February 1, 2013 in News
The University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Greater Chicago (UPAAGC) is funding a study entitled “Evaluation of Marine Protected Areas in San Joaquin, Iloilo” which will be implemented by the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences through the Institute of Fisheries Policy and Development Studies. The objectives of the said study are to evaluate the status of the three (3) marine protected areas in San Joaquin and to assess the level of participation of the stakeholders.
A simple ceremony for the signing of the Deed of Donation between Dr. Almira Gilles, President of UPAAGC, and Dr. Rommel Espinosa, Chancellor of UP Visayas, was held on December 17, 2012 in the Chancellor’s Office, UP Visayas, Iloilo City. It was followed by the turn-over of the cheque to fund the study and a laptop which was personally donated by Dr. Gilles for the use of the Research Team. The event was witnessed by representatives from the local government unit of San Joaquin, Ms. Lorna Siva and Mr. Excalibur Seterra, and the members of the Research Team, Dr. Carlos Baylon and Ms. Liberty Espectato. Another member of the team, Ms. Ruby Napata, was not able to make it to the said event. Afterwards, the group went to visit the Brgys. Lawigan-Igcadlum Marine Sanctuary in the municipality of San Joaquin.
UPAAGC did a series of fund-raising activities for the benefit of the said research project. This is a pioneering initiative where an alumni organization provides funding for the research activity of the University.
Liberty N. Espectato
January 24, 2013 in Obituaries