The Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (Commision on Filipino Language) awarded Dr. John Barrios as Kampeon ng Wika (Champion of Language) during the KWF Awards Night held on August 19, 2017 at SEAMEO Innotech, Quezon City.
Dr. Barrios was cited because of his contribution in propagating Western Visayan languages, literature and culture through his writings and literary criticisms of literary forms. This range from the indigenous epics to popular culture while at the same time highlighting the Hiligaynon language.
Aside from being an author, he is also an editor, translator, administrator and a patient teacher with intelligent and critical views. Significantly, he did his job as Komisyoner of KWF more than what is expected from a public servant. He served KWF beginning 2011 up to the present.
The Kampeon ng Wika is given to chosen individuals who disseminate knowledge about Filipino language and their local language in their respective fields. The KWF has given the same award to members of the media and literary organizations in the last two year. Currently, the KWF expands its search of deserving individuals and organizations in the field of culture, politics, music and the academe. UPV professors who have been given this award were Dr. Leoncio P. Deriada and Dr. Alicia P. Magos, both awarded in 2014.Dr. Barrios is currently Chair of the Division of Professional Education of the College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas. He also teaches Filipino in the Graduate Programs of UP Visayas and the UP High School in Iloilo.
Happening in Iloilo City on August 30-31, 2017 at Hotel Del Rio, the International Conference on Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (ICFAS 2017) organized by UP Visayas, will focus on food security and food safety.
Because issues relating to food affect the world and all of us, ICFAS 2017 seeks to share solutions to complicated food issues in aquatic and agricultural systems by providing an avenue to discuss recent developments and practical solutions.
In celebration of the 80th Charter Day Anniversary and Foundation of Iloilo City, The City Mayor Hon. Jed Patrick E. Mabilog awarded Prof. Mary Ann T. Gumban, Dean, College of Management with a citation on August 24, 2017. The award was given because of her active community involvement and service, which brought growth, development and progress to the Iloilo City. It was also given in grateful appreciation of her unselfish sharing of her expertise and generous effort in building up the success of Iloilo City.
Prof. Gumban has been actively involved in providing training and capability building for the employees of Iloilo City Hall. She initiated the conduct of a Visioning exercise leading to Strategic Planning and conducting a departmental Organizational Structure Review for Iloilo City Hall in view of the revision of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) of the City. She is also a member of the Oversight Committee organized for the purpose of making sure that the city’s Business Permit and Licensing System is put in place. Currently, she works closely with USAID-SURGE project in building up an Urban Development Resource Center for Iloilo City. (With sources from the College of Management)
The College of Management (CM) has a new home with better facilities conducive to learning for its undergraduate and graduate enrollees. The new building was inaugurated on August 14, 2017 at the UPV Iloilo City campus.
CM Dean, Prof. Mary Ann T. Gumban and the faculty and staff welcomed top University officials during the event. Former UP President Alfredo Pascual, Current President Danilo Concepcion, CHED Commissioner for Western Visayas, Dr. J. Prospero De Vera unveiled the marker for the new building. They were joined by Chancellor Rommel Espinosa and the Vice Presidents of the UP System - Prof. Nestor Yunque for Administration, Prof. Elvira Zamora for Development, and Prof. Jose Florendo for Finance. UPV Vice Chancellors Prof. Emilia S. Yap, Dr. Ricardo Babaran, Dr. Evelyn Belleza and Prof. Raul Olaguer were also present during the ceremony along with other officials of the University.