army awarded the University Library of UP Visayas with a plaque of appreciation as a partner for the "Books for Peace Project." The plaque was given to the University Library, represented by its University Librarian, Ms. Analiza G. Linaugo, on September 3, 2016 during the 7th Founding Anniversary of the 82nd Infantry Battalion at its headquarters in Camp Monteclaro, Brgy. Igtuba, Miagao, Iloilo.

As part of the University Library’s extension and public service program, the Book for Peace Project was launched in 2010. The project aims to distribute books to the libraries of remote public schools in the First District Iloilo Province.

UPV to host Master in Urban and Regional Planning Program

The University of the Philippines Diliman School of Urban and Regional Planning will be offering the Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning (MAURP) in Western Visayas effective 2nd semester of academic year 2016-2017. The UP Visayas through the College of Management will host the said degree program.

President Alfredo E. Pascual signed executive Order No. PAEP 16-01A for the implementation of this program in the region, which was launched on August 23, 2016 at the UPV Auditorium, Iloilo City campus. It was witnessed by Dr. Mario de los Reyes, Dean of the UP Diliman School of Urban and Regional Planning who represented Chancellor Michael Tan. UPV Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa, CM Dean Mary Ann Gumban and other UPV officials were also present.

During the launching program, Pascual delivered a message that calls for “Investing in Human Capital for Urban Planning in LGUs.” The following lectures were also delivered: “Urban Planning and the Urban Environment of Western Visayas,” by Ms. Ro-Ann A. Bacal, Regional Director, NEDA 6.; “GIS in Urban Planning,” by Mr. Ubo V. Pakes, CIM Integrated Expert and GIS Coordinator; and “Governance Structure and Policy Direction for Smarter LGUs,” by Ms. Maria Calpiza J. Sardup, CESO V, Asst. Regional Director, DILG 6. The open forums were moderated by Dr. Rhodella A. Ibabao and Arch. Elizabeth Ann A. Daquita.

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