Class ’68 donates to UPHSI

Class ’68 of the UP High School in Iloilo, headed by former Ambassador to Cambodia Noe Wong, donated 16 electric wall fans to be installed in eight classrooms of the UPHSI.

The donations were received by UP Visayas Vice-Chancellor for Administration, Prof. Nestor G. Yunque and UPHSI Principal, Dr. Lourdes C. Zamora on February 5, 2016. It was witnessed by members of Class ’68 and some UPHSI faculty members.

Class ’68 celebrated its 48th anniversary with a reunion lunch held at the Seda Hotel, Atria Complex, Iloilo City. The group is now preparing for their golden anniversary celebration in 2018.

UPV ‘Info officers’ join PAGASA-DOST Media Seminar–Workshop

Ms. Anna Razel L. Ramirez of the UP Visayas Information and Publications Office and Ms. Lenilyn B. Gallos of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Public Service Program Office participated in the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Media Seminar Workshop on January 28-29, 2016 at the Casa Real, Capitol Compound, Iloilo City. The aim of the seminar-workshop is to update media on vital weather information that will aid in disaster risk reduction.

Eight topics were tackled during the seminar-workshop, which include: 1) Basic Meteorology/ Hydromel Hazard; 2) PAGASA’S Weather Forecasting and Warning System; 3) Tropical Cyclone Tracking Exercise; 4) Climatological and Agro meteorological Services; 5) Global Warming/Climate Variability and Change; 6) Flood Forecasting and Warning System/ Flood Events and its Mitigation; 7) Astronomical and Time Services; and 8) the Role of Media in Disaster Risk Reduction.

The event was conducted in partnership with USAID Water Security for resilient Economic Growth and Stability (BE Secure) Project and El Niño Task Force of the Iloilo Province. (By: ARL)

Matsuoka stresses cooperation not conflict in fisheries resource management

International cooperation rather than conflict should be the guiding principle in the global community in the management and sharing of fisheries resources.

This was the gist of the keynote address of Dr. Tatsuro Matsuoka, keynote speaker of the 2nd International Conference on Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (ICFAS) held on January 26-27, 2016, Amigo Terrace Hotel, Iloilo City.

Matsuoka, who had to tackle snowstorm and blizzard in Japan just to make it to the conference, is the Dean of the Faculty of Fisheries, Kagoshima University. He has an extensive experience in academic and technical cooperation in the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, Africa, South America and the Caribbean countries.

In the same address, Matsuoka gave a brief historical development on international fishery management, conflicts that arise between enclosing oceans, common management schemes, and the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. He also talked about the new Postgraduate Program in Tropical Fisheries with International Linkage. It was conceived with the recognition that tropical fisheries are more complex in nature than temperate fisheries.

The program is a five-university collaboration among UP Visayas, Kagoshima University (Japan), Sam Retulangi University (Indonesia), Kasetsart University (Thailand), and the Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. Graduate students from these five universities may enrol in any of the five academic institutions to get credits for their own course program. Recently the Nha Trang University of Vietnam has joined the program.

Two distinguished plenary speakers also addressed the 141 guests and participants of the Conference during the first day. The first was Dr. Angel Alcala, National Scientist and Professor Emeritus at Silliman, whose talk was entitled “Marine Protected Areas in the Philippines Today: Are they effective in Improving Fish Biomass?” The second one was former UPV professor Nygiel Armada, Chief of Party, ECOFISH Project, who talked about “Towards Ecosystems Approach to Fisheries Management.”

Dr. Alice Ferrer, faculty member of UP Visyas and Satoshi Ishikawa, Project Leader of the Coastal Area Capability in Southeast Asia/Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Japan were the two plenary speakers during day two of the conference. Ishikawa and Ferrer spoke on “Area Capability Study for Sustainable Development in the Coastal Zone,” and “Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Valuation, Institution, and Policy in Southeast Asia,” respectively.

At the end of the two-day conference, a turnover ceremony was held wherein the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), through its Dean, Dr. Crispino Saclauso, represented by Dr. Harold Monteclaro, turned over the responsibility of organizing ICFAS 2017 to Prof. Emeliza Lozada, the Dean of the School of Technology.

The Overall Chair ICFAS 2016 is Prof. Nathaniel Añasco, faculty member of the Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanology, CFOS with Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension, Prof. Ricardo Babaran as Co-Chair.

With UPV as convenor, the conference is funded by the UP system administration and supported by the Department of Tourism, the Province of Iloilo, and the Department of Agriculture’s National Fisheries Research and Development Institute and its Bureau of Agricultural Research.

The Province of Iloilo in cooperation with the City of Iloilo, hosted a welcome dinner for the guests and participants on the evening of January 26 at the newly renovated Cale Real, the former Provincial Capitol. Tribu Dagatnon provided a cultural presentation for the guests who are not only from the Philippines but also from Japan, Malaysia, China and the US.

UPV, APhio deliver health services to Brgy. Malagyan, Miagao

And so it begins. The promise to adopt a barangay for a year-long Feeding and Nutrition Program for children, Well-Baby Clinic, Medical Clinic and Dental Services for adults and children officially started on January 16, 2016 at the Barangay Malagyan Health Center, Miagao, Iloilo.

