President Alfredo Pascual, the 20th President of the University of the Philippine turned over the presidency to the 21st President, Atty. Danilo Concepcion on February 10, 2017 at the Quezon Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.
President Pascual’s Term was marked by strategic initiatives that launched UP on the path of a great university in the 21st century. He implemented bold reforms and programs to transform UP into a research intensive university, internationalize it as a global university, and strengthen it as a public service university. He formalized quality assurance of degree programs, incentivized faculty performance and development and ensured access of qualified students with financial difficulty.
President Concepcion was Dean of the UP College of Law before he was elected by the UP Board of Regents on November 15, 2016. President Concepcion, or Danicon as he is fondly called, is widely respected as one of the Philippines’ leading authorities in corporate law, specifically corporate governance, rehabilitation, and insolvency.
In his vision statement President said that the “task of the next president is to ensure that UP remains to its ideals. The essence of UP, he explained, is not merely to transmit knowledge, but to serve the nation; and this sense of mission should pervade all fronts of the univerisity’s functions from educating its students, to caring for its personnel, to defining its role in nation building... Honor and excellence with compassion should be the next UP President’s clarion call to encourage the UP community in serving the Filipino people.”
It was the Municipal Board of Iloilo that made representations to the University of the Philippines to open a UP brand of education in the province. On December 18, 1945 the Board authorized a resolution for the opening of a branch of UP in Iloilo, donating what was then the Iloilo City Hall to be its site. In 1947 the University of the Philippines Iloilo College (UPIC) opened its doors in Iloilo City.
UPIC started with a Lower Division for 3rdand 4thyear high school students and an Upper Division for 1st year and second year college levels. Back then, those who finished the two years of study were given an Associate in Arts certificate and had to go to UP Diliman, other UP units or other higher education institutions to earn or finish a baccalaureate degree.
Seven years after, UPIC earned the status of being a full-fledged college and was renamed UP College Iloilo (UPCI) in 1954; offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as a four-year high school education through the UP High School in Iloilo.
Fast forward to 2017, UPCI now renamed UP Visayas, boasts of not one but three campuses located in Iloilo City, Miagao, Iloilo and Tacloban City. Its five degree-granting units continue to offer the UP brand of education marked by a high standard of academic excellence from its undergraduate to graduate programs in fisheries education, the arts and sciences, environment and technology, and management.
Jeffrey C. Voloso, a fifth year BS Accountancy student from the Division of Management, UP Visayas Tacloban College, was among the 12 college students and 10 young professionals from the Philippines who took part in the recently-concluded Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) program. The program, with the theme "Economics – Small and Medium Enterprises," was held on January 29 to February 7, 2017 at various locations in Japan, including Tokyo and Osaka.
The delegates from the Philippines, along with the other delegates from the ASEAN region, were welcomed by the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo upon their arrival. They were then divided into sub-groups, with Voloso joining the group that took part in the activities in Osaka.
His group learned about regional industries and future developments on economic cooperation between Japan and the ASEAN region at the Entrepreneurial Museum of Challenge and Innovation (EMCI) and the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI).
The group also visited the Monodzukuri (Manufacturing) Business Information-center Osaka (MOBIO), a government-supported facility which exhibits innovative manufacturing products and technology developed by local inventors.
“The faculty members are the most important resource of UP and they are expected to excel.”
So said newly-elected UP Faculty Regent Dr. Patricia Arinto who was in the UP Visayas Miagao campus in the morning of February 2, 2017 at the UPV Iloilo city campus in the afternoon, to meet and consult with the faculty members.
Arinto set the tone by saying that the gathering is really just a “getting to know you” meeting. Nevertheless, the faculty members present were able to raise some issues and concerns. In a nutshell, these are as follows: