Topor inspires teachers in 1st Lambunao Educ Summit

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.

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Prof Ed holds Tech-Know-Kasyon Research Forum

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.

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UPV’s Yunque is new Vice President for Administration

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.

UP High School students win gold in WVRAA

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)

UPV-CFOS, ASU-CFMS conduct forum on CRM initiatives in Batan Bay

Photos courtesy of CFOS PSPO

The College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), U.P. Visayas through the College Public Service Program Office and the College of Fisheries and Marine Sciences of Aklan State University (ASU) conducted a forum on “Revisiting CRM Initiatives in Batan Bay” on February 16, 2017 at the ASU New Washington campus, Aklan Province.

Local government officials and fisherfolks of the province of Aklan and municipalities of Altavas, Batan, New Washington, research development and extension personnel of ASU and LGUs of Balete, Aklan comprised the participants of the forum. Representatives from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) were also present during the event.

The forum was conducted to review and verify coastal resource management (CRM) initiatives implemented in Batan Bay; to determine strategies and approaches employed in promoting CRM among Batan Bay stakeholders; to describe responses of stakeholders to CRM initiatives in Batan Bay; and to identify issues that arose in the implementation of CRM initiatives in Batan Bay.

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UPV Employees Cooperative conducts 23rd general assembly

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.

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Pres. Pascual feted by UP Visayas

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.”

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Pascual turns over UP Presidency to Concepcion

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.”

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Marking 70 years of providing UP brand of education in Iloilo

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.

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UPVTC BS Accountancy student joins JENESYS exchange program

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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.

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Regent Arinto visits UPV

“The faculty members are the most important resource of UP and they are expected to excel.”

So said newly-elected UP Faculty Regent Dr. Patricia Arinto who was in the UP Visayas Miagao campus in the morning of February 2, 2017 at the UPV Iloilo city campus in the afternoon, to meet and consult with the faculty members.

Arinto set the tone by saying that the gathering is really just a “getting to know you” meeting. Nevertheless, the faculty members present were able to raise some issues and concerns. In a nutshell, these are as follows:

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FR Arinto lectures at TLRC’s Forum

Faculty Regent Patricia B. Arinto gave a lecture on January 30 to February 1, 2017 at Teaching and Learning Resource Center (TLRC), UP Visayas, Miagao, Iloilo. She was the invited resource person for the Forum and Workshop on Interdisciplinary Module Writing and Development of Teaching Modules.

During the workshop, the teacher-participants shared some of their strategies and concerns regarding the use of interdisciplinary approach inside the classroom. The workshop focused on the development of self-access resource-based learning modules as a supplementary material in class.

Prof. Marilou Ang-Lopez from the School of Technology (SOTECH) and Prof. Gerald Quinitio from the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) shared that they had been using interdisciplinary teaching strategies in their Food Technology and Fisheries classes.

According to Division of Social Sciences faculty members Mr. Ruchie Mark Pototanon of Miagao campus, and Prof. Dakila Kim Yee of Tacloban College, the workshop introduced new teaching strategies and approaches that can be used by teachers to present lessons which students can easily understand.

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Department of Chemistry hosts the 2017 Philippine National Chemistry Olympiad Regional Eliminations

The UPV Department of Chemistry hosted the 2017 Philippine National Chemistry Olympiad (PNCO) Regional Eliminations for Region VI and the Negros Island Region (NIR) at the GCEB Training Rooms, UPV Iloilo City campus last February 4, 2017. The competition is an annual event that is held in cooperation with the Kapisanang Kimika ng Pilipinas wherein the main objective is to promote Chemistry to high school students. The event also serves as a venue to select regional delegates who will compete in the national elimination round which will be held this coming April. The national winners will then represent the Philippines to the International Chemistry Olympiad which will be held in Thailand on July 6-15, 2017.

The Philippine Science High School Western Visayas campus took all three spots for Region VI with Ms. Joan Catolico, Ms. Regine Bastareche and Mr. Pefer John Flores taking home 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, respectively. Mr. Meschael John Calinao of Mansilingan Agro-Industrial High School took the top prize for the Negros Island Region. Mr. Dionick San Agustin of the University of Negros Occidental Recoletos took 2nd place while Ms. Kathryn Marie Sigaya of Don Bosco Technical Institute – Victorias placed 3rd.

