PAEP inaugurates UPV Iloilo City campus structures

UP President Alfredo E. Pascual visited the UP Visayas Iloilo City campus on August 22, 2016 to inaugurate newly constructed and renovated infrastructure projects. With him were Vice-President for Academic Affairs Gisela Concepcion and Vice-President for Planning and Finance Jose Florendo.

The UP System officials were received and assisted by UPV Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa, Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Emilia S. Yap, Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension Ricardo Babaran, Vice-Chancellor for Administration Nestor Yunque, Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Development Ruben Gamala, College of Management Dean Mary Ann Gumban, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Resurreccion Sadaba, UP High School Iloilo (UPHSI) Principal Lourdes Zamora, Office of the Continuing Education and Pahinungod Director Ma. Joji B. Tan, Sentro ng Wika Overall Coordinator Julie Ramirez, and other UPV officials.

Science, biology, and chemistry and physics classes of the junior high school students and the new entrants of the K-12 senior high school students will be accommodated in the newly renovated UPHSI laboratory classrooms. A total of P5M was allocated for the renovation of these four classrooms including its amenities.

The P3M “Balay Wika” of the Sentro ng Wikang Filipino will spearhead programs of the university in connection with the propagation of the Filipino language. It will also serve as a center for study, research, extension work and consultation of teachers of Filipino in Western Visayas and nearby regions.

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DENR VI and UPV ink MOA for book on traditional knowledge systems

The University of the Philippines Visayas signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) VI for the publication of a book on the traditional knowledge systems of Panay and Guimaras on August 19, 2016 at the UP High School in Iloilo Conference Room, UPV, Iloilo City campus. Regional Director Jim O. Sampulna and Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa signed the MOA for DENR IV and UPV, respectively. Atty. Elizur Militar, DENR VI Legal Counsel and Dr. Ricardo B. Babaran, UPV Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension witnessed the signing of the MOA.

Dubbed as “From Reef to Cliff: Panay-Guimaras Traditional Knowledge Systems for Cultural Resiliency and Sustainable Development,” the book aims at revitalizing the core of Panay-Guimaras culture. The choice of these concerns as overreaching themes is anchored on the idea of environmental protection and conservation advocated by the DENR where the ecosystem is treated holistically as a prized heritage by itself.

The project acknowledges that Traditional Knowledge Systems are vital in maintaining equilibrium in the physical, socioeconomic and cultural ecosystem since these provide frameworks in the operation of human interaction and adaptation to environment especially on the satisfaction of basic needs and utilization of resources for survival and sustainability; and that modernity and globalization have drastically altered their normal functioning.

Forest and Biodiversity (Forestry), Water Bodies and the Coastal Environment (Fisheries), Arable and Habitable Terrains (Agriculture), Sustainable Arts and Crafts (Arts and Crafts), and Environmental Rituals and Traditions (Literature and Rituals) will be the project’s five major themes.

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AAPM celebrates 25 years of fulfilling UPV education

The Affirmative Action Program for Mindanao or AAPM was a UP System program that aimed to extend the benefits of UP education to students from Mindanao who do not have access to it. The mandate for implementing it was given to UPV specifically to the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) during Academic Year 1991-1992 and was later transferred to the Office of Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs beginning Academic Year 1994-1995.

The AAPM Committee oversaw the six-year implementation and evaluation of the program and worked to assist in the academic and personal development of the grantees. In various years of its implementation, the members of the committee who worked to achieve the goals of the program were: Ms. Carmencita Simpas-Handinero, Prof. Diana Edna G. Corda, Ms. Azucena P. Pestaño, Prof. Celia F. Parcon, Prof. Marilyn Z. Alcarde, Prof. Emmeline L. Cabalum, Ms. Miriam Bethel Estenor, Prof. Gianina P. Cainglet, Ms. Mylene M. Mondejar and Prof. May D. Pison as the last Chairperson. The University Research Associates of the program were Romeo dela Cruz Jr. (1991-1993), Sonja Yasmin C. Gacutan-Jusayan (1994), Fe P. Villanueva-Tafalla (1995), Alice Prieto-Carolino (1992-1996) and Cherry Pilapil-Anasco (1996-1998; AAPM 1st batch grantee).

There were 6 batches with a total of 335 grantees from all over Mindanao that benefited from the program. Unique in its implementation were the financial, psycho-social and learning assistance that were provided to the grantees during their stay in the Miagao and Iloilo city campuses. Roughly 65% of them eventually graduated from UPV.

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UPV teams dominate Unilab Ideas Positive Run 6, wins grand prize

Unilab Ideas Positive is an annual nationwide youth competition of the Unilab Foundation that selects and funds innovative community health projects towards promoting a healthier Philippines. The Unilab Ideas Positive Run 6 was dominated by teams from UP Visayas. A total of 148 youth teams submitted proposals and 4 out of 6 teams made it to the top 15 and 3 of the 4 made it to the top 5. Team PH Cares of UP Visayas was declared the Grand Champion of the competition on August 12, 2016 at the Bayanihan Center, Mandaluyong City. Team Sinag (a team composed of UP College of Medicine and UPV students) was 3rd place and Team Grin Movement was in 5th place. These teams were mentored by Dr. Philip Ian Padilla, faculty member of the Division of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, UPV and the current UP Faculty Regent. Dr. Calvin de los Reyes and Dr. Marilyn Sumayo of UPCM, and Mr. Rommel Gestuveo of the Division of Biological Sciences, CAS, UPV served as the co-advisers.

Team PH Cares that won first place is composed of BS Public Health students namely, Romena Castor, Bea Marisse Daayata, Carl Laurence Deala, Krisleen Marie Mayormita, and Maulene Mae Namuag .Their community health project entitled, “Oplan 4Ks: Kaakibat Kontra Kuto sa Kabataan” was able to eradicate pediculosis or lice infestation in more than 500 elementary school children in Miagao West Central Elementary School. Their innovative health solution to this neglected public health problem included the creation of a comic book that tells the story of lice infestation and why children with this condition should not be bullied. They conducted storytelling events and hygiene lectures during the 6-month duration of their project.

The team partnered with Deborah Altschuler and the National Pediculosis Association, Inc. based in Massachusetts, USA in distributing Lice Meister combs in their “Kontra Kuto Kits” to families of the school children. Other than conducting health campaigns to the school and the neighboring communities, the team also conducted free hair cut sessions and “hairobics”, a new way of exercising that highlights the importance of hair hygiene.

As part of the community immersion of the BS Public Health program of the University, Team PH Cares was joined by other BS Public Health students namely, Jessa dela Cruz, Angela Joy Fernandez, Stephen Miayo, and Raymee Tabobo. With the added manpower, the team was able to reach more affected children in their chosen community.

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New Dorm in Miagao opens for residents

The newly constructed dormitory in the main campus of UP Visayas in Miagao had a soft opening on August 15, 2016 marked by a mass and blessing of the building. Office of Students Affairs (OSA) Director, Prof. Ruben Gamala welcomed the small crowd that gathered at the event comprising mostly of the OSA staff, dormitory heads and staff, and personnel of the Campus Development and Maintenance Office.

Gamala said that he has done a survey for the name of the new dorm so that it will have its own distinction just like Balay Lampirong, Gumamela, Kanlaon, Madia-as, and Apitong in Miagao and Balay Ilonggo in the Iloilo City campus.

The new dorm has two floors, each floor has 8 shower stalls, 2 urinals and 6 toilets. It has a total of 20 rooms and can accommodate 120 students.

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