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.
ASFA has a partnership with about 50 countries including the Philippines as well as with four United Nations agencies (FAO, IOC, UNDOALOS, UNEP) and 11 more international partners.
UP Visayas, through its College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), is a partner. Its current Librarian Chief, Ms Analiza Linaugo has had several trainings on how to use the ASFIS. Linaugo initiated and proposed the training which was funded by FAO.
The participants of the training are composed of eight librarians from the following SUCs: Aklan State University, Bicol University (Tabaco Campus), Bohol Island State University (Candijay Campus), Iloilo State College of Fisheries, Mindanao State University Naawan), Pangasinan State University (Binmaley Campus), Samar State University (Mercedes Campus) and Western Philippine University (Palawan).
At the end of training course, it is expected that the participants would have understood the rules, authority lists, formats, codes and procedures (i.e. the ASFA methodology) used in the preparation of bibliographic descriptions, abstracts, and indexing of records to be submitted as input to the ASFA Bibliographic Database. In addition they would have also known how to prepare the ASFA data input using the www-ISIS-ASFA software.
Chancellor Rommel Espinosa and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Encarnacion Emilia Yap, welcomed the participants during the brief opening program on May 2 at the Umali Hall Conference Room, CFOS, UP Visayas, Miagao campus. They expressed hope that a sharing of library materials among the SUCs to improve fisheries knowledge research will be strengthened. (With sources from the UPV Library)
Like most bike trails, the path is never paved, smooth or even. Rough roads, uphill climbs and steep, downhill paths that pull your descent and increase your chance of tumbling, are all part of the game. Throw in obstacles like huge, gnarled roots of trees, a brook or a river here and there and the adventure is complete.
This could have described the UP Oblation Bike Trail that the UP Alumni Association – Iloilo (UPAAI) organized on May 1, 2016 at the sprawling UP Visayas Miagao campus but there is more.
Half-way through the trail, each of the competing biker had to get down and plant a tree at the Alumni Park that is being developed on top of the many hills found inside the scenic Miagao campus. This was what made the event unique from other bike trail competitions - riding, competing, enjoying and investing in the future of our environment.
The UP Fisheries Guild in collaboration with UPV University Student Council and College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), conducted a Presidential and Vice Presidential Mock Elections at the Miagao campus of UPV. It was launched on April 6, 2016 with a Voters’ Education lecture at the CFOS audiovisual hall and ended on April 22, 2016.
The mock election was conducted to know the pulse of UPV community including the faculty, staff, and the students of the three degree granting units in the Miagao campus in relation to the upcoming national election on May 9, 2016.
The ballots and ballot boxes were placed at the Pidlaoan Hall lobby and the students passing by were encouraged to cast their votes. In addition votes were also cast from the staff of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) as well as from the residents of the UPV’s dormitories in the Miagao campus.
There were 450 respondents who participated in the mock election that included mostly students, faculty, and staff from CFOS, CAS and the School of Technology. Even some of the tricycle drivers that ply inside the campus also cast their votes.
All the year levels were also represented as well as the male and female voters although the number of respondents from each year level and the male and female voters were not proportionate to the total student population in the Miagao campus.
Santiago was the winner at 62.22%, followed by Duterte at 24.44%, Poe at 4.88%, Roxas at 4.00% and Binay at 2.44%. Two percent abstained from voting. In the Vice Presidential candidates, Robredo was the preferred choice at 43.78% followed by Marcos at 17.11%, Escudero at 13.33%, Cayetano at 11.77%, Trillanes at 2.44% and Honasan at 1.33%. Those who abstained were 2.89 %.
The Presidential and Vice Presidential bets of the campus were ranked based on a vote percentage from the total number of votes cast by the respondents. (With sources from the UP Fisheries Guild)
The UP High School Class of 1975 formally turned over their donation to UP High School in Iloilo, College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas on April 26, 2016. The donated items include 21 computer units, 1 printer, 2 ceiling fans, 1 wall fan, and 1 air conditioning unit for the new high school building.
Prof. Amy D. Tanoy, Director of the UP Visayas Office of Alumni Relations, who also belongs to the donating class, hosted the program. Dr. Lourdes C. Zamora, UPHSI Principal welcomed the guests and gave updates about UPHSI. Dr. Crisostomo Akol and Dr. Elmer Alger both gave messages in behalf of their class. Akol and Alger recalled some of their fond memories and talked about how their teachers and experiences influenced them.
Representatives of Class’75 and UPHSI later signed the Deed of Donation.
UPV personnel, HS faculty, and alumni of HS Class ’75 were present during the ceremonies.
The ceremony was organized by UPHSI and UPV Office of Alumni Relations.
Late in the afternoon of April 14, 2016, an eight-foot long snake was released back into its natural habitat by the staff of the UP Visayas Museum of Natural Sciences (MNS) together with Ms. Lyncen Fernandez of the UPV Information and Publications Office. The reptile was identified as a reticulated python or Phyton reticulatus. It was found in the morning, entangled in the fishing nets at the back of Pidlaoan Hall, Audio Visual Bldg., College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UPV Miagao campus. Mr. Vicente Noquial, the security guard on duty immediately reported the presence of the snake to MNS. Mr. Leonardo Mooc, museum staff assisted in the rescue of the entangled snake and it was brought to the museum for documentation and examination. The snake, which measures approximately 8 feet long and weighs 6 kilograms, was found to sustain minor bruises due to the entanglement.
The reticulated python has a wide range of species in Southeast Asia, with most snakes kept as pets originating from Indonesia and Malaysia. Different populations are highly variable and have been divided into separate subspecies. On the average, reticulated pythons live 15 to 20 years, with some individual snakes reaching 25 or even 30 years of age. (By: Soledad S. Garibay)