The top winners were awarded a certificate and a copy of the book “CHEMSEARCH & CHEMPUZZLE” plus one set of the card game “CHEMTRUMP” courtesy of the author, Dr. Vivian Topor. The rest of the winners were awarded a certificate and a copy of the same book. All six winners will represent their respective regions to the national elimination round with Ms. Erika Eunice Salvador and Mr. Kevin Clyde Ong acting as head coaches for the delegates from Region VI and NIR, respectively.

Dr. Danilo Ortillo of the UPV Department of Chemistry served as the PNCO Regional Coordinator for both Region VI and the NIR for the third time this year. The event was attended by the faculty and staff of the Department of Chemistry, the delegates and their respective coaches and students from the Master of Chemistry program.

RISE project is Gawad Pangulo Awardee for Excellence in Public Service

UP Visayas Foundation, Incorporated (UPVFI) – RISE (Bangon) Gigantes Project: Rehabilitation for Island Sustainability and Empowerment was named ‘Gawad Pangulo 2016 Awardee for Excellence in Public Service’ on January 30, 2017 at UP Diliman, Quezon City. President Alfredo Pascual gave the award to Project RISE Team Leader, Prof. Jorge Ebay and Chancellor Rommel Espinosa.

With Prof. Ebay in the project are Prof. Josephine Firmase, Mr. Jun Ramirez, Aprille Danilly Atienza, Junavy Ricopuerto, and Russell Sodusta.

The RISE Gigantes project covers four geographically isolated and disadvantaged barangays of the Municipality of Carles - Asluman, Gabi, Granada, and Lantangan - in the Gigantes Group of Islands. The project partners with community-based groups and schools in implementing coordinated rehabilitation programs that aim to achieve normalcy and enhance local capacities for disaster preparedness, prevention, and mitigation. 

Beyond the four barangays, RISE Gigantes also engages with other organizations (LGUs, regional government agencies, CSOs, and the academe, among others) to actively support community-based efforts for rehabilitation through resource sharing and other relevant collaborative undertakings. It aims to be at the forefront of efforts in promoting people’s interest, highlighting local realities and contexts, and linking them with broader development issues and agendas.

The project capitalizes on robust partnerships for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. It utilizes these as platforms for pursuing small island resilience that is grounded on the principles of participation, inclusivity, empowerment, and sustainable development.

The RISE Gigantes project is implemented by UP Visayas through the UPV Foundation Incorporated and is largely supported by Christian Aid, UNICEF, Foundation for the Philippine Environment, the SURGE Project, Philippine Life Saving, and ICODE. (ARL with Sources from Rise Gigantes Webpage)

UP honors original UP Sablay weavers

They were ordinary folks eking out a living through their weaving skills using the traditional looms. They were the original weavers of the UP Sablay, the University’s official academic attire.

When the University of the Philippines decided to depart from the western-oriented toga worn by its graduates during graduation rites in the early 90s, it created a Sablay Committee to come up with an academic apparel that would reflect, among others, UP’s sense of nationalism.

From the design generated by the Sablay Committee, the weavers of Arevalo and Oton, Iloilo, submitted their own woven sample. This prompted a visit from Dr. Virginia Monje, one of the members of the Committee, to check the quality of their work and if the weavers can generate the expected numbers of Sablay needed by UP for its graduates nationwide.

The rest, as they say, was history.

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Workshop for the creation of MS Chemistry Program conducted

The Department of Chemistry faculty and staff who attended the three-day API workshop.

The CAS-Department of Chemistry conducted a workshop entitled “Planning for the Creation of the MS Chemistry Program,” at the Teaching and Learning Resource Center, UPV Miagao Campus last 25 – 27 January 2017. The activity is part of the Academic Program Improvement (API) of the department.

