URA Bagsit qualifies for a Fulbright grant

“I will be pursuing my PhD in Coastal Resources Management at the East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. My background is marine fisheries and my work as a researcher at the Institute of Fisheries Policy and Development Studies (IFPDS) , College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UP Visayas, brought me closer to real issues on the ground. I’d like to focus my research work on helping the small-scale fisheries in our country as this hosts a gamut of issues, and remains a marginalized sector.”

With this in mind, Farisal U. Bagsit, University Research Associate I IFPDS left for the United States in August this year to pursue a PhD program under the Fulbright Scholarship Program (FSP).

Bagsit said she first applied for a slot under the FSP 2014 and was shortlisted for an interview but did not make the final list of scholars for the 2015 intake. She applied again the following year and her perseverance paid off and was selected as one of the principal candidates for the Fulbright Classic Program. This was something to be happy because only 9 slots out of the 191 applications were received for the 2016-2017 intake. Bagsit also patiently went through the entire application, selection and placement process that took almost a year. Finally, after completing all the requirements, she is now enrolled at the East Carolina University.

In addition, Bagsit pointed out that she applied for a Fulbright scholarship because of its reputation wherein only the best are selected. She recalled an occasion wherein UP Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gisela P. Concepcion, was a speaker. Concepcion said that, “If you want a rigid training, you go to the USA.” Bagsit said that Concepcion’s message was very clear and resonated to all who were listening including her.

“It was what made me decide to apply for a Fulbright scholarship. I knew it’s going be hard, but excellence entail hard work. It’s a continuing process,” she said of the work ahead of her.

Review of Tilapia, Mud Crab R&D Programs held

The University of the Philippine Visayas conducted the annual review and industry consultation on the research and development of shrimp and tilapia, aquafeed and mussel on September 14-16 at the Training Rooms of the Graduate and Continuing Education Building of UP Visayas, Iloilo City campus.

Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa welcomed the participants and Dr. Dalisay DG. Fernandez, Director of Inland Aquatic Resources Research Division Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (IARRD-PCAARRD), Department of Science and Technology.

The Tilapia and R&D programs that focused on “Increasing Productivity of Tilapia Farms Using Product and Technology Innovation” include: 1) On-farm trials of phytoandrogen for sex inversion of tilapia - Dr. Ravelina Velasco, CLSU; and 2) Pilot scale application of aquashade to reduce water temperature in hatchery systems for tilapia - Dr. Emmanuel M. Vera Cruz, CLSU.

For the “Refinement of Mud Crab Hatchery Technology,” Dr. Emilia T. Quinitio, SEAFDEC/AQD presented the Sustainable production of mud crab through selective breeding.

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Maquiran, other Metrobank awardees presented in Malacañan

Prof. Dominic J. Maquiran, 2013 Metrobank Outstanding Teacher awardee along with other Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos, was presented to President Rodigo R. Duterte on September 13, 2016 at the Malacañan Palace in Metro Manila.

Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino is a collective term for the winners of the Metrobank’s Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT), Country’s Outstanding Police in Service (COPS), and The Outstanding Soldiers of the Philippines (TOPS).

Winners of these awards for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 were acknowledged during the ceremony.

Maquiran is a faculty member of the UP High School Iloilo, College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas.

Graduate orientation dares students to contribute to national development


“…be steadfast, remain focused, persevere, be determined and work hard for the kind of education that will make you proud. Graduating with a Tatak UPV education… will demand a lifetime of service to our people and nation. This is what the oblation symbolizes, to dedicate ourselves totally and unselfishly to a higher cause greater than ourselves and to make a difference in the lives of our countrymen.”

With this message, UPV Chancellor Rommel Espinosa hoped to inspire the incoming graduate students as well as the returning ones during the Graduate Orientation Program on September 10, 2016, UPV auditorium, Iloilo City.

Sharing about the UPV graduate student experience, Ms. Abegail Bayona, (Master in Education – English as a Second Language II) said that doing graduate studies in UPV is far from being a piece of cake, sleep would be a luxury for them as they work and study at the same time and learning is tough because one is exposed to a whole new world.

“Studying in UP made me realize that there is so much to do for the Philippines,” she pointed out, imbibing the sense of nationalism and service to the country that the University instils in its students.

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UPVTC gets 95.83% passing rate, produces two Top 3 passers in psychometrician board exam


(L-R): Camposano, Cyrene and Pestilos, Cristy

With a 95.83% passing rate and two examinees who both ranked third, UP Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC) performed strongly in the August 2016 Psychometrician Licensure Examination administered by the Board of Psychology of the Professional Regulation Commission in various parts of the country.

The two UPVTC alumnae who landed in the Top 3 spot are Cyrene Camposano and Cristy Pestilos. The other successful examinees are Glenda Elaine Alas, Angelika Ambal, Angie Asumbrado, Patrick Vense Bajamunde, Deanna Jill Balagasay, Christine Joy Bato, Faye Jessa Egargo, Regine May Gayon, Richie Labaclado, Elaine Medalla, Jane Louwella Nicart, Loricar Orais, Rosemarie Orbeta, Rogene Ramos, Leonel Relis, Regine Saberon, Jaycel Sison, Dhorie Jane Sulla, Louille Ann Tan, Kimberly Mae Tañola, and Sybil Yanong. The examinees were tested on four subjects namely, Theories of Personality, Abnormal Psychology, Industrial Psychology, and Psychological Assessment.

The 23 board passers made history as UPVTC’s first ever batch of psychometricians. UPVTC’s psychology curriculum was revised from Bachelor of Arts Social Sciences program to a full Bachelor of Arts program in 2012. (By: Pierce S. Docena, UPVTC)

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