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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