Attended by the faculty and staff of the department, the three-day workshop reviewed the capability of the Department of Chemistry to develop and offer a graduate program course on the Master of Science in Chemistry. It also evaluated the Department’s available resources which included, but not limited, to its faculty profile, library resources, stock room facility, laboratory standards, and instrumentation capacity.

Dr. Vivian A. Topor, Chair of the Curriculum of the department, presented the results of a survey which she conducted in 2013 which assessed the need for an MS Chemistry program in the region. She also shared the preliminary evaluation of the department’s faculty resource that would meet the requirements in creating the new program according to the policies and standards as stipulated in the CHED Memorandum Order No. 08 series of 2011.

Prof. Steve P. Janagap, Chairperson of the Department of Chemistry conducted an assessment of the capability of the Department to offer the MS Chemistry program. Mr. Leandro G. Gamarcha and Ms. Scarlet F. Dumalay, on the other hand, discussed the role of the Analytical Service Laboratory as a support unit. They likewise presented the inventory of available laboratory equipment and facilities.

On the second day of the workshop, Prof. Jay O. Martizano discussed the competency standards and curriculum requirements of the MS Chemistry program according to the CHED guidelines. This was followed by the identification of core and elective courses, as well as possible research thrusts.

The 3rd and final day of the workshop was devoted to setting of the guidelines for thesis writing and graduate seminar. A presentation of the proposed MS Chemistry program capped the three-day activity.

The 69th Year of UP Presence in Iloilo celebration opens

Following a motorcade and a mass, the Opening Program of the 69th founding anniversary celebration of the UP presence in Iloilo was held on February 22. 2016 at the UP Visayas covered, Miagao campus.

Vice-Chancellor for Administration, Prof. Nestor Yunque recalled the founding years of UP in Iloilo which started with a lower division for 3rd and 4th year high school students and an upper division for 1st year and 2nd year college students when it opened in 1947.

“We have come a long way since 1947,” says Yunque emphasizing that the University now has more students, faculty and staff in its three campuses in Miagao, Iloilo City and Tacloban with Miagao as the main campus that sits on about 600 hectares of land area.

Yunque, who is also the over-all chair of the steering committee for this year’s foundation celebration, admitted that the multi-campus structure of campus poses various administrative challenges. But he focused more on the fact that UPV has a lot of natural resources and various research facilities that compliments its academic programs and research endeavors.

“UP is noted for producing graduates with leadership skills,” says Miagao Municipal Mayor Macario Napulan who was the guest of honor during the event. He pointed out that he too was part of UP’s history, particularly in the Miagao campus wherein he was hired as the medical doctor of the infirmary now called the Health Services Unit from 1988 to 1991.

“UPV’s presence in Miagao has truly contributed to its economic development. I have seen that even simple folks like the vendors, the labandera (laundry women), and tricycle drivers’ status in life have improved because of regular income derived from the presence of UPV in Miagao. Many boarding houses have been put up as well that generated more income for the municipality,” he added.

The mayor emphasized that partnership between Miagao and UPV can truly bring great things for both institutions.

“Sometimes we are too focused on affirming honor and excellence that we forget to have a heart for service, said UPV Chancellor, Rommel Espinosa who also gave a message towards the end of the program. “We must remember that UP also means University of the people. Thus, we must pursue a “buhay na may saysay (a life of meaning and purpose),” he added.

Along with the Deans, Dr. Resurreccion Sadaba (College of Arts and Sciences), Dr. Crispino Saclauso (College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences), Prof. Emeliza Lozada (School of Technology) and Prof. Mary Ann Gumban (College of Management), the Chancellor declared the week-long celebration opened.

This year’s theme is, “One UPV, One with Asia.”

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UPVEC holds 22nd general assembly

An 86% turn-out among the 727 regular and associate members of the UP Visayas Employees Cooperative was recorded during its 22nd assembly held on February 11, 2016 at the Auditorium of the Iloilo City campus.

The featured speaker for this year’s assembly was Mr. Eric Otayde, introduced by Prof. Romana Villareal as “a staunch believer of the cooperative movement.” Otayde sat as Chair of the BOD of the Antique Provincial Employees Multi-purpose Cooperative for three terms and still sits as BOD up to the present. He is also the Vice-chair of the Antique Federation of Cooperatives and also sits as Vice-chair of the ELECOM, Philippine Cooperative Central Fund Federation (PCF).

