“We accept and fully commit to this project, and we thank the Psych 195 students of UP Tacloban for choosing our barangay as one of its partners.” These were the words of Marvin Selga, the Barangay Captain of Barangay 2, Tacloban City, where UPV Tacloban College (UPVTC) is located. This was also his response to the project proposal of one of the groups of students of Psychology 195 during the launching of “Building Community Resilience: A Service Learning Project,” held on 15 September 2017 at the College Conference Hall of UPVTC.
“Building Community Resilience” is a pilot service learning project of the Division of Social Sciences’ (DSS) Psychology 195 (Special Topics in Psychology: Disaster and Mental Health) class under DSS Chair Prof. Pierce S. Docena this first semester, academic year 2017-2018. Prof. Docena explained that Disaster and Mental Health was the first course of its kind being offered in UPVTC. It was designed as a service learning course where students will implement mental health and psychosocial support activities in their adopted barangays in Tacloban City, with the aim of building community resilience.
The University Philippines set into motion the search process for the next UP Visayas Chancellor when UP President Danilo Concepcion issued AO No. PDLC –17- 35 on August 3, 2017.
A search committee was formed to manage the search process. The 2017 Search Committee for the Chancellor of UPV is chaired by Dr. Kevin Henry Villanueva with the following members representing the various sectors of UPV: Dr. Joy Lizada (senior faculty), Prof. Mary Ann Gumban (junior faculty), Febe Carmen (REPS), Brian Sapinosa (administrative staff), Therese Arianne Samson (student), and Vice-President Joselito Florendo as the UP President’s representative.
Two nominees are vying for the position. They are: Dr. Ricardo P. Babaran and Dr. Philip Ian P. Padilla.
“The conduct of this activity is really timely and effective in piquing our awareness for a healthy lifestyle. I believe the launch has made an impact among ourselves.”
“During our flag ceremony on September 11, 2017 my colleagueKaren Reyes shared what transpired during the two-day seminar-workshop. Many have shown interest and enthusiasm in joining the Zumba. We are already spreading the word. We have been waiting for this. This is it!”
This is what Maria Vivian J. Montes, Administrative Officer at the Dean’s Office of UPV Tacloban College (UPVTC), said ofthe launching of the UPV Healthy Lifestyle and Wellness Program at the campus held on September 7-8, 2017.
Serving as Chancellor of an institution such as the University of the Philippines Visayas for the past six years had been both a privilege and a joy for me. Leading it had also been a challenge as well as a test of courage and determination.
It was a joy to work with a great team of faculty and researchers who are experts in their respective fields as well as with the hardworking and skilled administrative personnel who facilitate the day-to-day operation of the university.
Yes, the challenges were great, but were not insurmountable given the valuable contributions of the members of the UPV management team composed of the vice-chancellors, deans, and heads of various academic and administrative units of the university.