UPV turns over Chancellorship; new VCs take oath

Written by Ms. Anna Razel L. Ramirez on .

UPV's 9th Chancellor Dr. Rommel A. Espinosa turned over the UPV Chancellorship to the 10th Chancellor Dr. Ricardo P. Babaran in a simple ceremony at the UPV Administration Building in Miagao, Iloilo on 8 November 2017.

The new vice chancellors also took their oath of office during the same ocassion and was attended by the members of the UPV faculty, staff and students.

The new vice chancellors are Dr. Gay D. Defiesta – Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Prof. Mary Ann T. Gumban – Vice Chancellor for Administration, Prof. Martin G. Genodepa – Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development, and Dr. Rolly G. Fuentes – Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension.

Dr. Gay D. Defiesta (VCAA) is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Division of Social Sciences, CAS. She finished her BA Economics from UP Visayas in 1995. She obtained her Masters in Management major in Business Management from UPV in 2000 and another Masters degree in International and Development Economics from the Facultes Universitaires Notre Dame de la Paix in Belgium in 2002. In 2012, she completed her PhD in Agricultural Economics with Natural Resource Economics and Environmental Science as areas of specialization from UP Los Banos.

Defiesta is involved in various researches and public service endeavors. Her research interests include economics of climate change adaptation, natural resource valuation, and fisheries economics. She was involved in the economic valuation of oil spill impacts in Semirara and Guimaras; climate change resiliency of aquaculture farms in the Philippines, impact evaluation of crop insurance, and economics of climate change adaptation of farmers, among others. For consultancy, she served as agricultural economist for FAO-Philippines’ funded project in aquaculture. He expertise in natural resource accounting was tapped for the Development Academy of the Philippines ecotown research.

Defiesta has served as Coordinator of the UPV Office of Anti-Sexual Harassment. She has Chaired various committees in the search for the following: UPV College Cebu Dean, Division of Biological Science Chair, Division of Physical Sciences and Mathematics Chair, Division of Professional Education Chair, Center for West Visayan Studies Director, University Librarian, and the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Dean.

Prof. Mary Ann T. Gumban (VCA) is Assistant Professor of Accounting at the College of Management, UP Visayas. She earned her BS Business Administration major in Accounting and Master of Management (Business Management) from the University of the Philippines Visayas.

Gumban has been Dean of the College of Management, University of the Philippines Visayas from 2012 - 2017. She has taken an International Deans’ Course organized by the German Academic Exchange Service, the German Rectors' Conference, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Centre for Higher Education Management and the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück in February 2015.

She did a coursework on Internal Quality Assurance for Universities in Southeast Asia in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia in February 2017. She has also undergone a training on Educational Partnership for Innovation in Communities Network at the Gustav Stresseman Institute in Bonn, Germany in May 2017.

Gumban is a national awardee as the country’s “Most Outstanding Finance Educator” for 2012-2013 by FINEX Foundation Inc. and Deloitte Philippines after having been chosen as the Most Outstanding Finance Educator for Visayas. In 2013, she was awarded by Iloilo City as one of the “Ten Most Outstanding Women of Iloilo City” (TOWIL) in recognition of her outstanding public service and exemplary performance in the field of education. She also received the 2013 annual award “Pinoy Icon” Apolinario Mabini for Education by the JCI Regatta.

Gumban is a member and Board of Trustees, Iloilo City Community College and is doing various consultancy work of various government institutions and private entities in the areas of finance and investments.

Prof. Martin Genodepa (OVCPD) is an Assistant Professor of Humanities at the Division of Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences. He holds a Master of Development Communication degree from the UP Open University. He has completed his graduate course work in Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines Diliman. As an artist, he has had 15 solo exhibitions of sculpture and installations earning good reviews from some the Philippines’ top art critics. He was recipient of a full grant from the Freeman Foundation Fellowship for Asian Artist at the Vermont Studio Center, USA in 1999 and the Ford Foundation International Fellowship in 2009. The UPV Jose and Asuncion Joya Professorial Chair for the Arts was awarded to him in 2013, 2014 and 2017.

He was recognized as Outstanding UP Alumnus in the Visual Arts during the 2008 UP Centennial celebrations in UPV. He is currently the editor of a book on Panay-Guimaras Traditional Knowledge Systems, a joint project of UP Visayas and five other state schools in Western Visayas Region. He served concurrently as Curator of the UPV Art Gallery and Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Culture and the Arts from 2015 until his recent appointment.

Genodepa chaired the Division of Humanities of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2013 to 2015. He worked for the establishment of the Film Museum when he was appointed as Faculty-in-Charge of the UPV Cinematheque in November 2012 through May 2013. He lead the Committee that got a grant from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines for the current rehabilitation of the Main Building (formerly the Iloilo City Capitol Building) and its eventual conversion into a culture and heritage center.

Dr. Rolly G. Fuentes (VCRE) is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at UPV Tacloban College. He handled chemistry and undergraduate research subjects. He has served as the Coordinator of UPVTC Office of Continuing Education and Pahinungod from 2015-2016.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Chemistry, magna cum laude from the Visayas State University as a DOST-SEI scholar. He obtained his Master of Science in Chemistry from UP Los Baños under the DOST-PCASTRD and IRRI-MS Thesis Scholarships. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Chiba University, Chiba, Japan as a Japan Government (Monbukagusho) scholar. He conducted his post-doctoral studies at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia, USA as a USAID-STRIDE scholar from 2016-2017.

His research interest is on natural products chemistry. Dr. Fuentes received the 3rd Prize for the 2016 National Academy of Science and Technology Talent Search for Young Scientist.