“I firmly believe that cooperatives are instruments of social change, he said. He lamented the decline in the number of cooperative all over the country which, according to records, showed that there were 25, 652 that existed in 1993 but the numbers has decreased to 24, 125 in 2015. He commended the UPVEC for being adaptive, resilient and surviving for 22 years.

He also reviewed what he called as the ABCs of cooperatives. These are: A for aspiration, B for belief, C for commitment, D for determination, and E for education.

He ended his message from a quote from the Roman philosopher Seneca, that says, “When a person does many good things to others, he is doing it to himself,” referring to the ripple effect of having many good joint ventures in a cooperative.

During the assembly, the newly-elected set of officers of UPVEC were also introduced. For the Board of Directors, they are: Elsa Campo, Joecelyn Genesila, Erlinda Naret and Anna Razel Ramirez. For the Audit and Inventory Committee, the following have been elected as members: Marilyn Gavan, Febe Miayo, Jessie Monsale, Armida Titular and Marilou Villarin.

The following three members of the Election Committee, namely, Gene Ann Camaymayan, Maritess Ferraris and Enrique Legaspi III, were also elected.

Part of the annual gathering is the recognition and awarding of new platinum members. These are members whose share capital has reached a hundred thousand pesos or more.

Mr. Enrique Legaspi III, administrative staff of the Department of Chemistry, was chosen to respond on behalf of the awardees. He credited the UPVEC as having “saved” him from financial emergencies such as hospitalizations of loved ones. He is also thankful that he can loan money from the coop to finance vacations and travels as well as for investment in the insurance + mutual fund schemes.

One major decision that was made during the assembly was to the increase the amount intended for the construction of the UPVEC building from P 5M to 20M to be released on a staggered basis starting with the 5M. The target date for the start of its construction is 2016.

Two UPV performing groups join Miagao Tri-Centennial Celebration

UPV Rhapsody and UP Khoryu performed for the Miagaonons at the JRBB Hall in Miagao, Iloilo last February 7, 2016. This is part of Miagao’s two-week Tri-Centennial celebrations.

A live musical concert was performed by the UPV Rhapsody in the afternoon while UP Khoryu staged the dance-drama “Umalis sa Wonderland” in the evening. The gala show was graced by Miagao’s municipal mayor, Hon. Macario Napulan. “This is a great show. It has lessons. It tackles social issues. We need more of this kind of show,” Napulan said.

The Miagao Local Government, the Miagao Salakayan, Inc., and UPV presented the back-to-back shows. UPV Rhapsody and UP Khoryu are official performing organizations of the College of Management. UPV Rhapsody co-adviser GC Castro directed the shows.

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UPV hosts #PHVote: The Leader I Want Forum

The UPV Committee Halalan 2016 Committee partnered with Rappler in holding the “#PHVote:The Leader I Want Forum” on February 13, 2016 at the UPV Auditorium, Iloilo City Campus.

The event which aimed at educating and informing the youth in getting involved in choosing the country’s next leaders for 2016 gathered almost 800 students from various universities and youth organizations in Iloilo City. Russel Patina of Rappler emphasized that the activity intends to put to light leaders who are expected to draw the nation’s blueprint and lead the Filipinos to reach the global goals by 2013 and initiate innovative solutions for social changes. Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa of UP Visayas welcomed the youth delegates as well as thanked the Rappler group for initiating the active participation of the youth in the 2016 election process.

Ms. Patricia Evangelista of Rappler tackled the “#PHVote The Leader I Want,” while Commissioner Jo Jan Paul Peñol of the National Youth Commission discussed the “Significance of the Youth Vote.” Mr. Ted Aldwin Ong, Rappler Lead Iloilo Mover also talked about “Election Issues and Development,” and Mr. Rupert Ambil, MovePH Executive Director spearheaded the “#Move Iloilo Program” and “Take the #PHVote Challenge.”

