UP Visayas inks MOA with PPP for LGU capacity building interventions

UP Visayas Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Undersecretary Andre C. Palacios, Executive Director of the Private Public Partnership (PPP) Center on May 20, 2016 at the AV Hall, GCEB, UP Visayas , Iloilo City campus.

The PPP Center of the Philippines has the primary mandate to facilitate the implementation of the country’s PPP programs and projects; and provide technical assistance to national government agencies (NGAs), government owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs), state colleges and universities (SUCs), local government units (LGUs) and private sector to sustain national economic growth.

In the agreement, the PPP will partner with UP Visayas as its Local Capability Building Institution (LCBI) in the provision of capacity building interventions to LGUs in various locations. The PPP Center, on the other hand, will provide the initial trainer’s training to UPV and will assist in updating its expertise on PPP to help position it as an adjunct learning center on PPP.

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Civil Service Commission and Pag-ibig benefits discussed in UPV

The All UP Workers Union in cooperation with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration and the Human Resource Development Office of U.P. Visayas organized two forums for government employees including those working in UP on May 13, 2016 at the Training Rooms of the Graduate and Education Building of UP Visayas, Iloilo City campus.

Director Rodolfo B. Encajonado of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Regional Office 6 discussed the benefits the civil servants are entitled to as mandated by the government. He also talked about the different leave privileges allowed by CSC that include the following: vacation leave, sick leave, maternity leave, paternity leave, adoption leave, rehabilitation leave for job-related injuries, solo-parent leave, special leave privileges, anti-violence against women and children, special calamity leave, and special leave benefit for women. This is in addition to the current leave privileges enjoyed by UP employees because of the Collective Negotiation Agreement between UP and the AUPWU.

Atty. Stanley F. Alayon, Attorney IV of the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) in Iloilo presented the different programs that Pag-ibig offers to its members and these are: housing loans, multi-purpose loans, calamity loans, and provident savings. According to Alayaon, Pag-ibig fund also offers housing loan restructuring programs.

Moreover, he said that the Pag-ibig loyalty card that was recently introduced will allow participating members to avail of discounts from Pag-ibig partner institutions and establishments, including school tuitions and medicine costs. To know more about its programs, Alayon encouraged the audience to visit the HDMF official site at http://www.pagibigfund.gov.ph.

UPV, APhiO service project benefits 156 boys, among others

A total of 156 circumcision operations on boys, ages 6-13 years-old, 10 dental procedures, medical consultations and provisions of medicines to 12 patients were accomplished by UP Visayas through the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) Alumni Council of North America (ACNA), UPV-Health Services Unit and the Alpha Phi Omega Kappa Gamma (UPV chapter).

The blistering heat on the Saturday of May 14, 2016 did not deter the volunteer doctors and nurses of APhio and UPV from delivering these services. They were joined by three medical volunteers from the 82nd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army in Camp Monteclaro, Brgy. Igtuba, Miagao, Iloilo. ACNA President Alexander Garcia, responsible for overseeing and facilitating the funds for the project, as well as Prof. Pepito “Sonny” Fernandez, Jr. who was the project proponent and coordinator, were present during the event.

On December 18, 2015, UPV, APO-ACNA, through the Alpha Phi Omega Kappa Gamma (UPV chapter), partnered together to adopt Barangay Malagyan in Miagao Iloilo. The service project chose Malagyan, the biggest relocation site of residents affected by the establishment of UPV in Miagao, as the recipient of a year-long Feeding and Nutrition Program for children, Well-Baby Clinic, Medical Clinic and Dental Services both for adults and children.

On January 16, 2016, the first feeding program for 50 children was conducted as well as the medical and dental services at the Barangay Malagyan Health Center. The feeding program also included the giving out of multivitamins to the children and is done every Saturday at the Health Center. Meanwhile the dental and medical services are held every month. The service project will run for a year. The circumcision procedure was an additional service given to Brgy. Malagyan in response to its request.

Justice Carpio on the West Philippine Sea Dispute in UPV Forum

Photos courtesy of Ramon Ramirez

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio gave a lecture on the West Philippine Sea Dispute on April 22, 2016 at the UP Visayas Auditorium, Iloilo City.

Attended by members of the UP Alumni community, lawyers and students of UPV and other universities, Carpio gave a brief on the law of the sea that and the disputed reefs in the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea.

According to Carpio, the country’s sovereign territory covers 12 nautical miles from our territorial sea baseline and 200 nautical miles from our sovereign territory is the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

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UPV Library conducts ASFA training

The UPV Library in Miagao began a five day training for librarians of selected SUCs on the use of ASFIS or the Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Information System that started on May 2, 2016.

ASFIS is an international cooperative information system for the collection and dissemination of information covering the science, technology and management of marine and freshwater environment.

The principal information product of ASFIS is ASFA (Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstract), an abstracting and indexing service covering the world’s literature on the science, technology, management, management, and conservation of marine, brackish water, and freshwater resources and environments, including their socio-economic and legal aspects.

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