New born babies to age one availed of the Well Baby Clinic and children from 2-5 years old and 6-8 years old were given multivitamins. Eight grown-ups were able to avail of the free tooth extraction. The 2-5 age group will also have a year-long feeding program that started on this day and will be conducted every Saturday for the rest of the year.

On December 18, 2015, the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) Alumni Council of North America (ACNA), through the Alpha Phi Omega Kappa Gamma (UPV chapter), in partnership with UP Visayas, signed a Memorandum of Agreement for this undertaking.

Miagao Mayor Macario Napulan, who himself is a medical doctor by profession, underscored the importance of good health and expressed his appreciation for the endeavour during a short program held at the Health Center.

Prof. Pepito R. Fernandez, Jr., faculty member of UP Visayas and project proponent, once again appealed to the community to cooperate with the barangay officials led by Brgy Captain Rose Mary F. Galvan to make the project successful.

ACNA President Alexander Garcia was once again represented by Zita Balagot and Rosemarie Mesina (Project Auditor and Evaluator, respectively).

UPVTC students are promising millennials in entrepreneurship

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Two students from the Division of Management of the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC) were named among the five promising millennials in the field of entrepreneurship the by non-profit organization Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, more popularly known as Go Negosyo (

Senior B.S. Management students Mariel May Obregon and Michael Earl Castroverde made it to the list of promising millennial entrepreneurs following the implementation of their respective business ideas in 2015.

Obregon was chosen for establishing AgriBlock Builders, a company that builds hollow blocks made of rice hulls that are five times stronger than commercial hollow blocks.

“AgriBlocks are also cheaper and lighter. Not only does AgriBlock Builders solve the problem on supply and demand, it also reduces agri-waste in Eastern Visayas; thus, living up to its motto: Helping Nature. Building Homes,” said Go Negosyo in recognizing Obregon.

Castroverde, meanwhile, was awarded for founding Brain Camp, a study lounge aimed to provide conducive learning spaces for students in Tacloban City.

“Brain Camp is designed to provide students with an affordable and accessible overnight studying area to facilitate optimum lesson absorption complete with the basic student needs like internet, food, printer, and a photocopying machine,” said Go Negosyo.

Joining the two in the list of promising millenials in the field of entrepreneurship are Andrew Cabillas of North Central Mindanao Colleges, Raphaelo Perez of De La Salle University, and Pamela Mejia of the University of the Philippines Diliman.

The promising millennials were chosen among the area winners and finalists of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Workshop (YEDW), a developmental workshop for young Filipino entrepreneurs organized by the United States Embassy Manila, in partnership with Go Negosyo, held in Manila, Iloilo, Batangas, and Zamboanga.

Training, networking, and mentorship opportunities were given to enable the participants to hone their business development skills. Each workshop included a business innovation plan competition where the winners were given cash prizes to serve as seed capital for their business ventures.

Obregon and Castroverde, along with fellow UPVTC B.S. Management senior Nayza Trayco were among the Top 5 finalists in the “Business Idea” category of the Visayas leg of the YEDW held at Hotel del Rio, Iloilo City on August 26-28.

As the winner for the said category, Obregon received a cash prize of P10,000, which enabled her to implement the AgriBlocks project.

Moreover, an alumna of the UPVTC B.S. Management program also won in the “Existing Business” category of the Manila leg of YEDW held at St Giles Hotel, Makati on July 8-10.

Flora Mae Sañosa, a graduate of UPVTC’s Class of 2015, received P30,000 in cash prize for her business, FDIC Broilers, which distributes broiler chickens to their community.

“Basically, we want to provide the people in our town with fresh chicken meat… I also want to promote agri-entrepreneurship for our town/province to be sustainable in terms of agricultural production. Right now, we are going organic because it is not just for healthy living, it is also cost-efficient,” said Sañosa about FDIC Broilers.

Sañosa also took part in the Grand Culminating Activity of the YEDW on December 9-11 at the Heritage Hotel Manila, finishing in the Top 12 finalists along with Obregon and Castroverde. Helen Kaye Layco, an alumna of New Era University from the YEDW Mindanao leg and Rachel De Villa, an alumna of the University of the Philippines Diliman from the YEDW Manila leg each won the grand prize of P100,000 for the "Existing Business" and "Business Idea" categories, respectively.

Prof. Arvin De Veyra, Chairperson of the UPVTC Division of Management, lauded Sañosa, Obregon, Castroverde, and Trayco for their achievements.

Prof. Richard Cagara and Prof. Flordeliz Dacuyan, mentors and advisers of the four, said the recognition is proof the Division’s continued commitment to hone and develop the skills of its students to enable them to contribute to nation and community building. 

UPVTC recently revised its B.S. Management program to further enhance knowledge formation among students and focus on addressing the entrepreneurial needs of the Eastern Visayas region.

De Veyra said the Division will remain steadfast in its mission to produce graduates who will be at the forefront of leading this country in the future.

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