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Prof. Martin Gregorio, 74

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UP Visayas is deeply saddened by the death of Prof. Martin Gregorio on February 2, 2016 from prostate cancer. A resident of Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Gregorio was a faculty member of the UP Diliman College of Arts and Letters. He served as UPV Vice-Chancellor for Administration from 1988 to 1990 and as Executive Assistant to the Chancellor from 1991 to 1992 during the term of UPV Chancellor Francisco “Dodong” Nemenzo (August 29, 1989 – August 31, 1992).

Gregorio eventually became Nemenzo’s Vice-President for Administration when the latter became the UP President (1999-2005).

In 1992, Gregorio’s family started a scholarship grant for deserving students of the UP High School in Iloilo, an endowment that continues even today.

Greogorio is survived by his wife Lucille, his three sons, Patrick, Ryan, and Alan, daughter Cecile, and 10 grandchildren.

SoTech ROARS at 30

“This year’s theme, ‘SoTech ROARs at 30,” is not a brag but rather an expression of how SoTech relates to the UPV community,” said Prof. Emeliza Lozada, Dean of the School of Technology during the opening program for its 30th foundation anniversary on February 9, 2016 at the School’s AVR, Miagao campus.

The Dean went on to explain that ROAR is an acronym. The R stands for resiliency, referring to how SoTech has been resilient in its growth pains after separating from its mother unit, the College of Arts and Sciences in 1986.

“SoTech is like the appendix unit of UPV and has to navigate through rough waters but for 30 years, it has withstood the challenges,” the she pointed out.

The Dean added that the O means openness to opportunities. “Opportunities are not at all times meant to be grabbed, rather SoTech has learned to wait for the proper time with an open mind,” she emphasized.

Lozada went on to say that the A stands for active collaboration, crediting the pillars of SoTech for their tireless efforts in collaborating with various partners that contributed to the Schools’ growth and development. “We are now enjoying the fruits of their active efforts,” she stressed.

She said that the R means “reaching for greater heights. It is obvious that with optimism and cooperation, SoTech will soar in time.”

Lastly, she pointed out that S stands for service to the people. “SoTech’s lofty ideal is to mould its graduates to live a life of meaning and purpose – that is – to serve and be useful.”

The opening program was followed by the recognition of student achievers in the morning while a lecture forum on Food Security and Protection by Dr. Alonzo Gabriel was held in the afternoon. The five-day commemoration from February 9-13, 2016 also included fun activities mostly for the students and the faculty as well that included color splash, tournament, clash of minds, film festival and padayaw which is a showcase of talents of the students.

SoTech has always had a strong alumni group and the alumni homecoming on February 12 afforded the opportunity for the School to touch base with its graduates. The SoTech Night on February 13 was a fitting conclusion to the milestone celebration.

UPV partners with Miagao LGU for RUN 300

To conduct an organized, safe, and injury free fun run not only for Miagao participants but for all that will join; and to showcase that Miagao and the UP Visayas Miagao campus are ideal venues for such an event– these were what UP Visayas and the Miagao LGU had in mind when they partnered together to organize RUN 300.

RUN 300 was held on February 7, 2016 as one of the events in line with the 300th founding anniversary of the Municipality of Miagao wherein the main campus of UP Visayas is located.

Starting off at the municipal grounds for the gun start, runners in all forms, shapes and sizes raced for the 5K and 10K categories whose race route was mainly inside the scenic UPV Miagao campus. The runners caught a glimpse of the Panay Gulf from UPV’s beachfront property, raced up the zigzagging flight of stairs that has 133 steps and ran through the undulating uphill and downhill road of the campus under the canopy of mostly acacia trees. The Igbaras and Antique mountain ranges loomed in the background.

The winners for the 5K category for male and female are as follows (male): Mark Galapin – 1st place; Alden Toronila – 2nd place; and Roger Molinos – 3rd place; (female): Thea Anne Bagaford – 1st place; Liezel Siray – 2nd place; and Jean Cabaliera – 3rd place.

For the 10K category, the winners are the following (male): Romulo Balinas – 1st place; Dexter Galos – 2nd place; and Mark Gagnao – 3rd place; (female): Jessa Mie Sustituedo – 1st place; Lorena Demontaño – 2nd place; and Trisha Yanoc – 3rd place. They received medals and cash prizes.

Among others, RUN 300 had runners coming mostly from Miagao, UPV, the 82nd IB of the Philippine Army, the Iloilo Running Buddies and from Iloilo City, Guimaras and Negros.

Miagao Mayor Macario Napulan welcomed the runners at the municipal grounds and joined the 5K event. UPV Vice-Chancellor for Administration, Prof. Nestor Yunque, thanked the runners who supported the event as well as the members of the organizing committees of the Miagao LGU and UPV.

UPV hosts 3rd leg of Environmental Governance Program

UP Visayas hosted the 3rd leg of the implementation of UP Program for Environmental Governance (UPPEG) on February 1-5 at the Training Rooms of the Graduate and Continuing Education Building, UP Visayas, Iloilo City campus.

The training was attended by 30 Community and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers who were exposed through a modular approach to learning that runs for five weeks. The UPPEG Pilot Run has 20 module sessions, which include the following topics: Scope of Environmental Governance, Environmental Problems and Issues in the Philippines, Decentralization and Integrated Approach of Resource Management, Accountability and Transparency in Natural Resources, Policy Process Analysis, Multi-stakeholder Partnerships for Environmental Governance, Sunset Review of RA 10121, Environmental Leadership Principles and Conflict Management, Paralegal Approach to Conflicts and Problems in the ENR Sector, Resource Mobilization in ENR Sector through Business Development, Networking and Leveraging, Communicating Effectively environmental policies, rules and regulations and relevant information to stakeholders: Challenge to environmental leaders, Management Information Systems and Decision Theoretic Frameworks, Spatial Assessment and Analysis and Remote Sensing, ENR Planning and Monitoring, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Strategic Human Resource Management and Development, Financial Planning and Public Financial Management and Asset Management.

As a program, UPPEG was created with the aim of continuing institutional strengthening and capacity building of the primary implementers and stakeholders in the management of the environment and natural resources in the country. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the University of the Philippine through President Alfredo E. Pascual and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources through Secretary Ramon Paje.

UPPEG is implemented through the coordination between the Center for Integrative and Development Studies and the experts from various constituent units of UP. (With sources from UPPEG)

Class ’68 donates to UPHSI

Class ’68 of the UP High School in Iloilo, headed by former Ambassador to Cambodia Noe Wong, donated 16 electric wall fans to be installed in eight classrooms of the UPHSI.

The donations were received by UP Visayas Vice-Chancellor for Administration, Prof. Nestor G. Yunque and UPHSI Principal, Dr. Lourdes C. Zamora on February 5, 2016. It was witnessed by members of Class ’68 and some UPHSI faculty members.

Class ’68 celebrated its 48th anniversary with a reunion lunch held at the Seda Hotel, Atria Complex, Iloilo City. The group is now preparing for their golden anniversary celebration in 2018.

UPV ‘Info officers’ join PAGASA-DOST Media Seminar–Workshop

Ms. Anna Razel L. Ramirez of the UP Visayas Information and Publications Office and Ms. Lenilyn B. Gallos of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Public Service Program Office participated in the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Media Seminar Workshop on January 28-29, 2016 at the Casa Real, Capitol Compound, Iloilo City. The aim of the seminar-workshop is to update media on vital weather information that will aid in disaster risk reduction.

Eight topics were tackled during the seminar-workshop, which include: 1) Basic Meteorology/ Hydromel Hazard; 2) PAGASA’S Weather Forecasting and Warning System; 3) Tropical Cyclone Tracking Exercise; 4) Climatological and Agro meteorological Services; 5) Global Warming/Climate Variability and Change; 6) Flood Forecasting and Warning System/ Flood Events and its Mitigation; 7) Astronomical and Time Services; and 8) the Role of Media in Disaster Risk Reduction.

The event was conducted in partnership with USAID Water Security for resilient Economic Growth and Stability (BE Secure) Project and El Niño Task Force of the Iloilo Province. (By: ARL)

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